1992 crop of pitchers in Arundel was a bountiful one

SIDELINES

October 12, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It seems that 1992 was a good year for local high school pitchers.

Florida Marlins left-hander Tony Saunders, a 1992 Glen Burnie High grad, was named to just one All-County team his final year. Yes, the Anne Arundel County Sun's first team. Saunders was 4-4 with a 2.69 ERA and considered the county's top lefty that season. He also batted .385 as a first baseman when he wasn't pitching.

Arundel's Brian Rolocut (11-1, 0.77 ERA) was the Player of the Year that season, and he, too, could end up in Florida. Rolocut pitched in the Tampa Bay minor league system this summer.

It's interesting that Rolocut was All-Metro that year with the Metro Player of the Year, McDonogh junior pitcher, Kenny

Cloude, who made it to the big show with the Seattle Mariners this season.

AACS on a roll

With a 3-1 victory over Chapelgate Academy Thursday, the Annapolis Area Christian School volleyball team ran its overall record to 15-1 for coach Dave Leith. AACS won the first two games, 15-2 and 15-4, before inserting their subs and dropping the third, 15-12. But AACS came back in the fourth, 15-5, for the match.

Carroll Christian Academy, the only squad to defeat AACS this season, comes to Annapolis on Oct. 27.

Will 7-3 be good enough?

Arundel football coach Bill Zucco doesn't see a 7-3 county team from the East region going to the Class 4A state playoffs this year because of what is going on in other regions.

"Somebody would have to go 7-3 somewhere else for one of us to get in with that record," said Zucco.

The Class 4A West, Montgomery County region, with defending state champion Sherwood (6-0), Seneca Valley (6-0) and Gaithersburg (4-2), is loaded, and three teams are likely to advance to the eight-team playoffs.

Other than unbeaten Annapolis (6-0), Old Mill (4-2) is the only other Class 4A team with two losses. Arundel, Meade, Chesapeake and Severna Park are all 3-3, and 1-5 Glen Burnie has long been gone.

Broadneck took a 4-1 record into last night's home game against 0-5 Laurel, and the Bruins look really good in the Class 3A East region for what would be their first football playoff berth.

Improved Cougar defense

Annapolis football coach Roy Brown says Chesapeake (3-3, 2-2) "has the best defense we have played against this year." The much-improved Cougars, a 7-0 loser to Old Mill (4-2, 2-1) Thursday, have only given up 86 points, an average of 14.3 a game that would be lower had it not been for a 24-0 loss to Annapolis.

Sideliners

It's a pleasure to listen to the professional George Eckardt work the public address system at Annapolis High's Al Laramore Field.

The Northeast football team (0-6) may have blown its last chance win this season in Thursday's 31-14 loss to first year Patuxent (1-5).

When Severna Park's football team jumped out 10-0 at Meade Thursday but ended up losing 27-18, history repeated itself. Last year, the Falcons led 13-0 in the first half and lost, 32-19.

It was interesting that Severna Park drove 60 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown on the game's initial drive using the no-huddle, and then got away from it.

Severna Park's all-purpose back, Josh Cornett, suffered a concussion at the end of the first half, didn't play again, but was feeling better Friday.

Falcons assistant coach Jamie Bragg is a full-time substitute teacher at Meade, and Severna Park's JV coach, Kevin Schiavonne, is a security guard at Meade.

Meade administrator Bob Ferguson, a former long-time football assistant at Severna Park to Andy Borland, said Thursday before the game, "It's been a tough day for me knowing that for the first time, I would be on the other side of the field from Andy."

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Pub Date: 10/12/97

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