Local Sports: High School Baseball Preview

March 19, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

Baltimore City

Carver Bears

1995 record: 9-6. Coach: Terry Thomas.

Top players: Jason Boardley, Sr., 3B; Shawn Gross, Sr., 2B; Darius Nicholson, Soph., C; Tyrone Gholston, Fr., CF-P.

Outlook: Thomas returns just two starters from last year's squad, but is no less optimistic. "We should be solid defensively and should hit very well," said Thomas. "But the underclassmen may have to play above their potential, and we'll need good strong leadership from Jason and Shawn."

City Knights

1995 record: 14-7. Coach: Bill Walker.

Top players: Damian Beane, Sr., CF; Raoul Edwards, Sr., P-SS; Ryan Hammond, Sr., 3B; Mike Scarcella, Jr., P; Howard Simons, Jr., RF; Mike Johnson, Jr., 1B-C.

Outllook: City returns six solid starters and had a 75-player turnout. Top hitters are Beane (.357, 23 RBIs, three HRs) and Edwards (.407, 27 RBIs, five HRs), Scarcella (5-3, 46 strikeouts) pitched a perfect game against Forest Park last year.

Curley Friars

1995 record: 5-14. Coach: Al Frank.

Outlook: Brad Bush, Sr., P-1B; Bill Curran, Sr., 2B; Ron Riccitelli, Sr., OF-1B-P; Dave Maley, Sr., CF; Mark Shelley, Sr., OF-SS-P.

Outlook: Frank enters his 34th season at Curley, of the tough MIAA A Conference, and banks on four-year starter Bush, and three-year starters Curran, Riccitelli and Maley.

Douglass Ducks

1995 record: 2-8. Coach: Landon Saunders.

Top players: Isaac Johnson, Sr., 1B-C. Sean Jackson, Sr., P-OF; Mike Kelly, Jr., 3B-OF; John Robinson, Jr., P-INF.

Outlook: Douglass, which returns four starters, has nowhere to go but up. "We've got three starters who are solid and hopefully will start to lead the rest," said Saunders. "Hopefully, we'll peak during the middle of the season, and be competitive later on."

Dunbar Poets

1995 record: 7-8. Coach: Bernie White.

Top players: Anthony Wiggins, Sr., LF; Phillip Harrison, Sr., P; Ali Culpepper, Jr., CF; Kellen Wallace, Soph., RF; Dahnell Singfield, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: White and his Poets have set high goals of winning the league conference and "Going as far as our pitching takes us" in the states.

Edmondson Redskins

1995 record: 4-4. Coach: Tai Thompson.

Top players: David Merritte, Sr., C-P; Jesse Rantin, Sr., P-C-OF; Phillip Sorrell, Sr., P; Travon Taylor, Sr., P-SS-OF; Darrio Davis, Soph., P-1B; David Bass, Soph., P-2B.

Outlook: Thompson will rely on five starters, including two left-handers. "We should have good speed and cover the field well," Thompson said.

@Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 0-15. Coach: Laney Prioleau.

Top players: Jalil Oglesby, Sr., U; Dominic Boyd, Sr., OF; Tavon Jackson, Sr., P-INF; Terry Evans, Jr., OF; Desmond Jones, Jr., P.

Outlook: Oglesby (.420), Boyd (.333), Evans (.375) and Jones (.410) are the top batters, with Jackson, a Poly transfer, being able to throw effectively with either arm.

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 12-6. Coach: Tom Randall.

Top players: Dan Munoz, Sr., C; Zach Bryant, Jr., OF; Jamie Kavanaugh, Jr., SS; Paul Masson, Jr., P-OF; Garrett Smith, Jr., 3B; Jon Yeager, Jr., P-OF; Jon Fessenden, Soph., P-OF.

Outlook: With seven starters back, Randall is aiming for his fifth straight MIAA B playoff appearance in as many years of existence for the program.

Gibbons Crusaders

1995 record: 3-16. Coach: Rod Cameron.

Top players: Reggie Jones, Sr., CF; Greg Tomas, Sr., SS; Mike Simmons, Sr., 1B-P; Lafawn Weaver, Sr., RF; Greg O'Hanlon, Sr., P-3B.

Outlook: The Crusaders have a good team, but in the tough MIAA A Conference, could struggle to equal last year's record. "Our goal is to be competitive in our league," said Cameron.

Gilman Greyhounds

1995 record: 9-9. Coach: Marty Meloy.

Top players: Jay Homa, Sr., SS-P; Adam Heaps, Sr., OF; Yani Rosenberg, Sr., 3B; Jason Mersey, Sr., C; Russell Wrenn, Sr., 1B-P; Rollie Corden, Sr., P-SS-2B.

Outlook: Meloy returns his first five batters, with Heaps (.320), Rosenberg (.295), Mersey (.380) and Wrenn (.340) being the last four. Corden (4-1) will be assisted by Frank McHenry (6-2) and Nick Funk (6-1), up from the J.V. as the Greyhounds seek to win their first MIAA A playoff game.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1995 record: 8-6. Coach: Bart Whigfield.

Top players: Jamal McNeil, Sr., 1B-3B; Damon Rice, Sr., OF; Nate Scroggins, Sr., 1B-DH; Neal Williams, Sr., P-INF; Joe Able, Soph., P-3B.

Outlook: "I think this team is very disciplined, and will come on in time," said Whigfield. "I'm optimistic."

Mervo Mustangs

1995 record: 11-7. Coach: Andy Corbett.

Top players: Kevin Davis, Sr., SS-P; Curtis Pope, Sr., C; Aaron Smith, Sr., LF; Julian Robinson, Jr., P; Craig Combs, Jr., CF; Tim ++ Owens, Soph., 1B-P; David Harris, Soph., 3B.

Outlook: Seven starters return to a squad that could be the city's team to beat. Pope (.463, 18 RBIs, 24 runs), Robinson (4-2, 46 strikeouts) and Davis (.500, 24 RBIs) are the team's leaders.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1995 record: 24-6. Coach: Dave Norton.

Top players: Ryan Baker, Sr., P; Danny Rosewag, Sr., 2B; Jeff Felker, Sr., 3B; Kyle Skinner, Sr., SS; Mike Couser, Sr., OF; Matt O'Donnell, Sr., OF; Brendan Mahoney, Sr., OF; Matt Martin, Jr., C.

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