Severna Park, Gilman show they are for real this season

May 09, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Without question, the metro area's two most surprising teams this season have been No. 6 Gilman (14-4) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference and No. 12 Severna Park (11-4) of the Anne Arundel Class 4A League.

Both teams started the season with cautious optimism despite not having an outstanding pitcher. Each club has good pitching but not a dominant pitcher that most championship teams have.

That's no knock, but rather credit to the coaches, Marty Meloy of Gilman and Jim Pitt of Severna Park, each team and the pitchers who are getting the job done.

Gilman and Severna Park have established themselves as serious contenders in their respective leagues and rung up victories this week that show they are for real.

On Thursday, Gilman knocked off top-ranked Calvert Hall (23-2) for a second time this year, by 4-3, and Severna Park humbled No. 4 Old Mill (14-4), unleashing a 20-hit attack in a 13-1 victory.

Gilman added Mount St. Joseph to its list of victims on Friday with a 4-3 triumph over the Gaels (15-7), while Severna Park took defending state 4A champion No. 2 Arundel (15-2) into extra innings before bowing, 7-4, in the eighth.

Greg Dobbyn pitched Gilman to a win over the Hall, and the combo of Misha Goberman and Brad Mowbray stopped St. Joe. Meloy's Hounds also have possibly the best all-around catcher (can hit, run, throw and has soft hands) in the metro area in Peter Bogue, who is like a coach on the field.

In Severna Park's surprisingly easy victory over Old Mill, Bill Erskine scattered seven hits to post the Falcons' first complete game of the spring.

"I've been telling our starting pitchers all year to get me six outs and then we'll give the ball to somebody else," said Pitt, who has been pitching by committee.

"We've got some great pitching in Anne Arundel this year, and I've been asking the other coaches to give me their pitching staff and we've got a state championship team because I'm not sure that in 25 years that I've had a better hitting club."

The Falcons, who visit Old Mill at 3:45 today, have been a potent club, scoring in double digits in nine of their victories. Junior outfielder Scott Neuberger was leading the county in hitting with a .590 average starting last week.

"Neuberger may be the best hitter I've ever coached," said Pitt of his leadoff batter, who is the younger brother of 1992 All-Metro selection Steve Neuberger -- now in his sophomore year at Maryland.

Around the horn

There are a lot of reasons why baseball is such a great game and one of them is, it is so unpredictable. How do you figure Gilman knocking off top-ranked Calvert Hall a second time after being beaten by Spalding freshman Jared Vogt, 12-4, on April 30?. . . Vogt has won four games for the Cavaliers (6-9) this spring.

About 20 scouts were armed with radar guns Thursday at Severna Park to clock Old Mill's 6-foot-5 right-hander Ken Pumphrey and it didn't matter to them that he was knocked out by the Falcons in the fourth inning. The scouts like Pumphrey's 86-87 mph fastball and his potential, and could care less if he wins high school games. Projection of his ability is the key.

University of Maryland assistant coach Kelly Kulina says the Terps expect Arundel's Brandon Agamennone to sign a letter of intent this week and have not given up on landing Pumphrey if he doesn't turn pro. Agamennone was accepted last week.

Maryland has already landed premier catcher Brandy Childs of Damascus and left-handed pitcher Kasey Richardson of Norhern High in Calvert County.

Isn't Calvert Hall third baseman Liam Healy having a great season with five homers (two Friday in 15-2 romp over rival Loyola), 30-plus RBIs, and an average well over .400?

In case you were wondering if the 17 homers by South Carroll was close to a state record, wonder no more. Smithsburg whacked, get this, 46 homers in 1990.

You Sheriff Fowble alumni, and there are a lot of you who played for the late Patterson Park coach who gave nearly 50 years of his life to amateur baseball, should make the Babe Ruth Museum exhibit on Sheriff a must see.

Sheriff and his wife, Virginia, the first lady of sandlot baseball, never had any children but had scores of 16 and under baseball players as their kids.

Virginia is still keeping score for Sheriff's old team, Harbor Federal, now run by Bill Becker.

Quote of the week

From Virginia Fowble on a recent baseball notebook featuring Calvert Hall's Andy Bair and his perfect game and the mention of a Fowble, protege, Al Poklemba the McDonogh coach: "I so enjoyed it, I faxed it up to Sheriff."

Virginia has always said if St. Peter ever assembles a team in heaven, Sheriff will be the hand-picked manager.

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