Westminster's Harman basks in no-hit glory

Freshman threw gem last week in first start

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High Schools

March 28, 2004|By Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr | Jeff Seidel and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster's Brett Harman now must figure out what to do for an encore.

The freshman threw a five-inning no-hitter in his first varsity start last week in a 13-0 rout of Francis Scott Key. Harman struck out seven, walked five and impressed the Westminster coach - his father Bryan Harman.

"I was very nervous, and I was trying to put on a good front," said Bryan Harman. "Everybody was very happy for him. The important thing was he was able to give us a big win coming off a disappointing loss [12-11 to Century the previous day]."

Brett Harman is a 6-foot-4 1/2 , 180-pound 15-year-old who has been clocked at 85 mph by his father. He used a fastball mostly in the no-hitter - with help from a slider - while dropping down to throw a side-arm fastball at times.

Harman also doubled and walked twice. The freshman walked five, but his father said the pitcher was usually around the plate.

"Everybody was pretty much aware of [the no-hitter]," Bryan Harman said.

Yard work

Like many area residents, Joe Linthicum has spent much of his free time working on the yard. It's just that his project is a little more involved than most.

With the help of a couple of his students whose families own large tractors, Linthicum, the varsity softball coach at Francis Scott Key, has taken it upon himself to move his school's softball field.

Hoping to alleviate problems with sun glare and space, he spearheaded a project to rotate the field about 25 degrees and move home plate by about 60 feet, relocating it to just behind where third base used to be.

"It gives us a little more space, and it cuts the sun out of the catcher's eyes on throws from left field," said Linthicum. "In the later part of the game, between about 5-6 o'clock, that throw coming in from the outfield is just hard to pick up."

The plan also calls for the eventual installation of dugouts. Linthicum used dirt removed during the resurfacing of the school's track to help put the plan in motion.

"I figured, they put it there for a purpose, and that was for us to use," he said.

Though grading issues forced the Eagles to relocate Friday's home opener to an elementary school down the road, a local construction company is now finishing the job, helping to level the surface.

"We're hoping that we should be OK for our game on April 5," Linthicum said.

Back on track

In one of the first big meets of the season in local track and field, 16 teams, including the No. 2 Mount St. Joseph and No. 6 Glenelg boys and No. 8 Mount Hebron and No. 10 Mount de Sales girls, will travel to Winters Mill on Saturday for the Falcon Invitational.

Though in its first year at Winters Mill, the meet is nothing new. For years, it was known as the Westminster Invitational, then moved to Century last year, where it was known as the Carroll Invitational.

Falcons coach Jim Shank said that the meet will be a good early season test.

"A lot of teams like the bigger invitational meets," said Shank.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Reloading

After producing 16 wins and four All-County players, the Westminster boys basketball team will go from being one of the most experienced in the county to one of the youngest next season.

Coach Brett Kanther said that as much as half of the Owls' roster could be comprised of sophomores.

"It's going to be a very big transition," said Kanther. "People will be kind of licking their chops, but I think we'll kind of be like Maryland a little bit. We'll be young, but I think we'll also be pretty good."

Hello, neighbor

North Carroll's 10-0 softball win over Francis Scott Key in Monday's season opener marked the first time the two schools, about 15-20 minutes apart, had met in 15 years.

Key has spent the past several years in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, while the fourth-ranked Panthers played in the Central Maryland Conference. When the CMC merged into the MVAL this year, however, it opened the door to a new rivalry.

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