Legion tourney opens at Salisbury

August 03, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Dewey Lowman Post 109 and Severna Park Post 175 will try to put their past failures behind them when they compete in the American Legion State Baseball Tournament, which runs today through Wednesday at the Wicomico County Athletic Complex in Salisbury.

Catonsville-based Dewey Lowman, winner of the American Legion's Northern Central Division, is 0-4 in state tournament play and is hoping to reverse that mark on its third straight trip to the states.

Severna Park is making its third trip to the states in five years and its second straight state tournament appearance. The Anne xTC Arundel County Division champs finished third on their first visit to the states back in 1992 and had to settle for runner-up honors last year after bowing to Chaney Enterprises of Calvert County.

Post 175 (47-8), winner of the Cambridge and Delaware Classic tournaments, will face defending state champion Chaney in today's 10 a.m. opener while Dewey Lowman (30-4) will play its opener at 4 p.m. against Eastern Shore Division champ Easton.

The winner of this tournament will advance to the Region II Tournament in Frederick.

"If we get on a roll, we can win it," said Severna Park coach Charlie Becker. "With guys like Scott Neuberger, Matt Griswold and Mark Teixeira, you can't pitch around our lineup. This is the best team we've had in seven years."

Severna Park's ace, Scott Vane, had to leave the team to attend Navy Prep School, but Becker is confident that Dominic Borro, Nick Stook and Daryll Desalvo can pick up the slack.

With coach Chip Shanklin in the hospital recovering from surgery for an aneurysm, Dewey Lowman will rely on the leadership of assistant coaches Jim Foxwell and Ted Perry and more steady hitting from Don Louden, Tim Crough and Tim Corbin.

Pub Date: 8/03/96

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