County's title game matchups up in air

Baseball, softball, lacrosse down to wire

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May 02, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

A cluster of teams entered this week battling for berths in the four county championship games to be played next week.

The lacrosse championship games will be played Tuesday at Glen Burnie, with the boys at 5 p.m. and the girls at 6:45.

The baseball and softball championships are scheduled for May 10, with the baseball game at Joe Cannon Stadium at 7 p.m. and the softball final at Randazzo Park at 5.

Matchups for the four games are yet to be determined.

The Severna Park boys and girls lacrosse teams both entered the week undefeated in league play at 8-0. The 10th-ranked and defending county champion Severna Park boys are 9-2 overall, with their only losses to private schools Severn (9-6), ranked eighth, and DeMatha (12-4), the perennial Washington-area power.

DeMatha outlasted Severna Park 10-9 in overtime last Saturday despite four goals by the Falcons' California transfer Colby Rhodes.

No. 11 Broadneck, Old Mill and Annapolis each had one loss going into this week. Broadneck visited Old Mill last night. In the final regular season games Friday the Bruins will visit South River, while Annapolis will be at Severna Park in games that will produce separation among the contenders.

On the girls side, trailing No. 3 Severna Park (8-0 league and overall) in the standings is defending county champion and No. 8 Broadneck (9-1, 7-1), whose only loss was to Severna Park. The Bruins are tied for second place with South River (8-2, 7-1), whom they visit Friday in what will likely determine the opponent for Severna Park in the final.

In baseball, second-ranked and defending county champion Arundel (11-4, 11-0) has all but clinched a berth in the final. The Wildcats have five games remaining, four this week.

Chesapeake (8-4, 8-3) was second, followed by four teams who all have 7-4 league records: No. 14 North County (10-4), Broadneck (8-6), Glen Burnie (7-5) and Northeast (7-6).

Several key games will be played this week through the final regular season games on Monday.

In softball, No. 4 Chesapeake (13-2, 10-1) was a game up on No. 6 Broadneck (11-2, 9-2), with three teams at 8-3 in No. 8 Northeast (11-4), No. 11 North County (10-5) and No. 13 and defending champion Severna Park (11-3). No. 9 Glen Burnie (8-4) was next at 7-4 in the league.

Quick hits

Arundel sophomore pitcher Tyler Hibbs notched his fourth win of the season last week and the 22nd in his career to move into a third-place tie on the school's all-time list with Mike Wesneski (22-1, 1978-79). Neal Herrick is the all-time leader at 27-4 (1975-77), followed by Kurt Light at 24-4 (1994-97). ... Ken B. Dunn will not return for his 31st season as the only boys basketball coach South River has ever had. Seahawks athletic director Dave Klingel announced the school will seek a new coach.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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