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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
Centennial baseball coach Ron Martin has waited all season for the old Brian Bickerton to emerge.Bickerton rewarded Martin's patience Thursday with an exclamation point, as he overmatched host Mount Hebron with a two-hit masterpiece to carry the Eagles to a crucial 2-1 victory.The victory reversed a 15-2 rout by Hebron two days earlier, and, more importantly, kept Centennial alive for a fourth-seed, Class 3A Region III playoff berth. The Eagles (8-4, 10-7) must sweep a doubleheader from Wilde Lake tomorrow to give themselves a chance at postseason action.
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By Katherine Dunn | June 2, 1995
PLAYER OF THE YEAR* Kim May, Centennial, Sr., pitcher -- Against Howard County competition, May had the kind of senior season players dream about.Her pitching was the main factor behind a 13-1 county record that sealed the county title. She also pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the regional semifinal before falling to Mount Hebron, the only team to beat the Eagles during the county season, in the regional championship.Overall, she pitched four no-hitters, four one-hitters and two two-hitters.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | January 26, 1992
When the Department of Recreation and Parks was told to find a way to raise revenues for the coming year, it did. And now the commissioner of the county's independently run adult softball league is furious about it.The department has told commissioner George E. Bickertonhis league will get less playing time while the recreation department's leagues will get more.A potential increase in teams in the recreation department adult league, plus the addition of new softball leagues for seniors and teens, will raise about $25,000, says recreation and parks director Jeffrey A. Bourne.
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By Chuck Acquisto and Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun | May 10, 1994
All-County Centennial senior pitcher Kim May managed to end up on the winning side yesterday -- though it was not one of her better days -- as the Eagles beat Atholton, 3-2.In fact Atholton junior pitcher Kim Ruprecht had a better outing: eight strikeouts to May's seven, allowing one earned run to May's two, and giving up three hits to May's four.Centennial (14-2, 10-1) will play at Glenelg (12-2, 8-1) today for first place in the county, picking up the suspended game with the Gladiators leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | April 21, 1991
Fast starts: They build confidence and enhance excitement for high school sports teams.Centennial High's baseball team is experiencing such a start, having won its first three league games and six of its first nine overall.Brian Bickerton, a 16-year-old junior pitcher, is one of the keysto the Eagles' fast start. He is part of a strong three-man pitchingrotation that includes Justin Thomas and Jason Weinstein.Bickerton is 3-0 including an opening-day three-hit victory over highly ranked Mount St. Joe, a team Centennial had not beaten since 1982.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | April 7, 1993
Some significant changes are taking place in the county's 17-18 amateur baseball scene.The most significant change is that the Dayton Raiders 17-18 team, after 11 seasons and seven league championships, no longer will be affiliated with the American Legion baseball program.Dayton has offered the longest running elite baseball team for players in that age bracket.The Raiders, under a new and yet-to-be-decided coach, and the sponsorship of the Howard County Youth Program, are joining the Baltimore Metro League where another county 17-18 team, the Columbia Reds, is already a member.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | June 17, 1992
The wake-up call came too late for the Dayton Raiders in their American Legion league opener Monday night.A two-run, last-inning Dayton rally failed to catch defending North-Central District champion A.J. Raveio, as the Raiders lost, 7-4, at Baltimore Highlands Elementary School.Most of the Dayton team celebrated senior week at the beach last week (when the Raiders had no games scheduled), and the lack of baseball activity showed on Monday."I wasn't concerned that we lost, because we'll lose other games," Coach George Bickerton said.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | July 12, 1992
A hotly contested call by the plate umpire during the final inning of an American Legion baseball game Wednesday, broke league-leading Dayton's rally against A. J. Raveio. Dayton lost the game, 8-5.The call that Dayton coach George Bickerton and the Dayton players protested during the game at Glenelg High involved a throw to the plate in which a Dayton runner was called out. Dayton had one out and runners at third and second base when Ryan McQueeny hit a grounder to diving Raveio first baseman Brian Brewer.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | June 5, 1991
The six-time defending North-Central District American Legion champion Dayton Raiders stumbled in the league opener Monday, losing to Baltimore Highlands, 4-1.Baltimore Highlands is a new team in the district and was playing only its second league game. On Saturday, it lost its opener to Gaithersburg, 4-2.The Raiders had a long list of shortcomings.Dayton's defense made four errors, its offense banged just one hit and its pitching allowed five walks.Brian Bickerton, Dayton's starter, went the distance and threw a four-hitter.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | June 2, 1991
The key word this year for the Dayton Raiders, six-time defending North-Central District American Legion baseball champions, is "new."The team has a new coach, new sponsor, new uniforms and a new scheduling arrangement with Montgomery County that should make for a more competitive season.The team jumped off to a fast start Memorial Day weekend when it finished second in a 16-team tournament that included teams from Maryland and New Jersey.The Raiders won three of its four games, losing the championship game to Annapolis, 15-7.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | April 7, 1993
Some significant changes are taking place in the county's 17-18 amateur baseball scene.The most significant change is that the Dayton Raiders 17-18 team, after 11 seasons and seven league championships, no longer will be affiliated with the American Legion baseball program.Dayton has offered the longest running elite baseball team for players in that age bracket.The Raiders, under a new and yet-to-be-decided coach, and the sponsorship of the Howard County Youth Program, are joining the Baltimore Metro League where another county 17-18 team, the Columbia Reds, is already a member.
