Baseball* 13-14 boys -- Brad Sunshine of Ellicott City was...

RECREATION ROUNDUP

August 10, 1993|By Rich Scherr

Baseball

* 13-14 boys -- Brad Sunshine of Ellicott City was the only player from Howard County to make the Putty Hill travel team this season.

But at last week's National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Northville, Mich., the 13-year-old reliever appeared in four games, adding a local flavor to the team's second consecutive national championship.

Sunshine pitched two hitless innings to earn a save against Renton (Wash.) in the semifinal round.

In all, Putty Hill (32-17, including 22-6 in the Baltimore Metro League) won five of six games, scoring victories over host Northville, 9-0; Daytona Beach (Fla.), 13-3; Renton, 2-0; and West Bloomfield (Mich.), 8-4 and 6-0.

The team earned its trip to the Series by winning the NABF Northeast Regional Championship in Baltimore. Putty Hill swept

five games in the 12-team tournament, beating opponents by a combined score of 66-18.

Sunshine, a right-hander, also contributed in that tournament, pitching two strong innings in relief to earn a win against Bel Air, and picking up a save against Queens (N.Y.) by retiring the side in order in the last inning.

For the season, Sunshine won or earned a save in 11 games, striking out 31 in 45 innings. He was 6-0 with a 1.60 ERA and two saves in Metro League competition.

When he wasn't pitching, the Howard County native batted .450 and played second base and third.

He plans to complete his season by playing for the Maryland 13-14 team in the Maccabi Games in Pittsburgh, Aug. 22-26.

* Over-30 men -- After starting the week with an 11-5 loss to Little Caesars in the Howard County Masters Baseball League, the Columbia Cardinals came back four days later to hit four home runs and win the rematch, 8-7.

The win kept alive Columbia's hope for a share of first place. Entering the league's final week, the Cardinals (11-3) are 1 1/2 games behind first-place Bethany Water Sports (11-1), with the two scheduled to meet later this week.

Against Little Caesars, the Cardinals needed a lot of offense and a little luck to salvage a series split.

In Wednesday's game at Cedar Lane Park, Kevin Young and Jeff Brock led Little Caesars, each with a homer and three RBI. On the mound, starter Jim French went five innings to earn the win and Danny Smith picked up the save.

Bill Ray, Pete Hughes and Tom O'Neill homered for the Cardinals.

On Sunday, however, the Columbia team came back to win a nail-biter.

Mike Briel, Ray, Hughes and Daryll Jefferson all homered for the Cardinals.

Trailing 8-4 in the final inning, Little Caesars cut the gap to one run on Brock's three-run homer and threatened to send the game into extra innings, but stranded the tying run on third when the game ended.

Pitcher Jim DeCorso earned his first win for the Cardinals, hurling five strong innings, and Joe Lomascolo picked up his third save in relief.

Curt Waldren also homered for Little Caesars.

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