Championship fever heats up in baseball

SIDELINES

High Schools

April 21, 2002|By Pat O'Malley

Two baseball teams vying for a spot in the Anne Arundel County championship game meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Millersville.

No. 6-ranked Old Mill (9-3, 6-2) plays host to No. 4 Broadneck (10-3, 7-2) in the big game.

Coming on the heels of a doubleheader split with No. 3 Arundel (9-3, 6-2), Broadneck won all three of its games last week.

"We've only had one real bad outing all season and been in every game," said Bruins coach Sean Tettemer.

On Wednesday, three pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Bruins earned a stunning 7-1 victory over No. 8 Glen Burnie (8-4, 7-1). Mike Heidler worked the first five innings, with Andrew Keever and Tim Vecchioni going one inning each.

Scattered thunderstorms kept some teams from playing on Friday, but not the Bruins, who defeated North County, 7-4. Broadneck's two standouts, catcher Preston Pehrson (.538, 17 RBIs) and outfielder Matt Lewis (.465, 12 RBIs), each had a triple against the Knights (6-7, 4-5); Lewis also homered and drove in three runs.

No. 2 Severna Park (10-2, 9-0) is the league's only unbeaten team, and the Falcons play host to second-place Glen Burnie at 4 p.m. tomorrow. On Wednesday, Glen Burnie plays host to Old Mill, and No. 11 Chesapeake (9-4, 5-3) visits Arundel in another key game.

Track and field

Old Mill shot-putter Aaron Dixon-Proctor, Arundel high jumper Brian DeVaul were the boys standouts and Meade's Sarah Cheeks was the top girls performer Friday at the Meade Stampede at Meade High.

Dixon-Proctor threw the shot 156 feet, 6 inches to take a gold while DeVaul won the high jump at 6-7 and was runner-up in the triple jump.

Cheeks took the gold in the discus (116-2) and was third in the shot put.

Two county girls relay teams also won gold: Severna Park in the 6,400 (23:00) and the Meade in the 800 (1:48.4). Teams from Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Prince George's counties also competed. Team scores were not kept.

Bellotte suspended

Severna Park principal Will Meyers and athletic director Wayne Mook suspended boys lacrosse coach Mike Bellotte for one game for published remarks made by Bellotte in Thursday's Sidelines column.

Meyers and Mook declined to comment on the suspension, which came after a Thursday afternoon meeting with Bellotte.

Bellotte's comments, which came after his 10th-ranked Falcons' 18-3 rout of North County (7-2), infuriated Glen Burnie coach Bruce Brannon, who called Mook.

Bellotte's remarks:

"Friday night playing Glen Burnie we got used to playing at their speed. You get dumbed down and you think you are gunning hard, and you are not. Then, the first quarter of the Severn game, boom, they blow our drawers off and it takes us a quarter to get into the game, and then after that, it's an even game."

Severna Park lost, 10-7, to No. 4 Severn on April 13 after humbling Glen Burnie, 23-1, the day before.

"I did not mean to offend anyone and I realize that parts of the county are trying to get better, but there aren't any winners in those games," said Bellotte, whose team has outscored county foes 127-28, which includes Friday's 18-1 rout of Old Mill. Brendan Bellotte ran the team for his brother against the Patriots.

Bellotte wants the county to set up two divisions with the top teams in one to reduce the likelihood of runaway scores.

Sideliners

Ben Pellicani, only the second Severna Park High golfer to play in every match all four years, has committed to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Pellicani has a 4.2 grade-point average and plans to major in engineering. ... North County All-County basketball guard Kevin Hammack, the Knights' all-time leader in career points (1,113) and assists (583), signed with The Citadel in South Carolina. ... Meade's Louis Benson, a second-team All-County forward, has earned a basketball scholarship to Midland (Texas) Junior College. ... Broadneck attack Rusty Poisson has signed with Division III lacrosse power Washington College. ... Kerry Blake, an All-Metro football player (defensive lineman), signed with Division II Bowie State.

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