Team-by-team Capsules

March 21, 1995|By Rick Belz

Atholton Raiders

1994 record: 16-8 overall, 9-5 league. Coach: Kevin Kelly.

Top players: Brandon Eierman, Sr., 3B, OF, C; Bill Hite, Sr., 2B; Jason Sandner, Jr., 3B, SS; Pete Yoder, Sr., 1B; Dan Keyser, Sr., P; Jamie Burford, Sr., OF; Sean Williams, Soph., SS, P.

Outlook: The Class 2A state finalist Raiders lost 56 RBI with the graduation of the Schneider brothers, Derrek and Ryan. But they still should rank among the top offensive teams with the return of the league's second-leading hitter, Eierman, who batted .443 (39-for-88) and also led the league in doubles (14) and tied in RBI (31). Atholton's third-leading hitter, Sandner (.361), and Yoder (.324) also add punch. Sophomore newcomer Williams should bolster the defense at shortstop. Hite (.325) was an all-county second-teamer at second base.

Centennial Eagles

1994 record: 19-4 overall, 13-1 league (county champs). Coach: Ron Martin.

Top players: Jason Babcock, Sr., C, P; Curtis Mitchell, Sr., OF; Brian Dowell, Sr., OF; Kevin O'Connor, Sr., OF, 1B, 3B; Jeff Windish, Sr., 1B, P; Ryan Macks, Sr., SS; Adam Chambers, Jr., P.

Outlook: Babcock (.333), the league's best catcher, tied for the league lead in RBI (31), and Mitchell led the league in batting at .452 (28-for-62), so the Class 3A state semifinalist Eagles should be strong offensively. Dowell (.333) and O'Connor also add batting punch. The pitching is unproven. The defense appears adequate.

Glenelg Gladiators

1994 record: 12-7 overall, 10-4 league. Coach: Ed Ashwell.

Top players: Sean Lookingbill, Sr., P, OF; Mike Goldberg, Sr., SS, P; Mike Deming, Sr., 1B, C; Zach Guerra, Sr., OF; Ben Gugliotta, Jr., P, C, 3B; Robin Davis, OF; Steve Dulaney, Jr., SS, 3B.

Outlook: The Gladiators are coming off an injury-riddled, disappointing season and have a new coach, but most opposing coaches tab them as the team to beat because of returnees Lookingbill, Goldberg and Deming. Lookingbill was a .423 hitter (22-for-52). Goldberg was the county's most powerful hitter (seven home runs, 36 RBI) two years ago, but an injury hampered his production last season. Deming also had an off season after having batted .383 as a sophomore. Davis is the team's most promising new player. Ashwell is a first-year head coach replacing Terry Coleman.

Hammond Bears

1994 record: 6-16 overall, 5-9 league. Coach: Bob Maxey.

Top players: Aaron Smith, Sr., OF, P; Kevin Mack, Sr., P, OF; Andrew Jenkins, Sr., SS; Chad Weiner, Sr., C; James Gregory, Jr., P; Matt Nestor, Sr., P; Chris Dresslin, Jr., 3B.

Outlook: The Bears are a team that's hard to gauge. They have no returning players who batted over .300. They have no pitchers with any significant record of achievement. Maxey is pinning his hopes on a large number of returning players and the fact the team lost six games by one run last season.

Howard Lions

1994 record: 8-12 overall, 8-6 league. Coach: Matt Forsyth.

Top players: Rusty Miller, Sr., SS, P; Cailean Leith, Sr., P; Brian Snively, Sr., OF; A. J. Durham, Sr., OF; Larry Long, Jr., OF; Frank Totella, Jr., C; Andy Call, Sr., P, 1B; Jim Harris, Jr., 3B; Dedrick Colbert, Sr., SS, 2B.

Outlook: The Lions return a good offense, including Miller, second in the county at .446, Long (.385) and Snively (.322). The pitching is solid and deep but not spectacular. The defense is suspect. But most coaches think that if any team can beat Glenelg then it will be the veteran Lions. Colbert, a transfer from Georgia, should help.

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