Preseason top 15

Baseball

High school

Spring preview

March 21, 2003

1. St. Paul's

Last season:25-7, ranked No.1

The defending MIAA A Conference champions have the pitching to repeat.

2. Severna Park

Last season: 19-6, No. 4

The Class 3A state semifinalist Falcons return their top two pitchers in Ryan Doot and Tom Howell.

3. Old Mill

Last season: 16-6, No. 6

Good hitting with the likes of Tyler Young, Matt Buchholz and Bernie Harvey and a pitching staff led by Nick Couzantino make the Pats a 4A contender.

4. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 21-7, No. 7

The Gaels are loaded with talent and experience, but that doesn't mean they will win any championships.

5. River Hill

Last season: 9-12, unranked

With three quality pitchers in Kevin Marrie, Mike Anton and Dave Cornelius, this could be the Hawks' year.

6. Calvert Hall

Last season: 16-14, unranked

It's a matter of the MIAA A Conference Cardinals' pitching coming through to complement the eight returning starters.

7. Parkville

Last season: 17-5, unranked

Seven returning starters, led by Danny Brown, have the Knights focused on returning to the 4A state semifinals.

8. Atholton

Last season: 20-5, No. 2

Despite graduation losses, the defending 2A state champion Raiders have Vyt Rivers, James Conrad and Joel Krueger back to make another run.

9. South Carroll

Last season: 15-9, No. 3

The loss of All-Metro ace Josh Lewis and lefty Bo Sauter hurts, but the talent keeps coming for the defending 3A state champs.

10. Broadneck

Last season: 14-7, No. 11

Pitching depth, coupled with a catcher/leader in All-Metro Preston Pehrson, makes the Bruins a 4A East contender.

11. Fallston

Last season: 17-7, No. 10

Last year's 3A state semifinalist Cougars, with big thumper Phil Vornadore and nine other returning players, look to repeat in the 3A North.

12. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 13-8, unranked

The Mustangs will challenge Fallston in Harford County with outfielder Jon Thurston and 6-foot-8 right-hander Eddie Scarborough leading the way.

13. Cardinal Gibbons

Last season: 13-12, unranked

Nick Popp's bat will put runs on the scoreboard, and if the pitching responds, the Crusaders will be in the MIAA A hunt.

14. Poly

Last season: 17-1, unranked

Right-hander Corey Cascio makes the Engineers the city's best team and gives them a shot at the 2A North title.

15. Arundel

Last season: 16-7, No. 8

The Wildcats' cupboard is bare. Not even the coaching of Bernie Walter may be enough for the perennial top 10 team and Maryland-record nine-time state champions.

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