Top-ranked Calvert Hall (1-0) visits No. 4 Glenelg (0-1) at 3:45 this afternoon in a game pitting two area powers.
It's a matchup of the Maryland Scholastic Association, now the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), A Conference champion in Calvert Hall and the defending state 2A champion Gladiators.
Glenelg returns a couple of 1993 All-Metro players in junior shortstop Mike Goldberg and senior DH/third baseman Brian Boteler. Coach Terry Coleman's Gladiators dropped their opener by 2-1 to Kurt Weitzel (five-hitter) and No. 13 Centennial on Wednesday.
The visiting Cardinals of coach Joe "Snooky" Binder have posted one impressive win already and annually take on all comers. Junior 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-hander Andy Bair went 6 2/3 innings last Thursday to stop Washington area power Riverdale Baptist, 6-4.
Bair, who pitched for the Oriolelanders in the fall, picked up the win thanks to a save by senior Craig Shiel. Bair also hit a two-run homer.
Saturday Calvert Hall will play in an Easter Tournament at Arundel High in Gambrills. A Calvert Hall matchup with No. 3, defending state 4A champion Arundel in the championship at 3:30 p.m. Saturday is likely.
Calvert Hall plays Queen Anne's in its first game of the tournament on Saturday and the host Wildcats play Oakland Mills of Howard County on Thursday. The consolation is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday with the championship game to follow.
Arundel coach Bernie Walter has moved his leadoff hitter of the past two seasons in All-County shortstop Jeff Hedrick to the No. 3 spot in the order this season. Hedrick is one of the metro area's top hitters.
Hedrick is being recruited by junior colleges in Tallahassee, Fla., and Odessa, Texas.
Lansdowne looks strong
The outstanding 1-2 pitching punch of Randy Musgrove and Brian Sullivan led coach Ron Bareford's Lansdowne Vikings to the state 3A title last year. The Vikings should be right there again despite graduating their top two pitchers because Bareford has blue-chip catcher Rob Parsons doing double duty.
Parsons pitched Wednesday's 2-2 tie (called because of darkness) with ninth-ranked Patapsco. The strong-armed senior will be able to pitch thanks to sophomore JV graduate Billy Walter. Walter will catch when Parsons pitches, and the former will play first base when Parsons puts on the equipment.
Senior right-hander Bob Wheelton pitched a five-hitter to stop No. 7 Perry Hall on Thursday. The senior leadership of Parsons and Wheelton is vital to the Vikings' drive back to the Final Four to defend its title.
No. 100 for Stover
Mark Stover started his 10th season as head coach at Broadneck with career win No. 100 on Saturday. Sean Ryan pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts as the 20th-ranked Bruins (1-0) presented Stover (100-85) the milestone with a 5-1 win over Bel Air (0-1) in Cape St. Claire.
Terps make inroads
A couple of early signings around the state indicate that the University of Maryland is making inroads with some top local talent. The Terps signed a pair of bluechippers in catcher Brandt Childs of state 2A contending Damascus of Montgomery County and left-handed pitcher Kasey Richardson of Northern in Calvert County.
Northern is a playoff contender in the pitching rich 4A East Region that includes Arundel, Old Mill and North County.
The Terps are also interested in Old Mill 6-foot-5 right-hander Ken Pumphrey and Broadneck's 6-7 Ryan. Offers have been made to both.
Gilman catcher Peter Bogue has been accepted for Yale.
"Peter is our best player, carries a 4.0 GPA and is just a great kid in every way," says Greyhounds coach Marty Meloy.
Former Mount St. Joseph All-Metro catcher Tom Gilbert, who is in the Gaels' Hall of Fame after starring in baseball and football during the 1970s, is now an assistant baseball coach to Mike Warrenfeltz at Middletown High in Frederick.
Another ex-All Metro Gael, Jimmy Foit (shortstop), is in the same neighborhood as head coach at Thomas Johnson.
While the people in Frederick aren't too happy about it, Anne Arundel County is ecstatic over landing the state baseball finals May 27-28 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. The girls' state softball tournament is already an annual event in Anne Arundel at Randazzo Park.
Speaking of women who play, not softball but baseball, Corrigans 20-and-under team run by the legendary Walter Youse is going to play the Silver Bullets women's pro team this summer. Corrigans and the Silver Bullets hope to announce the date soon.
"I'll make sure I throw my ace and not give them a chance to beat us," said Youse.
Quote of the week
This from Archbishop Spalding's veteran coach Tom Lind, who starred at Mount St. Joseph and Loyola College before playing briefly in the St. Louis Cardinals' system: "I had a minor-league coach in Myrtle Beach who loved the game so much, he once told us that he hoped to die getting hit by a baseball."
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