Walters' March To No. 400 Interrupted By Weather

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April 23, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Bernie Walter's bid for baseball career win No. 400 was put on hold Monday in Lake Shore.

No. 6-ranked Arundel (10-2) was leading No. 3 Chesapeake (9-2) 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning when the umpires stopped the game because of rain and poor field conditions.

The two teams will pick up the game from that point, as per National Federation rules, at 7: 30 tonight at Harry Lentz Field at Northeast High in Pasadena.

Arundel's next win will make Walter (399-113) only the third coach in Maryland history to reach the 400-win milestone, and the Wildcats coach has a great shot against a quality team.

Wildcats ace Kurt Light (4-1) is tough enough as is, but giving him a 3-0 advantage before he throws a pitch tonight puts the Cougars in a difficult situation.

Catcher Tom Ogilvie tripled in a pair of first-inning runs off Chesapeake starter Ray Wagner and his courtesy runner, Brian Buzas, scored on Todd Heron's grounder to give Arundel a 3-0 lead Monday afternoon.

Light, who slipped off the wet mound warming up, struck out Chesapeake's Mike Bianco and threw one pitch to Marvin Hazen before umpire Dave Harris wisely stopped play.

The girls softball game between No. 2 Arundel (10-2) and No. 3 Chesapeake (8- 2) on a nearby field never started and will be made up at 7: 30 tonight at Bodkin Park.

In another makeup, No. 11 Severna Park (7-4) visits top-ranked Old Mill (11-1) at 3: 45 today in a make-up of last Friday's game postponed because of a bomb threat.

Record book

Old Mill shortstop Charlie Killmayer leads the county and metro area in doubles with 10. The county and state public school record is 13 by Glen Burnie's Chuck Reid in 1988 and Craig Everett of Northeast in 1991.

The overall state record is 14 by Calvert Hall's Kevin Olkowski in 1995.

Sideliners

Spalding basketball coach Tony Martin didn't waste any time signing Ralph Burley, a top assistant at Severn last season, to his staff. Burley is a well-respected youth coach who will be an asset to the Cavalier's program.

If Severn athletic director Fred Hewitt keeps bringing Jim Doyle out of retirement every time he has a coaching vacancy, he may never have to interview another candidate.

Anne Arundel County baseball is not getting any respect from USA Today with no teams ranked in their national Top 25. The East region rankings include only The Sun's No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (14-2), No. 3 Calvert Hall (16-3) and defending 4A state champion Wootton (8-2) from Maryland.

Freshman shortstop Allen Strick, a Glen Burnie resident, has been called up to the Mount St. Joe varsity after tearing it up on the JV. Strick is expected to play short when senior Dan Warner moves from third to the mound.

With Strick in the lineup, the Gaels of coach Dave Norton, who lives in Lake Shore, have a practically all-Anne Arundel County infield with Severna Park residents Mark Teixiera and Brian Funk at third and second base, respectively.

Officials from the USA Junior Olympic baseball committee were in town over the weekend planning for their June 16-and-under tournament in Fort Myers, Fla., which will include the Maryland Orioles and Severna Park. Bernie Walter, who is active in the organization, took the committee to his daughter Kelly's new restaurant, the Anchor Inn in Pasadena.

Kelly Walter, a 3.8 student and three-sport athlete at Andover who graduated from the University of Maryland, was the overall female winner of the second All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team in 1984. This year's overall male and female winners will receive $3,000 scholarships at a May 14 banquet with the Anne Arundel Trade Council at the Annapolis Holiday Inn. Look for the application ballot in the sports and local news sections.

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Pub Date: 4/23/97

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