Bielecki lends Crownsville home -- might need it back Cubans to play Mayo at Cannon

SIDELINES

July 04, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Have you heard that Anne Arundel County has added a Baltimore Oriole?

You might run into pitcher Rick Sutcliffe around the Annapolis area. Were you aware that he was residing in Mike Bielecki's house in the Crownsville area during the summer?

But Bielecki, recently released by the Cleveland Indians, is now in the Orioles' organization. The Orioles signed the veteran right-hander to a Triple-A contract at Rochester last week.

A graduate of Dundalk High, Bielecki pitched at Loyola College in Baltimore and Valencia Community College before turning pro with Pittsburgh in 1979. He was a No. 1 draft pick in the winter draft in January 1979.

Bielecki pitched with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves before signing with the Indians during the last off-season.

"I've always wanted to be an Oriole," Bielecki said recently.

"This is where I grew up pitching at Dundalk, Loyola, Eastwood and the Mike's Auto Mart team in 1978. I thought Dick Bowie or Jim Gilbert would sign me, but it never happened. I know Gil tried a couple times the last few years."

Bowie was the Orioles' territorial scouting supervisor, who died in the fall of '79 with Gilbert succeeding him. The Mike's Auto Mart team of '78 was affiliated with the Orioles and included a host of players who turned pro including Bielecki, catcher John Stefero (Orioles) of Odenton, David Grier (Milwaukee Brewers) of Severna Park, and Wayne King (Texas Rangers) of Riviera Beach and Cardinal Gibbons.

* Did you know that Cubans are going to invade Anne Arundel County on July 28?

The Cuban National 18-and-under Juniors team, on its way to the World Championships in Canada, is stopping at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Mayo Post No. 226 American Legion team.

It was just a few years ago (1989) that Mayo coach Bernie Walter led Team USA to the world championship over Cuba in Sydney, Australia, marking the first time Cuba had lost to the USA.

Walter, who is head coach at Arundel High, soon became very "popular" in Havana. Team USA extended the invitation to the Cubans to get another shot at Walter and they jumped at it.

"This is the first time Cuba has ever played in the USA, and they will be loaded," said Walter.

* Anne Arundel Community College baseball coach Clayton Jacobson, who gets around to see summer youth games, might land a few pretty good pitchers.

It appears that All-County left-hander Lee Haney of Old Mill and second-team All-County right-hander Joe York of North County will attend AACC this fall. Jacobson has seen both pitch this summer and hopes they become Pioneers.

* Did you know that Chesapeake's Jerry Scheff will attend the University of West Virginia and hopes to make the Mountaineers' baseball team as a walk-on infielder?

Scheff who is playing this summer for the 18-and-under Connie Mack League Saints of Jack Lucas, also can pitch, and as a good athlete will have a chance to play college baseball.

* Has there ever been a more alert move on the part of an umpire than what Bob Bush did Monday at 6th Street Field in Brooklyn in a Connie Mack game between Gunther's Little Orioles and the Saints?

With Little Orioles pitcher Joe York about to deliver to the plate, catcher Luis Falcon had his mask slip off into his arms. Bush quickly shielded Falcon, putting his hand in front of Falcon's face and yelling just in time to stop York from throwing the pitch.

* Did you know that Severna Park residents Todd Poorman and Dennis Melton and Broadneck's John Williams are headed for the Amateur Athletic Union National Championships for boys 14-and-under basketball in Yakima, Wash., July 18-25?

Poorman, Melton and Williams are key members of the Baltimore Bullets team of head coach Tom Dean that won a fourth straight state AAU 14-and-under championship. The Bullets are currently ranked fifth in the country by the AAU and finished seventh in last summer's national tournament.

Poorman will attend Severna Park High, Melton is in the eighth grade at Severn School and the 6-foot-3 Williams will be a freshman at Broadneck this fall.

* Have you heard that Alhamisi Simms, who played on the Annapolis varsity basketball team as a sophomore this past season, has transferred to Severn School where Wayne Fowler is the Admirals' new head coach?

Simms played on Fowler's AAU team a couple of years ago. Don't be surprised to see the ambitious new head coach recruit a host of local public school players into the private school.

* When is Annapolis going to hire a new head girls basketball coach to replace Teresa Ross?

Ross moved to the Midwest after turning the Panthers' program around and endorsed her assistant, Dave Griffith, before leaving.

"I hope Dave gets the job because continuity in a program is important," said Ross.

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