Baltimore City

Softball

March 20, 2000|By Derek Toney

Baltimore City

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians (10-2)

Coach: Terri Detorie

Outlook: The Martians won the Association of Independent Schools A Division championship last season. Their reward: a spot in the new Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division with Catholic League powers, meaning expectations will be lower. Bryn Mawr returns eight starters, including SS Erin Bellamy, an All-AIS performer last spring. Detorie hopes to be at least respectable against what will be one of the area's toughest leagues.

Carver Bears (7-3)

Coach: Ron Frierson

Outlook: The Bears return six players including three starters. Frierson said his infield will be strong with 2B Nicole Webb and SS T'nia Janey, but is trying to develop a catcher. Carver will play in the city's Division II.

Catholic Cubs (16-7)

Coach: Len Tiesi

Outlook: After losing in the opening round of the Catholic League playoffs last season, Catholic could be strong in the IAAM B Division. The Cubs return eight players, led by P Kelly Tiesi, who struck out 128 last spring. Len Tiesi says his team lacks experience and offense, but having playing in the competitive Catholic League should benefit them in the B Division.

City Knights (5-5)

Coach: Julio Fernandez

Outlook: The Knights will have three starters among seven returnees. Fernandez has been impressed with his crop of freshmen, but inexperience and depth will be a concern. The Knights will play in Division I of the city league.

Dunbar Poets (N/A)

Coach: Kevin Furlow

Outlook: Furlow is hoping to get some additional help from the top-ranked Poets' girls basketball team. Furlow said the majority of his roster will consist of freshmen and sophomores, but he sees promise as well as speed on the bases. The Poets will play in the city's Division II.

Edmondson Redskins (7-5)

Coach: Paul Boulay

Outlook: Boulay, in his first season, will have six players back from last spring. Boulay says the Redskins will be experienced, but pitching will be a major question. Edmondson moves up from the city-league's Division II to Division I.

Forest Park Foresters (N/A)

Coach: Frank Collins

Outlook: First-year coach Collins will have five players returning, but is loaded with freshmen and sophomores. Collins said this spring will be a learning process with the newcomers, but the main focus will be finishing the season, which didn't happen last spring. The Foresters will play in Division II of the city league.

IND Indians (14-11)

Coach: Greg Ehrmann

Outlook: After losing to eventual Catholic League champion Spalding in the semifinals last spring, IND should be in the thick of the new IAAM A Division chase, returning eight starters. 2B Jamie Clingan was a first-team All-City/County selection last year and P Sarah Galloway, who won all of IND's games a year ago, was a second-team pick. Ehrmann said this is his most-experienced team. They will be strong defensively, but the Indians don't have a dependable arm after Galloway.

Lake Clifton Lakers (N/A)

Coach: Delora Walker

Outlook: The Lakers return five players from last spring, including starters in SS Tyeasha Smith and 3B Faith Moore. Walker thinks her infield should be strong, but pitching will be a major question. Lake Clifton will play in Division II of the city league.

Mercy Magic (11-10)

Coach: Carrie Hueston

Outlook: After losing to eventual finalist Seton Keough in the Catholic League tournament quarterfinals, Mercy moves into the IAAM A Division. The Magic returns six players, but P Theresa Pyzik is still recovering from an injured anterior cruciate ligament from October. Hueston said her team will be young, but should be able to mount a challenge against the upper echelon teams like Spalding, Mount de Sales and Institute of Notre Dame.

Mervo Mustangs (N/A)

Coach: Nancy Havranek

Outlook: Havranek is hoping to have a full roster of players before the season-opener tomorrow against Lake Clifton. SS Shamika Hawks is a returner from last spring and P Tobie Ashley was a member of the basketball team. The Mustangs will play in Division II of the city league.

Northern Vikings (12-1)

Coach: Beverly Grant

Outlook: The Vikings return the nucleus of a team that only lost to Southwestern in the city Division II last spring. In Division I this year, Grant is hoping her team can rise to the competition. Northern could provide a serious challenge to perennial city-power Western.

Patterson Clippers (N/A)

Coach: Jake Pauley

Outlook: New coach Pauley will have eight players back from last spring. Pauley says the Clippers will be strong up the middle, but would like to develop another pitcher behind Harris. Patterson will play in Division I of the city league this spring.

Poly Engineers (10-4)

Coach: Norman Perry

Outlook: P/C Jasmine Curry, C Tracy Oxyer and LF/1B Barria Braxton will be returning starters for the Engineers. Perry said his team should improve gradually, and will look to Braxton to lead the offense. The Engineers should be right at top with Western in the city's Division I.

Roland Park Reds (5-5)

Coach: Mary Hain

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