Klebe guides Batavia Muckdogs to minor-league division title


October 01, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie's Frank Klebe led the Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs, a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate, to a division title in the short-season (76 games) Class A New York-Penn League this summer.

Klebe, who runs the B.A.T.T. indoor facility in Glen Burnie, was a last-minute choice to manage the Muckdogs and turned in an admirable job after being recommended by ex-Orioles pitcher Ross Grimsley, a B.A.T.T. part-timer who recently was released as Class AA Reading's (Pa.) pitching coach.

Batavia won the three-division, 14-team league's Stedler Division five games with a 43-33 (.566) record. The team was 29-3 in the final month.

The Muckdogs were eliminated, however, in the playoffs by the Auburn Doubledays but boasted the league's No. 1 prospect, Baseball America reported. He was third baseman Carlos Duncan, the younger brother of former big leaguer Mariano Duncan.

"I don't know if I will be back at Batavia or not, but I hope to be somewhere to help the Phillies next year," said Klebe, who was thrilled at being called to Philadelphia for four days at the end of the season.

The 1979 Glen Burnie High grad has an extensive baseball background, having coached in the Orioles' farm system at Bluefield, W. Va., and in Watertown, N.Y., for the Cleveland Indians. He has emerged as a superb instructor.

His local B.A.T.T. clinics, camps and indoor facility have helped scores of county youths become better players.


The Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday at Annapolis High will draw several of the area's top boys and girls runners.

Old Mill plays host to a huge soccer doubleheader tonight. The No. 7-ranked Severna Park girls (6-1) visit the Patriots (5-1) at 5 p.m., followed at 7 by the No. 14 Old Mill boys (4-1) vs. No. 7 Severna Park (5-1).

Brooklyn Park native Danny Kisner is staging another amateur boxing show on Oct. 14 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets: 410-768-7901.

Anne Arundel County's all-time rushing leader, 1998 Meade graduate Tanardo Sharps, is expected to return Oct. 11 against Towson University's JV as a running back at Fork Union (Va.) prep school after breaking a collarbone.

Sharps' Fork Union roommate is Greg Korwek, ex-Severna Park quarterback (1998 grad) who threw a touchdown pass last week after lining up at tailback. The 6-foot-4 Korwek has lost 25 pounds and is now a svelte 220 pounds.

Dan Hart, coach of the Class 4A state champion Annapolis lacrosse team, recently hosted a surprise 50th birthday party for his buddy, Annapolis football coach Roy "Danny" Brown. The Sept. 19 party came the day after the 2-2 Panthers' first win by 60-0 over Frederick.

Broadneck's volleyball team, coached by husband and wife Romanzo and Bev Beans, is off to a 3-0 start and pointing to its Oct. 27 visit to top-ranked Severna Park (4-1).

First-year coach Greg Legrand has Arundel's volleyball team, winless last year, at 5-2 after Monday's 3-2 (6-15, 15-13, 15-8, 9-15, 15-7) victory over Meade. But Sarah Meger was 20-for-20 serving, with four aces, for Meade.

Linda Taylor has returned to coach the No. 9-ranked Archbishop Spalding volleyball team (8-0) after delivering her second child.

Congrats to North County senior Lori Koch for winning the District V girls golf championship with an 81 at Elkridge Monday. Arundel's All-Metro baseball pitcher Andy Kostic had a hole-in-one in the boys competition and qualified for the states with an 80.

John Olecski, a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Brooklyn Park during the late 1960s and later an amateur football, basketball and volleyball coach, has been named commissioner of the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association boys and girls basketball program.

The Anne Arundel Community College womens soccer team (3-0-1 and 11th-ranked nationally) hosts top-ranked, two-time defending national champion Brevard (N.C.) Junior College at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Brevard (9-0) comes in with a 55-game winning streak.

Jimmy Rogalski, a lacrosse defenseman at Broadneck and St. Mary's College, has been named assistant coach at Division III Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., where he is working on his master's degree.

Pasadena's duckpin bowling legend Elizabeth "Toots" Barger, who died this week at age 85, was the first bowler and just the second woman inducted (in 1961) into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1992, she became the first and only bowler ever inducted in the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. Barger was a charter member of the National Duckpin Hall Fame.

By the way, when are women coaches and ex-players going to start nominating the many more deserving females out there for county hall of fame membership? None was nominated this year. This was not supposed to be a stag club.

Ryan Dacey, Annapolis All-County shortstop and basketball forward (1995-96) who has had two great years at George Washington University, was to play in the Shenandoah Valley League this summer. But a pitch broke a hand in the first week. Dacey, a pro prospect, is back playing this fall at GW and looking forward to his junior season.

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Pub Date: 10/01/98

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