Suns-Oriolelanders: 29 from county

SIDELINES

September 05, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Anne Arundel County high school baseball will shine today at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. The 14th annual Baltimore Sun for Anne Arundel County-Oriolelanders All-Star doubleheader set for 1 p.m. features 29 players from the county.

The Suns boast 24 county residents and the Oriolelanders, a team of pro and college prospects from the Mid-Atlantic region, feature five from Anne Arundel.

"It says a lot for Anne Arundel County baseball," said Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert. "It's a known fact in baseball circles that the best baseball from top to bottom in our region is played in the Anne Arundel County high school league."

Gilbert, his son Tom and the Oriolelanders fall team staff selected the team after a two-day tryout in Frederick last weekend. More than 100 players from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey tried out, with 25 chosen.

For years, I've argued how good Anne Arundel County high school pitching is, and the Oriolelanders' 10-man pitching staff bears it out.

State 4A champion Arundel's Brandon Agamennone, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro right-hander as a junior this spring, made the staff along with Old Mill senior Mike Bussey and North County junior Mike Wooden, who was All-County third baseman as a sophomore.

A fourth Anne Arundel resident in right-hander Steve Matcuk, a senior at Mount St. Joseph, also made the staff. Matcuk was All-Maryland Scholastic Association and second-team All-Metro as a shortstop.

The fifth county player is Arundel senior outfielder Wade Rolocut, younger brother of Brian Rolocut, an All-Metro pitcher from Arundel in 1992 who pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie team in Great Falls, Mont.

A few other Oriolelanders players of interest to county fans are left-handed pitchers Kasey Richardson and Andy Bair; catcher Brandt Childs; and infielders Jerry Vecchioni, Manny Rivas and Ian Hendricks.

Richardson is from Northern High in Calvert County and pitched for Gunther's Little Orioles along with Wooden this summer in the CABA High School Age World Series in Euclid, Ohio. Richardson also was invited to the Team One Top 64 players in the nation Scouting Combine in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Bair was a standout at Calvert Hall and is 6 feet 5, 215 pounds. Childs is a 6-2, 205-pound catcher from Damascus in Montgomery County who also played with Gunther's in the CABA World Series. Vecchioni, a junior who has started at Patapsco High in Baltimore County since his freshman year, played with the Little Orioles last fall.

Rivas played with the Virginia team that defeated the Oriolelanders in last fall's Mid-Atlantic Tournament at Joe Cannon Stadium. A third baseman/shortstop from Washington Lee High in Arlington, Va., Rivas is an outstanding hitter and senior.

Hendricks is a senior second baseman from McDonogh School and has been a key contributor to the Eagles the last two seasons. He is the son of Orioles veteran bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, and he can run, hit and field.

The Suns boast five outstanding junior college pitchers, four from Anne Arundel Community College, and five outstanding high school pitchers. The AACC contingent includes left-handers John Degen (Broadneck) and Lee Haney (Old Mill) and right-handers John Ritter (Severna Park) and Chris Sutch (Severna Park).

Degen is the only second-year JuCo pitcher on the staff and can be outstanding when he is on.

Haney, All-County this spring, sparkled for Mayo Post No. 226 this summer while Ritter and Sutch were two of the top pitchers on the Severna Park American Legion team.

Meade graduate Ian Taylor is the fifth JuCo pitcher, and he pitches at Prince George's Community College.

Rich Spiegel, who is in his second year at AACC after graduating as an All-Metro catcher from Northeast in 1992, can do it all behind the plate. He is an excellent receiver and handler of pitchers, has a great arm and mashes the baseball when he has a bat in his hands.

Jeff Hedrick, the Arundel High and Mayo Post spark plug and The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Athlete of the Year as a junior, will be the shortstop, and with Old Mill's Ryan Wood at third and Arundel grad Tre Overstreet, now at Catonsville Community College, on second, the local team has a superb infield.

Wood was outstanding for the Little Orioles this summer and was named All-Tournament in Euclid. Overstreet was a standout for Reisterstown in the CABA 18-and-under World Series in Indiana.

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