If you haven't noticed, Glen Burnie and Northeast have been coming on after slow starts to further balance Anne Arundel County baseball.
Both teams won three games last week, including impressive wins over No. 2 Old Mill (7-3).
Just 4-3 when the week started, two of Glen Burnie's three straight victories came against ranked teams: 4-0 over No. 2 Old Mill on a pair of homers by Anthony Archie and Collin Bednar's two-hitter, and 13-0 over No. 10 Chesapeake-AA (6-3). Glen Burnie's other win was 6-1 over North County (5-5).
Defending Class 3A state champion Northeast opened the season 2-4 after losing their coach, Marshal Kawecki, and all their starters save one, All-County shortstop Steve Bowen.
Larry Williams, an assistant to Kawecki, who moved to Northern of Calvert County, didn't panic. Suddenly, the Eagles are at .500 after taking three of four games last week, including a 13-6 romp over Old Mill and ace right-hander Jon Pavlis.
"We're starting to swing the bats well and we are gaining confidence," said Williams.
Northeast also beat Meade (2-6) by 3-1 on Monday and Frederick by 10-4 on Tuesday. designated hitter Joe Brockmeyer went 3-for-4 with two RBIs against Frederick, and his bat was still sizzling the next day.
Brockmeyer went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Aaron Pauley was 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead a 16-hit assault on Old Mill.
Despite Bowen's homer and 3-for-4 performance Friday, the Eagles' string was stopped by North County, 10-5.
"We have a big test Monday with Arundel at our place," said Williams. "That game should tell us more about where we are."
Like Old Mill, which had lost three of four games before Friday's 6-1 triumph over South River (2-6) on Nick Couzantino's one-hitter, No. 4 Arundel (7-3) has been struggling.
The defending Class 4A state and county champion Wildcats went 2-1 in last weekend's Baseball Factory Showcase after losing their season opener to No. 3 Severna Park (6-2).
Arundel defeated Annapolis (3-6) on a Jason Lively one-hitter (by Joe Mihoces) on Monday, but was flat in the first game of a doubleheader with No. 7 Broadneck (7-3) Friday and lost, 5-0. Senior right-hander Andrew Keever held the Wildcats to three hits as they dropped their third in six games.
Arundel's first-game loss to the Bruins might have been the wake-up call coach Bernie Walter was seeking.
Arundel racked up 10 hits, including Lively's two-run homer, in a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.
All of the county baseball teams expected to do well this spring are doing just that, with four teams - No. 2 Old Mill, No. 4 Arundel, No. 7 Broadneck and Glen Burnie - at 7-3 each. No. 3 Severna Park is 6-2 and No. 10 Chesapeake stands 6-3. ... Annapolis edged Southern of Harwood (3-7) by 4-3 in eight innings Friday in the first Friends of Joe Cannon Game of the Week. North County and Broadneck play this week's game at 7 p.m. on Friday at Cannon Stadium in Harmans. ...
In outdoor track, Southern-AA's boys and Chesapeake's girls were the winners in the Evans-Luce Invitational at Arundel High Friday. Southern won all four relays in racking up 117 points to Bowie's second-place total of 92. The Chesapeake girls rolled over host Arundel, 151.5 points to 119. The Cougars recently won a meet over Broadneck for the first time, are gaining momentum for a run at their first county title. ... North County coach Ed Harte is hard to beat when it comes to staging track meets in terms of efficiency and quality. Example: Wednesday's 11th Knights Invite in Ferndale. "It was done in three and a half hours and we had 18 boys events with six new records set and one tied, enough said," Harte noted. ... Severn boys lacrosse defenseman Sean Etter, who is bound for Penn State, is out for the season because of a torn ACL; surgery is planned for this week. ... North County (7-1), a 15-13 winner at Arundel (4-4) Friday on Dave Mueller's five goals and four assists, invades No. 10 Severna Park (5-3) Tuesday in a county boys lacrosse showdown at 5:15 p.m. ...
On the girls' side, No. 10 Annapolis (6-2) visits No. 12 Broadneck (5-2) Tuesday for 5:15 p.m. game. ... Severna Park's tennis team, led by 2001 Girls Player of the Year Susan Johnson, and Annapolis are 3-0. Broadneck's Claire Fontanella took up cheerleading two years ago to improve endurance in gymnastics.
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