Crown stars take field today after O's

Six from Anne Arundel, five from MIAA on rosters


June 06, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

For one day, a select group of 30 high school players will experience the thrill of playing baseball in a big-league park in today's 18th Crown All-Star baseball game at Camden Yards.

The prep showcase is scheduled to start about 30 minutes after the Phillies-Orioles game. The Crown game is scheduled for seven innings with a three-hour time limit.

"Anyone with a ticket to the Orioles' game [can] stay," said Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton, game coordinator. "Those not at the Orioles game can get in free for the Crown game."

The 30 Crown All-Stars, 15 each on North and South squads, will be presented black souvenir bats autographed by Orioles donors Brady Anderson and Harold Baines.

"Spending the day around the major-leaguers is quite thrill for these guys," Norton said. "It's something they will never forget."

Anne Arundel County placed six players on the South squad, the most of any county, followed by five from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Three from the MIAA are from No. 1-ranked Archbishop Curley, the A Conference champion.

Third baseman Mike Costello, who set state single-season records for homers (15), hits (62) and RBIs (58), will be joined by Curley's Scott Kosmicky (catcher) and Brian Sommers (outfielder) on the North team.

Other A Conference standouts include Loyola catcher Steve Pyzik and McDonogh infielder Cap Poklemba.

Class 3A state champion South Carroll (21-4) placed pitcher/outfielders Kevin Damiano and Jason Tourangeau on the North.

Damiano, who will attend Penn State, and Tourangeau, who has a scholarship to East Carolina and was drafted in the 17th round by the Orioles on Wednesday, are part of a pitching staff that includes Dulaney left-hander Bryan Mosser and Fort Hill's Jimmy Barrett.

Barrett, whose fastball has been clocked at 95 mph, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round.

Westminster outfielder Mike Taylor, headed to UNC-Charlotte, and Bel Air batting star Kyle George round out the North's metro players. Patterson's Roger Wrenn will coach the North with Mount St. Joseph's Roger Cameron and North Caroline's Tom Keating.

Arundel's Bernie Walter will coach the South with Tom Thrasher of Class 1A state champion Glenelg and Damascus' Vic Mollet.

Three of Walter's Wildcats made the team: pitcher Andy Kostic, third baseman Norris Roy and shortstop John McCurdy. Kostic was 18-2 in two seasons, and Roy set several school career records in batting.

Tim Hecker (11-1), who pitched Glen Burnie to its first Class 4A state title, North County infielder Jeremy Shafer and All-Metro outfielder Tony Dokoupil of Severna Park are the other three from Anne Arundel County.

Centennial catcher Matt Deuchler, headed for James Madison, and speedy Howard outfielder Anthony Aceves, who scored a state-record 51 times, complete metro members on the South squad.

Right-hander Ryan Childs of Damascus, who was drafted in the 17th round by the White Sox, is also on the South pitching staff.

Crown All-Stars

Who: North vs. South (30 seniors chosen from all Maryland schools, public and private)

When: About 30 minutes after today's Orioles-Phillies game, which starts at 1: 35 p.m.

Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Sponsors: Orioles, Crown Central Petroleum

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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