Local teams set sights on youth World Series


July 16, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's that time of the summer when youth baseball teams set their sights on postseason tournaments. The action is hotter than the weather and heat index. Well, almost.

As many as six local teams, ages 11-18, could be headed to Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series around the nation.

Four local youth teams and a club from Baltimore County begin play this weekend in a CABA 15-and-under state tournament at Sixth Street Field in Brooklyn. The winner of the tournament, which will run through next weekend, will advance to the CABA World Series in Crystal Lake, Ill., Aug. 5-16.

Arundel, coached by Tut O'Hara, will play the Linthicum A's of Wayne Feuerherd, and coach Mike Vladich and his Gambrills club plays Reisterstown of Arnie Dansicker in 10 a.m. games on adjacent fields at Sixth Street Saturday. The losers will meet in a second game at 1 p.m., which means someone will be eliminated Saturday.

Broadneck drew the bye and will open at 5:45 p.m. Thursday againstthe Reisterstown/Gambrills winner. Two games are set for 6 p.m. Friday and two more on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a noon game Sunday, July 25, as the "if" game in the double-elimination event.

The CABA 16-and-under East Coast Regional and the CABA 18-and-under state tournament begin next Friday and end Monday or Tuesday, July 26-27, and will be played at Sixth Street Field and Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie.

North Carolina and two teams from New Jersey will play in the 16-and-under regional with the winner advancing to Laredo, Texas, for the CABA World Series, July 29-Aug. 7. One team from the Anne Arundel County Mickey Mantle is expected to play with the other teams from Reisterstown and Baltimore.

Four teams, including the Pasadena Saints of Jack Lucas, are expected to play in the CABA 18-and-under state final with the winner going to the CABA World Series in Russiaville, Ind., Aug. 1-11.

The Maryland Orioles of coach Dean Albany have qualified for the CABA 11-and-under World Series in Tarkio, Mo., July 29-Aug. 9. Gunther's Little Orioles travel to Euclid, Ohio, July 21-30 for the High School Age World Series, which comprises 12 teams from New York, Canada, Wisconsin, California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Seattle, Tennessee-South Carolina region, Florida and host Euclid.

The teams in that World Series -- where the No. 1 pick in June's major-league draft, shortstop Alex Rodriguez of Miami, was MVP thelast two years -- will attend a Cleveland Indians tryout camp on Thursday and the Seattle Mariners at Cleveland game that night.

Dublin, Ohio, is the site of the CABA 14-and-under World Series where the Kazmarek Little Orioles will play a second straight summer, Aug. 5-16.

All the CABA World Series are round-robin events followed by double-elimination championship or consolation rounds.

* Congrats to the Annapolis team of coach Ed Gibbs for winning the Anne Arundel-Charles-Prince George's 15-and-under Junior Babe Ruth League by winning two of three from Arundel last weekend.

* Anne Arundel's contingent of coaches Mel Montgomery and Norm Gilden and outfielders Steve Neuberger and Mark Budzinski returned home safely with the Corrigan's Insurance 20-and-under team from the Netherlands.

Corrigan's was 3-3, including a 5-3 victory over a professional minor-league all-star team in the World Port Tournament in Holland.

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