Arundel site of two early showdowns


April 03, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Two showcase games are scheduled in Gambrills this afternoon at 3: 45. Arundel High will be the site of the day's top softball and baseball games with Severna Park as the visitor.

The No. 3 Severna Park softball team visits No. 7 Arundel with two of the top pitchers in the area expected to meet with Christy Huber for the visiting Falcons (1-1) and Kara Kitchen for the Wildcats (2-1).

This is always a neat game because Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi is a former Severna Park coach and led the Falcons to a state championship in 1987. Yannuzzi was one of the more popular faculty members and coaches at Severna Park before moving to Arundel nearly five years ago.

Yannuzzi's good friend, Wayne Mook, is the Falcons' coach.

At 2-0, Arundel leads the county's South Division while Severna Park and Southern are each 1-0. It's early but the game is "big" in terms of the county championship game May 7.

On the baseball field, the No. 4 Wildcats (1-2) will face the No. 14 Falcons (2-0). These teams, both 1-0 in the league, also are expected to battle for the South title.

Severna Park's Scott Vane stopped the Wildcats last year at Arundel before the latter embarked on its march to a record seventh 4A state championship. And yes, Vane is expected to get the call from coach Jim Pitt today.

Who takes the mound for Arundel will be determined by who coach Bernie Walter pitched yesterday. The Wildcats are scheduled to play in No. 1 Mount St. Joseph's Jack Conley .

Arundel's two losses have been to No. 2 Old Mill (3-0) and No. 3 Calvert Hall (5-1). Those ready to bury the Wildcats in April have short memories. Arundel started slow last year, but peaked in typical Wildcats fashion in May.

A day for Knight

Among the host of Easter tournaments this weekend, the first Lawrence E. Knight Memorial Invitational, featuring baseball and lacrosse, is set for Saturday at Broadneck High.

In honor of the school's late principal, four baseball and four lacrosse games will be played beginning at 10 a.m.

No. 16 Broadneck will play Loyola on the Bruins' varsity diamond while No. 2 Old Mill plays Archbishop Curley on the upper JV field, both baseball games at 10 a.m. The winners meet for the championship at 1 p.m. while the losers will play for third place.

All the lacrosse games will be played at Knight Stadium. The No. 7 Bruins face off at noon opposite C. M. Wright with St. Alban's, ranked No. 15 by The Washington Post playing The Sun's No. 11 Mount Hebron at 2 p.m. The lacrosse consolation is set for 4 p.m. and the championship at 6 p.m.

Knight was the school's first principal in 1981 and he remained there until his retirement in 1993. He passed away in 1995 at age 68.

"Mr. Knight should be remembered for creating positive relationships between student/athletes, coaches and parents," said Broadneck assistant athletic director Tim McMullen.

Carlson re-scheduled

Becky Carlson will have her starting pitching assignment for an Orioles game at Camden Yards re-scheduled.

Carlson is the 14-year-old freshman JV outfielder who is the first girl to play high school baseball in Anne Arundel County. She received a letter from radio station WQSR over a week ago asking her to throw out a ceremonial first pitch in her Wildcats uniform, but yesterday her mother was told her daughter's turn will come at another time.

Hall of fame nominations

It's that time of year, the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame , who has given over 55 years to amateur baseball as TC coach and umpire, are given strong consideration.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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