Today's baseball finals

May 23, 1998|By Rick Belz, Lem Satterfield

(at Joe Cannon Stadium)

Class 1A

No. 4 Glenelg (21-2)

vs. Southern-Garrett (16-4)

Time: Noon

Outlook: Coach Tom Thrasher's Glenelg team is averaging 11 runs a game and sporting a team batting average of .390. The Gladiators, who have hit 32 home runs, outscored their opposition 253-90 and have six starters batting more than .400. Glenelg won state titles in 1983, 1993 and 1995 and lost in the state semifinals in 1996. Glenelg's top pitcher is Jeff Starcher, who has a 7-1 record and has hit four home runs in four playoff games. Jason Weszka, Matt Kozora, Dave Harris and Jeremy Shry are .400 hitters. Southern-Garrett makes its second appearance in the state finals, having lost in 1996.

Class 2A

Lansdowne (15-5)

vs. North Caroline (14-7)

Time: 3: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Lansdowne and 26-year veteran coach Dave Wright have a shot at a state title after beating Howard 12-2 in a state semifinal game yesterday. Lansdowne and Howard, both losers in last weekend's state region finals, got surprise regional titles and semifinal berths because of an unusual double forfeit by Loch Raven and Atholton. Lansdwowne is led by OFs Billy Detzel (.441), Willie Pack (.419) and Cliff Zimmerman (.400) and pitcher Josh Sammons, who was 4-1 with a 2.93 before yesterday's win over Howard. Lansdowne reached the state semifinals in 1992 and 1993, winning a title in 1992. North Caroline reached the state semifinals in 1990 and 1991 but has never advanced to a state title game.

Class 3A

C. Milton Wright (16-5)

vs. Damascus (17-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Mustangs of second-year coach Bob Rudolph are making their first state title game appearance since being runners-up in 1988. C. Milton Wright has won 13 of its past 15 games, including the last five straight, led by 1B Brad Glascock (.560, 32 RBIs), who has scored 26 runs with eight doubles, eight triples and two home runs. DH Scott Guzewich (.468, 14 runs, 16 RBIs) and RF Sean Bantner (.370, 18 RBIs) are the Mustangs' next best hitters, with Bantner 7-for-10 in the playoffs with two triples and two home runs. Damascus played in state semifinal games in 1978 and 1988, losing in the final in 1978. The Hornets, ranked No. 6 in the Washington area by The Washington Post, have won 13 straight.

Pub Date: 5/23/98

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