Team ends first season with a triple play of tournaments

NEIGHBORS

August 19, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Charlestown Angels, a 13-and-younger baseball team in Ellicott City, recently wrapped up its first season as an independent team.

It was a good year. The Angels finished the regular season with 17 wins and 11 losses, then won a tournament in Pasadena and finished second at one in Linthicum.

To end the season, the team took second place at the Cooperstown Baseball World tournament in upstate New York, playing squads from as far as Colorado and Nevada.

Most of the boys on the Charlestown Angels team have been playing together for three years, said coach Dave Booze of Ellicott City. Most of the boys live in Ellicott City or other parts of western Howard County, he said.

The boys used to play on a part-time travel team with the county's Department of Recreation and Parks but decided to become independent about a year ago, he said.

"We thought our kids were of a caliber that they could do well with a full-time travel team," he said. The group became part of the Ellicott City Athletic Association and played other teams in the Mid-Maryland Travel Association, he said.

The group decided to call itself the Charlestown Angels because it practices at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. "We're called `the angels' because they have a big cathedral there called Our Lady of the [Angels] Cathedral," Booze said.

At the Cooperstown tournament, the Angels played seven teams in a round-robin format, finishing 6-2 and losing the final game to the Las Vegas Heat, 10-4.

Three members of the team won a skills competition before the game: Patrick Seh won for Catcher Throw; Nick Morgan won for Base Running; and Andrew Choi won for Shortstop Throw.

Other members of the team are Kevin Albertini, George Cavelius, Chris Reymann, Ryan Smith, Chris Booze, Mike Cascio, Austin Gapsis, Matt Hellauer, Shreyus Kulkarni and Ryan Miller.

The fall season, which begins after Labor Day, is less competitive and geared toward skill development, Booze said. Next spring, the boys will play in the 14-and-younger division.

Sept. 11 memorial

Communities across the country will hold events to pay tribute to the tragedies of Sept. 11, and Howard County is no exception. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

Participants will include community representatives, local residents who were among the first to help at the disaster sites, and Columbia Pro Contare Chorus.

The public is encouraged to send messages of hope that might be read during the ceremony. The messages should be 25 words or less and include the first name and community of the writer.

Send the messages to hope@co.ho.md.us., or mail them to Messages of Hope, Howard County Office of Public Information, 3450 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

To attend the ceremony, enter the south entrance of the park off Route 108 and be at the amphitheater by 6:45 p.m.

Drop-in programs

Are you a senior citizen looking for fun activities and chances to socialize? Consider the drop-in programs available through the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Senior activities are held at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas offers a knitting and crocheting group. Participants, led by volunteers, make blankets, baby clothes and other items for hospitals, senior centers and local charities. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A drop-in bridge and pinochle group meets at Kiwanis-Wallas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Participants are invited to take a bag lunch or table game.

Mah-jongg fans can drop in to play from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

All programs are free.

Information: 410-313-7279.

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