Kenwood baseball starts strong, buoyed by pitching

4-0 Bluebirds are rolling, 52-6

Friends' Harrison rules midfield in MIAA


April 01, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Kenwood's baseball team is off to a 4-0 start, having scored 52 runs while allowing a combined six runs in victories over Chesapeake-BC, Sparrows Point, Loch Raven and Randallstown.

The Bluebirds have a team batting average of "around .300," according to first-year coach Barry Richards, a former shortstop at Penn State.

Second baseman Justin Dickerson and center fielder James Brown lead the team with in batting average (.500).

Richards figures tougher opposition is ahead. The Bluebirds take on Eastern Tech tomorrow and No. 1 Dulaney on Wednesday.

"I'm looking at how we'll stack up in our region. We're gearing everything toward making a run at being at Joe Cannon Stadium [in Anne Arundel County]," said Richards, referring to the site of the Class 3A state title game. "Team leadership and the citizenship on this team are excellent, which is important to me. They're gentlemen, on and off the field."

Right-hander Steve Vinias (1-0), who has three career wins over Eastern Tech, is considered the ace of a Kenwood staff that goes eight men deep, according to Richards. Randy Evans, Joe Engle and Josh Bieneman, a sophomore who transferred from Archbishop Curley, are all right-handers with 1-0 records.

"We've been averaging 10 strikeouts a game with three five-inning games," said Richards, whose team has 42 total strikeouts against only six walks. "The problem is we're not getting any work on defense because people haven't put the ball in play."

Three-sport standout

Friends lacrosse midfielder Kyle Harrison, who is bound for Johns Hopkins, ranks as "the most accomplished three-sport athlete the school has had," according to athletic director Jon Garmen.

Garmen, an employee at Friends for 18 years, is the Quakers' former head coach and now assists head coach Rich Siler. Garmen is also a former dean of students at Friends.

Harrison is a returning second-team All-Metro player who recently was called "the best midfielder in the league" by one Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference coach.

An all-around lacrosse player, Harrison has 50 career goals and 20 assists, but is known for sparking possessions, transitions and defense.

A second-team All-City/County and three-time all-conference soccer player, Harrison has led that team to one championship. He has 25 career goals and eight assists in soccer.

Harrison is also a three-time all-league basketball player. He led the Friends basketball team to two conference crowns and eclipsed 1,000 career points (1,215) this past winter.

Olympic prospect

Edgewood native and Olympic boxing hopeful Maxell Taylor, a 16-year-old amateur national champion at 139 pounds, has been awarded a scholarship to, and is presently training at, the U.S. Olympic Education Center, located on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Taylor, recruited to the training center by renowned boxing coach Al Mitchell, attends nearby Marquette High while preparing as a prospect to compete in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Taylor is a product of Baltimore's UMAR amateur boxing club and youth development center, which is run by Marvin McDowell. Academic success is a prerequisite for participation in the program.

Taylor, a junior who is nicknamed "The General," has competed since he was 8.

In various competitions, he has won 18 state titles.

In his most recent competition during the week of Dec. 9-16, Taylor won the senior division of the 2000 National Association of Police Athletic Leagues championships in New Orleans.

In the event, Taylor defeated opponents from South Carolina, California, Massachusetts and, in the title bout, Alvin Acosta of the Bronx.

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