Regional may feature all-Arundel cast

SIDELINES

May 06, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Things are really looking up for four Anne Arundel County Class 4A teams to make the East Region baseball playoffs that begin Friday, May 20.

No. 2-ranked Arundel (13-2) and No. 3 Old Mill (12-3) are leading the pack with Severna Park (9-3) and Chesapeake (10-5) right behind.

No. 11 North County (8-7) and Glen Burnie (8-6) are in slumps and fading fast, and two Calvert County schools in the region are not doing much better. Through Wednesday, Calvert was 8-5 and Northern 8-6.

What hurts Calvert and Northern is that most of the teams they play are Class 3A or 2A, which only gets them seven or six points per win while the Anne Arundel 4A clubs play mostly 4A schools, which are worth eight points a win.

With most of those involved having only five games left, time is running out and an all-Anne Arundel County regional appears likely.

Severna Park will have a lot to say about the final seedings because the Falcons have four games left (two each) with Arundel and Old Mill.

The Falcons beat Old Mill yesterday and Chesapeake lost to Arundel.

If Arundel and Old Mill keep on rolling, their Wednesday meeting at Old Mill could decide the top seed.

Baseball 'Q's without answers

Haven't the best coaching jobs been done by Severna Park'Jim Pitt and Chesapeake's Jim Simms?

Pitt, who seemingly has a master's in the art of hitting, has been winning by pitching by committee with a staff of young and inexperienced hurlers. His handling of the pitching staff has been superb.

Simms lost his catcher, shortstop and one of his top pitchers (to a transfer) but has his Cougars playoff-bound once again. He made sure his team didn't go in the tank when they lost No. 2 pitcher Jeremy Pellegrini to an arm injury by bringing along junior pitchers Derek Blood and Randy Clifford.

Jason White has been on a tear pitching (2-0, 23 strikeouts in 12 innings in the last two games) and hitting (15-for-21 with 15 RBIs in the last four games), and Pellegrini is back throwing just in time for a serious run at the region title.

* What has happened to North County again? All that pitching -- Mike Wooden, Bob Christopher and Tweety Barton -- and they may miss the playoffs again.

More chances to shine

Seniors who play baseball will have a couple of chances tshowcase their talents.

The Crown All-Star Game tryouts will be conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at Broadneck High. Athletes should see their coaches about registration.

Those chosen for the South Region team at Broadneck will compete for the final roster spots on May 29 at the Wicomico County Athletic Complex in Salisbury.

Players who make the final cut will play in the Crown Game on Sunday, June 19, at Camden Yards after the Orioles and Minnesota Twins game.

* The Joe Cannon Senior All-Star Game for Anne Arundel County players is set for noon Sunday, June 5, at Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

A baseball scholar dinner will be conducted on May 26 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

An outstanding baseball-playing student from each county school will be honored with an overall winner receiving a monetary scholarship from the Friends of Joe Cannon Committee. Orioles announcer Rex Barney will be the guest speaker at the dinner.

Panthers at work

Scores of volunteers will converge on the new baseball fielunder construction at Annapolis High on Saturday morning.

"The volunteers will put on the final touches, such as erecting fences and an irrigation system in the outfield," said Dick Dacey.

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