Scouting reports: President's Cup baseball tournament

April 08, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

The first President's Cup games will be played Saturday at two different locations: the Johns Hopkins Universtiy baseball diamond and the Medfield Heights Elementary School baseball field. The semifinals will be held April 16 at Mount St. Joseph and Swann Park at 9 a.m., and the championship game will be played at 1 p.m. that day at Camden Yards. All games can be heard on WLOY Loyola Radio, 1620 AM or at http://wloy.org/presidentscup/.

If a rainout occurrs, the games will be rescheduled for a date during the coming week.

Here is a look at the first-round matchups:

Mount St. Joseph (3-7) vs. St. Frances (2-6)

Where: Medfield Heights Elementary, 4300 Buchanan Avenue

When: Noon

Outlook: Sophomore Tyrell Dowery will get the start for St. Frances. "We have a young team and a game like this is a good gauge against a quality opponent and will help our development," Panthers coach Brian Boles said. Gaels coach Dave Norton said he will start junior pitcher Steve Hostutler and isn't taking anything for granted. "I can't say we'll win," he said. "Both of our teams will go out and play hard and we'll all see what happens."

Friends School (3-6) vs. Dunbar (6-0)

Where: Johns Hopkins field, corner of Charles Street and University Parkway

When: Noon

Outlook: "This is a game in which neither side knows much about the other team and that's what makes it exciting," Friends coach Tom Randall said. The Quakers will be led by senior right fielder Gill Wylie (.583) and will have junior pitcher Hunter Duke on the mound. Sophomore Eddie Bennett will be Dunbar's starting pitcher, and centerfielder Terrence Williams, currently batting .700, will lead the offense. "I know Friends has a quality program, so what we're going to see is two good programs with two sets of great kids," Poets coach Don Gilbert said.

Mervo (0-2) vs. Boys' Latin (3-6)

Where: Johns Hopkins field, corner of Charles Street and University Parkway

When: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Junior Denard Davis (.400 batting average) leads the Mervo hitting attack and will be the starting pitcher, delivering to catcher Keenan Fletcher, another of the Mustangs' top hitters. Boys' Latin, which plays in the MIAA B Conference, has lost four games to A Conference teams, but the experience, said coach Bill Greenwell, has toughened his squad. "I think we're about to peak," he said. Greenwell said he will use several pitchers in this game, including juniors Grant Cohen and Mike Gillespie, and freshman Fred Bopst.

Gilman (10-5) vs. Douglass (5-1)

Where: Medfield Heights Elementary, 4300 Buchanan Avenue

When: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Douglass has lost this season only to unbeaten Dunbar in extra innings. "We expect to be competitive," Ducks coach Jim Foster said. "We recognize we don't have the best resources, but we're going to give it our best shot. There are only 13 of us, but these kids have worked very hard for a long time." Douglass' offense will be led by Linwood Matthew, Brandon Sampson and Timmy Crooms. No. 3 Gilman will be led by Quinn Cotter (.450). "I know they're one of the better city teams and that we'll play hard," Greyhounds coach Larry Sheets said of the Ducks.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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