1994 City Baseball Preview

March 18, 1994|By Lem Satterfield

Boys' Latin Lakers

1993 record: 12-3. Coach: Jack Blinke.

Top players: Sean Gruver, Sr., P/SS; Bryan DeVaney, Sr., 1B; Myron Hayes, Jr., P; Alex Hill, Jr., 3B/P; Lev Galitzen, Jr., C/CF.

Outlook: The Lakers, last year's MSA B Conference champions, return six starters, including Division I prospect DeVaney (.500, five HRs) to this year's MIAA B Conference. Hayes (6-0, 1.60 ERA), Gruver (6-1, 1.80) and Hill comprise the pitching staff. "Gruver is four-year veteran and a position pitcher who finds the corners. Hayes blows 'em by you, and Hill's a good contact hitter," said Blinke.

Carver Bears

1993 record: 11-5. Coach: Terry Thomas.

Top players: Broderick Wooden, Jr., SS; Brian Jackson, Jr., LF; Danye Bell, Jr., 2B; Delvin Wells, Sr., P/3B; Izell Miles, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: Only two starters return from last year's regional finalist squad, which beat Walbrook in the first round before falling in the final. Wells (3-1 on the mound) and Miles (17 RBI) form a solid base. "If we can maintain our focus," said Thomas, "we can win some games."

City Knights

1993 record: 5-8. Coach: Bill Walker.

Top players: John Hamilton, Sr., P/SS; Pat Mowray, Jr., P/OF; Harry Martin, Sr., P/DH; Jesse Schreier, Sr., C; Chris Ryon, Sr., IF.

Outlook: Six starters return, including Mowray (.308 hitting) and Martin (.310). Akins Clark, a left-hander, will help with pitching. Gerard Franze bolsters the infield. "It looks like we'll be very good in pitching and defense. We're optimistic," said Walker.

Curley Friars

1993 record: 2-14. Coach: Al Frank.

Top players: David Baynes, Sr., OF/3B/2B; Joe Cristy, Sr., P/SS; Chris Schwoy, Sr., C; Felix Guinto, Jr., OF/C; Ryan Hax, Jr., SS.

Outlook: Curley will compete in the former Maryland Scholastic Association's A Conference, now called the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. And with eight starters back, Frank says his team has nowhere to go but up. "With nine seniors, four juniors and four sophomores, we're looking for a big improvement," Frank said. "We have the entire infield back, four pitchers, plus a left-hander up from the junior varsity. The outfield will be a question mark."

Dunbar Poets

1993 record: 9-3. Coach: Gregg Branch.

Top players: Robbie Johnson, Sr., CF; Carlos Harrison, Sr., OF; Sean Lipscomb, Sr., LF; Gary Smith, Jr., 3B/P; Dante Jones, Jr., SS/P.

Outlook: The Poets, who reached last year's playoffs, have four returning starters and lots of depth, so Branch is thinking big. "Last year was experimental. This year, we're ready to play with the big boys. We're for real. We're the truth." Johnson (.300) and Smith (.340, 15 RBIs) are solid offensively for a team that split victories with Southern. This year's Poets have a tougher, 18-game schedule, including Edgewood, Poly and Mervo. "We have plenty of speed, and the offense and defense will come," Branch said.

Edmondson Redskins

1993 record: 7-7. Coach: Tai Thompson.

Top players: Robert Duckett, Sr., P/C/3B/1B; Michael Brock, Sr., SS/P/C/OF; James Rodgers, 1B/OF; Jesse Ratkin, Soph., OF/1B; Patrick Leach, Jr., C/P/1B.

Outlook: Seven players are back, including six starters from a team that led Patterson, 14-3, before the game was called after four innings because of darkness. Brock hit .500 with a team-leading four home runs, Rodgers and Leach each hit .450. "I'm satisfied that I have two strong pitchers with Brock and Duckett, and we should have more offense than last year," Thompson said. "Our problem last year was errors, but hopefully, we'll cut down on those."

Forest Park Foresters

1993 record: 0-10. Coach: Laney Prioleau.

Top players: Brandon Smith, Sr., CF/P; Steven Wells, Sr., C; Arthur Johnson, Sr., P; Darrell Robinson, Sr., 1B/P.

Outlook: Just five starters are back, but Prioleau hopes that Smith -- whom he calls the city's hardest thrower -- Wells (.425 batter) and Johnson (27 strikeouts in 28 innnings) will be players he can build around. "We had a turnout of 38 players," Prioleau said.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1993 record: 9-11. Coach: Rod Cameron.

Top players: Kevin Dukes, Sr., RF; Rocky Keener, Sr., OF; Brian Sanders, Sr., 2B; Josh Wilkerson, Jr., SS/P; Dennis Chesgreen, Jr., P/1B.

Outlook: Keener and Wilkerson were .300 hitters, and Chesgreen (3-1 last year) should be the Crusaders' ace. "It looks like we have a lot of speed, so we can run, but it's a matter of plugging everyone in," said Cameron. Gibbons plays in the tough A Conference.

Gilman Greyhounds

1993 record: 9-11. Coach: Marty Meloy.

Top players: Peter Bogue, Sr., C; Sean Tyszko, Sr., 2B; Jason Goeller, Sr., CF; Luke Suchy, Sr., LF; Lenny Kagan, Sr., DH/1B.

Outlook: Nine starters are back, including three-year veterans Bogue, a second-team All-City pick, Tyszko, Goeller and outfielder Jamie Biddison. Bogue (.367, 18 steals), headed for Yale, led the team in RBIs, and hurlers Brad Mowbray (three wins), Misha Goberman, Greg Dobbyn and Jason Nitzberg combined for seven victories. "We're a solid team that can make things tough four you," said Meloy.

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