Baseball makes move in county after solid spring

June 23, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Soccer remains embedded as the county's dominant sport, but there were indications this spring that baseball is alive and well and getting better.

Two county players -- Chris Grubb (Mount Hebron, Elizabethtown, Pa.) and Billy Dunn -- (Mount St. Joseph, Arizona State) were drafted by the pros. Grubb went to Montreal in the 31st round and Dunn went to Kansas City in the 15th.

Three high school teams -- Glenelg, Centennial and Hammond -- reached the state semifinals, with Glenelg winning a state championship.

And numerous Division I college players turned in outstanding spring seasons. Here are a few of them:

* Todd Butler (Centennial) batted .353 and played shortstop for Navy. His 42 hits included 10 doubles and one triple. He knocked in 23 runs and scored 42. Butler stole seven bases in eight attempts.

The senior from Ellicott City walked 18 times and was hit by pitches eight times. His on-base percentage was .463, and his slugging percentage was .580. He made first-team All-Patriot League.

* Brent Nickles (Centennial) batted .382 with 41 RBI and 40 runs scored for UMBC. The junior from Ellicott City had 12 doubles, one triple and three homers among his 65 hits.

He stole seven bases in nine tries. Nickles caught 31 games and played in 41 as the Retrievers went 26-17 and finished second (14-8) in the Big South Conference.

* Todd Smith (Glenelg) batted .333 in 42 games for UMBC. He played third base and designated hitter. The junior from Sykesville had 14 doubles and six homers among his 46 hits. He scored 33 runs and knocked in 25.

* Scott Timmerman (Mount St. Joseph) batted .316 for the University of Michigan and played 47 games at second base. His 50 hits included nine doubles and one triple. He scored 31 runs and knocked in 26.

The senior from Ellicott City stole 10 bases. He had a .977 fielding percentage with five errors, 145 assists and 69 putouts for Michigan, which posted a 25-30 record.

* Ryan Clark (Mount St. Joseph) pitched in 16 games for George Washington University. In 42 1/3 innings, the sophomore left-hander from Ellicott City allowed 37 hits, 15 walks and struck out 32. He had a 3.19 ERA and a 1-2 record.

* Alex Pugliese (Atholton) compiled a 6-4 record and 4.13 ERA for the University of Delaware. The junior right-hander completed four of 10 starts, pitched 65 1/3 innings and allowed 55 hits and 36 walks with 60 strikeouts. Opponents batted .229 against him.

Pugliese, who beat Vermont on a one-hitter and Northeastern on a two-hitter, saved his best effort for the league championships when he turned in a 10-inning, one-run stint against top-seeded Maine, which eventually won in the 11th inning, 6-1.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Pugliese currently is playing for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League and is 1-1.

Columbia Reds upset Corrigan's

The Columbia Reds upset defending league champion Corrigan's, 5-3, in the first game of Sunday's Baltimore Major League doubleheader at Wilde Lake High School. Corrigan's (20-6) took the second game, 6-1.

The Reds received a strong effort from pitcher Jason King (Dundalk Community College), who is 3-1.

Some of the local players on the team include Brian Lopez (Oakland Mills), Brian Van Deusen (Atholton), Bryan Egolf (Atholton), Joe Nestor (Hammond), Jeff Lavis (Hammond) and Juan Dorsey (Glenelg). They are managed by Gary Kuykendall.

Dayton beats Columbia

Dayton ripped the Columbia Reds, 8-1, in a Baltimore Metro Baseball Senior Division game Sunday at Hammond High.

Mike Cudzilo (Mount Hebron) pitched a five-hitter, striking out nine and walking two.

David Gunter (Glenelg) went 3-for-4 with a homer. Kurt Weitzel (Centennial) went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Greg Hylock (Mount Hebron) went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks and Mike Cole (Mount Hebron) hit a two-run homer.

Dayton (6-9) started out 3-0 in the league, but has struggled due to its young pitching.

The Raiders have six first-team All-County players -- Weitzel, Hylock, Gunter, Cudzilo, Matt Morraye (Glenelg) and Kevin Curtin (Glenelg).

"We're young and may take our lumps this year but we'll learn a lot," Raiders manager Matt Myers said.

The Reds are scheduled to play the Bedouins at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 1 following a Bowie Baysox game. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the Baysox that day can do so through John Lopez at (410) 596-0725 or manager Larry Thompson at (410) 465-9205. The Reds will receive part of the ticket price if you purchase tickets through them.

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