Shepherd closes in on banner season


May 26, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Greg Shepherd, who set a conference record for saves (11), was named to the All-Central Region first team last weekend in helping the University of Missouri at St. Louis win a bid to the NCAA Division II World Series in Montgomery, Ala.

Shepherd, who grew up in Glen Burnie and attended Mount St. Joseph and Anne Arundel Community College, is 0-1 but has the saves record and an ERA of 0.58. Missouri-St. Louis has a school-record 31 wins.

Missouri-St. Louis (31-9) is ranked 14th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and opens the Division II World Series Sunday against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (31-16), ranked ninth last week.

"We took three straight in the regional and are playing good baseball right now, so we've got a good shot," said Shepherd by phone from St. Louis this week.

* Speaking of Collegiate Baseball, the publication's Easton Sports' Original National High School Poll has Arundel High No. 3 in the May 21 edition. Only Duncanville, Texas (1) and Simi Valley, Calif., (2) were ahead of the Wildcats.

Arundel (20-1) is ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun and No. 2 by The Washington Post. USA Today yesterday had the Wildcats up one notch to No. 12 in its Super 25 national rankings.

"Mike Cozzone has been one of the keys to our team in having such a successful year and getting so much attention," said coach Bernie Walter of his senior first-year catcher.

"Mike couldn't have done a better job throwing out runners, picking people off and calling pitches, and he's hitting .580, nearly 100 points more than anyone else."

On Saturday, Arundel will play for an unprecedented sixth state championship in Walter's 20-year tenure at the Gambrills school, and Sandy Hedrick, a Wildcats parent, is bewildered that school officials refuse to name the baseball field after the coach.

"What can we do? Who can we put pressure on to get this field named after Bernie?" Hedrick said after the Wildcats' 1-0, nine-inning Region IV semifinal victory over Chesapeake Friday.

"The school's advisory council and the administration said they won't do it unless Bernie retires or dies. I can't believe it because he is the one who has built this program here.

"I know Bernie can rub some people the wrong way and I don't always agree with everything he does, but he deserves his name on this field. It's been done before."

It sure has. Several county fields have been named after coaches while they were active.

Right now Walter has to settle for his name on the Wildcats' baseballs. The baseballs used at Arundel home games don't say Official League or Official Babe Ruth or American League. They are emblazoned "Official Bernie Walter Baseball."

* High school baseball fans should note a time change. The second annual Friends of Joe Cannon Committee All-Star Seniors Baseball Game will be played at noon June 6 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

The game has been changed from an evening start to midday because of a conflict with other games already scheduled that the Cannon Committee wasn't aware of.

Tomorrow the Cannon Committee will honor 13 baseball scholar-athletes at a banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue, with the best receiving a $1,000 tuition award.

The 13 scholar-athletes and their schools are: Matt Criscimagna, Annapolis; Fabian Dilaimy, Archbishop Spalding; Brian Sands, Arundel; Todd Bramble, Broadneck; Jerry Scheff, Chesapeake; Brian Pierce, Glen Burnie; Phillip Hilton, Meade; Erik Schwink, North County; Chris Kelly, Northeast; Phil McGinnis, Old Mill; Byron Druzgal, Severna Park; Chad Reedy, South River; and Chris Bush, Southern.

For ticket information, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

* How about congrats to North County's Shawn Moyer, who has received another honor?

The Naval Academy-bound senior was named to the Puma East Region National High School All-Star Soccer Tournament.

He was selected by a panel of coaches, referees and journalists to play in the June 10-13 event at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.

Moyer was the top male on the 11th annual All-County Academic-Athletic Team. He has a 4.0 GPA and is the Knights' valedictorian.

* And how about the "Pasadena Powerlifter," Bob Rood?

Rood, 52, recently won the over-50 United States National Masters Powerlifting Competition in the 220-pound division to qualify for the World Masters Team in Ontario in late October.

* Finally, isn't it great that Jack Kramp, the chief and backbone of the Anne Arundel Umpires Association, is back out on the field where he loves to be?

Kramp, who has remained the group's miracle scheduler, was one of the most respected umpires in the business until knee and back problems put him on the sidelines a couple years ago. Earlier this spring, he suffered a heart attack but has battled back and worked the bases in a handful of games.

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