Bogue's accidental start is Gilman's good fortune

May 09, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

When he was 12, Gilman catcher Peter Bogue benefited from the misfortune of a good friend. And a star was born.

"I was the shortstop on our team, and [Gilman teammate] Jamie Biddison was a catcher," Bogue said. "But he could never get it to second base and he never got anyone stealing."

The last game of the year, Biddison was sick and Bogue found a position he loves better than any on the field.

"Coach said 'You're going to catch today,' " Bogue said. "I think I threw out two guys and said, 'This is great. I think I'll catch for the rest of my life.' "

Despite his size (6-foot-3, 180-pounds), the slender Bogue doesn't mind getting down to do the dirty work for Gilman (14-3).

"I love it because you're always busy," said Bogue, 18. "There's never any dull moments and you're in every play."

Presently, the third batter in the Greyhounds' lineup, Bogue is hitting .436 with 25 RBIs, two doubles, two triples and four home runs. The fleet-footed senior, who has been successful on 16 of 17 steal attempts, having scored 24 times, says, "I feel kind of privileged to be thought of as stepping up as a leader."

Gilman coach Marty Meloy said: "He's a very intelligent player and leads more by example than vocally. I'd say that those are his best qualities, along with being a hard worker."

Biddison harbors no ill feelings toward Bogue for capitalizing on his illness all those years ago. In fact, they're nearly inseparable in the sports they play at Gilman. Each was an All-Metro football pick -- Bogue as a safety and Biddison twice as a linebacker.

"He's a great all-around player and hustles in everything he does," Biddison said. "You'll see him on the base paths stealing bases, calling a great game behind the plate and really blocking everything. It's not just his hitting. It's his skills and his attitude, which are really terrific."

Those traits, his 4.0 grade-point average and his 1350 Scholastic Assessment Test score are taking him to Yale this fall, where he plans to major in economics. The Florida Marlins checked out Bogue last summer, however, and he admits if he's drafted, he'd have to give the professional ranks serious consideration.

"I'd really have to think hard about it and the offer that they'd give me," Bogue said.

McDonogh's two-time All-Metro Kenny Cloude last August came to terms with the Seattle Mariners, getting an $80,000 signing bonus, $32,000 toward a guaranteed education and an incentive bonus worth $7,500.

"If the offer was good enough, I'd be tempted," Bogue said. "And if it's anything like Cloude's, it would really open my eyes."

A three-year veteran and one of nine returning starters from a 9-11 squad, Bogue has 81 put-outs and has thrown out eight runners.

"I do my best to block every pitch," said Bogue.

"I hate passed balls and try to keep them to a minimum. They're like an error to me."

Bogue's determination has paid off: He's been as perfect behind the plate -- with no errors -- as he is in the classroom.

"Our coach does a great job of charting batters, so you know how to pitch a lot of players, but he always quizzes me before the game," said Bogue.

"You've got to be thinking two or three pitches ahead: 'What's this guy been hitting. Is he pulling off? Should we throw low and away or high and in?' "

Bogue's most challenging efforts, he said, were in the two victories over top-ranked Calvert Hall -- the first by 7-6 on April 14, and the second by 4-3 on Friday.

"We kept their runs down by just playing great defense," said Bogue.

Bogue was the worst enemy to Calvert Hall batters, if you ask teammate Greg Dobbyn (4-1), the Greyhounds' winning pitcher in the second victory over the Cardinals.

"I was confident enough to throw my pitches and know that he would stop them," said Dobbyn.

Unstoppable best describes Bogue's effort at the plate against Calvert Hall in that game, as he doubled, homered and drove in all four runs for Gilman.

"I was just in a zone, seeing the ball really well on almost every pitch," said Bogue.

"I like to think I'm maturing as a catcher and a hitter, blocking pitchers and calling a good game."

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