Baseball* 12-and-under -- Reisterstown came out of the...

RECREATION ROUNDUP

August 17, 1993|By Mike Nortrup

Baseball

* 12-and-under -- Reisterstown came out of the losers' bracket to beat Sykesville, 5-3, last week and win the championship of the Hampstead Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Sykesville had beaten Reisterstown in the winners' bracket final. The Baltimore County squad then beat Sykesville, 6-3, to force a final game in the double-elimination tournament.

Sykesville took a 2-1 lead in the second inning when Ricky Vespa singled home Jesse Martin and Tom Seiss.

Starting pitcher Dave Morgan protected the lead until the home fifth when Reisterstown scored four times to clinch the victory.

Mike Golden's sixth-inning triple scored John Butler for the final Sykesville run.

Third baseman Emile Cochet played an excellent defensive game for Sykesville.

Justin Raynor, a resident of Hampstead who played for Reisterstown, was named the tournament's most valuable pitcher in a poll of team managers. Reisterstown third baseman Josh Cohen was elected Most Valuable Player.

* 13-14 boys -- The Carroll County Rangers White team did things the hard way in the recent Chambersburg (Pa.) Suburban Invitational Baseball Tournament.

But the Rangers finished their season on a winning note. After losing their first game, they swept their next six to win the championship.

The Rangers took the clinching games from host Chambersburg, which had knocked them into the losers' bracket.

After dropping the opener, 9-7, they began their comeback by ripping Hamilton Heights, 12-2. Ryan Renehan pitched a complete game, giving up only two hits and striking out seven in seven innings.

In the next game, the Rangers rallied for three runs in the home seventh to edge South Hamilton, 6-5.

Matt Sargent capped the three-run burst with a two-out single to score the tying and winning runs.

A 12-run second inning helped the Rangers cruise over Scotland, 28-11, in their next game.

Renehan, Sargent and Tommy Stevens were each 4-for-4, with Sargent knocking in four runs.

The Rangers' Ryan Webster was 4-for-5 with three RBI.

Brad Caplan went 4-for-4 to lead the Rangers to a 14-2 victory over Mercersburg, Pa., that advanced them into the championship. Starting pitcher J. R. Haddaway struck out 10 in his four-inning stint.

The locals then faced Chambersburg, having to beat that team twice.

Trailing 8-7 in the first game, the Rangers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.

Eric Foster's double drove in the tying run and Haddaway's three-run double scored the go-ahead run.

The Rangers' Jon Hill and Tommy Stevens were each 3-for-4 with three RBI in the game.

The championship game was no contest.

The Rangers scored seven first-inning runs and went on to demolish Chambersburg, 15-3.

Haddaway was 3-for-3 with five RBI and Chris Staub was 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Renehan relieved starting pitcher Haddaway and held Chambersburg scoreless the final three innings.

* 15-16 boys -- The Carroll County Rangers 15-16 squad recently placed second in its age bracket at the American Amateur Baseball League regional championship tournament in Latham, N.Y.

The locals, chosen from the Carroll County Rangers Blue and White teams that competed in the Baltimore Metro League this season, beat their first four opponents.

However, one of these, the Suffolk (N.Y.) Chiefs, came out of the losers' bracket to beat the Rangers, 3-2 and 7-2, to take the title.

No Ranger team has previously advanced as far as the AABL regionals.

The Rangers qualified for the regional tournament by topping Harbor Federal, of Baltimore, twice in the AABL state championships at Randallstown High School.

The Rangers and Harbor Federal were each second this year in their respective divisions of the Baltimore Metro League.

Tennis

Two Carroll County teams combined to win three of five matches before being eliminated at the recent U.S Tennis Association Adult League Maryland District Championships at College Park.

The Racqueteers, who won the women's division of the Carroll County Tennis Association's summer league, went 2-1 at the 4.0 level (a quality rating assigned by USTA with higher ratings going to stronger teams).

The County men's divisional champion Hounds, playing at the 4.5 level, were 1-1.

They defeated Baltimore, 4-1, in their opener before Prince George's eliminated them, 5-0.

Against Baltimore, the local men were lead by Kevin Resh and Mike Rowe who posted wins at No. 1 and No. 2 men's singles, respectively.

The Hounds' Jim Eanes and Bernie Polischuk won at No. 2 doubles. Chris Weber and Dennis Ohme were victorious at No. 3 doubles.

The Hounds, captained by Weber, also included Barry Troxell, Allen Anthony, Jim Johnston and John Lynam.

The Racqueteers topped Anne Arundel, 5-0, and Prince George's, 4-1, before losing a tough 3-2 match to Columbia.

Columbia, along with Prince George's, which eliminated the Carroll men's team, were the eventual tournament champs and advanced to the USTA Mid-Atlantic Sectional championships in Wintergreen, Va. Dottie Clayton paced the local women with three wins in No. 1 singles.

Sue Hilker at No. 2 singles, and the doubles team of Sandy Yingling and Millie Schaefer, were each 2-1.

Debbie Speed paired with Amy Hart and then Beth Yingling for two doubles wins. Yingling also combined with Maria Vailas for ++ another doubles victory.

The Racqueteers squad, captained by Debbie Courter, also included Ann Muhvich, Pat Whip and Vicki Ferguson.

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