Wet weather wins, washes out hope for baseball title contest

Sidelines

May 06, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The weather team has won its second Anne Arundel County baseball championship in three years. There will be no county championship game tonight.

While the county softball championship between No. 3 Northeast (13-2) and No. 5 Arundel (13-6) will be played at 3: 45 today at Glen Burnie High, the baseball title game had to be scrapped for the second time in the three-year history of the two-division concept.

"For the better part of valor, it would not be fair to do this any other way, but to determine co-champions," said Rick Wiles, county coordinator of physical education. "We're giving the teams through [today] to finish their seasons and then take a look at the standings, use the tiebreaker [if necessary] and determine who the North and South division winners are."

With the region playoffs starting Friday, it would not have been reasonable to play a county championship Thursday.

Arundel and Old Mill were declared co-champs in 1996, and Old Mill won last year's crown over Arundel.

This year's title game was to be Tuesday, but when rainouts forced makeups, the championship was changed to Wednesday.

Some games were played Monday, while others were not, scrambling the North division. The South can be settled if top-ranked Severna Park (16-2) is able to play and win today at Broadneck (9-9).

Severna Park is 8-1 in division play while No. 3 Arundel (16-4) is 8-2 and finished its schedule by winning a doubleheader Monday -- 5-1 over South River and 8-0 over Annapolis.

Most division wins would give the Falcons the title, but if the latter is upset, it would go to the tiebreaker and a coin flip would determine the champion. If Severna Park is unable to play, a coin flip would also be in order.

Things are not as simple in the North. No. 8 Chesapeake (11-7) is 6-3 while 12th-ranked Old Mill (11-7) and No. 18 North County (11-7) are 5-3 each. Chesapeake was upset 1-0 by Northeast (7-11, 4-5) Monday night and the Old Mill-North County game was postponed.

In addition, yesterday's North County at Chesapeake and Meade at Old Mill make-up games from last Friday were called off. As of last night, it was still unclear if North County and Old Mill would attempt to play doubleheaders today and finish their schedules.

A lighted field (Arundel, Northeast or Joe Cannon) would be needed to do it. If the games are not played, Chesapeake would be North champion by virtue of most division wins (6).

Any other combination of games made up would require the tiebreaker and there are too many variables to explain in this space.

"It may be time to take a look at the county championship as is and we may want to go another way," said Marlene Kelly, the county's other coordinator.

There are coaches in several sports espousing the idea of counting all county league games and putting the two teams with the best records into the championship game.

Girls lacrosse is a good example of the need for a change.

The difference in the caliber of play in the South and North is like night and day. The South won all 36 games against the North in '97 and all but one this season.

For the third year in a row, the county championship game was a joke with No. 7 Annapolis (13-1) humbling unranked North County (7-6), 21-4.

When the two teams met in the regular season, Annapolis won 21-3 and they meet again tomorrow in the first round of the playoffs. What purpose does it serve to be humiliated like that?

Sideliners

The deadline for the All-County Academic Athletic Team and the chance to be one of two to win $5,000 scholarships is May 15.

County track and field championships are set for 3: 30 tomorrow at Annapolis.

Derek Dixon, a Severna Park resident, is a sophomore three-sport standout at Riverdale Baptist. Dixon, who started in football and basketball, is an outfielder batting .472 with two homers and 13 RBIs for the Crusaders (22-3) baseball team.

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Pub Date: 5/06/98

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