Baltimore County

Baseball

March 20, 2000|By Rich Scherr

Baltimore County

Arlington Baptist Eagles (7-7)

Coach: Andy Gossel

Outlook: Gossel said the Eagles are young and inexperienced, but do have a strong group of pitchers. Right-hander Jason Jones is being recruited by several Division I programs, and right-hander David Fracassi is an up-and-coming sophomore. Both possess good fastballs, and also double as the team's leading hitters. Junior Nathan Thompson will also be a key in center field.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors (3-10)

Coach: Adam Klaff

Outlook: A move to the new Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference should benefit this team, which returns everybody from last season, including top pitcher Yoni Rosenblatt. Shortstop Joe Rombro and catcher Seth Zonies are also seniors to watch. Klaff feels his team has the talent -- it's just a matter of restoring players' confidence that they can win.

Boys' Latin Lakers (13-4)

Coach: Butch Maisel

Outlook: The Lakers won 13 of their first 15 games last season before dropping two straight in the B Conference playoffs. Eight starters have graduated, and only one senior returns. Sophomore Alex Filamor (3B/P) is a good hitter and junior Greg Wiatrowski (2B/OF) enters his third varsity season. With numbers down, Maisel said this year will likely be a learning experience.

Calvert Hall Cardinals (21-9)

Coach: Joe Binder

Outlook: The entire starting infield and most of the starting outfield is gone from a team that lost to Curley and Mount St. Joseph in the A Conference tournament. Back, however, is the pitching, including All-Metro left-hander Ryan Kyle, who went 9-0 as a junior, and senior Brent Gossman, won seven games as the No. 2 starter. Other seniors returning include C Stuart Kimmel, 2B Rory Cernik, 3B Mike Dziecichowicz and outfielders Joe Hinz and Nate Barker. A handful of talented juniors also return.

Carver A&T Wildcats (N/A)

Coach: Mark Palmerino

Outlook: The Wildcats are young, with only two seniors on the roster, but full of enthusiasm. After finishing below .500 a year ago, they should be more competitive in Baltimore County's new divisional alignment. Seniors Dustin Gacon and Michael Hauser lead the way, along with five returning juniors.

Catonsville Comets (9-10)

Coach: Doug Campbell

Outlook: The Comets return to their newly renovated home field after playing all their games on the road last season. What's gone for good are their Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters, all of whom graduated. Middle infielder Andy Ford, who hit .440 a year ago, should lead the offense, while pitchers Mike Keller, a senior, and Tom George, a junior, look good on the mound. If the pitching holds up, this team could make some noise in the county.

Chesapeake Bayhawks (10-8)

Coach: Scott Zoscin

Outlook: Change is in the air in Eastern Baltimore County, where the Bayhawks graduated 10 of 13 players and former assistant Zoscin takes over as head coach. Seniors Jason Kirschner (3B), Tony Wolfe (2B/P) and Danny Fersterman (SS) return, but much of the team is up from the JV. This looks like a rebuilding year.

Dulaney Lions (15-4)

Coach: Ron Audlin

Outlook: This team hit a combined .380 last season, and will score its share of runs. If it gets pitching, look out. Outfielders Rob Nelson and Dan Tinker both hit over .400 last season, and 2B Jeff Dyke is part of one of the best fielding infields in the county. Junior pitchers David Gobeli and Scott Headd will need solid years. A year ago, the Lions lost to Perry Hall in the regional championship game.

Dundalk Owls (9-9)

Coach: George Scheulen

Outlook: If the Owls get pitching, they could be among the county's best. The team features 10 seniors on a roster of 14, including All-Division selections Greg Hildt (LF/P) and Josh Prouty (CF). Larry Jamison also will be a key on the mound, though Scheulen said his squad will probably have to win games "by committee." The Owls also are strong up the middle.

Eastern Tech Mavericks (14-7)

Coach: Ken King

Outlook: Twelve players return, including seven starters and the entire pitching staff. Leading the way is second-team All-County pick Josh Kenney (SS), as well as seniors John Savage (OF), Bret Waskiewicz (INF/P) and Matt Bukowski (P), and junior Kevin Murray (OF/P). Waskiewicz and Murray won a combined 12 games last year, and will be joined on the mount by 6-foot-5 sophomore Brandon Berlett, who throws 84 mph and was 8-0 last year on JV.

Franklin Indians (10-8)

Coach: Larry Meekins

Outlook: The Indians lost a lot to graduation, but also will get nine players from a JV team that lost only three games a year ago. Meekins, Franklin's JV coach for most of the past decade, takes over, and should have plenty of tools to work with. Greg Wingate and Greg Freiert are both capable pitchers, while C Justin Nusz and 3B Ryan Ridgely also should make solid contributions.

Hereford Bulls (10-8)

Coach: Todd Hartshorn

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