Calvert Hall serving up No. 1 notice to Arundel

April 04, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Nodding toward the big green banner on the fence in left-center field at Arundel High in Gambrills, Calvert Hall coach Joe "Snooky" Binder said with a big grin, "Anytime you beat the No. 1 team in the country, you've got to feel good."

Binder's top-ranked Cardinals (4-0) had just knocked off the No. 3 Wildcats (2-1) of coach Bernie Walter, 3-1, to win the Arundel Easter Tournament Saturday. The banner reads, "Arundel High 1993 National Champions."

Arundel won an unprecedented sixth state 4A title last spring with a record of 21-1 and took the No. 1 ranking in both The Baltimore Sun's final poll and Easton's National High School Poll published by Collegiate Baseball.

The banner proved to be an added incentive for the Hall, especially for junior left-hander Andy Bair whose relief effort preserved the 3-1 victory. Bair came on in the sixth with none out and two Wildcats on base and proceeded to set down six in succession, striking out the first five.

"We wanted to prove we are No. 1 and I was pumped when coach Binder brought me in," said Bair, who had pitched five shutout innings Thursday in a 10-0 (mercy rule) romp over McDonogh.

Binder was asked if knocking off the "No. 1 team in the country," made his Cardinals "No. 1 in the world," and the manager handled it with diplomacy.

"Absolutely," said Binder .

"But seriously, Bernie always has a good ball club and we enjoy coming down here. He hadn't had the tournament for a couple years and we were glad he invited us back. I have a lot of respect for his program."

For now, Calvert Hall is definitely No. 1 in the metro area and Arundel has no excuses. Walter ran out his ace Brandon Agamennone and the right-hander went the distance in suffering his first loss in two years.

Coach Al Frank nearly pulled off an upset of then No. 2 Old Mill in the first game of the Broadneck Bruins' Tournament Saturday.

Coming off a dismal 2-14 season in 1993, Frank's Friars scored three in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead only to have the Patriots score two in the bottom half and win it by 6-5.

Broadneck won its own tournament with a pair of 1-run, eight-inning victories with junior Dan Gerbasi getting the winning hit with two outs in each game.

Broadneck 6-foot-7 right-hander Sean Ryan, who picked up the win in the first game of the Bruin Holiday Tournament with two scoreless innings of relief, is considering Maryland, Richmond, James Madison and Yale to continue his education and baseball career.

Ryan is an excellent student who also played football and basketball for the Bruins, but will play only baseball in college. That's, of course, if he doesn't get drafted and doesn't sign with a pro club in June.

Coach Dave Norton's then No. 6 Gaels of Mount St. Joe rolled to the championship of their own Lead-Off Tournament with victories by 5-0 over Glen Burnie in the final and 9-4 over Fallston in the first round. Norton got well-pitched games by seniors Tom Ranier and Ryan McGonigal.

Then No. 8 North County and No. 10 Chesapeake-AA also won Easter tournaments with the former taking the North Caroline Tournament on a two-hitter by Bob Christopher and a one-hitter by Tweety Barton with a save by Mike Wooden.

Chesapeake won the Thomas Stone Tournament in Charles County as Brian Doyle went 6-for-9 in wins over Potomac by 5-2 and host Stone by 11-5. Jeremy Pellegrini had a two-hitter against Potomac.

Greg White, a right-handed pitcher considered to be the top prospect in Pennsylvania, pitched his Waynesboro, Pa., team to a victory over Mount St. Joseph last week.

Look out, Big Ten

Former All-Metro outfielder Roy Marsh of Perry Hall has catchers in the Big Ten a nervous wreck every time he reaches first base for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Marsh, a 1991 Perry Hall graduate, set the single season record for stolen bases (29) in the Big Ten.

The old record was 25 and Marsh keeps adding to his Buckeyes career stolen base record of 65. His younger brother Mandell also can fly and is a senior center fielder for the Gators of coach Larry Butts.

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