Teams from Korea and Puerto Rico have committed to the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series in Harmans July21-29, but the county business community's commitment worries tournament director Lew Holmes.
"We need to raise a lot of money, and I sure hope the business community gets behind it," said Holmes. "So far the sports community has given us support, but we need a lot more help to do this thing the right way.
"County Executive Bob Neall and the Anne Arundel Trade Council are getting behind it and endorsing it, but it's a matter of people coming through. Next week is crucial in the way of receiving donations for ads in our program or people just wanting to help."
Holmes is planning a door-to-door campaign in the business community over the next 10 days and hopes to get a positive response.
The CABA state director and president of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Associationsees the tournament as an opportunity to showcase Anne Arundel County and its new state-of-the-art Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
"Teams from all over the country and beyond are coming in here to play, and this is our chance to show them and other national organizations that we can support a national tournament," Holmes said.
"One of the main reasons Cannon Stadium was built was to hold major tournaments. We have a stadium to be proud of and want to show it off and need help to make this a first-class show."
The CABA 18-and-under World Series will be a round-robin affair followed by double-elimination for the championship among the top qualifying teams. Cannon Stadium will be the showcase site for the main games, while Holmes will use additional fields around the county for other games.
Teams from Korea,Puerto Rico, Iowa, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and California plus two host teams from Maryland have committed to the CABA.
This is the first time Anne Arundel County has played host to a baseball tournament of this magnitude, and as Holmes said, "It's because we now have Cannon Stadium to do it, and I hope we don't get embarrassed, and that the whole county gets behind it."
For more information, call Holmes at 760-4138 or 237-3320.
In other county baseball news, the Orioles signed right-handed pitcher Rick Forney, who was one of six local players selected in the recent major-league free-agent draft.
Fiveof those six have played in the Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star Baseball Game in the last two years.
Besides Forney, those selected were: shortstop Andy Srebroski (Toronto Blue Jays), third baseman Don Shump and outfielder Craig Everett (Houston Astros) andpitchers Jeff Locklear (San Francisco Giants) and Rick Sutch (Oakland A's). Only Forney and Locklear signed.
Forney, who caught at Annapolis High but was converted into a full-time pitcher at Anne Arundel Community College by head coach Clayton Jacobson and pitching coachLarry Shillenberg, has been assigned to the Orioles' rookie team in Sarasota, Fla.
"Rick is a raw talent and one that we expect to seedevelop," said Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert. "He's the kind of prospect you expect to see get better and better."
Locklear,a Glen Burnie High grad, played in the 10th annual Oriolelanders game in 1989 and was taken by the Giants on the 40th round.
Last year, the big left-hander (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) played at Pembroke StateCollege (N.C.), and he signed a few days ago. The Giants sent Locklear to their Class A club in Everett, Wash.
Forney is one of three who played for the Arundel Suns in the 11th annual Oriolelanders gamelast September and was drafted. Also selected were Anne Arundel Community College shortstop Srebroski and third baseman Shump of Northeast High.
Srebroski, who is the county's all-time hits and runs-scored leader (47 each) from Northeast High, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays on the 33rd round.
He has turned down their offer and will play at Anne Arundel for one more year. The Blue Jays still could sign Srebroski, the 1990 Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, before the June '92 draft.
Shump, who set season (45) and career (81) state records for RBI for nationally No. 1-ranked and state 2A champion Northeast (24-0), was taken by the Houston Astros in the 75th round, but he will attend Anne Arundel.
After playing a year for the community college, Shump will decide whether to sign with the Astros, or they might choose not to sign him and he would be eligible to be selected by another club in '92.
Shump's Northeast teammate, Everett, the 1991 Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, was chosen by the Astros in Round 93 and will play at AACC.
Sutch, a hard-throwing right-hander from Broadneck High, Anne Arundel and more recently, James Madison University, turned down an offer from the A's. He pitched for the Oriolelanders in the '89 game against Locklear.
Forney, Shump and Srebroski were not the only ones drafted after playing in last year's Oriolelanders game. Six members of the Oriolelanders, all high-schoolers, were drafted with Fairfax High, Va., left-hander/outfielder Bill Pulsipher taken on the second round.
Pulsipher played on Gilbert's fall Oriolelanders team and was named Washington Post Player of the Year after batting .429 with five dingers and 31 RBI for Fairfax High this spring.
Ironically enough, the D.C.-Virginia area's best player struck out twice in the Oriolelanders game, once each by Forney and AACC's Tim Durick (Chesapeake).
The date for this year's Oriolelanders game will be announced soon, and Gilbert said the Orioles want to emphasize the high school seniors after seeingso many get drafted after the last game.
"It should be a high school players' showcase," said Gilbert. "We will have our fall team once again and will have many of the top prospects in the mid-Atlantic area playing."
Everett and three other local high school seniors who didn't get drafted will get a chance to show off their talents in the annual Sunbelt Classic in Stillwater, Okla., next week.
JoiningEverett on the Maryland team are his Northeast high school pitching mate Charlie Buckheit, North County second baseman Willie Scott and Meade pitcher/first baseman Chris Botulinski. Everett, Buckheit and Scott were all first-team All-County by the Anne Arundel County Sun, while Botulinski was a second-team first baseman.
They will be joined by Annapolis resident Chris Rodriguez, a second baseman who played at Riverdale Baptist in Prince George's County. Rodriguez was named All-Metro by the Washington Post after hitting .404 with 26 RBI for Riverdale.
Maryland's all-star team will compete in the Sunbelt against teams from host Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Ohio and Florida at Oklahoma State University.