Winning ways for N. County coaches

3 alums lead Knights baseball program


April 25, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

North County High graduates Wayne Feuerherd, Tweety Barton and Joe Hizon have their alma mater on the way to a second straight winning season in baseball for the first time since 1996 when the Knights made it four in a row.

The Knights started this week at 8-4 overall and have emerged as the county's second-best team behind No. 3 Arundel (8-4, 8-0 in the county).

Feuerherd, who is in his third season as head coach of the Knights, graduated in 1996 along with Hizon. Barton graduated in 1995, when the team went 15-5 under the school's first coach, Don Usewick.

Last season, the Knights broke the 1995 team's school record for wins by going 16-7 after Feuerherd suffered through a 7-14 rookie season, which was the school's seventh consecutive losing season.

"The three of us work well together," said Barton, who filled in for Feuerherd on Friday at Chesapeake as the Knights ended a three-game losing streak.

"We can hit as well as anybody, our pitching is pretty good, but we just have to stop making mental and base-running mistakes."

Alan Shandrowski, Nick Benges and Lee Anarino, the first three batters in the lineup, have been leading the Knights with the bat. Senior left-hander Shane Schulze (4-1) has been the pitching ace.

"The only really bad loss we had was to Arundel [9-0, April 13], which started the three-game losing streak," said Schulze.

"Arundel is a real good team and hits everything."

The Knights are hoping for another shot at the Wildcats, possibly in the county championship game May 10 or in the Class 4A East regional playoffs.

Injury update

Archbishop Spalding coach Steve Miller says left-hander Paul DeVito (3-1, 1.64) gets the cast off his throwing hand tomorrow and could pitch again by the first week of May, but shortstop Jeff Kemp (.431) might be out for the season.

"Jeff has stress cracks in his lower back and will be evaluated on May 15," Miller said. "It might be best for him to sit out the rest of the season."

Miller says Kemp, All-County as a sophomore last spring, went from 5 feet 9 and 160 pounds to 6-1 and 185 in nine months and that growing too fast might have contributed to his sudden injury.

Quick hits

Old Mill boys lacrosse's 8-6 win over visiting South River last Tuesday was the first over the Seahawks since 1981, as Zach Cummings led the Patriots with three goals. ... Annapolis Area Christian School is holding a golf tournament fundraiser for its athletic department May 14 at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Club. Information: www.aacson ... Both of Broadneck's standout softball pitchers, Kourtney Salvarola (6-0) and Ashley Thomas (4-0), are freshmen.

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