A tough schedule toughens Warriors

Baseball team looks toward postseason


April 22, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Reporter

With his team competing in the tough Chesapeake Division of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, Havre de Grace baseball coach Doug Heeter didn't expect big things from his team in the regular season.

He is, however, looking forward to the postseason.

"I kind of have the same philosophy every year," Heeter said. "Playing the tough schedule like we do, once we get to the 1A level in the regionals and play teams more our size, I like our chances."

Havre de Grace, which plays C. Milton Wright, Fallston, Bel Air, and North Harford twice each in the regular season, has a 1-5 record in the Chesapeake Division.

The Warriors played Bel Air tough twice in two days last week, losing 4-3 Wednesday and 8-6 in 13 innings Thursday.

The Warriors (5-6 overall) moved up to the Chesapeake Division two years ago as a reward for winning the Susquehanna Division. Havre de Grace advanced to the Class 1A state semifinals in 2004 and 2005 before being eliminated by Pikesville in the opening round of the regionals last season.

Heeter believes the Warriors can get back to the states this season thanks to their team speed, strong pitching and a midseason improvement in hitting.

"Our guys are gung-ho," Heeter said. "We just need to start putting everything together at the same time."

Junior third baseman Donny Sherman, one of four returning starters, leads the team in hitting (.393 average) and stolen bases (nine).

The other returnees are junior right-handed pitcher Bobby Jakubac, senior center fielder Matt Strong and senior Manny Oals (.364). Jakubac hit the team's first home run of the season Thursday night in the loss to Bel Air.

Another top player is junior pitcher Jon Rogers, who leads the team with a 2-0 record and a 2.67 ERA in 21 innings pitched.

Allen leads Edgewood

Jameisha Allen has recorded five first-place finishes this season for the Edgewood girls track and field team, which is off to a 7-2 start.

Allen runs the 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 relay, and also competes in the long jump and triple jump.

Another top performer for coach Dana Mazzie is Clara Hill, who runs the 100 and 200 meters, and also participates in the pole vault and discus.

The Edgewood boys (4-5) are led by Kafene Logan in the 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and the 400 and 800 relays.

Mustangs eye title

C. Milton Wright's Sara Dailey and Lindsay Smith are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the mile, two mile and 800-meter runs in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference.

Dailey and Smith are joined by Kiarra Reeves, who throws the shot put and discus, as the top three entries for the Mustangs girls team.

"We train mostly during the regular-season dual meets," coach Donnie Mickey said, "and point towards our conference championship meet."


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