Canterna has Mustangs running in right direction


March 31, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After winning only two games last season and nine (9-45) in the past three, Meade's baseball team is off to a rare 2-0 start.

Rookie coach John Canterna has the Mustangs playing well and believing they can win. The Stangs opened with a 14-6 romp over Laurel of Prince George's County and defeated Glen Burnie, 8-2, this past week.

Canterna will find out how far his junior-dominated team has come when they visit No. 5 Old Mill (3-0) tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. The Patriots' own victories over defending state champions Arundel (4A) and Broadneck (3A).

Before the season, Canterna said his main goal was to make the Mustangs "respectable." Certainly the coach has turned the program in the right direction.

Senior Ronnie Stevens (1-0) and juniors Jeff Murphy (1-0) and Matt Nein have handled the Meade pitching in the first two games.

Murphy, Nein and a couple more juniors in Jesse Barnes and Joe Ogden have swung the big bats.

Around the horn

St. Mary's baseball debut was a rousing success earlier this week (Tuesday) as the Saints edged Boys Latin, 2-1, in eight innings.

"It was like winning the World Series," said St. Mary's principal Sister Phyllis McNally.

It's the first baseball team the Saints have fielded and they chose to begin their program on the varsity level.

Matt Murphy got the game-winning hit and Justin Miller was the winning pitcher in the game, played at Generals Highway Corridor Park in Crownsville.

"We're calling him 'Diamond Dave,' " said Sister Phyllis of St. Mary's head baseball coach Dave Lombardi.

Ryan Wood, an All-County infielder at Old Mill in 1994, is off to a great start with Montgomery-Rockville Community College. Wood has homered four times and stolen 14 bases in his first 12 games while batting .417.

Wood, a shortstop, has three two-run homers and a three-run shot. His power, speed and strong arm have drawn the attention of pro scouts.

After a year at Louisburg Community College (N.C.), Wood entered Montgomery-Rockville this fall.

Glen Burnie's ageless umpire, Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, turns 70 in May., Closing in on 40 years of umpiring after spending 15 as an amateur coach, Svoboda, who coached Hall of Famer Al Kaline, still loves being around the kids.

Svoboda is out there again this spring working high school games for the Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires and constantly yelling "a little life," to the players to keep boredom from setting in.

Former Broadneck All-County pitcher Sean Ryan (1994 graduate) has been released by the Texas Rangers after two seasons in pro baseball. . . . Broadneck junior catcher Kyle Largent is the son of former NFL Hall of Famer Steve Largent, now a U.S. senator from Oklahoma living in the Bruins' school district. . . . Ex-Brooklyn Park All-County pitcher (1986) Steve Day, who went on to star at Miami, is coaching high school baseball in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . Old Mill infielder Brian Bogle is headed to the University of Maryland, where former county Players of the Year and All-Metro pitchers Brandon Agamennone of Arundel (1994) and Mike Wooden of North County (1995) are roommates. . . Chuck Manns, an Old Mill outfielder listed as the top player in Maryland by Baseball America, is considering Maryland, James Madison and UNC-Charlotte. . . . Junior right-handers Kurt Light of Arundel and Jared Vogt of Chesapeake have been selected for the Team One Regional Showcase at Clemson in July. . . . Contacted by the International Baseball Institute to bring an amateur team to Europe this summer, Arundel coach Bernie Walter lined up the Corrigan's 21-and-under team of Walter Youse.

Walter will join the Corrigan's coaching staff for the near-two-week trip to Belgium and Holland.

Nichols runs in South Africa

Arundel's Christy Nichols was the top U.S. junior women's finisher in the World Cross Country Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa, last week.

Nichols was 20th in a field of 115, running the 4,200 meters in the 20-and-under division in a time of 14 minutes, 27 seconds. The course was just under three miles.

Two years ago, Nichols finished 102 in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and her trainer Jim Clelland says she has established herself as a world-class distance runner.

Nichols has narrowed her college choices to Villanova, North Carolina State and Auburn. She visited the latter this weekend and former Annapolis All-Metro distance runner Kristen Nicolini, a freshman at Auburn, was to be her host.

No bubble gum?

While I'm sure most of us agree that high schoolers should not be chewing tobacco, isn't the prohibiting of chewing bubble gum that resembles tobacco chew going a little too far? Players can be ejected for it.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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