Robinson, Ducks are flying high

Coach has Douglass at 17-1 heading into baseball semifinals

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May 17, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

John Robinson's Douglass baseball team was drowning in a sea of losses during his first two seasons. This year, however, the third-year coach's Ducks have more than kept their heads above water.

Douglass enters today's Class4A North Region semifinal game at 17-1 and has outscored its opponents, 204-83.

And in winning the city's BConference title, the Ducks already have captured the program's first championship since 1965.

The Ducks' only loss came via forfeit to Northwestern - a team they have twice defeated by a combined 34-2 - because their bus was late for a game.

`The first year here was difficult, because the kids weren't used to the system I was implementing," said Robinson, 28, a special education teacher and graduate of Washington's Eastern High and Morgan State. "I was teaching them how to think baseball, how to throw, how to catch."

Now, his lessons have taken root after his clubs went 4-23 his first two years.

Pitchers Corey Smith, a senior Edmondson transfer, and junior DeShawn Brown have 7-0 records. Chauncy Morrison is 2-0 with a save, and Walbrook transfer Donte Truitt is 1-0. Smith has 68 strikeouts against 17 walks, and Brown has 43 vs. 10.

Brown's .622 batting average ranks No.1 on the team, as do his six doubles and five home runs. Brown also has two triples, 27 RBIs and 23 steals.

Truitt is hitting .578 with four doubles, four home runs, 23 stolen bases and 14 RBIs. Smith, also a center fielder, is hitting .566 with 11 doubles, two triples, 14 RBIs and 14 steals. Senior Charles Thomas, the leadoff hitter, leads the team with 31 stolen bases and is batting .429 with 13 RBIs.

The future of Robinson's program, he says, depends on players such as sophomore Torean Jordan, who is hitting .590 with 18 stolen bases and 18 RBIs.

"I have a nice corps coming back next year," Robinson said.

Around the tracks

When Overlea's Courtney Pointer edged Woodlawn's Vince Fuller by a nose in the 100-meter race in last weekend's Baltimore County track meet, he became the school's first individual champion.

Pointer, a first-year runner who holds school records in the 100 (10.8 seconds) and the 400 (49.1), clocked 11-flat in the race. His effort led the to a fourth-place finish after being "dead last a season earlier," according to first-year coach Tephany Blackburn.

Overlea returned to outdoor competition last season after dropping the sport in 1989.

McDonogh sprinter Chanel Lattimer hopes to ride the momentum of last weekend's triple gold-medal effort at the state private schools meet at McDonogh into this weekend's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet at Calvert Hall.

Lattimer set meet records with victories in the 100 meters (12.1 seconds), 200 (24.7) and 400 (56.3) last weekend.

Calvert Hall's LaurenceDesi, winner of the shot put in 48 feet, 7 inches, and the third-place finisher in the discus, looks to repeat in those events at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meet, also at Calvert Hall.

Badminton champs

Carver's Ebony Scott polished off a perfect badminton season with the Baltimore City No.1 singles championship last week after helping the Bears win the team title earlier this month.

City had three winners: Autumn Anderson in No.3 singles, Christina Allen in No.4 singles and Antoinette Pigatt and Yavonna Williams in No.3 doubles.

Southern's Veronica Cook won the No.2 singles. Mervo's Tobie Ashley and Shamika Hawkes won the No.1 doubles. Poly's Li Jiang and Asao Trinh took the No.2 doubles.

Patterson pulls double

Patterson's baseball team and boys lacrosse team each completed their fourth Baltimore City championship seasons in the past five years.

Lacrosse honors

The area's top lacrosse players will be honored Sunday night as U.S. Lacrosse plays host to its third annual High School Awards Banquet at Martin's West.

One boy and one girl from each league in the metro area, including the MIAA, the IAAM, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County, will be honored.

One outstanding player, who is also an outstanding citizen and student, will receive the Peggy Boutilier Award.

The presentation honors the former All-Metro Roland Park player, who went on to become a two-time national defensive Player of the Year at Virginia and the 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year.

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