Walter No. 1 in baseball wins


April 26, 1995|By PAT O'MALLEY

Arundel's Bernie Walter has passed the late Harry Lentz of Northeast as Anne Arundel County's all-time winningest baseball coach.

Lentz was 349-200 (.636) in 28 years at Northeast. Walter is 358-104, including a 9-3 start in what is his 22nd season at the Gambrills school.

Walter, who has had eight 20-win seasons plus two 19-win seasons, also has the highest winning percentage in county history at .775.

Among active county coaches, the two closest to Walter are Severna Park's Jim Pitt (331-193, .632) and Old Mill's Mel Montgomery (247-93, .726).

Walter also leads the metro area's active coaches, with Calvert Hall's Joe Binder tied in winning percentage (.775) but trailing in victories. Binder is 324-94 in his 16th season.

More baseball hits

Broadneck's Dan Gerbasi continues his chase for the county record in triples. Gerbasi hit his fifth triple of the season Monday in the No. 11 Bruins' 9-6 loss at No. 3 North County. That puts the Bruin senior one away from the county record.

The state season record for triples is nine by Franklin's John Antonelli in 1980.

* The big game today finds North County (9-1) at No. 12 Old Mill (7-4). Ace Mike Wooden (5-0) is slated to take the ball for the visiting Knights.

The last time Wooden pitched against Old Mill was last May at old Andover High (before North County opened its new field this spring), and the right-hander threw the county's first perfect game in 20 years. Wooden struck out 15 in setting down 21 Patriots in a row.

Old Mill leadoff batter Joe Barnes, Chuck Manns, who bats third and Brian Bogle, the clean-up hitter, were in that historic game as Wooden matched what another Brooklyn Park resident had done in May 1975.

Bobby Boyd threw the only other known perfect game in county history 20 years ago in the state playoffs at Anne Arundel Community College, blanking Wilde Lake of Howard County, 1-0.

Also, today No. 19 Glen Burnie (7-3) visits No. 8 Arundel (9-3). Both teams are on a roll with the visiting Gophers on a five-game winning streak, including Monday's 8-3 victory over No. 14 Severna Park (6-4) behind Jay Sponaugle.

Sponaugle (4-2), who scattered eight hits to stop Severna Park, dealt North County its only loss by 6-4 on April 19 despite giving up nine hits.

A big softball game

Glen Burnie at Arundel is also a biggie in softball. Both Class 4A East Region contenders are coming off one-run losses.

The visiting Gophers, ranked No. 1 in the metro area, are coming off their first loss after nine wins. No. 2 Severna Park (9-1) edged the Gophers, 2-1 behind Christy Huber on Monday, while seventh-ranked Arundel (8-2) dropped a 3-2 decision at Old Mill (6-4).

Broadneck alumni lacrosse

Coach Clay White has the call out for former Broadneck High School boys lacrosse players. The Bruins will play their third annual alumni lacrosse game on June 10 at the Cape St. Claire school.

Former players are asked to arrive at noon, with the game to start at 1 p.m. For more information, call Alan Segree at (410) 757-1678.

Kick boxing returning

Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson of Glen Burnie has a kick boxing show planned for June 9 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Attention coaches

Former Severn and Navy women's lacrosse coach Ann Wallace is looking for coaches to take Sport For Understanding International Exchange youth teams overseas during the summer of 1996.

Anticipated destinations for the SFU teams are Australia, the Netherlands and Italy. SFU coaches are selected from hundreds of candidates and those chosen attend a three-day training program in Washington.

For more information call (800) TEENAGE.

Triathlon winners

Midshipman Jonathan Sanchez won the recent spring triathlon at Anne Arundel Community College for men under 30 with a time of 47 minutes, 53 seconds.

Kirsten Laclair of Annapolis won the women's under-30 division in 49:34, and Millersville's Samantha Suller and Severn's Brian Hemphill and Brok McFerron took team honors in 48 flat.

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