County baseball race one for ages

SIDELINES

May 02, 2002|By PAT O'MALLEY

The weather forecast for today is not nearly as good as the big-game forecast of No. 2 Old Mill playing at No. 4 Arundel in Anne Arundel County baseball.

If today's 4 p.m. contest comes off in Gambrills, it promises to be a good one. with a berth in Wednesday's county championship at Joe Cannon Stadium at stake.

After yesterday's action, in which No. 4 Arundel defeated No. 3 Severna Park, 10-3, the race for the two championship game berths remains a battle among five teams.

Monday is the last scheduled date for regular-season games, with Tuesday as a makeup day, but other games may have to be played if weather creates problems and the county's tiebreaker system cannot produce two teams without any makeups.

Through yesterday's games, No. 2 Old Mill (14-4 overall) is in first at 11-3 in the league, with Severna Park (12-5) second at 10-3 followed by Arundel (13-5), No. 7 Broadneck (13-5) and Glen Burnie (11-7), all at 10-4.

Bruce Sider, Glen Burnie athletic director and coach, said that teams are encouraged to use the last Saturday of the regular season as a makeup date, but he pointed out, "this particular Saturday SAT tests are being taken."

If Arundel and Old Mill do not play today, they may play in the late afternoon after the SATs.

The real problem could arise if Monday's or Tuesday's games are rained out. Would the county move the championship game to Thursday so Wednesday could be used as a makeup day to determine who plays in the county final?

"Absolutely not," said Marlene Kelly, the county athletic administrator.

"We would declare co-champ- ions if we can't play Wednesday. The region playoffs start Friday and you have pitching rotations and the teams should have a chance to get ready."

Co-champions? How about tri- or even quad-champions?

"I hope not, I hope our tiebreaker can settle on two teams. Since there would be no game to decide the champion, it would only be fair to try and have co-champions."

But even with the tiebreaker, that might be difficult to settle on just two teams with five still in it with three games left.

It's likely that one team will clearly emerge as qualifying for the championship game, but the second entry might involve as many as three teams.

The tiebreakers are: (1) most league wins; (2) head-to-head; (3) overall wins including tournaments; and (4) the coin flip.

It's conceivable three teams could be tied after the first three steps of the tiebreakers. A coin flip for three teams?

It's never been done in the county and there is no criteria on how to do it.

A key game in the whole mix could be tomorrow night's game between red-hot Northeast (10-7, 7-6), with five wins in a row, and Severna Park at Kinder Park.

Severna Park has to finish an extra-inning tie (16-16) with South River on Monday then play the Seahawks right after in Edgewater in the final regular-season game.

Sideliners

Last Wednesday proved to be a great day for the Shepley family. Youngest son Mike Shepley, a senior second baseman at Chesapeake, went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three stolen bases in a 12-2 romp over Arundel. The same day, Brian Shepley, a 1998 grad and former Chesapeake player who's now a senior at Villa Julie College, went 2-for-4 with five RBIs, including a game-winning grand slam in the ninth to give his college team a 14-11 victory at Haverford College.

The Broadneck Bruin Sports Camps for the summer, run by their high school coaches, are accepting applications. For a brochure or information, call athletic director Ken Kazmarek at 410-757-1300. Camp dates are: baseball, tennis and lacrosse goalies (June 17-21); baskeball (June 24-28); soccer and wrestling (July 8-12); lacrosse (boys and girls) and volleyball (July 15-19); field hockey and softball (July 22-26); football and cheerleading (July 29-Aug. 2). ... The Summer Baseball Camp at Arundel High, run by veteran Anaheim Angels pro scout Jerry Wargo and his Southern Maryland crew along with coaches from prominent colleges all over the country, is set for June 24-26. It's for players ages 6 through 19. For more information, call Wargo at 1-301-855-8558 or e-mail wargo@chesapeake.net.

Have a note for Sidelines? E- mail patomalleysports@aol.com or call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

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