Impressive 8-team field hopes for good weather this weekend

Arundel High, Cannon sites to be full of baseball


High School

April 08, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Jeff Brazier is keeping his fingers crossed in hopes of good weather for this weekend's second Baseball Factory Invitational at Arundel High and Joe Cannon Stadium.

Brazier, the tournament director, has assembled eight quality teams, including four ranked teams in The Sun, for the Friday and Saturday tournament at the two Anne Arundel County sites.

While he had control in lining up the impressive field that includes No. 2 Old Mill (6-1), No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (9-1), No. 6 St. Paul's (6-4) and No. 15 Arundel (4-1), Brazier has no control over the weather.

"It was a great tournament last year except for the weather, which was brutally cold," said Brazier.

Shenendehowa High of Clifton Park, N.Y., won last year's tournament, defeating Old Mill, 8-1. It also beat the weather.

"Heck, we come down to the Baltimore area every year to get away from the cold weather," said Shenendehowa coach James Carrese. "It felt like home last year. I hope it's better this year, which should make an already well-played tournament even better."

Teams are guaranteed three games, one Friday and a doubleheader Saturday.

The Friday schedule at Arundel High has host Arundel playing Musselman (W.Va.) at 4 p.m. followed by St. Paul's and Jefferson (W.Va.) at 7 p.m.

Over at Cannon, in a rematch of last year's final, Shenendehowa plays Old Mill at 4 p.m. with Mount St. Joseph and Steinert (N.J.) at 7.

Saturday games run at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at both sites and 7 p.m. at Arundel and the championship game at 7:30 at Cannon.

Baseball tryouts

The Baseball Factory, rated the No. 1 college recruiting service in the nation by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, is holding open tryouts for players, ages 14 to 18, to select players for its national tournament teams to play in the USA Junior Olympics and the USABF World Series.

Tryouts will be held at Arundel High on Sunday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 1-800-641-4487.

Saint to Dallas

St. Mary's infielder/designated hitter Andrew Kerner is headed to the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, to study pre-law and play Division III baseball. Kerner is currently recovering from tendinitis and has been DH-ing for the Saints, batting .571 with eight runs and six RBIs.

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