1994 County Baseball Preview

March 18, 1994|By Jeff Seidel

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1993 record: 6-3. Coach: Dave Dawson.

Top players: Jarrett Watson, Jr., CF/P; David Barlock, Jr., P/C; Andy Booker, So., P/C/SS; Matt Simpson, Sr., OF.

Outlook: The Eagles lost several key players, including their most valuable player. There will be some good depth in the pitching department, led by Barlock, last year's No. 2 pitcher. Speed should be another plus, but hitting is the big question mark.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1993 record: 21-4. Coach: Joe Binder.

Top players: Jason Reinhart, Sr., P/OF; Adam Roberts, Sr., OF; Liam Healy, Sr., 3B/OF; Jason Dean, Jr., 1B; Jason Conroy, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Cardinals, defending MIAA A Conference champions and winners of the title five of the past six years, have lots of talent again. Reinhart, 8-1 last year, will lead a strong pitching staff bolstered by junior Andy Bair and senior Craig Shiel. Reinhart, with a 2.14 ERA last year and a second-team All-Metro pick, was overshadowed by Brian Matz. The Cardinals' lineup looks strong again, as does the defense. Binder's main concern are some spots of inexperience in the infield, but he hopes it will come together as the season goes on.

Catonsville Comets

1993 record: 7-9. Coach: John Leslie.

Top players: Cad Cameron, Sr., P; Jeremy Kolarek, Sr., P/C; Don Senkis, Sr., SS/ OF; Chris Jackson, Sr., 3B; Quentin Skipwith, Sr., OF.

Outlook: Cameron and Kolarek will lead a good pitching staff for the Comets. A senior-dominated infield also should help Catonsville. Hitting could be another plus, but depth worries Leslie. The Comets did not lose a lot from last year, but the new players need to step up.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1993 record: 10-6. Coach: Jack Kirtland.

Top players: Mike Marange, Sr., C; Doug Carraway, Jr., 3B; Lamar King, Sr., OF; Jermaine Johnson, Sr., OF.

Outlook: Kirtland has a good nucleus with plenty of experience. Marange and King should be big threats for an offense that should score. Pitching also looks to be strong, especially if some juniors come through. The defense is questionable in spots, but the Bayhawks could have fun if the juniors come through.

Dulaney Lions

1993 record: 15-5. Coach: Ron Audlin.

Top players: Greg Mumford, Sr., OF; Erin Arizzi, Sr., 1B/P; Andrew Michael, Sr., SS; Steve Wieczynski, Sr., P/1B; Colin O'Malley, Sr., P/1B.

Outlook: The bottom line for this team is pitching and hitting. If both come together, this could be a big year for the Lions. They have plenty of arms (like left-handers Arizzi, Wieczynski and O'Malley), but they just need experience. Defense is another plus, especially the infield, and the team has depth all over the place. Dulaney made the state semifinals last year, and it could be in that area again if everything falls into place.

Dundalk Owls

1993 record: 13-7. Coach: George Scheulen.

Top players: Mike Dziemburski, Sr., C; Gene Woods, Sr., 1B; Travis Thornton, Sr., OF; Eric Cuppett, Sr., OF; Luke Bell, Sr., 2B; E'Mar Fleming, Sr., P.

Outlook: This team will hit and this team will field. Throw in good speed and depth to the mixture, and it's easy to see why the Owls should do well again. Thornton (.521 last year), Cuppett and Dziemburski lead a potent lineup. Dziemburski also is one of the best catchers around and will help the pitching staff, which needs to replace the two key pitchers it lost. The Owls, who lost to eventual Class 3A state champion Lansdowne by a 1-0 count in the region finals, should be near the top of the County's 3A-4A Division again and do well in the state playoffs.

Eastern Technical Mavericks

1993 record: 11-7. Coach: Joe Gast.

Top players: Tom Bialozynski, Sr., C; Bobby Custer, Jr., SS; Glenn Umbarger, Sr., 2B/P; Ira McCullough, Sr., CF; Chuck Buckland, Sr., 3B.

Outlook: The Mavericks have a good nucleus returning, plus some talented players coming from junior varsity. McCullough and Bialozynski will pace a good lineup, and defense looks strong up the middle. Gast said he's unsure of how the pitching will turn out; that and how the new players do could be the key to the season.

Franklin Indians

1993 record: 5-13. Coach: Chick Vrany.

Top players: Tim Zittle, Sr., 1B; Tim Angell, Jr., RF; Jordan Wolff, Jr., C; Nick Hienz, Jr., CF; Tom Hercek, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Indians should do better this season. They should benefit from several underclassmen coming up as well as better speed and hitting -- namely Angell, Zittle and Hienz. The team lacks experience in spots and does not have a lot of depth in pitching. Sophomore Mike Trott should be a big plus for the pitching staff.

Hereford Bulls

1993 record: 14-4. Coach: Guy Fisher.

Top players: Clint Eaton, Jr., OF; Robert Ignatowski, Sr., P; Andrew Minton, Sr., OF; Matt Saunders, Jr., SS; Geoff DeGarmo, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Bulls, who made it to the region finals last year, lost several good players, but many good ones return. Pitching depth is a plus, led by Ignatowski. Eaton and Minton will lead a strong outfield. Fisher said the hitting could be questionable, and the inexperience concerns him a bit.

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