Teams beginning to feel all wet over scheduling

April 11, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Crazy weather drove the indoor coaches and players nuts, and now the outdoor types are feeling the pain.

Defending state 4A champion Arundel (3-1) got back on track Friday with a 7-0 victory over then No. 5-ranked Chesapeake-AA (3-1) on a two-hitter by ace Brandon Agamennone.

It was the Wildcats' first game since a 3-1 loss in their own Easter tournament final to top-ranked Calvert Hall on April 2.

"We made four errors in the Calvert Hall game and you can't do that against the better teams," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, whose Wildcats made only two on Friday.

A scheduling fiasco prevented Arundel from playing its rained out Wednesday game with North County on Thursday per usual procedure (play next day).

North County thought it was playing Glen Burnie on Thursday, but the switch from Friday was not officially approved and now the upstart Knights (2-1) are faced with four games in each of the next two weeks.

The Meade/Glen Burnie game rained out Wednesday was played on Thursday, with Arundel at North County rescheduled for tomorrow. The Class 4A East Region is tough enough, but Knights coach Don Usewick, by not officially clearing the switch, has his team at No. 4 Old Mill (2-1) at 3:45 p.m. today and facing the defending champs tomorrow.

Usewick's pitching staff can get ready for a serious test over the next two weeks and hope for no more rain. North County has not played since winning an Easter tournament on the Eastern Shore on April 2.

No. 11 Glenelg (1-1) of Howard County lost its opener, 2-1, to Centennial (4-1 ) on March 24, had no Easter tournament to play in and hadn't played in two weeks until Friday's 5-0 victory over South Carroll on a Sean Lookingbill four-hitter.

The defending state 2A champion Gladiators of coach Terry Coleman visited Wilde Lake on Thursday for a makeup game only to have the field declared unplayable.

"Talk about frustrating," said Glenelg junior Mike Goldberg, last year's All-Metro shortstop.

"We would have played in a mud puddle if they let us."

Calvert Hall (10-0) and No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (5-3) have managed to get in 10 and eight games, respectively, but they are allowed to play more than the public schools, which are restricted to 20 (before playoffs) under MPSSAA rules.

The Hall traveled to Ohio this weekend to get in five games, but not everybody has that luxury.

"Steve Plitt, who used to play for us here, is coaching at St. Bernard's of Elmore and invited us up there for a few games," said Calvert Hall coach Joe "Snooky" Binder.

Plitt might not invite his old coach back after Binder's Cardinals hammered his club, 13-1, and outscored five Ohio foes, 52-7, in taking five straight. The closest game was 5-1 over Fairfield, Ohio.

Pro and college scouts looked on Tuesday at Calvert Hall as the Cards outlasted Mount St. Joseph, 4-3. It was an opportunity to catch two quality pitchers in the Hall's junior lefty Andy Bair and the Gaels' senior right-hander, Steve Matcuk.

Bair and Matcuk didn't disappoint the guys with the radar guns and little black books, either. The two consistently ran it up there at 83-85 mph with Matcuk peaking at 86 and Bair hitting 83-84 in the seventh inning.

Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert, who had the two on his Oriolelanders fall team, was asked if Bair's 14 innings of work in a five-day period was good or bad.

"No, he's a bulldog, big strong kid, hates to come out," said Gilbert of the 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-hander who no-hit (five innings) McDonogh on Thursday, got a save (two innings) Saturday against Arundel and went the distance (seven innings) with 16 strikeouts to stop St. Joe.

Binder gave Bair a rest until Saturday in Ohio, when the workhorse four-hit Wyoming, Ohio for a five inning (10-run rule), 11-1 triumph. The win left Bair 4-0 with one save.

Another pitcher with impressive numbers is Thomas Johnson's Mike Anders. The senior is 3-0 for coach Jimmy Foit's 6-0 club with an ERA of 0.80. He has given up only five hits, walked two and struck out 31 in 17 innings.

Anders has accepted a basketball scholarship to Bucknell, but will also play baseball.

Thomas Johnson is ranked No. 3 in the Maryland state coaches poll for public schools. Arundel is No. 1 followed by Old Mill and T.J.

Quotes of the week

From Calvert Hall coach Binder after his team won the Arundel Tournament and left for home with nothing extra to put in the trunk: "The kids asked me what we got for winning and I can't believe Bernie (Walter, host coach) didn't give us anything, a broken bat or something."

Walter's response: "We don't have any broken bats, been using aluminum for quite some time."

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