BaseballThe first pitch has been thrown in the Howard...


April 14, 1994|By Rich Scherr


The first pitch has been thrown in the Howard County Youth Program's 42nd season of Little League baseball, and 40th at Wallas Park in Ellicott City.

9-10 boys -- The Pirates and Giants began their International League seasons in style, each scoring two wins in the opening week.

The Pirates defeated the Angels, 11-8, on opening day, then came back Saturday to top the Tigers, 8-7. Pitcher Brian Carlson was the hero of the opener, striking out eight in three innings while reliever Paul Santucci came in against the Tigers and retired the final two batters with the bases loaded to preserve the victory.

The Giants won their opener against the Twins, 14-1, as Jonathan Gross and Shaughn Nealk each threw two shutout innings, and Michael Kruger and Tim Phelps scored three runs apiece. The team then came back to edge the Rangers, 17-16.

Other opening-week winners included the Red Sox, behind the strong pitching of Chris Maruyama, who struck out three straight hitters in the third; the Phillies, who defeated the Twins thanks in part to Kyle Tranter's four RBIs; the Padres, who won, 14-12, on Matt Hill's tie-breaking hit in the fifth, and the Expos, who got strong pitching from Peter Ressler and Jeff Carr.

* 10-11 boys -- The Yankees, sponsored by Donald and Sandra Garratt, looked especially strong in the opening games of the Minor League season.

After beating the Phillies, 18-3, the Yankees came back on Saturday to upend the Cardinals, 13-2. Pitchers Brian Hedges, Rick Wilson and Scott Grempler got plenty of offensive support from a potent lineup.

The Reymax Columbia Pirates edged the Standard Medical Imaging Angels, 11-10, as Brandon Rice starred in the field, on the mound and at the plate. Rice had a single, triple and two RBIs, made three tough plays at shortstop and pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the victory.

The Cardinals defeated the Rangers, 8-5, as infielder Ryan Swann smacked two doubles; the Indians edged the Reds, 13-10, as Blake Phillips homered; the Royals beat the Padres, 10-9, as Frank Brinkofski doubled in the winning run, and the Empire National Funding Red Sox held off the Bumble Bee Seafood Dodgers, 4-3, behind the strong pitching of Garrett Adler and Alex Becker's three RBIs.

* 11-12 boys -- In the HCYP Major League, the Dr. Muhammad Afzal's White Sox, the Key Press Limited Printing Rangers and the Twins each won their first two games of the season, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 54-20.

The White Sox opened with a 12-2 win over the Padres and improved to 2-0 with an 11-9 victory over the Bradford Federal Savings Bank Reds on Saturday.

First baseman Scott Afzal led the hit parade with two doubles, one coming in a 3-for-3 performance Saturday. Other standouts included pitchers Brian Neidig -- who gave up one hit in three innings against the Reds -- and Matt Lang -- who went three solid innings against the Padres.

Pitching was also key for the White Sox. First, Derok Roach, Steve Sweich, Jesse Bridges and Mike Phipps combined to one-hit the Cardinals in a 3-1 victory, then Sweich and Roach allowed just two hits in a 9-3 win over the Giants.

The story was much the same for the Twins. On opening day, John Krumpotich, Patrick Foley and Steve Schaeffer combined for a one-hit gem against the Giants in a 12-2 win. Shortstop Chase Spence provided some offense with an inside-the-park home run.

Then on Saturday, Schaeffer struck out five in his two innings of work and catcher Andy Cruttenden stole three bases as their team defeated the Phillies, 7-3.

* 13-14 boys -- Starter J.J. Williams gave up two hits in three innings and Ryan Greer hit a game-winning two-run double to lead the White Sox over the Padres, 5-3, in the HCYP Pony League last week.

Mike O'Connel also pitched three strong innings for the White Sox to earn the save.

The Pirates also opened the season with a win, defeating the Angels, 15-4. Pitcher Jim Stepanek hurled three strong innings, and catcher Mike Von Paris and outfielder Ryan Thompson combined for five RBIs for the victors.

Catcher Bryan Warner went 3-for-3 and scored three runs as the Dodgers upended the Red Sox, 13-5, and Aron Selnick drove in four runs and pitched two strong innings as the Grand Slam USA Padres edged the Royals, 17-15.


* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars began their season a winning note, defeating Severna Park, 3-1, and the Columbia Lazers, 5-1.

Emily Bielefeld led the offense with three goals in the games, followed by Marissa Catalano (two), Carolyn Flowers and Lee Custer. Sarah Bartholomew, Monica Dodd and Catalano also chipped in with assists.

Defensively, Angie Jefferson and Michelle Osterberger led the way.

* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Condors had an anti-climatic start to their Washington Area Girls Soccer League spring season on Saturday.

Final score: Columbia 0, Severna Park 0.

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