County sends 24 to All-Star classic

Big and small schools fill baseball rosters

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May 06, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Twenty-four of Carroll County's top seniors have been chosen to play in the second annual Mid-Maryland All-Star Baseball Classic, scheduled for May 30 at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium.

County players on the Big School, East team, coached by Liberty's Erik Barnes, include Francis Scott Key's Shane Eyler and Jimmy Gilford; North Carroll's Evan Picciotto, Nick Riley, Mike Yingling and Levi Lafferty; Liberty's Jared Heffler, Jack Lambert and John Byram; and Westminster's Dustin Tarlow, Brett Harman and Doug Politz.

Twelve more county players have earned spots on the Small School, East team. They include South Carroll's Matt Greene, David Ringold, Evan Dayhoff, Tom Carr and Kyle Rottman; Carroll Christian's Gordan Craig and Mike Willaford; Century's Matt Hoffman and Eric Pindell; and Winters Mill's Paul Macciocca, Matt Witte and Andy Bowersox.

"We definitely want to win, but my goal, personally, is to get the guys in the game as much as possible," said Barnes, who has 13 outfielders on his 25-man roster.

The night, organized by the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, will feature two games, with the small schools playing at 5:30, followed by the big schools at 8.

Patriots earn top seed

Carroll Christian, the lone county school to play its soccer season in the spring, will be the top-seeded team in this week's Maryland Association of Christian Schools girls soccer tournament.

The Patriots (11-1 through Thursday) have earned a first-round bye and need to win one game to earn a spot in Saturday's championship game, which Carroll Christian will host.

Coach Dan McLaughlin believes that's a good omen. "Every year we've had [the tournament on campus] we've been right there," McLaughlin said.

The Patriots expect to be no less competitive this time around.

Panthers tune up

Looking to improve their fourth-place finish in last year's Class 3A state track and field meet, the North Carroll girls last weekend got a good late-season tuneup with a victory at the Francis Scott Key Invitational.

Led by Alexis Hurd, who claimed victories in the 100-yard dash and long jump and took second in the 400, and Katie Hursey, who won both the 800 and 1,600, the Panthers scored a 31-point victory over second-place Damascus.

Damascus edged North Carroll to win the boys competition.

Harman honored

Westminster pitcher Brett Harman was named the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Conference Player of the Week for his performance in two Owls victories last week.

To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.

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