Hammond hits grand slam

Four named to preseason All-State baseball squad

December 13, 2009|By Sandra McKee | sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

The Hammond baseball team has placed four players on the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches preseason team, thought to be a possible state record.

"I can remember Calvert Hall having three," said Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton, who has been coaching the game for 35 years. "But I can't recall four. It's very, very unusual for schools to have multiple players."

Hammond's team members are all seniors: pitcher-third baseman Travis Clark, first baseman Tyler Clark, pitcher Danny Wissmann and shortstop Jared Christensen.

"This is crazy," Tyler Clark said. "Me and my brother made it last year, and it's rare to make it as juniors. Now, to make it a second year is pretty rare, and then to have four of us on the same team - crazy."

The team consists of the 30 players Maryland high school coaches think will be the best performers in the coming season. The team members will be honored Feb. 20 at a banquet at Camden Yards.

Mike Lerner, who has been coaching the Golden Bears for nine years, has had the Clark twins and Christensen on his team for four years, while Wissmann transferred in last season.

"It's nice to have so many," Lerner said. "But it's a testament to their hard work and dedication to get to this level. It's all about them and their accomplishments."

The Clarks and Christensen will be four-year starters. Hammond is looking to improve upon last season, when it finished 15-3 after being upset in regionals.

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