Marlins pick Aceves late in majors' baseball draft

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

June 06, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Anthony Aceves could become the second baseball player from Howard High to make it to the major leagues.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound slugger, who also played football and basketball for the Lions, was selected on the 50th round Thursday by the Florida Marlins.

Modern technology allowed him to learn the great news in as timely a fashion as possible.

"My dad paged me during a game against Liberty Road," said Aceves, who plays for the Columbia Reds summer team. Maybe the news inspired him. He went 4-for-5 during the game.

Aceves was so feared that opponents walked him intentionally 13 times this season.

The Baltimore Orioles and and Colorado Rockies also showed interest in an athlete admired for his talent by friends and foes. His coach Rich Jenkins, said: "For average and power, he's the best hitter I've coached in 25 years, and he hasn't hit his peak."

"I'm pretty excited," Aceves said. "The Marlins said they will talk to me in a couple of weeks."

The Marlins weren't one of the teams originally interested. But when they invited Centennial's Matt Deuchler to a tryout two weeks ago at Mary Washington College, the James Madison University-bound Deuchler asked the scout, Ty Brown, if Aceves could come along.

Aceves stood out at that tryout and was told then he'd probably be drafted.

Brown is the same scout who also signed another player from Howard, Tony Saunders, who played three seasons for the Lions before pitching his senior year at Glen Burnie.

Aceves said he'd forego college for a chance to play pro ball.

He already has a Marlins hat.

"They gave me one at the tryout," he said.

Bross U.S. faceoff leader

How many times has a county athlete ever led the nation in a statistical category?

At least once.

Duke sophomore Scott Bross (Centennial) led all NCAA Division I lacrosse players in facing off this spring. He won 118 of 181 faceoffs for a .652 percentage.

Bross was Duke's Player of the Game against Maryland, when he won 12 of 21 faceoffs as Duke took an 11-10 decision March 7. The defenseman also got his first assist.

14 state champions

Seven county schools won a total of 14 state championships in team sports this school year, seven each for the boys and girls.

With three titles were Glenelg (Class 1A girls basketball, girls indoor track, and baseball) and Oakland Mills (1A boys soccer, football and boys indoor track).

With two each were River Hill (2A boys soccer and boys cross country) and Centennial (2A girls soccer and volleyball).

Hammond won 1A girls soccer, Long Reach took 2A girls outdoor track, and Mount Hebron swept 1A-2A boys and girls lacrosse.

Most memorable moments

River Hill's Zach Heidepriem closing incredibly fast in the final 50 yards and leaning at the wire to win the county cross country championship over Glenelg sophomore Jon Goldsmith.

Mount Hebron's upset of River Hill, 2-1, in boys soccer behind goalkeeper Greg Peters' spectacular game on the way to its first county title in that sport.

Oakland Mills quarterback T. J. Welsh leading the Scorpions from a 12-0, third-quarter deficit to their first state football title, 15-12, over favored Forestville.

Murray Graves scoring 32 points and Tony Breland scoring 31 in a regional boys basketball title win over Forestville in a referee-unfriendly game that smelled of upset at Forestville -- until the Scorpions switched to a zone in third quarter.

Kyle Farmer making up lots of the ground on the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay, the meet's last event, to win 10 team points and give Oakland Mills the Class 1A-2A state indoor track championship by one point.

River Hill's Brandon Lauer edging Towson's John Narlis, 10-9, to remain alive and later win his second straight state wrestling title, making it two unbeaten seasons in a row.

Howard's Huguens Jean, in his first track season, breaking the county high-jump record with a leap of 6 feet, 8.5 inches after vying Mount Hebron's Bobby Bergin, defending champion, at the county championships. Jean jumped 6-9 at regions.

Neal Goldman's five-goal performance in a last-minute come-from-behind effort by Mount Hebron, tying the South region championship boys lacrosse game in regulation. Then, Bryan Warner's winning overtime goal off Goldman's assist that nipped upset-minded Oakland Mills, 9-8, leading the Vikings to the Class 1A-2A state title.

Mike Rice's tying three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh against Brunswick in the Class 1A South region title game. The Gladiators won, 11-10, and then repeated as state champs.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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