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

March 21, 1995|By Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney

Archbishop Curley Friars

1994 record: 7-11. Coach: Al Frank.

Top players: Jason Karolkowski, Sr., P-3B; Ryan Hax, Sr., SS; Ronnie Riccitelli, Jr., LF-P; Bill Curran, Jr., 2B; Brad Bush, Jr., P; Dave Maley, Jr., CF; Mark Shelley, Jr., RF-SS.

Outlook: Everyone around the MIAA A Conference is talking about how great Curley is supposed to be this year. Everyone, that is, except Frank. "I don't know what they can see," said Frank, who returns his entire infield, except for catcher, where he starts Jack Berkeridge up from JV. "We only have three seniors, with eight juniors and four sophomores." Hax, a four-year starter, and Karolkowski, a three-year starter and the No. 1 or 2 pitcher, lead the way.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1994 record: 3-19. Coach: Rod Cameron.

Top players: Dennis Chesgreen, Sr., P; Josh Wilkerson, Sr., P; Rick Fuller, Sr., 3B; Corey Butts, Sr., OF-2B; Reggie Jones, Jr., CF.

Outlook: The Crusaders return five starters from last year's squad, including Wilkerson, a third-year starter with a career batting average over .300. The Crusaders, with Chesgreen and Wilkerson as their top pitchers, should be much improved -- but so is the rest of the MIAA A Conference. "We can improve, but that doesn't mean that we'll do better record-wise," said Cameron. "It's going to be a tough year."

Carver Bears

1994 record: 9-6. Coach: Terry Thomas.

Top players: Broderick Wooden, Sr., SS; Brian Jackson, Sr., OF; Dominic Boone, Soph., P; Shawn Gross, Jr., OF-IF.

Outlook: Five players return for Carver, but will be inexperienced. Thomas says hitting won't be a problem, but asking a core of freshman to play above their potential will be a difficult task. Carver may be competitive in the 2A-3A League, but executing will be crucial.

City Black Knights

1994 record: 20-2. Coach: Bill Walker.

Top players: Pat Mowray, Sr., P-IF; Sean Cooper, Sr., P-1B; Harvey Dennie, Sr., IF-OF; Jason Smith, Sr., P-C.

Outlook: The Knights, which lost to Centennial in the state 3A North Region finals, may be pressed to repeat last season's results. Four starters return, but City is inexperienced after the starters, which worries Walker. Mowray and Cooper are solid pitchers and City's overall speed should have it contending with Poly for the 2A-3A League title.

Douglass Ducks

8, 1994 record: 0-7. Coach: Landon Sanders.

Top players: Robert Cokley, Sr., OF; Dwayne Watts, Sr., P-3B; Corey Davis, Sr., P-SS.

Outlook: Douglass was 0-7 before it dropped the program for the remainder of the season. Sanders takes over as coach and has a good turnout. The Ducks lack experience in pitching, but Sanders thinks his infield will be able to keep games low-scoring. If that happens, Sanders thinks a .500 season is within reach.

Dunbar Poets

1994 record: 4-9. Coach: Greg Branch.

Top players: Gary Smith, Sr., P-Util; Donta Jones, Sr., P-Util; Terrence Hinton, Sr., Util; Ali Culpepper, Soph., C.

Outlook: The Poets will be inexperienced, so Branch expects some mistakes, but he likes his team's overall defense. Jones and Smith gives Dunbar stability in the pitching department. How quickly the young players adjust to the varsity will be the key whether the Poets will be competitive in the 2A-3A League.

Edmondson Redskins

1994 record: 7-7. Coach: Tai Thompson.

Top players: James Rogers, Sr., OF; Patrick Leach, Sr., C; Michael Gamble, Sr., IF-P; Jesse Ratkin, Jr., IF-P; Danas Bourne, Soph., IF-P; Travon Taylor, Jr., Util.

Outlook: With Patterson and Southern-Balto. battling for the top spot in the city 4A League, the Redskins hoped to battle for third. Thompson expects his offense to win some games this season because the pitching is inexperienced. If the pitching can develop by midseason, Edmondson could be respectable.

Forest Park Foresters

1994 record: 8-9. Coach: Thelanious Prioleau.

Top players: Jaleel Oglesby, Util, Jr.; Danez Williams, Jr., OF; Adrian Griffin, Soph., IF.

Outlook: With only three starters returning, Prioleau will be facing a major rebuilding project this season. The bright spot may be Griffin, who hit .434 as a sophomore last season, and Williams, who is in his third varsity season. Pitching will be another weak point for the Foresters, which in the 2A-3A League with Poly and City, spell major problems.

Friends Quakers

1994 record: 12-5. Coach: Tom Randall.

Top players: Dave Schummers, Sr., 2B-P; Dan Munoz, Jr., C; John Yeager, Soph., P-CF.

Outlook: The Quakers made their third straight MIAA B Conference playoff appearance last year, losing a best-of-three title series to Lutheran. Schummers (.456, 18 RBI) is among three returning starters, and Munoz (.368) is a graduate of the Putty Hill program. "We have some kids like Paul Mason, a sophomore, who look like they can pitch pretty well," said Randall. "I'm excited about the season."

Gilman Greyhounds

1994 record: 16-8. Coach: Marty Meloy.

Top players: Greg Dobbyn, Sr., P; Misha Goberman, Sr., P; Jason Nitzberg, 1B-P; Bobby Proutt, Sr., P; Jason Mersey, Jr., 3B; Jay Homa, Jr., SS.

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