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Baseball reunion covers all the bases [North Laurel/Savage]

Spring seems so far away but there has been some talk about baseball around town. A reunion was held recently for players and their families from Reservoir High School baseball teams of the past.

About 75 people met at the Greene Turtle in Burtonsville to relive some of the best moments from their years of playing or cheering on the team and discuss where their lives have taken them since high school. Reservoir’s varsity coach, Adam Leader has led the team since its inception in 2003. He told me he was thrilled with the turnout and excited that former players and coaches want to make this an annual tradition the Saturday after New Year’s Day.

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I was invited to visit the reunion and was happy to meet Reservoir’s first assistant junior varsity coach and his father. Mike Krouse helped to coach the team in 2003 and 2004. His father volunteered with the first team and came to the reunion wearing the original baseball jacket worn by players and coaches.

Current and former coaches Zach Nunn, Steve Pipe, Ray Pipik, Josh Sullivan and T.J. Pipik also came to visit and share their memories. Past players who attended included T.J. Pipik, Lee Lawler who continued his baseball career at Towson University and Cody Morris who now plays at the University of South Carolina, along with their families. Tyler Steele, a Reservoir Gator who went on to play at West Virginia University, joined the reunion also. Jack Barry, another former player and 2015 graduate who currently plays at Salisbury University, spent some time visiting with my family. Each of these players enjoyed phenomenal careers on the baseball field while at Reservoir and were selected to the Maryland All-State Baseball Coaches Pre-Season team during one or more of their high school years. Max Goron, a pitcher at UMBC, was not in attendance at the reunion but was selected to last year’s All-State team. I am incredibly proud to mention that my son, Cameron Hyder, a Reservoir senior, has been selected to this year’s All-State pre-season team and will be a part of this group of talented athletes who have dedicated themselves to a sport they love. About 30 players from across the state of Maryland are selected each year to this elite team and are honored at a banquet before the season starts. Coach Leader describes Cameron as “someone who works really hard and has had a lot of success. His statistics have been very good for a few years and coaches they play against mention that he is player they fear.”

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Do you have a budding reader at your house? A perfect way to for them to practice is to participate in DEAR at the Savage Branch on Monday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Fidos for Freedom therapy dogs will be at the library and participants of all ages are invited to read to the dogs during this drop-in reading session. Pre-registration is not required but a parent waiver must be signed. Just in case you wondered, DEAR stands for Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers.

Then on Wednesday, Jan. 24, board gamers are invited to Board Game Night from 7 to 8 p.m. also at the Savage Branch. Participants will enjoy some old-fashioned gaming fun.

Bingo dates for 2018 at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company Hall have been announced. The first one is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Prizes include purses and Pandora items. Admission is $20 in advance and will be $22 at the door if spaces are available. You can reserve your spot by Jan. 19 by calling 301-725-6409 or 301-604-2468 or by emailing gorman_s@hotmail.com. You should provide your name, phone number and number of seats needed. Parking will be available in one of the two lots behind the firehouse. Do not park in the front because that is for emergency personnel only. If you choose to park across the street in the industrial area, that is at your own risk. Mark your calendars for other Bingo nights: Feb. 17, March 17, April 28, May 19, July 21, Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17. Good luck Bingo players.

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