Baseball

March 22, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

The following capsules were inadvertently omitted from Friday's edition.

Northeast Eagles

1997 record: 12-9

Coach: Marshall Kawecki

Top players: Adam Sutton, Sr., LHP; Billy Robbins, Sr., RHP; Nick Neary, Sr., 1B; Nick Klug, Sr., 2B; Ryan George, Sr., SS; Mike Little, Sr., CF; Ryan Whipps, Sr., OF; Mike Harry, Sr., INF.

Outlook: Kawecki, the Eagles' junior varsity coach the last four years, is not at all bashful even though he's a rookie head coach. "We can take the region [3A East with Broadneck] and there is no reason why we can't win the states," said Kawecki. "We let ourselves down last year [lost to Southern in region final]. I feel pretty confident with this group." The Eagles return ace lefty Sutton and Robbins on the hill and they are two of eight experienced seniors. Sophomores Blair Thomas (RF) and Joe Toomey (3B) are also expected to contribute. "I've worked with all these guys over the last four years, so I know them well," said Kawecki, a grad of Annapolis and Towson University.

Old Mill Patriots

1997 record: 21-3

Coach: Mel Montgomery

Top players: Mark Campbell, Sr., 3B/DH; Tim Morris, Sr., LHP/1B; Steve Fogler, Sr., LHP; Alan Gowing, Sr., RHP; Brent Webb, Sr., C; Brandon White, Jr., OF; Quentin Cruppenink, Jr., OF; Jason Galloway, So., OF; Chip Ziegler, Fr., RHP.

Outlook: After winning the county championship and going 21-3 (two wins over state champion Chesapeake) to finish as the No. 1 ranked team in The Sun's final poll for '97, the Patriots graduated eight starters. Five of those starters were All-County, three of the five All-Metro. Campbell, who started as a DH, is the only returnee. "It's by far our youngest team in quite awhile," said Montgomery, who starts his 20th season eight wins [292-104, two state titles] from becoming the fourth county coach to reach 300 career wins. "It could be a tough season, but I've been pleasantly surprised in scrimmages with our poise." Morris and Fogler are untested as varsity pitchers as is Ziegler, the younger brother of All-Metro RHP Mike Ziegler, now at nationally ranked Shoals (Ala.) Community College. The younger Ziegler is the first freshman to make the Patriots varsity at the start of the season. "We have to improve as we go," said the coach.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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