No. 1 appears on deck for surging Arundel baseball

SIDELINES

High Schools

April 29, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Come Tuesday, with top-ranked Hammond losing to Long Reach, 2-1, on Thursday, the Arundel baseball team is likely to jump to No. 1 in The Sun's poll.

Arundel (14-2), ranked No. 2 at the start of last week, won three more games as its winning streak climbed to seven for the second time this season.

"We've got everything going right now, and everybody is having fun," said Arundel junior right-hander Jason Lively, who has a 5-0 record.

Lively's assessment is on the money. Steady but not overpowering pitching, solid defense, consistent hitting throughout the lineup and excellent base running have the Wildcats rolling.

Sophomore Joey Frykman (6-1), junior Bobby Goldbeck (2-0) and Lively lead a pitching staff that throws strikes consistently. That requires having a good defense, and Arundel has gotten the job done, excluding a rare nine-error game in a 5-4 win over Meade (2-14) on Monday.

Four of those nine errors were the result of catcher's interference by Brian Puglise, who kept getting his mitt in the way of opposing bats.

The Wildcats also are wearing out foes with their bats. Seven players are hitting .400 or more: Joe Stevens (.532), Puglise (.472), Bart Maxwell (.457), Greg Mitchell (.453), Nick Pleyo (.444), Goldbeck (.431) and Lively (.426).

"Our hitting is one of the real improvements with our ballclub," coach Bernie Walter said.

"And our base running is very alert and heads-up, almost methodical. This ballclub is not going to steal a lot of bases, so we need to run the bases well. They've done that."

With Broadneck's 8-7 upset victory Friday over No. 9 Northeast, Arundel (11-1 league) holds a two-game county lead over Northeast (12-4, 9-3 league) with four games remaining. Broadneck (10-6), Chesapeake (9-6), Old Mill (8-7), No. 5 Severna Park (11-5) and Southern (9-6) are all 7-5.

The top two teams play for the county championship May 9 at Cannon Stadium in Harman's.

Northeast visits Arundel for a Friday evening game (7:15) in what could very well be a preview of the county final.

B. Ripken to speak

Former Orioles second baseman Bill Ripken will be the guest speaker at the 10th Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball-Scholar Awards Banquet, at 6 p.m. May 20 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Each of the county's 16 baseball-playing high schools will be represented by a scholar-athlete, with $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships presented to the most outstanding and runner-up, respectively.

A senior all-star game will be played at 11 the morning of the banquet.

Banquet tickets can be purchased up to May 11. For more information, call Joe Rider at 410-766-8573.

Sideliners

The baseball state tournament draw is May 8, with the top four teams seeded by virtue of their regular-season winning percentage. Arundel leads the 4A East region with Severna Park, Broadneck, Old Mill, Chesapeake, C. Milton Wright of Harford and Carroll County's Westminster in the running for the coveted four seeds. ... Old Mill's baseball team (8-7) committed 13 errors in losing three of four games this week. ... Arundel's boys lacrosse team (9-3) is on a roll like the baseball team after wins over Broadneck and Severna Park this week. ... Glen Burnie resident Tom Taylor has coached the CCBC-Catonsville women's lacrosse team to a 9-1 record, with team captain Stephanie Hines, daughter of Old Mill coach Vern Hines, leading the way. CCBC-Catonsville plays in the National Junior College Tournament, May 4-6 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y. ... Broadneck's Milton Somerville (wide receiver-kick returner) and Nick Klapaska (defensive lineman) are headed to Division III Wesley in Dover, Del.

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