Spindler's to play Senior Olympics softball tourney

SIDELINES

June 11, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's a sports smorgasbord kind of day, and the Spindler's Roll-off 55-and-over men's softball team leads off.

Player-coach George Kelch and his Spindler's team is headed for the Senior Olympics 55-and-over Tournament in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend. The team starts play tomorrow, putting its 24-6 record on the line against 34 other teams from around the country.

Spindler's will represent Maryland in the tournament. The team consists of Kelch, Ed Calendra, Bill Lynch, Gene Chalk, Ted Lawson, Jimmy Atkinson, Jerry Kosar, Dick King, Bill Trunkl, Ray Jacobs, Greg Tessier, Al Neft, Bill Sparrow, Dick Aggona and Bill Polland.

* Two 16-18 teams from Raleigh, N.C., will play eight games against three local teams at Arundel High and Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Raleigh will meet Gunther's Little Orioles (15-0) in a 5:30 p.m. game today and Mayo American Legion Post No. 226 (12-0) at 8:30 p.m. at Arundel High in Gambrills.

Four games will be played at Arundel tomorrow with Mayo playing the first two at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Greater Glen Burnie Patriots play Raleigh at 5:30 p.m. and the Little Orioles take on the visitors at 8 p.m.

The North Carolina teams will play two at Joe Cannon on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. against the Little Orioles and Mayo, respectively.

* How about congratulations to Arundel junior varsity coach Tut O'Hara and his Wildcats for going 15-3 this spring and winning a division title in his farewell year?

"I'm retiring from coaching after this summer," said O'Hara, who was the Maryland Amateur Coach of the Year two years ago.

O'Hara is coaching the Arundel-Mayo Juniors 15-and-under team this summer and has decided to "concentrate more on my landscaping business and give up coaching."

* Who should we believe? Arundel High's state 4A champion baseball team (21-1) of coach Bernie Walter was top-ranked by The Baltimore Sun locally and Collegiate Baseball nationally but No. 3 and No. 11 by Baseball America and USA Today, respectively.

* Did you know that Steve Neuberger (Severna Park, University of Maryland) is playing for the nationally known Corrigan's Insurance 20-and-under team of Walter Youse?

A Baltimore Sun All-County and All-Metro outfielder last year, Neuberger led the Terps in hitting at .311 and was the first freshman to lead Maryland in hits (57).

Neuberger, who had six doubles and five homers to lead the club in total bases, had 18 multiple-hit games, a 10-game hitting streak and five game-winning hits. Neuberger, 6 feet 2 and 195 pounds, is also superb defensively. He scored 29 runs and had 21 RBI.

* Old Mill baseball coach Mel Montgomery is one of the coaches on the Corrigan's club that makes an annual visit to the All-American Amateur Baseball Association National Tournament in Johnstown, Pa.

* Who is the culprit who repeatedly turns on the sprinkler system at Old Mill High, frequently flooding the new baseball field?

Greater Glen Burnie Patriots coach Paul Hittle, who has spent hours raking the field and has had to postpone games, would like to know.

* Will somebody explain to me how Severna Park, which didn't make the playoffs, landed four players on the Coaches' All-County Baseball Team, second to state 4A champion Arundel's five?

* Also, how about explaining how Arundel's Tim Giles, probably the best first baseman in Maryland, can be named a Crown All-Star outfielder? Giles pitched but never played the outfield.

* Can you believe that the County Coaches Association finally presented its Steve Carroll Award for outstanding service to a woman in retired coordinator of physical education Jean Boyd?

Boyd is the 15th recipient of the award named in honor of the late Arundel High athletic director and coach, but the first woman.

Not to take anything away from Boyd, because her 31 years of dedicated service in the county make her a worthy recipient, but have the good old boys run out of buddies to accept the award?

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