Lutheran's Sauter headed to LIU

Sisters Asia and India Mason form a solid battery for Milford Mill softball

Dulaney's Jacobs shines in showcase wrestling tournament

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April 12, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN | LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTERS

Baltimore Lutheran pitcher Adam Sauter, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound left-hander whose fastball has been clocked in the mid-80s, will sign a national letter of intent today, accepting an athletic scholarship to play for Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Armed with a changeup and an equally effective curveball, Sauter is expected to compete for innings immediately for the Blackbirds, who finished eighth in the nine-team Northeast Conference.

Sauter plays his summer league baseball with the Maryland Oriolelanders, a team comprised of many of the state's premier players.

"Adam's probably a little more athletic than most of our pitchers, going back to Bobby Przybylski, who went 10-1 and was a second-team All-Metro selection in 1980," said Lutheran headmaster Randy Gast, 49, who coached the Saints for 10 years until 1990.

"We had some good pitchers in the mid-80s, when we won the Maryland Scholastic Association's B-Conference title in 1984 and were runners-up in '85," said Gast, whose school has had baseball for 40 years, and who ranks Sauter alongside former honorable mention All-Metro pitchers Danny Ehm and David Schock, who graduated in 1986.

"I don't believe he's even close to his full potential. The other guys got a lot of mileage out of the gifts the good Lord had given them, but Adam has those gifts and more. Adam's really lean, and I believe his frame can add another 25-to-30 pounds. He's got some pop on his fastball now, but I think it's only going to get better. I believe he's going to develop into more of a power pitcher as he gets stronger."

Sister act

When Milford Mill pitcher Asia Mason has a difficult moment on the mound, she looks no further than her catcher to calm her down.

After all, the Millers catcher knows her better than anyone else. She's her big sister, India Mason.

India, a senior, and Asia, a junior, have been playing softball together since they were 9 and 8.

"My father wanted us to get into something and he took us to a softball game at Old Court Middle School. We fell in love with it," India said.

However, they never set out to be pitcher and catcher. Each stepped up to fill a team void - India in recreation ball and Asia in high school.

Being so close as sisters, they work well together in the battery.

"She knows how I pitch, so she's ready for what's coming and we have some signs," Asia said. "I know I can depend on her to keep the ball in front of her. She always calms me when I get frustrated. She talks me up so I can get it together."

Asia has pitched 34 innings with 36 strikeouts, as the Millers opened the season 2-4. India leads the team in hitting with a .421 batting average.

"Last year was my first year at Milford Mill and they were two of the first ones I met," Millers coach Jenny Walther said. "I've gotten to know them fairly well and they just love softball. They find clinics to go to on their own. They work well together and they are model students."

India carries a 3.37 grade point average and recently got her cosmetology license. Asia has a 3.7 average in Milford's allied health magnet program.

Both would like to play softball in college.

Jacobs does job

Dulaney junior Matt Jacobs, who was third at last month's Class 4A-3A state wrestling tournament, went 5-1 at 140 pounds, including a first-period pin of Florida state champ Benjamin Carter, at last weekend's Brute Scholastic Showcase at Delaware State University in Dover.

McDonogh wrestlers Shane Milam (145), a freshman private schools state runner-up, and Doug Schenk (280), a sophomore fourth-place private schools finisher, won three and two bouts, respectively, in an event that features some of the nation's top undergraduate wrestlers facing off in a dual meet format.

Milam's marquee victory was a 4-3 decision over Ivan Lopushanskiy, a third-place finisher in Florida. Maryland placed 11th out of 21 teams.

Corcoran does it all

Catonsville's Kevin Corcoran was all over the lacrosse field last week for the Comets, who routed county rivals Parkville and Eastern Tech by a combined 33-2.

Corcoran had eight goals, eight assists, and 23 ground balls, and won 21 of 26 faceoffs as the Comets remained in the thick of the county title chase with Dulaney, Franklin and Hereford.

Plimack's new role

A year ago, Pikesville boys lacrosse player Steven Plimack was known more for his ability to receive passes and finish them into the nets than for his offensive generosity.

But the 6-1, 200-pounder is giving more of himself to this year's Panthers.

After having scored 52 goals to go with six assists to pace the Panthers to the Class 2A-1A North regional title as a junior, Plimack has stepped back into a midfielder's role.

Although he had scored only nine goals to go with four assists as the Panthers split their first four games, Plimack had won all but two of the 11 faceoffs in which he had participated.

As a sophomore, Plimack had 32 goals and five assists during the Panthers' run to the Class 2A-1A state title.

Plimack, a four-year player and three-year starter, is considering a collegiate lacrosse career at Towson, Hofstra or Albany.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Luke Broadwater contributed to this article .

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