Wall sets nationals as goal for Essex

May 01, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

When new Essex Community College men's soccer coach Tommy Wall takes the field this fall, Big Brother (in-law) will be watching.

Wall, an assistant coach last season, was named the fifth soccer coach in the school's history last week after Tony Askew resigned after three years.

He is hoping to equal the success Pete Caringi -- his brother-in-law -- had at the school.

Caringi, who now coaches UMBC, took the Knights to the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs five times in the 1980s, advancing to the championship game in 1984 and 1989.

Essex, which won the national championship under Ed Wren in 1974, finished 5-5-1 this past season, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

"My goal is to get back to the nationals," said Wall, a former semi-pro player and amateur coach. "Essex has always been a good soccer school. I want to instill a winning tradition back into the players.

"We hardly have anyone coming back, but there's a good crop of high school kids graduating. The key will be getting five or six kids that are good players and building around them."

Juggling act

Anyone who watched Friday's Region XX softball playoff game between Dundalk Community College and Hagerstown Junior College probably needed a score card to tell who the players on Dundalk were.

That's because Dundalk coach Charlie Holston believed some realignment was in order after his team committed 20 errors and gave up 22 unearned runs in a doubleheader loss to Hagerstown last Saturday.

Friday, Holston moved Vicki Mengel from catcher to third base; Heather Amend from third to right field; Tracy Lee from right field to first base; Kay Knoerlein from first to center field; and Tracy Brannock from center to catcher.

Only second baseman Tina Law, shortstop Laura Kreiger and the pitcher/left-field platoon of Chris Cavanaugh and Tammy Lee stayed the same.

For one game, at least, the moves paid off.

The Lions committed just two errors and won, 8-2. They even pulled off a triple play.

@4 "I knew we couldn't do any worse," Holston said.

Over and out

Prior to this season, Catonsville Community College softball coach John Sparrow had seen one of his players hit a home run over the fence just once in three years.

This season, Sparrow has witnessed four homers -- two each by Diane Hargis and Sherri Martin.

During Monday's game at Cecil, Hargis and Martin hit back-to-back blasts over the fence.

"It was phenomenal," Sparrow said. "You just don't see many people hitting the ball out. But to see it back-to-back -- I'd expect to see a no-hitter before something like that."

Hall of Fame

Catonsville third baseman Johnny Hall capped a 6-for-6 game against Dundalk on Thursday by hitting a tie-breaking home run in the top of the 11th inning.

The Cardinals went on to score seven more times in the inning en route to a 15-7 victory.

Along with his homer, Hall had four singles, a double and five RBIs.

Unkart pitches no-hitter

Dundalk pitcher Eric Unkart tossed a rain-shortened no-hitter in the Lions' 5-0 win over Cecil on Wednesday. The game was called after five innings.

A5 Unkart raised his record to 5-0, with a 1.75 ERA.

For the record

Brian Baroody has broken two Dundalk baseball records, and his teammate Roger Main tied another.

Baroody's double against Catonsville on Thursday was his 62nd hit, eclipsing the record for hits in a season set by Stu Anthony in 1988. Baroody's hit total stands at 75.

With the Region XX tournament beginning this week, Baroody has clinched the record for highest batting average. He is hitting .524, well above the old mark of .426, which he established last season.

Main's four RBIs against Montgomery Germantown yesterday gave him 41 for the season, equaling Anthony's 1988 record.

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