1998 Baseball previews Baltimore County

March 22, 1998|By Rich Scherr, Lem Satterfield, Joseph Samuel

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1997 record: 7-10

Coach: Andy Gossel

Top players: Steve Veasel, Sr., C; Scott Booker, Jr., 2B; Aaron Polk, Jr., OF-P; John Jones, Sr., 1B-P.

Outlook: Coach Andy Gossel is enthusiastic about the team's prospects in his first season. He has a strong foundation in C Steve Veasel. A transfer from Northeast, Veasel is an experienced and fundamental player behind the plate.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1997 record: No team

Coach: Adam Klaff

Top players: Yoni Rosenblatt, So., P; Seth Zonies, So., C; Eli Pristoop, Sr., P-SS; David Goldsmith, Sr., OF; Harry Seidman, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: In their first year as a varsity program, the Warriors are looking for a competitive season. P Rosenblatt is both the team's best pitcher and strongest offensive threat while Zonies provides stability behind the plate.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1997 record: 11-8

Coach: Butch Maisel

Top players: Nick Allen, Jr., OF; Ryan Wilner, Jr., 2B-SS; Allen Waring, Jr., SS-P; Geof Burger, Jr., 3B-P.

Outlook: Even with the loss of several seniors Maisel is looking for another successful season. The shape of the team is much different than a year ago when the Lakers hit 23 home runs, but were unable to win close games. This year the team is willing to do the little things needed to win.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1997 record: 29-5.

Coach: Joe Binder.

Top players: Justin Nash, Sr., P; Greg DeBoy, Sr., 3B; Mike Wineke, Sr., 1B-LHP; Jason Bungori, Sr., P; Damian Michalak, Sr., 2B; Mike Ey, Sr., SS; Ryan Grue, Sr., P; Matt Harlin, Sr., OF; Avon Mack, Sr., CF; Bryan Bollinger, Sr., RF; Chris Staub, Sr., C

Outlook: There's as much talent on this team as on any league opponent looking to dethrone the MIAA A Conference champs. Nash (10-2, 1.80 ERA) is bound for Penn State, and DeBoy (.451, 23 RBI), chosen preseason All-State. Bungori (6-0) and Wineke (4-0) are strong. Led by speedy Lehigh-bound All-Metro football WR Mack, Bollinger (6-1, 190) and Smoot (6-3, 225), the OF is full of depth and power. Kyle (7-1) and Gossman (10-0) are up from the title-winning JV.

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