Baseball Top 20

March 21, 1995

1 Calvert Hall -- See capsule.

2 McDonogh -- See capsule.

3 Arundel -- The Wildcats (21-3) of Bernie Walter finished as 4A State runner-up to Perry Hall, but lost ace pitcher Brandon Agamennone, the Anne Arundel Player of the Year. The return of several key position players, led by Casey Trout (SS) and Sean Fairbanks (C), coupled with a young but potentially good pitching staff again makes Arundel a playoff contender.

4 North County -- University of Maryland-bound right-hander Mike Wooden, a pro prospect, leads what should be the best team in the 4A Knights' five-year history. Wooden, who has two career no-hitters including a perfect game, is starting his fourth varsity season for coach Don Usewick. Tweety Barton, a third-year varsity pitcher, gives the Knights an edge in pitching in Anne Arundel.

5 Glenelg -- After an up and down 12-8 season in 1994. Glenelg, which won the state 2A two years ago, returns a host of key players including Indian River CC-bound Mike Goldberg (SS-RHP), Sean Lookingbill (LHP/OF) and Mike Deming (C), making the Gladiators the team to beat in Howard County.

6 Perry Hall -- See capsule.

7 Mount St. Joseph -- See capsule.

8 Old Mill -- Pitching is a question mark, but the Patriots (16-6, No. 4) have more speed than usual and should score a lot of runs with the likes of juniors Brian Bogle (SS), Joe Barnes (OF) and Chuck Manns (OF), whom coach Mel Montgomery calls "the heart and soul of our team." Barnes, a pro prospect, made the National Amateur Baseball Federation All-Star Team and will play in Indiana in late June.

9 Franklin -- See capsule.

10 Loyola -- See capsule.

11 Severna Park -- Scott Neuberger (.578, 20 RBIs and 32 runs scored), All-Metro outfielder as a junior, and Matt Griswold were two of the top hitters on the Oriolelanders' fall team and coach Jim Pitt hopes will lead his Falcons (12-7, No. 11) back to the 4A playoffs. Junior right-hander Scott Vane (6-2) will be the ace of the pitching staff.

12 Lansdowne -- See capsule.

13 South Carroll -- Kile Maxcy (OF/LHP, .415, nine doubles), Jeremy Hancock (C, .394) and Ron White (OF, .390) are among eight key seniors back from last year's 15-7 (No. 13) Cavaliers. Bradley Collins takes over for the retired Joe Foltz and hopes to lead the Cavs to the 3A West Region title.

14 Glen Burnie -- Coach Bruce Sider's Gophers (9-11) intend to steal quite a few bases and score a lot of runs with hitters like Tony Hynson (1B, .381), Brad Emge (3B), Mike Ackerman (OF) and Desmond Dailey (OF).

15 Edgewood -- Tim Hamulack (2.58 ERA) and Rob Mister (2.13 ERA) are the top two pitchers and join John Cephalis (C) and Alex Garcia (2B) as four-year varsity players on this veteran club.

16 Howard -- Expected to give Glenelg a run for the Howard County League title, the Lions (8-12) return seven starters, including Rusty Miller (SS/RHP, .446), Larry Long (OF, .385) and Brian Snively (OF, .322). The Lions hope to be one of four playoff teams in the 3A East Region won by Centennial a year ago.

17 North Carroll -- Boasting a pro prospect in left-hander Mike Huller, the Panthers should show vast improvement from last year's 5-12 season for coach Denny Snyder.

18 Patterson -- See capsule.

19 Bel Air -- The Bobcats (11-6, No. 18) should have as good a hitting club as there is in Harford County and the Class 3A North Region. Bill Greenwell (2B/RHP, .617, 16 RBIs), Chad Sommers (C, .394) and Mike Deal (SS, .370) lead six returnees.

20 Overlea -- See capsule.

How the poll is chosen: The 1995 baseball poll is selected each week by the local sports staff through game observations and consultation with coaches.

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