Gardner makes baseball look easy

Sophomore thrives at Harford Tech


May 06, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

Harford Tech sophomore third baseman Chase Gardner is creating a stir around the county with his bat and glove.

Gardner is not only second on the team with a .458 batting average, but his coach, Johnny Watson, said, "He's been a steadying influence on our infield. Just catching everything. Making the plays. Making even the hard plays look easy. He's a magician with the glove. He makes everything look easy."

At the plate, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Gardner has been a "nice line-drive hitter," Watson said. "He can go the opposite way. He goes to right field and moves the runners up.

Watson said he brought Gardner up from junior varsity the second game of the season. "I was having a problem with some of my seniors. I brought him up and DH-ed for him the first game because I didn't want to put a lot of pressure on him. He made some nice fielding plays and I said, `You know what, you're going to hit the next game.' And he's been hitting ever since."

Fallston tennis soars

The No. 1 doubles team of brothers Darren and Ross Twanmoh, both sophomores, are 13-0, sparking the Fallston tennis team to a 12-1 record entering the final two matches of the season.

"They pretty much have an all-around game," said co-coach Rick Jones, who coaches the team with Barry Angel. "They're good at the net and strong from the baseline. They really work well together, which is exciting. They may go far this year."

Senior Steve Baum and junior Jonathan Butanis are adjusting to their new No. 2 doubles position on the Cougars' team after being No. 1 last season and winning a regional championship.

Jones said, "Our top two doubles teams are so competitive, [but] somebody had to be No. 2."

The Cougars' No. 1 girls doubles team of Ashley Sherinsky and Ke'bri Winters, both juniors, have advanced to regional competition in the past and are having another outstanding season.

Shivers rolls on

Shannel Shivers keeps adding to her already impressive track and field accomplishments in the shot put and discus for Aberdeen, setting Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and personal records in both events 12 days ago against Perryville.

Shivers tossed the shot 40 feet, 10 inches, and threw the discus 122 feet to establish UCBAC records and surpass her two performances last year in the state championship meet.

Shivers is the defending state shot put champion with a toss of 37-4, and she was the state runner-up in the discus with a throw of 118-8.

"Her goal is to win both events at the states this year," Aberdeen coach John Mobley said. "With her work ethic I think she can do it."

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