Baltimore County Team-by-team Capsules Baltimore City/county Baseball Preview

March 21, 1995|By Lem Satterfield and Jeff Seidel

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Tim Hurlburt.

Top players: David Barlock, Sr., P; Jarrett Watson, Sr., CF; Andy Booker, Jr., 3B-P; Paul Britton, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: The Eagles, under first-year coach Hurlburt, have increased their schedule to 20 games and aim to win their six-team Christian Schools Athletic Association crown before joining the MIAA B Conference next season. Four starters are back, including Barlock, whom Hurlburt calls "college material," and Booker, the best all-around player. "The rest are sophomores and freshmen, but I think we can go about 15-5," Hurlburt said.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 3-13. Coach: Jack Blinke.

Top players: Alex Hill, Sr., 3B; Myron Hayes, Sr., P-LF; Lev Galitzin, Sr., C; Ryan Sless, Sr., 2B; Chris Armiger, Soph., P-SS; Matt Thanner, Soph., P-RF.

Outlook: Six starters return for the Lakers, which spells improvement in Blinke's eyes. "I have a decent squad of seniors and underclassmen, and with some breaks, we can be right in it," Blinke said. "We're pretty sound, defensively. The questions have to do with our hitting."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 27-3. Coach: Joe Binder.

Top players: Andy Bair, Sr., LHP; John McKay, Sr., SS; Rusty Brown, Sr., 2B; Jason Dean, Sr., 1B; Kevin Olkowski, Sr., 3B; Bill Staub, Sr., P; Mike Jewell, Jr., C.

Outlook: Last year's Cardinals set a school record for wins, had the area's All-Metro Player of the Year in Bair (11-0, 123 strikeouts), and were considered by Binder -- the All-Metro Coach of the Year -- to be "at the top of the best teams I've had." Some say, however, this year's squad -- ranked No. 22 in USA Today's preseason poll -- may be better with seven returning starters. Bair (.375, 17 RBI), McKay (.356, 24 RBI), Dean (.356) and Olkowski (.531) represent the best batters, Staub (4-1) and senior LHP Jason Jacobs support Bair on the mound, and Jewell and Brown are solid defensively. The starters are being pushed by last year's JV and freshman teams, which combined for a

36-2 record.

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Guy Railey.

Top players: Garey Lam, Soph., P/IF; Sean Jester, Soph., P/IF; Brian Hampton, Soph., C; Jon Fowler, Jr., IF/OF; Jason Swieczkowski, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: The Wildcats make their varsity debut this season. Jester and Lam will help with the pitching, and Carver has some depth, but the team lacks experience and this looks like it will be a season filled with learning experiences.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 12-6. Coach: Doug Campbell.

Top players: Tom Bloom, Jr., P/3B; Norm Simpkins, Jr., P/SS; J. P. Mikanis, Sr., P/1B; Donny Mitchell, Jr., P/CF; Todd Perry, Jr., 2B/SS.

Outlook: The Comets greet first-year coach Campbell with lots of pitching and talented juniors. Campbell said the Comets will have five pitchers -- led by Bloom, Simpkins, Mikanis and Mitchell -- and lots of speed and hitting. The Comets lack experience in spots and need some, especially in the outfield, to develop during the season.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Jack Kirtland.

Top players: Doug Caraway, Sr., C; Brian Turner, Sr. P/OF; Don Morris, Sr., P/SS; John Ziegler, Sr., P/OF.

Outlook: A strong nucleus returns from last year's team that just missed the playoffs. Caraway (around .400 last year) and Turner should spark an offense that will score plenty of runs. The Bayhawks appear strong up the middle defensively, but their biggest questions are at third base and on the mound.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 2-14. Coach: Ron Audlin.

Top players: Adam Lucas, Soph., P; Damon Holmes, Jr., P/OF; Colin Snow, Jr., CF.

Outlook: A totally different team from the one that surprised many last year by winning only two, the Lions are rebuilding this year. Sophomores will carry much of the load, as Audlin is looking one or two years ahead. The team boasts lots of speed, but lacks experience all over the place.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 19-2. Coach: Walt Brown.

Top players: Randy Fox, Jr., 3B/P; Dave Galford, Sr., C; Kevin Baughman, Soph., IF/OF; Jeff Jolliffe, Sr., P/1B; Rich Donahue, Jr., SS.

Outlook: This looks like a rebuilding year for Dundalk. The Owls made the state semifinals last year, but they've lost most starters. First-year coach Brown, who won four county titles in 13 years as junior varsity coach at Dundalk, will have some good pitching, but the team lacks proven varsity players.

Eastern Technical Mavericks

1994 record: 9-9. Coach: Joe Gast.

Top players: Eric Runk, Sr., 2B/P; Ryan Messercola, Sr., LF; Bobby Custer, Sr., SS/P; Rex Marshall, Sr., C.

Outlook: A mix of experienced seniors and talented newcomers from the junior varsity will help Gast's team. It will need good pitching -- especially from Custer, Runk and Massercola. Gast said the offense and defense look good, but overall depth plus the new players and a tough schedule concern him.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 11-8. Coach: Chick Vrany.

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