Baseball* 13-14 boys -- The Maryland Orioles became...


July 28, 1994|By Steven Kivinski


* 13-14 boys -- The Maryland Orioles became Maryland state champions for the Dizzy Dean League after going 3-0 in last weekend's state tournament at Forest Hills Recreation Complex in Harford County.

The Orioles (35-11 overall) are preparing for the Dizzy Dean World Series, which will take place July 30 to Aug. 7 in Woodstock, Ga. The Orioles will represent the state of Maryland in the double-elimination tournament, in which the South Cherokee Recreation Association will be host.

The Orioles qualified for the national tournament after winning two games last Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

The O's opened the tournament with an 11-1 victory over Aberdeen and later defeated the Carroll County Rangers Blue team, 5-2, in the nightcap.

The Maryland Orioles won by the 10-run rule in their opener. Joaquin Pla was the winning pitcher, striking out eight. Shortstop John Banks scored two runs and hit two doubles, and center fielder Eddie Meister went 2-for-3, tripled, drove in a run and stole three bases.

Drew Bosworth supplied spectacular defense in left field. First baseman Michael Wineke contributed with two hits and two RBIs.

Chuck Hood, who went 9-1 during the regular season, was the winning pitcher in Game 2 after giving up one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Nick Funk pitched in relief and shut down the Rangers with four strikeouts.

Pla pitched four innings of Sunday's 6-3 championship victory over the Harford Sox. Funk relieved Pla in the fifth to record the save.

The Orioles did most of their damage in the sixth inning where they scored three run on hits by Wineke, Banks, Bosworth, Greg Deboy and Tony Garvin. Bosworth made a diving catch in left field to end the championship game.

Lejon Misher made diving catch to end the first game, and Scott Taylor was the defensive stalwart at second base throughout the tournament. * 11-12 boys -- Dean Albany's Maryland Orioles 11-12 team recently won the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Sylvania, Ohio.

The Orioles (78-5 overall), who went 5-0 during the double-elimination tournament, are now preparing for the All-American Amateur Baseball Congress East Coast regionals scheduled to begin today in Oakland, N.J. The winner will advance to the AABC nationals on Aug. 4 in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Orioles opened last weekend's World Series with a 12-1 victory over Arvoda, Colorado. Kenny Nelson of Bowie pitched a two-hitter for the Orioles and center fielder Blair Thomas, the tournament's MVP, had a three-run homer and five RBIs.

The O's downed Tennessee, 17-0, in their second game as Gene Kennedy pitched a one-hitter with five strike outs and one walk. Chris Spilker and Chip Ziegler combined for a no-hitter to lead the Orioles past Cleveland, 11-2, in Game 3. Richie Guanera had three hits and four RBIs.

The Orioles drew Cleveland for the semifinals and beat them again, this time, 15-6. The O's trailed 6-0 before rallying. Ryan Childs and Spilker pitched for the Orioles, and Wes Peters contributed with a three-run homer and four RBIs. The Orioles met Arvoda again in the championship game and won, 7-2.

Spilker hit a three-run homer in first inning. Strick went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases for the Orioles, and catcher Cody Wargo, who caught the entire tournament, played flawlessly.

"The kids played good, hit the ball hard and the pitching was good," Albany said. "We could have played defense."


The Maryland Waves 14-year-old girls basketball team advanced the final double-elimination round of the National AAU tournament in Cocoa Beach, Fla. With a record of 3-1 in pool play, the Waves will be competing to be one of the 32 teams to compete for the national title.

The Waves beat New York's Hudson Valley Knights, 62-48, after trailing by three points at the half. Cara Consuegra and Rene Hines scored 17 points each to pace the Waves. The Waves defeated Louisville, Ky., in their second game, 83-67. The game was close until the second half when Heidi Moldenhauer made two straight three pointers to increase the Waves' lead to double digits. The Waves were led by Consuegra with 24 points.

The Maryland girls beat Louisiana's Kenner Angels, 83-57. Consuegra led the way with 20 points, followed by Shannon Cohen (19) and Hines (18). The Waves only loss came against the West Virginia Thunder.


The Waugh Chapel diving team defeated division-rival Padonia, 58-31, avenging their only loss of the 1993 season that ended their three-year undefeated streak. In the process, the Gambrills-based Dolphins won seven first-place awards and qualified nine more divers for league championships.

Casey Moore, who recently returned from the Junior Olympic VTC regionals, set her second team record in as many weeks with a total of 208.25 in the one-meter diving event for 15-18 year olds.

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