Southern pitchers go the distance in 2-0 start

SIDELINES

High Schools

March 23, 2003|By Pat O'Malley

Southern of Harwood's baseball team, a Class 2A state finalist last spring, is off to a 2-0 start and serving notice it is a team to be reckoned with in Anne Arundel County.

The Bulldogs started the season with strong performances by the senior lefty-righty duo of Justin Shepherd and Craig Wood.

There is no question that the Bulldogs, the county's only 2A school, want to get back to the state final after being humbled, 10-0, by Atholton of Howard County last spring.

Coach Gary Gubbing's Bulldogs opened Friday and took advantage of eight errors by host Arundel to deal the No. 15 Wildcats an 11-3 defeat.

The lefty Shepherd, who was 6-4 last season, pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts to stop Arundel. Shepherd was well-supported by his mates, especially Brett Jones, who went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

Wood, who had a double and two RBIs against Arundel, pitched a five-hitter yesterday in a 6-2 victory over Patuxent.

Win escapes Broadneck

The No. 10-ranked Broadneck baseball team let its home opener get away yesterday when Kent Island High rallied for all of its runs in the top of the seventh for a 4-3 victory in Cape St. Claire.

"We got it stuck to us," Bruins coach Sean Tettemer said. "We made three errors and fell apart the last inning, but what really bothers me is that we didn't hit the ball well when we had to."

Tettemer is confident his club will rebound because "I think we have a lot of pitching depth," he said.

Home away from home

The No. 2 Severna Park baseball team opened its season yesterday with an 8-6 victory over Long Reach of Howard County at Kinder Park.

The Falcons' main diamond has been under renovation, which was slowed by snow.

Severna Park athletic director Wayne Mook said the roofs to the new dugouts are to be put on today. "We hope to be playing on our field by the end of the week," he said.

A new $15,000 scoreboard is also being installed on the Falcons' baseball field and the fences have been raised and will be adorned in blue mesh.

Getting Kinder ready to play after rain late in the week almost cost the Falcons yesterday against Long Reach.

"The kids worked five hours on the field to get it ready and I think it showed in the way they played," coach Jim McCandless said. "We had just enough left to win."

Severn loses players, game

The No. 4 Severn boys lacrosse team was upset, 7-6, by unranked Friends of Baltimore on Friday to slip to 2-1 overall.

Severn was missing a host of starters.

"We had to correct some discipline problems and kept them out one game," coach Jamie McNealey said. "That's all I can say. It's better that it happened now rather than later in the season. Hopefully we have it all straightened out."

Schedule stays the same

Despite the cries of several Anne Arundel County football coaches, the schedule for 2003-04 will not be changed, which means new 10th-game rivalries.

"Representatives from the football advisory committee came to the athletic directors meeting and discussed it [problems with the changes] with them," athletic administrator Marlene Kelly said.

"Because of the way boundaries have changed, the ADs felt it might be better to make a change for the next two-year cycle. So, we will try it and then we will re-evaluate after that."

Under the new slate, the final games will be Annapolis vs. Southern, Broadneck vs. Severna Park, Arundel vs. South River, Chesapeake vs. Northeast, Glen Burnie vs. Old Mill, and Meade vs. North County.

Class 4A schools will play 10 county teams; the 3A-2A schools will play nine county teams and an outside game.

Sideliners

Congrats to Archbishop Spalding coach Linda Taylor, who became the county's fifth softball coach to reach 200 career wins. Taylor is 200-25 over 10 seasons. ... Two big county softball openers are at 3.30 p.m. tomorrow as No. 1 Chesapeake visits No. 5 Glen Burnie, and No. 2 North County plays host to No. 10 Northeast. ... Arundel pitcher Jessica Sinkule, who had 164 strikeouts in 117 innings last season, has received a scholarship to Drexel.

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