Anne Arundel County teams at a glance

March 21, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 7-12

Coach: Larry Brogden

Top players: Kurt Bradshaw, Sr., OF; Rob Callahan, Sr., 2B; Nick Faleris, Sr., SS; Danny Curren, Sr., OF; Josh Walker, Sr., 3B; Mark Jarashow, Jr., RHP; Joe Plattner, Sr., C-1B; Jessie Stubbs, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Panthers should score runs, but the question is, can they stop the other teams? Once again, the Panthers are short on pitching, although Brogden, whose last winning season came during their 1988 championship year, feels he has a few "good arms" in right-handers Jarashow, and sophomore JV grads Phil Wilson and Steve Gioffre. "We expect a lot of production out of our seniors," said 24-year coach Brogden. He's also hoping for good things from JV grad Phil Gerrion, a sophomore outfielder. Bradshaw led the team in hitting last spring with a .471.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 2-15

Coach: Roger Yarnell

Top players: Brendan Mannix, Jr., SS; Mike McCarthy, Sr., RHP/OF; Tony Canterna, Sr., OF; Kevin Gibbons, Sr., C-DH; Ray Sauser, Jr., RHP; Sam Creveling, So., OF-3B-RHP; Ryan Collins, So., 1B-RHP.

Outlook: Yarnell is hoping that winning their final two league games last season will have some sort of carry-over effect this spring as the Cavs seek to get their heads above water in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. "It's definitely a tough league, but we wouldn't want to be playing anywhere else," says Yarnell. "The A Conference is good for the kids." McCarthy, who had one of the two wins last spring, is the only senior pitcher and is expected to get help from Sauser, Creveling and Collins, and possibly a couple freshmen, Zeeshan Marfani and Mike Shires. Marfani may play second and Shires third in an infield that Yarnell feels will be a strength.

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 22-4

Coach: Bernie Walter

Top players: Kurt Light, Sr., RHP; Steve Sylvester, Sr., 2B/RHP; Justin Bell, Jr., LHP/OF; Brian Lane, Sr., CF; Tom Ogilvie, Jr., C; Ryan Frostbutter, Jr., SS; Chris Keane, Jr., SS; George Lettis, Jr., 1B; Austin Decker, Jr., LF; Todd Herron, Jr., RF.

Outlook: With two-time All-Metro right-hander Kurt Light back as ace of the pitching staff and All-County infielder Steve Sylvester returning to ignite the offense, the Wildcats look to continue the tradition. Arundel, ranked No. 1 in last year's final poll, hopes to win its seventh (six is a state record) consecutive region title and 12th overall. Light, who is expected to be picked in the June pro draft despite accepting a scholarship to Georgia, is 17-3 over the last two seasons. He is a power pitcher (9-2 with 87 strikeouts in 75 innings last spring) who throws in the high 80s and has a pro-caliber slider. Sylvester, a clutch hitter, led the Wildcats in batting (.455) and runs scored (39) as a junior and is expected to see duty as the No. 2 or 3 pitcher. Walter is hoping that either Keane or Frostbutter can do an adequate job at short to free up Sylvester to play second base and pitch. Lefty Justin Bell is the other key pitcher who will throw to Ogilvie, whom Walter calls "an outstanding catcher." Lane will anchor a speedy outfield. Lack of varsity experience is the only thing that could keep Arundel from another region title.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 12-9

Coach: Mark Stover

Top players: Mike D'Archangelo, Sr., SS; Dan Corey, Sr., 3B; Craig Vincent, Sr., LHP/OF; Joe Errichiello, Sr., C; James Cronin, 1B; Jesse Young, Sr., C-DH; Bill Currence, Sr., LHP.

Outlook: Once Stover straightens out his infield, the Class 3A Bruins should be ready to play with the county 4A powers. "Our pitching should be decent and will be better once we set our infield, because right now we're booting the ball around," said Stover (143-107, .572, 12 seasons). Vincent, Currence and junior Dave Swick -- all left-handers -- will carry the pitching load with sophomore utility man Dave Lazzari, a right-hander, adding depth to the staff. "We didn't have a lefty for five years, and now we've got three," said Stover, whose Bruins were Class 3A region finalists last year after winning a state crown in 1995. "Our hitting has been pretty good, and we've got good team speed." D'Archangelo, who hit .383 last season, is expected to anchor the infield and provide a lot of offensive punch. Junior outfielders Brooks Barnard and Justin Gossman could help the offense, as well.

Chesapeake Cougars

1996 record: 15-6

Coach: Jim Simms

Top players: Jared Vogt, Sr., RHP/1B; Dave Stepp, Sr., C; Jeff Fraley, Sr., RHP/ 3B; Ray Wagner, Jr., RHP/1B; Paul White, Sr., RHP; Marvin Hazen, Sr., 2B; Ryan Blackistan, Sr., RHP/3B; Mike Bianco, Sr., SS; Billy Cieslak, Sr., 1B; Chad Duncan, Sr., CF; Mike Hodgins, Sr., OF.

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