Team-by-team Capsules

March 21, 1995|By Bill Free

Westminster Owls

1994 record: 9-9. Co-Coaches: Carl Rihard and Guy Stull.

Top players: Ryan Starliper, Sr., 3B; Steve Mays, Sr., OF; Mike Peters, Jr., P/OF; B. J. Hanley, Sr., OF; Paul Reter, Sr., SS; Andy Marsiglia, Sr., P; Denny Bowers, Jr., OF/P; R. D. Larkin, Sr., 1B; Brian Tozer, Soph., C.

Outlook: Rihard had to restrain himself from making any bold predictions this season, preferring not to stir up any Carroll County opponents.

"We're the only 4A school in the county and we already see everybody's top pitcher," said Rihard. "We have a good solid infield, we've been hitting the ball well in workouts, we have no easy outs in the lineup and we have good speed at the top of the lineup in Steve Mays, who runs so gracefully and is beautiful to watch. We should be pretty good."

Rihard said that right-handers Peters and Marsiglia would be the team's 1-2 pitching combination, and Starliper and Peters should be two of the team's better hitters.

Hanley, Bowers, junior Chris Cash (OF/P) and senior Steve Shipley (2B/Inf) have been lifting weights in the off-season and should be stronger hitters this season, said Rihard.

But Stull believes pitching is the name of the game and the Owls will only go as far as Peters and Marsiglia take them.

Senior Kevin Warfield (2B) is being counted on to help the Westminster cause, and important reserves are senior David Sinclair (C) and juniors Matt Sturgeon (C), Stuart Curtin (3B) and Matt Laczkowski (1B).

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