Pumphrey stands out in pitching bumper crop

May 02, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Is this the year of the pitcher in the metro area, or what?

Check this list of outstanding senior hurlers who have drawn interest from pro and college scouts: Brandon Agamennone, Arundel; Ken Pumphrey and Mike Bussey, Old Mill; Steve Matcuk, Mount St. Joseph; Sean Ryan, Broadneck and Jason White, Chesapeake-AA.

And, David Hudson, Centennial; Shane Beaver, Atholton; Keith Volkman, Glen Burnie.

Then there are next year's seniors. How about these promising juniors: Andy Bair, Calvert Hall; Mike Wooden and Tweety Barton, North County; and Mike Ginsberg, McDonogh?

The senior who has drawn the most interest is the Patriots'

6-foot-5 right-hander, Pumphrey. The scouts have been clocking him at 84-86 mph on the Rays radar gun and 88-90 on the original gun by Jugs and say of him that, "he's nice and loose."

Pumphrey already has turned down scholarship offers to Towson State and Maryland, and is giving every indication he will be signable come the June draft. At least a couple pro clubs have asked him if he would sign if they drafted him.

Crown tryouts

Four sites will be used on Sunday, May 22, to select 80 players for the final Crown All-Star Baseball Game Tryouts on May 29. The final tryout will encompass a 10 a.m. doubleheader with 20 players each from four regions at the Wicomico County Athletic Complex in Salisbury.

After the Wicomico tryout, the North and South teams will be selected to play in the Crown All-Star Game on June 19 at Camden Yards after the Orioles-Minnesota Twins game.

The initial tryouts will be held at these four regional sites at 10 a.m., May 22: East Region at Broadneck High; West at Boonsboro High; North at Catonsville Community College and the South at South Carroll High.

Check with your high school to see what region you are in and for an application form that must be filled out and submitted within the next week according to tryout chairman and Broadneck head coach Mark Stover.

"Filling out the forms is a liability thing and we had one kid who would have made it last year left out because he hadn't filed an application," said Stover.

Players on all state schools, public and private are eligible.

Father vs. son

When Gilman defeated Patterson 13-9 last week, losing coach Roger Wrenn had mixed emotions. Wrenn's Clippers lost, but his son, Russell, a sophomore first baseman at Gilman, went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs against his father's team.

"I told my team I would root for Patterson, but when my son was up, I would root for him," said Wrenn. "I told them I have to root for him because I have to live with his mother.

"We live in the same house you know. But it was a great family day and my team was there for it."

Wrenn's wife, Linda, called it "a perfect day because all my boys were there."

Your attention please

Remember when umpires used to get a change from a team and bellow out the name of the substitute so that everybody watching knew who was pinch-hitting or coming into pitch?

Rarely do high school baseball games have a PA system in working order, and the fans and parents watching see the coaches making changes and bringing new players in and have no way of knowing who that player is. The conferences between the coach and umpire, usually near home plate, seem so secretive that the fans feel left out of such high-level stuff.

Wouldn't it be nice if the umpires went back to the old way of hollering out the names of substitutes?

"Absolutely," says Patterson's Wrenn.

"I think that's something for the umpires to consider so that everybody know who's in the game, not just the managers and scorekeepers."

Certainly, it would make the kids feel good hearing their name yelled out by the man in blue.

Around the horn

Bob Nykyforchyn, the umpire who worked the plate in the recent Andy Bair perfect game over McDonogh said the Calvert Hall left-hander was "hitting the spot and it was the best game I've had the privilege of working in some 20 years of umpiring.". . . After lasting three innings and suffering a 14-9 loss to 12th-ranked Gilman on Tuesday at Joe Cannon Stadium, Spalding freshman Jared Vogt (3-6) bounced back to knock off the Greyhounds, 12-4, on Saturday.

Vogt, who also had a double, gave up a first-inning grand slam and only four hits through six innings with seven strikeouts to notch the win.

Patapsco High welcomed back pitcher/shortstop Jerry Vecchioni this week just in time for a late-season run at the Class 3A playoffs. . . Atholton's hard throwing right-hander Shane Beaver visited East Tenn. State last weekend.

Edgewood's three-year starting shortstop/pitcher, Chris James, has received a rare full scholarship to Division I Liberty. . . . Arundel's Agamennone is expected to sign for a near full (will live off-campus) scholarship to Maryland this week. . . Aggie was academically accepted last week and had been waiting for the good news.

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