BaseballThe 7-8 Bel Air travel team, after winning the...


August 14, 1994|By Mike Jefferson


The 7-8 Bel Air travel team, after winning the AABC Northern Regional Championships in New York with a 13-1 victory over Amity, N.Y., took its high-powered offense and solid defense south to Jonesboro, Ga., to compete in the AABC Roberto Clemente World Series.

Bel Air finished 2-2 and tied for third with the Old National White Sox of Georgia.

Puerto Rico scored 13 runs in the first inning of Bel Air's first national showing. But Bel Air regrouped for a seven-run third inning, sparked by a two-run homer by Kyle Minnichbach and singles from Jeff Reynolds, Jamie Ryan, Nick Kiss and Tony Ullmann.

Bel Air outscored Puerto Rico 9-8 after the first but lost the game, 21-9. Nine runs would be the most Puerto Rico allowed, as it went on to win the championship.

In the next game, Bel Air defeated Wichita, Kan., 6-2. Left-hander Minnichbach led the team with a homer that sailed over two fences, which put Bel Air in the lead 3-2 in the fourth. In the fifth, Bel Air scored three runs on singles by Reynolds, Ryan, Pat Healy and Tony Ullmann.

Wesley Hopkins stopped a Wichita rally when he made a backhanded catch in left field and threw home to save a run. Nick Kiss pitched three innings, and Fisher came on in relief. They combined on a five-hitter.

Bel Air (32-7) also defeated Jonesboro, the host team, 12-10. After falling behind 5-0, the team rallied off a three-run homer by Fisher. Bel Air trailed again 9-4 but scored eight runs in the fourth, ignited by a triple off the fence by Ryan and a clutch two-out single by Healy.

Against Sun Valley, Calif., Bel Air lost, 10-3.

Fort Wayne (Ind.), and Brother's Athletics (Michigan) also competed in the tournament.

More than 1,000 teams are registered with the Roberto Clemente AABC program in the 7-8 age division.

Bel Air team members include Kiss, Healy, Reynolds, Minnichbach, Alex Ullmann, Tony Ullmann, Steven Yohay, Adam Johnson, Ryan Langhauser, Brian Compher, Anthony Fisher, Jamie Ryan and Wesley Hopkins.


Swimmers from the Harford YMCA Hurricanes competed in the YMCA National Long Course Championships in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 2-5.

Kathy Rising was named a YMCA Long Course All-American with a top eight finish in the 50-meter breaststroke (35.58 seconds) and a top 16 finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.91).

Amy Landis, Rising, Cathy Gyolai and Melinda Cattell combined to earn

YMCA All-America status in the 200 medley relay. They finished the event in 2:09.83.

More than 100, and sometimes, more than 200 swimmers were entered in individual events at the national championships.

In boys competition, Brian Richardson finished 29th of 144 swimmers in the 50 backstroke (31.49), 22nd of 173 in the 100 backstroke (1:04.96) and in the top half in the 200 backstroke (2:24.51).

Jeff DeHart finished 26th of 144 in the 50 backstroke (31.20) and in the top half in the 100 backstroke (1:10.18) and 50 fly (28.62). He swam a 1:08 in the 100 butterfly.

Dan Machovec put his top performance into the 100 freestyle (59.03), finishing in the top half of 183 competitors. He also swam the 50 freestyle in 27.37. Andy Korch competed in the 50 breaststroke.

In girls action, Angela Cuneo was a top-half finisher in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.41), 50 breaststroke (38.26) and the 100 butterfly (1:13.19). Kate Eyler finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.40 for a top-half finish. Meredith Eyler finished in the top three-quarters of the 100 breaststroke (1:27.54), 50 freestyle (30.57) and the 100 freestyle (1:06.43).

Amy Landis was 32nd of 155 in the 50 backstroke (33.74) and was 45th of 172 in the 100 backstroke (1:12.78).

Beth Yonych was 43rd of 155 in the 50 backstroke (34.27) and placed in the top half of the 100 backstroke (1:14.44). Cindy Cattell finished the 50 backstroke (36.18), 100 backstroke (1:19.18) and the 50 freestyle (31.21).

Laura Yonych finished the 50 backstroke in 36.89.

Melinda Cattell was a top-half finisher in the 200 freestyle (2:21.45) and the 50 freestyle (29.42). She also finished 49th of 205 swimmers in the 100 freestyle.

Cathy Gyolai was a top-half finisher in the 50 freestyle (30.05) and also competed well in the 100 butterfly (1:13.65) and 100 freestyle (1:06.42).

Anna DeMott finished the 50 freestyle in 30.03 for a top-half finish and completed the 50 breaststroke in 39.99. Christine Betzing swam the 50 freestyle in 30.78.

In relay competition, Landis, Kate Eyler, Rising and Melinda Cattell combined for a 4:50.69 in the 400 medley relay to finish 21st of 62.


To report recreation scores and results send detailed information to: Sports, Harford County, Baltimore Sun, 15 Churchville Road, Suite 112, Bel Air, Md., 21014. Deadline is noon Thursday. Fax # 893-3252.


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