Titles sweet for Matz, Bareford Coach, Player of the Year

1993 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

June 06, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Brian Matz and Ron Bareford both just missed championships last year. This year, however, it was a different story.

Matz, the Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County Baseball Player of the Year, pitched Calvert Hall to a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title by winning twice in the title series.

Bareford, the Baltimore County Baseball Coach of the Year, guided Lansdowne to its first state championship after losing in last year's title game.

Matz, a left-hander, finished 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He struck out 107 in 71 1/3 innings for the Cardinals and defeated defending-champion McDonogh twice in four days for the title.

The senior, heading for Clemson, said the Cardinals often

thought about last year's title series loss to the Eagles.

"Last year really bugged me because we knew we could beat those guys," said Matz. "We just worked harder this year. We were well-conditioned."

Being in shape helped Matz, especially in the championship series. Matz dominated in the opener, a 3-1 victory for the Cardinals at Memorial Stadium.

He came back three days later to wrap up the series. Despite some spots of trouble, Matz went the distance for a 3-2 victory.

He allowed no earned runs (three runs overall) in 14 innings -- through two games -- and kept the Eagles' bats quiet.

"This year Brian certainly stepped up and led," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder. "When he got in stride, he definitely showed he was our go-man."

Matz started a little slowly after the basketball season, but soon rounded into shape. On the mound, when he threw a no-hitter againstCurley and a one-hitter against Gilman in consecutive starts, he started to roll.

At the plate, he finished with a .349 average, two homers and 16 RBI. He also scored 19 runs and stole seven bases.

Lansdowne also used plenty of offensive production, but pitching carried Bareford and the Vikings. Randy Musgrove (8-0), Brian Sullivan (4-2) and Josh Benson (3-0) helped the team to its first state title.

Musgrove capped the title run with a 3-0 win over Centennial in the Class 3A championship game. The Vikings made the finals last year, but lost to Thomas Johnson.

Bareford said both he and the team were confident they could return to the playoffs and do better this year.

"I think they were pretty focused," said Bareford. "I felt we had the talent [for the title]."

Bareford also said that last year's title-game appearance -- painful as it was -- was a plus for Lansdowne.

"I just really think the experience of being there last year helped," said Bareford.

Lansdowne finished 18-3 this season after going 17-5 last year.The team lost some key players from the 1992 squad, but Bareford said he saw pretty quickly that this team could do well.

l He said the Vikings played more consistent defense and hit better this year. They also came up with several clutch hits, especially in the playoffs, where they edged Dundalk, 1-0, in the Class 3A, Region II title game and paid back Thomas Stone, 5-4, in eight innings in the state semifinals.

"We kind of used [last year] as a motivational tool," said Bareford. "They practiced hard. They worked hard."

THE 1993 TEAMS

Player of the Year: Brian Matz, Calvert Hall

Coach of the Year: Ron Bareford, Lansdowne

FIRST TEAM

NB Name .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Year .. .. .. .. .. Position

Brian Matz .. .. . Calvert Hall .. . Sr. .. .. .. .. .. .Pitcher

Randy Musgrove .. .Lansdowne .. .. . Sr. .. .. .. .. ... Pitcher

Rob Parsons .. .. .Lansdowne .. .. . Jr. .. .. .. .. ... Catcher

Brian Sullivan .. .Lansdowne .. .. . Sr. .. .. .. ... First base

Matt Tirschman .. .Overlea .. .. ... Sr. .. .. .. .. Second base

Josh Itzoe .. .. ..Calvert Hall .. ..Sr. .. .. .. .. . Shortstop

John Kopajtic .. . Overlea .. .. ... Jr. .. .. .. .. .Third base

Kenny Cloude .. .. McDonogh .. .. .. Sr. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. DH

Rodney Petitt .. . Woodlawn .. .. .. Sr. .. .. .. ... ..Outfield

Travis Thornton .. Dundalk .. .. ... Jr. .. .. .. .. .. Outfield

Josh Katz .. .. .. Pikesville .. ... Jr. .. .. .. .. .. Outfield

Jeff Berman .. .. .Dulaney .. .. ... Sr. .. .. .. .. ... Utility

SECOND TEAM

NB Name .. .. .. . School .. .. ... Year .. .. .. .. .. Position

Mark Truszkowski ..Overlea .. .. .. Sr. .. .. .. .. .. . Pitcher

Chris Mirabile .. .Patapsco .. .. ..Sr. .. .. .. .. .. . Pitcher

Jeremy Seiple .. . McDonogh .. .. ..Soph. .. .. .. ... . Catcher

Tom Dugas .. .. .. Loyola .. .. .. .Sr. .. .. .. .. . First base

Jeff Burrows .. . Perry Hall .. .. .Sr. .. .. .. .. .Second base

Larry Marino .. ..Calvert Hall .. . Sr. .. .... .. .. Third base

Chris Marshall .. Loyola .. .. .. . Sr. .. .. .. .. .. Shortstop

Mandel Marsh .. ..Perry Hall .. ... Jr. .. .. .. .. .. .Outfield

Lamar King .. ... Chesapeake .. .. .Jr. .. .. .. .. .. .Outfield

Greg Gramicciomi . Towson .. .. .. .Jr. .. .. .. .. .. .Outfield

Nate Holzman .. ..Pikesville .. . Soph. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... DH

Jason Dean .. .. Calvert Hall .. .Soph. .. .. .. .. .. . Utility

First team at a glance

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