Glenelg's successful appeal leaves Wilde Lake at a loss

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April 06, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg's successful appeal to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association that overturned the proposed forfeiture of seven 2004 football games for the use of an ineligible player has created some mixed feelings at Wilde Lake, where the Wildecats forfeited six games the previous season for a similar infraction.

"We're glad Glenelg won its appeal," said Wildecats athletic director Adam Eldridge. "It was the right thing to do. But it won't really affect us, because there's a 30-day statute of limitations on appeals, so we can no longer appeal our penalty."

Both infractions involved out-of-district football players for whom the parents falsified documents to mislead the respective schools. The Glenelg player lived outside the county, and the Wilde Lake player lived inside the county.

"We're still a little sore in the Wilde Lake community about the way our situation was handled," Eldridge said. "Glenelg was encouraged to appeal, and at the time, we weren't. When the original [Howard County rules and infractions] committee met, it said we didn't do anything wrong."

Walters on a tear

River Hill's David Walters is a two-time first-team All-County player and his performance so far has Player of the Year potential.

He is 8-for-9 (.889 batting average) with four walks.

Last Friday, the senior pitched his first game, and the Hawks defeated Century, 2-1, behind his two-hitter. He struck out 11 and the lone run against him was unearned.

Walters also had the only two River Hill hits against Century, in addition to a walk and an RBI.

The winning run scored on a sacrifice fly by Chas Spiros.

"He's showing good discipline at the plate and knows he can be selective," said Hawks coach Rick Lloyd. "He's carrying us so far."

Last year, Walters set a county record with 26 walks and batted .530.

O'Neill: 2nd no-hitter

For the second straight week, Howard senior softball pitcher Jessie O'Neill pitched a no-hitter, beating Dundalk, 10-0, Friday in the first game of the Dundalk softball tournament.

She also hit a home run.

She almost notched a third no-hitter, coming within one out in the Dundalk tournament championship game before Hammond rallied, helped by three errors.

Howard still won the game, 11-4.

O'Neill, who no-hit Oakland Mills on March 21, didn't allow an earned run in the first 24 innings she pitched.

Howard shows promise

The Howard baseball team (3-1) is young with six sophomores and two freshmen, but the Lions are gaining confidence with each victory.

Friday, they won the Dundalk tournament by defeating Hammond, 10-4, and Sparrows Point, 7-3.

Alex Arias had three hits and five RBIs for the two games, including a home run and a double. A.J. Spring had four hits.

Tim O'Connor pitched well in the first game against Sparrows Point before being relieved by freshman Tom Miller. After giving up a 400-foot, two-run homer, Miller struck out seven of the next nine batters, and the Lions rallied to win.

Left-hander Brian Harrison was the winning pitcher against Hammond in the second game.

Reservoir triumphs

Reservoir returned 14 seniors and is looking like a team that could be trouble for some of the county's more established baseball programs.

The Gators (4-0) won their own tournament last Wednesday, shutting out Kenwood in the first game, 8-0. Derrick Nason was the winning pitcher, going five innings with no earned runs. He has pitched 13 innings this season without an earned run.

Reservoir then defeated Oakland Mills, 5-0, behind pitcher Chip Hiden's six-hitter.

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