County Braves capture U.S. 30-plus baseball title


November 12, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Baseball and lacrosse may be out of season but not for the old guys who play those sports.

Romano's-Easton Braves, a Glen Burnie team, won the 30-and-over national baseball championship in Clearwater, Fla., last weekend. And this weekend, a Masters Over-35 lacrosse tournament will be played at the old Brooklyn Park High School.

The Braves, sponsored by Romano's Restaurant and the Easton Bat Co. and loaded with county residents, including Glen Burnie resident John Stefero, the ex-Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos catcher, became the first Maryland team to win the Senior Baseball League national.

The Braves went 8-1, including a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Atlanta White Sox, to take the 90-team tournament at the Philadelphia Phillies spring-training complex in Clearwater.

"We got four runs in the top of the ninth to win it," said player/manager Alex Burnett, a Crownsville resident. "Nobody from Maryland had ever won it, so we're pretty proud of what we accomplished."

In the top of the championship game's ninth inning, Robert Draine, a Mount St. Joseph product, doubled in the last two runs with two outs.

Ed Nottingham, another ex-St. Joe player, got his third tournament win in relief.

First baseman/designated hitter Kevin Harvin, a Bowie State grad, led the team with a .583 batting average, one homer, eight doubles and eight RBIs.

Other county residents on the team: Catcher Duane Cordrey (Edgewater); infielders Kevin Keeter (Glen Burnie) and Dan Fielder (Pasadena); outfielders Wayne Beverly (Glen Burnie) and Larry McDowell (Harmans); and pitchers Bob France (Lothian) and Bobby Englemeyer (Glen Burnie).

Stefero, originally from Odenton, was an All-Metro catcher at St. Joe in 1978. He delivered a couple game-winning hits for the Orioles down the stretch in 1983, when they last won a World Series.

The left-handed Englemeyer was an All-County pitcher at Brooklyn Park High and has thrown batting practice for the Baltimore Orioles for several years.

Lacrosse action

Warrior Lacrosse and Lax-World are sponsoring a four-team masters tournament this weekend at Brooklyn Park Middle School, off Hammonds Lane.

Lax-World plays the Maryland Masters at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Washington plays the Davidsonville Dog Team at 8: 45 p.m.

The championship game is set for 8: 45 Saturday night, with the consolation game at 7.

Information: Randy Carter, 410-626-5512, or Steve Cranford, 410-295-9725.

Pioneers on the move

Arundel Community College's women's soccer team, sixth-ranked nationally with a 13-1-1 record, will play at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College on Saturday in the District Tournament.

The Pioneers, coached by Glen Burnie's Scott Peavler, advanced by winning the Region XX Tournament for the first time, beating Catonsville Community College, 1-0, on Monday night.

The Pioneers and Catonsville had played three times before, the locals winning twice by 2-0 with the third game a 1-1 draw.

Molly Williams (Arundel) scored the goal, her 19th of the season, with 2: 07 remaining. Defenders Lorie Zamarripa (South River), Laura Moody (Glen Burnie) and Amy Culp (Chesapeake) were named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team.

"Our sophomore class never lost a conference game (19-0-2) and won two conference championships," said Peavler.


Jamie McNealey, who coached St. Mary's boys soccer team to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship and a 21-2 record, is going home.

McNealey, who graduated from Severn in 1987, has been named the Admirals' boys lacrosse coach, succeeding Charlie Toomey, who returned to Loyola College as an assistant coach.

McNealey will move from the Saints' faculty to the Severn faculty at mid-semester.

Quarterback Greg Korwek and lineman Brycen Erbe, former Severna Park teammates, will be football opponents in tomorrow's battle of Virginia prep schools, Korwek's Fork Union visiting Hargrave Military Academy.

Severn grad Brian Zaks has been starring as a junior soccer goalkeeper at Roanoke (Va.) College this fall.

Matt Woodward, an Arnold resident who played at Gilman in Baltimore, is a junior soccer midfielder at Franklin & Marshall.

The Blast has an indoor soccer clinic and challenge match scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 18 Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn for youngsters 5-13. Information: 410-396-5782.

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Pub Date: 11/12/98

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