Arundel gets word from the top: Wildcats are No.1 team in nation

SIDELINES

August 18, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's official. The Arundel High Wildcats (21-1) of coach Bernie Walter have received word from the Easton Sports Original National High School Baseball Poll published by Collegiate Baseball that they are this year's national champion.

Arundel won a record sixth Maryland baseball championship this spring in Class 4A and was perched atop the Easton Poll across the nation.

"Collegiate Baseball called and we will be their official national champion for this year and will receive a trophy at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Anaheim [Calif.] in January," said Walter. "We were hoping and now it's official."

Arundel joins Northeast (1991) as the only other Maryland team to win the honor.

Walter, whose Mayo Post No. 226 summer team is preparing to play in the American Legion Region II Tournament in Boyertown, Pa., this weekend, also announced that All-County designated hitter-catcher Mike Cozzone has signed a letter of intent with UMBC.

Cozzone will play with the Retrievers in the Big South Conference against the likes of UNC-Greensboro, where Arundel and Mayo Legion teammate Tim Giles is headed.

* I thought I would share a couple tidbits from my vacation, which in cluded two trips to Ohio for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series.

There were more college and pro scouts at the CABA High School World Series in Euclid, Ohio, than at anything I've seen in a while, but unfortunately for the teams in the finals, they had to flee town.

A storm of hurricane/tornado proportions swept through Euclid the final days of the series, knocking out power for over 100,000 residents and blowing off roof tops.

"I've never seen anything like it in the 50 years I've lived here," said CABA tournament director Ed Carpenter of the storm, which resulted in Euclid receiving national emergency status.

The Gunther's Little Orioles, consisting of mostly Anne Arundel County players, had been eliminated the morning of the storm and was not in Euclid when it hit.

During the opening ceremonies, the Miami team made presentations of gratitude to those in Euclid who had sent money or visited their city to help residents after Hurricane Andrew struck Florida.

At the time, the Miami coach didn't realize his promise to "repay you people by helping you through such an ordeal" would be fulfilled so soon. The coach and his players helped clean up Euclid.

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