Easter tourneys promise fine matchups

SIDELINES

April 01, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

If everything goes as expected, there should be some very exciting baseball games in Easter tournament finals tomorrow.

In the Arundel Tournament in Gambrills, the No. 3 host Wildcats (1-0) defeated Oakland Mills of Howard County, 10-2, yesterday while top-ranked Calvert Hall (2-0) should handle Queen Anne's at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

If the Cardinals win in the morning that would set up a 3:30 p.m. finale between No. 3 and No. 1 at Arundel High.

A Wildcat/Cardinal showdown would be a classic, matching two outstanding clubs and two fiery coaches in Arundel's Bernie Walter and the Cardinals' Joe Binder.

Arundel is the defending state 4A champion while Calvert Hall is the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (formerly Maryland Scholastic Association) champion. It's a can't miss for high school baseball fans.

Another can't miss, and you can see both, could be the 10th annual Bruin Holiday Tournament final at 1 p.m. at Broadneck High.

The first-round games at Broadneck will be played at 10 a.m. The No. 20 Bruins (1-0) should beat Loyola while No. 2 Old Mill should be a winner over Archbishop Curley in the first round. Last year's Bruin tournament was rained out.

Baseball teams ranked

Three Anne Arundel County baseball teams are ranked in the first Baseball Coaches State Poll for Big Schools. Arundel and Old Mill are 1-2, respectively, with Mike Wooden-led North County No. 7.

Wooden, a right-handed pitcher and third baseman, was the only junior among "16 Players to Watch" in a high school preview by The Washington Post.

Never give up

If you don't succeed, try, try again is the ancient saying and it certainly applies to 1991 Northeast High grads Craig Everett and Donnie Shump.

Until this fall, Everett and Shump, who led the Eagles to an unprecedented 24-0 national and state 2A baseball championship season in 1991, never had been academically eligible for college play.

Everett, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year in 1991 after hitting .442 with four homers and 30 RBIs, is tearing it up with Anne Arundel Community.

Shump, now playing at Essex Community College, set county and state records in career (81) and single-season (45) RBIs in his senior year.

Red shirts

If you've been following the red-hot AACC baseball team (14-1) and wondered why you haven't seen the name of Severna Park right-hander John Ritter among the list of outstanding Pioneer freshman pitchers, wonder no more.

Ritter has a sore arm that could result in his soon being red-shirted.

All-County and second-team All-Metro first baseman/DH Ryan Dempsey (seven homers, 31 RBIs last spring) of Old Mill is going to be red-shirted at UMBC.

Pioneers miss a winner

Did you know that Brian Smith, who scored the winning goal in the second overtime to give Essex Community College (4-1) a 12-11 thriller over AACC (5-1), is a transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy?

How did the Pioneers let Smith get out of the Annapolis area?

Panthers commit to colleges

Annapolis lacrosse coach Dan Hart said his two superb defensemen, David Winegrad and Jack Copus, have committed to Princeton and the University of Delaware, respectively.

Norwood's spikes a title

How about congrats to the Norwood Car Center for winning its fourth consecutive Pasadena Seniors Volleyball Championship by taking six straight in the playoffs and finishing 47-13 overall?

Norwood's player/coach George "Wacko" Kelch teamed up with Bill Prunkl, Fenn Stallsmith, Paul Zimmerman, Ron Elecamp, Tim Nulty, Doug Ripple and Lou Peterson to keep the team's streak alive.

With volleyball behind them, now it's on to 55-and-over softball for Kelch and mates.

Kelch runs the Spindler's men's team in the Anne Arundel League, which will open on May 4 with a record 18 teams.

Betty and Jakes won both the 50-and-over and the 55-and-over county leagues last year, and the World Tournament for 50 and over.

Eckman and Angelos

Finally, if you want to catch Glen Burnie's Charley Eckman in rare form, tune in Channel 13-WJZ at noon Sunday for "Boog and Friends."

Eckman sits in with hosts Boog Powell and Tom Davis, and their guest, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

"It's better than the movies," said Eckman. "They brought me in to loosen up Angelos and I did. You can go to sleep on them cherries."

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