Teixeira, Banks gain Southern exposure


High Schools

January 30, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

While it may not be baseball weather in our area just yet, it is down south, where two Severna Park natives are making noise on the collegiate scene.

Mark Teixeira, a three-time All-Metro selection and 1998 Sun Baseball Player of the Year at Mount St. Joseph, and currently an All-American third baseman at Georgia Tech, is on the cover of the current issue of Baseball America.

Teixeira is the centerpiece of the national publication's 2001 college baseball preview. He is one of the main reasons Baseball America has Georgia Tech ranked No. 1 for 2001 season.

Josh Banks, an All-Metro right-hander for county champion Severna Park last spring, was a winner in his college debut at Florida International in Miami.

At 6 feet 2, 215 pounds, Teixeira is projected by big-league scouts to be the No. 1 pick in the June pro baseball draft. Last spring as a sophomore, he was the NCAA Player of the Year.

Possessing power from both sides of the plate, Teixeira batted .427 (103-for-241) with 104 runs scored, 80 RBIs, 21 doubles, four triples, 13 stolen bases and 18 homers for the Yellow Jackets last spring.

Banks, who was 9-0 with 93 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA for Severna Park last spring, was the winning pitcher in Florida International's 17-3 romp over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

Banks threw 55 pitches in five innings, giving up five hits and two runs, and striking out three.

Drafted on the 34th round by the Orioles in June, Banks did not sign, realizing that he needed to mature both physically and mentally. The 6-foot-3 Banks has bulked up from 175 pounds in high school to 190 and is set to be the Golden Panthers' No. 2 starter.

Baseball fund raiser

The Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium committee has announced a county high school baseball "Game of the Week" schedule for this spring.

Eight games have been slated for Friday nights at 7:15 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. Chesapeake and Glen Burnie will play the first game on March 23 with North County and Southern-Harwood in the final "Game of the Week" on May 4.

John White, president of the Cannon committee says the games will serve as a fund raiser for the participating schools, thanks to Anne Arundel County Rec and Parks agreeing to let the schools split the gate.

The home team gets two-thirds of the gate because it would not normally have transportation costs.

The Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium raises money to award monetary scholarships each year to outstanding baseball student-athletes.

"If the schools pack the stadium, it could be a nice fund raiser," White said.

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