Baseball* 11-12 boys -- The Columbia Youth Baseball...

RECREATION ROUNDUP

June 23, 1994|By Rich Scherr

Baseball

* 11-12 boys -- The Columbia Youth Baseball Association Phillies won two games last week to claim the Tri-County Select League championship.

After beating the Columbia Youth Yankees, 7-3, in the tournament semifinals on Monday, the Phillies (21-2) came back on Thursday to defeat the Howard County Wildcats, 8-1, for the )) title.

In Monday's game, the CYBA team, sponsored by Columbia Bank, got good pitching from starter T.J. Welsh (five strikeouts in three innings) and reliever Andy Chung.

Offensively, Tim Hendren, Ben Shannon, Welsh, Chung, Vinnie Rubbo and Seth Smith collected RBIs.

In the championship game, it was more of the same for the Phillies' offense.

The Phillies took a 5-0 lead after two, as Matt Caporaletti had an RBI single and Shannon then tripled in two more.

After the Wildcats answered with a run in the second -- courtesy of Jason Dillon's RBI double -- the Phillies added a single run in the third and two more in the sixth on Welsh's home run over the center-field fence.

Rubbo and Shannon pitched effectively all day, surrendering only five hits and getting good defensive support from Chung, Ben Coffman and Chris Yetter.

* Over-30 men -- Scott Porter pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the Columbia Cardinals defeated Harmans, 4-1, in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League.

Porter (2-1) held Harmans hitless for the final six innings to lead the Cardinals (4-5) to their third straight win.

Hitting stars for the victors included Tom O'Neill (2-for-4, triple, two RBIs), Mike Briel (2-for-4, double, two runs scored) and Henry Wong (2-for-4, one run scored).

* 9-10 boys -- No team in the Howard County Youth Program International League has been on quite as big a roll as the White Sox.

In six recent wins, the Sox outscored opponents, 70-29. The latest of their triumphs were a 4-2 win over the Twins and a 12-5 win over the Phillies.

Against the Twins, the White Sox came from behind to take the lead on Will Keay's near-perfect bunt. Other stars included Ryan Spence (triple, scored twice), Ryan Justice (three strong innings as pitcher) and John Droege, Seth Kampf and Brandon Moore (solid defense).

Against the Phillies, Matt Babcock's bases-loaded triple broke open a 2-1 game, while Brian Swiech and Moore each reached base four times. Moore also combined with Swiech to pitch six strong innings.

In other action, the Giants edged the Indians, 10-9, as Joe Zanetti scored three runs. The Twins beat the Expos, 15-10, as Seth Schulen, Jason Hiath and Matt Tulucs each had two hits.

The Phillies defeated the Giants, 12-3, the Royals beat the Rangers, 13-4, and the Phillies powered by the Pirates, 19-10.

* 10-11 boys -- The Thorn Apple Valley Mets have been on a tear recently in the Howard County Youth Program Minor League.

In a 16-3 win over the Padres, James Kehr singled, tripled and had four RBIs, Brian Rizzi homered and Jason Turbyfill had two hits and two RBIs.

Then, in a 10-3 win over the Reds, Sean Hoagland singled and drove in two runs and Mark Lenoir added a bases-loaded triple.

The Yankees continued their winning ways last week with a 9-7 victory over the Reds. Joe Michalski homered, Andrew Mecchi went 2-for-2 and Brian Hedges picked up the win on the mound.

The White Sox scored 32 runs in two wins last week.

The team started the week with a 12-5 win over the Twins as Ryan Grabb singled, doubled and drove in a run. Then, in a 20-9 thrashing of the Phillies, every player in the lineup contributed with solid performances.

In other games, the Bumble Bee Seafood Dodgers hammered the Standard Medical Imaging Angels, 12-4, and the Empire National Funding Red Sox defeated the Tigers, 10-8.

* 11-12 boys -- The Yankees and Pirates each scored two wins last week in the Howard County Youth Program Major League.

The Yankees defeated the Royals, 16-9, and the Rangers, 7-6, while the Pirates upended the Phillies, 17-6, and the Cardinals, 14-4.

* 13-14 boys -- The Grand Slam USA Padres got three hits and four RBIs from Aaron Selnick and two RBIs from Charles Wilson en route to an 11-4 win last week in the Howard County Youth Program Pony League.

Mark Butterfield also pitched three shutout innings for the victors.

In another game last week, the Dodgers edged the Angels, 5-3, as starter Mike Rice allowed just one run in his five innings of work. Catcher Brian Warner also played well defensively, not allowing a stolen base.

* Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.

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