Meade baseball relishes surprising 4-1 start

SIDELINES

High Schools

April 04, 2004|By PAT O'MALLEY

The Meade baseball team is off to a 4-1 start. That is pretty amazing for a program that has had only one winning season in 27 years.

The 1991 Meade team of coach Elliott Harvey went 11-7 overall for the Mustangs' only winning campaign. Since then, the Mustangs have gone 50-187 (.211), including last season's 2-19 record and this spring's start.

Coach Ralph Beachley, who is also the school's athletic director, has to be commended for his perseverance. Beachley is in his fourth season as head coach and was 9-52 in the first three seasons.

"I love baseball and I want to see the kids succeed and I think I can help them succeed," said Beachley.

Three returning pitchers in seniors Adam Wilson and Jose Pizarro, who went the distance in an 11-7 win over Northeast (1-3), and sophomore Alex Pagan lead a rare host of returning players. Being a military school, the student athletes are quite transient, which can make for some frustrating times for coaches and players.

"It's the first time in many years that we actually had a lot of kids coming back," said Beachley, who had a lot of his players play summer baseball and put in the necessary time in the offseason to make the team better. "The kids are really getting excited and taking the initiative to put in the extra work. The skill level has really improved."

The pitching and/or hitting of Pizarro (.533 batting average) and Wilson (.500) have figured in all four wins. The right-handed Pizarro is 2-0 with wins over Annapolis Area Christian School, 14-5, and Northeast.

Wilson, who suffered a 10-5 loss to North County, is 1-1, notching a 6-4 win over Severn.

Pagan, who has two saves, picked up the 13-12 win over Glen Burnie in relief and is batting .533. First baseman Paul Adams is hitting .533 as well.

All in the family

Leslee Brady, the sixth-year coach of the Archbishop Spalding field hockey team and The Sun's All-County Coach of the Year last fall, is excited that two of her children have gotten into coaching.

Daughter Kat Brady, a 1998 graduate of Spalding who was an outstanding three-sport athlete and a member of The Sun's All-County Academic/Athletic team, is head women's lacrosse coach at Division III Alfred (N.Y.) University.

Son Matt Brady, a '96 Spalding grad and left-handed pitcher/outfielder who went on to play at Towson University, is the pitching coach of the No. 4 Spalding baseball team.

"I'm very proud to say Kat and Matt are following in my footsteps," said Leslee Brady. "I think it's great they have gotten into coaching young people."

Tennis shorts

The Severna Park, Annapolis, and Broadneck tennis teams each went to 3-0 this week. Defending county and regional singles champ Alison Daciek led Severna Park to a 9-0 win over Glen Burnie (0-3).

Junior Joe Wells and freshman Kyle Schneck, the Annapolis No. 1 and No. 2 boys, led the Panthers to a 6-3 victory over South River (2-1). Schneck upset the Seahawks' Chad Jones, 6-4, 6-3.

Dave Rossiello, Alissa Poerio and Katie Wallace led Broadneck to a 6-1 victory over Northeast (0-2).

Arundel and Old Mill also posted victories by 8-1 over Meade (0-2) and 7-2 over Chesapeake (0-3), respectively, to improve to 2-1 each.

Sideliners

Off to a 4-0 start, the No. 3 Chesapeake Cougars' pitching staff, led by left-hander Jake Shibilsky (2-0), is averaging 13 strikeouts a game. ... Andrew Germuth, the ace of the Archbishop Spalding (8-2) baseball team, credits his improved velocity and more depth on his curveball to the advice of Mike Toomey. Toomey, a longtime coach and pro scout, got Germuth to go from a sidearm delivery to raising his arm slot more up top. ... Spalding's baseball team will play host to No. 5 Mount St. Joseph (10-0) at 4 p.m. Thursday. ... Jane Good, an assistant girls basketball coach at Annapolis, has released her book, High School Heroes - A Century of Education and Football at Annapolis High School (1896-2003). Published by Heritage Press, the book will eventually be available at Barnes & Noble, but for now e-mail requests to good@usna.edu.

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