Life is sunny for Dundalk baseball team

JUCO NOTEBOOK

April 10, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Editor's note: This week the Baltimore Sun begins a weekly community college sports notebook. Each week there will be notes about the athletic teams at Baltimore City Community College, Catonsville Community College, Dundalk Community College and Essex Community College.

After a trip down South two weeks ago, things are looking up for the Dundalk Community College baseball team.

The Lions (11-5) returned from a five-game trip to Florida with a 4-1 record.

After opening the excursion with a 4-3 loss to Valencia Community College, DCC beat Seminole Community College, 13-11, and Stetson, 13-6.

The Lions, ranked ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, then avenged their loss by defeating Valenica twice, 2-1, and 5-0.

DCC's only loss in Florida came on a passed ball.

The Lions' performance in Florida further cemented coach Elliott Oppenheim's belief that this is one of his better teams.

"Those teams in Florida have already played 30 or 40 games," said Oppenheim, who is in his 26th season.

"We usually have a losing record on the trip. We've been going down there for 11 years, and I think we've only had two or three winning trips."

Just like Brady

DCC softball coach Charlie Holston moved center fielder Tracy Brannock from her usual spot in the batting order (sixth or seventh) to the leadoff spot for the second game of a doubleheader against the University of Maryland's club team on Tuesday.

Brannock responded by knocking in seven runs, as the Lions went on to a 13-0 victory and a sweep.

She went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the second game. In the two games, Brannock was a combined 5-for-6 with eight RBI.

Cardinals soaring high

After an 0-2 start, the Catonsville Community College softball team has won six of seven, including three straight.

"We experimented with the lineup our first two or three games, so it's not unusual to lose a few," Cardinals coach John Sparrow said.

"Overall, I'm pleased. Right now, we're playing our best ball this spring. We're starting to jell as a team."

One experiment that is paying off for the defending Region XX champs is Sara O'Connor's move from catcher to right field.

O'Connor has made several outstanding catches in the outfield, and she has had a hot bat as well.

She had a home run and a triple against North Greenville last month, and went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI against Anne Arundel Community College on Tuesday.

Brown, Farace sign

Baltimore City Community College guard David Brown has signed with the Pfeiffer College basketball team.

Brown averaged 24.2 points per game and was named to the All-Maryland JUCO team this past season.

Angela Farace of Catonsville Community College has accepted a full soccer scholarship to Clemson.

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