NEWS
By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | July 12, 1992
A hotly contested call by the plate umpire during the final inning of an American Legion baseball game Wednesday, broke league-leading Dayton's rally against A. J. Raveio. Dayton lost the game, 8-5.The call that Dayton coach George Bickerton and the Dayton players protested during the game at Glenelg High involved a throw to the plate in which a Dayton runner was called out. Dayton had one out and runners at third and second base when Ryan McQueeny hit a grounder to diving Raveio first baseman Brian Brewer.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | June 17, 1992
The wake-up call came too late for the Dayton Raiders in their American Legion league opener Monday night.A two-run, last-inning Dayton rally failed to catch defending North-Central District champion A.J. Raveio, as the Raiders lost, 7-4, at Baltimore Highlands Elementary School.Most of the Dayton team celebrated senior week at the beach last week (when the Raiders had no games scheduled), and the lack of baseball activity showed on Monday."I wasn't concerned that we lost, because we'll lose other games," Coach George Bickerton said.
NEWS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
Centennial baseball coach Ron Martin has waited all season for the old Brian Bickerton to emerge.Bickerton rewarded Martin's patience Thursday with an exclamation point, as he overmatched host Mount Hebron with a two-hit masterpiece to carry the Eagles to a crucial 2-1 victory.The victory reversed a 15-2 rout by Hebron two days earlier, and, more importantly, kept Centennial alive for a fourth-seed, Class 3A Region III playoff berth. The Eagles (8-4, 10-7) must sweep a doubleheader from Wilde Lake tomorrow to give themselves a chance at postseason action.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | March 25, 1992
Pitching will dominate county baseball this season. And two of the best arms belong to Atholton's Brian Gick and Bryan Egolf.With theRaiders' third pitcher, Richard Blankenship, these players will giveAtholton the county's best pitching staff, and they are the main reason the team is favored to win the county title. It would be Atholton's third championship in the last four seasons.Other teams also have some fine pitchers, however, and will challenge them.Brian Bickerton (Centennial), Andy Young (Oakland Mills)
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | January 26, 1992
When the Department of Recreation and Parks was told to find a way to raise revenues for the coming year, it did. And now the commissioner of the county's independently run adult softball league is furious about it.The department has told commissioner George E. Bickertonhis league will get less playing time while the recreation department's leagues will get more.A potential increase in teams in the recreation department adult league, plus the addition of new softball leagues for seniors and teens, will raise about $25,000, says recreation and parks director Jeffrey A. Bourne.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | July 7, 1991
The Dayton Raiders' hopes of winning an eighth straight North-Central District American Legion baseball title grow dimmer with each loss.Wednesday evening, the inconsistent Raiders endured another we-could-have-beaten-them-but-didn't loss at the Dayton Rod and Gun Club.Gaithersburg No. 295 won, 4-0, as the Raiders offense again failed to back up starting pitcher Brian Bickerton.Bickerton has givenup just six earned runs over his last two starts but Dayton has scored only one run for him. The Raiders lost, 3-1, to Dewey Lowman June 28 when Bickerton again pitched well enough to win.Last Monday, in a game played between Bickerton's two starts, Dayton scored 17 runsto beat Essex.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | June 19, 1991
The Dayton Raiders American Legion baseball team finally had the kind of night it could savor Monday.The struggling Raiders won a dramatic, come-from-behind 6-5 victory in extra innings against Parkville at the Dayton Rod and Gun Club.The win featured the type of all-around team play that manager George Bickerton has tried to instill."I sort of read them the riotact before the game that we were either going to play as a team and root for each other or some people were going to turn in their uniforms," Bickerton said.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | July 7, 1991
The Dayton Raiders' hopes of winning an eighth straight North-Central District American Legion baseball title grow dimmer with each loss.Wednesday evening, the inconsistent Raiders endured another we-could-have-beaten-them-but-didn't loss at the Dayton Rod and Gun Club.Gaithersburg No. 295 won, 4-0, as the Raiders offense again failed to back up starting pitcher Brian Bickerton.Bickerton has givenup just six earned runs over his last two starts but Dayton has scored only one run for him. The Raiders lost, 3-1, to Dewey Lowman June 28 when Bickerton again pitched well enough to win.Last Monday, in a game played between Bickerton's two starts, Dayton scored 17 runsto beat Essex.
NEWS
By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff writer | June 23, 1991
Despite a no-hit effort through eight innings by starting pitcher Brian Egolf, the Dayton American Legion baseball team lost a 4-3 game to Parkville on Thursday night.Parkville, one of the league's stronger teams, scored in the third and sixth innings on a combination ofwalks, errors and stolen bases.Its winning run came in the ninth inning when Dayton relief pitcher Todd Messner gave up a single to the first batter he faced.Egolf had walked the first two batters of the ninth inning, and both advanced on stolen bases before Messner entered the game.
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