TODAY ON THIS DIAMOND, ALL THE PLAYERS ARE GEMS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert asked, "What otherall-star game turns out this kind of talent?"

Gilbert was referring to the Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All Star Baseball Game, which has produced nearly 80 players who have signed with or been drafted by major league clubs.

And the veteran scout's reference to the quality of player chosenfor this game comes from a man who travels the Mid-Atlantic area andsometimes beyond to watch such games.

The 12th annual game is to be played 1:30 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans and will be followed by the Chesapeake 30 and Over Men's Senior League all-stargame at 5 p.m.

Gilbert assembles a team of the top high school players he can find in the Mid-Atlantic area from his Oriole summer tryout camps and brings them here to play the best we can put out there.

The local team called the Arundel Suns consists of the top high school players who reside in Anne Arundel along with a handful of AnneArundel Community College standouts. This year's squad boasts seven AACC players, five of whom are pitchers, and 12 of the top high school seniors.

Last year the Suns took a rain-shortened 4-1 decision over the Oriolelanders to leave the series at 7-4 in favor the Oriolelanders. Nine players who appeared in that game were drafted this spring, including Bill Pulsipher of Fairfax who was taken by the Mets in the second round, and local products Rick Forney and Don Shump.

Pulsipher, The Washington Post Player of the Year from Fairfax High (Va.), batted fourth for the Oriolelanders last year and struck out twice, once by Forney, but the Mets drafted him as a left-handed pitcher.We didn't get to see him pitch last year because the rains preventedthat.

Gilbert got to see him during the fall with the Oriolelanders team, which he keeps together for about 30 games through October, and Pulsipher ended up high on the draft lists of most big-league clubs. Being drafted second is a big deal, and Pulsipher finally signed about a week ago for nearly $200,000.

Forney was drafted and signed by Gilbert to an Orioles' contract after being impressive in last year's game and having a great season at Anne Arundel Community College for head coach Clayton Jacobson.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander from Annapolis High, who was mostly a catcher in high school, just completed his first season in pro ball with the Orioles' rookie team in Sarasota (Fla.) and went 7-0.

"Rick had a great year, and the Orioles want him to pitch in the Instructional League in Sarasota this fall," said Gilbert, who was named Mid-Atlantic Scout of the Year by his peers this summer.

Forney was one of four drafted out of last year's game by Gilbert.

Shump, a slugging third baseman from state 2A champion Northeast High, caught the eye of then-Orioles' associate Bill Buck at last year's game. When Buck moved to a part-time scouting position with the Houston Astros this year, he persuaded theNational League organization to draft Shump in the late rounds.

The ex-Northeast star will play at AACC this season and then be re-evaluated by the Astros as to whether or not he'll be signed.

All five AACC pitchers chosen for this game are potential draftees next spring, depending on the kind of year they have with the Pioneers. The'llget the coaching and guidance from Jacobson and his pitching coach Larry Schillenberg, who holds the same job with the Oriolelanders.

Scott Hatfield, Dwayne Hoyt and Andy Young are all big, strong right-handers from AACC on the staff this year, while two more Pioneers -- right-hander Charlie Buckheit and lefty Jim Simms -- are more of the finesse types.

Hatfield (Glen Burnie High) is 6-foot-4, 210 poundswhile Hoyt (Broadneck) is 6-3, 175 pounds. Those two are second-yearpitchers for the Pioneers and can really hurl it, along with the first-year Young, from Meade High. Young is 6-6 and 195 pounds.

Buckheit led Northeast to the state 2A title last spring and is the county's all-time career wins leader with 30.

The slick right-hander, who throws a lot off-speed stuff, including a knuckle ball to go with his adequate fast ball, caught the attention of several scouts and major college coaches while pitching this summer in Stillwater, Okla., for the Maryland State Team in the Sunbelt Classic.

Simms sparkled at Old Mill for the 4A Region IV runner-up and this summer for the county American Legion Champion Mayo Post No. 266. A crafty left-hander, Simms could develop into a good prospect pitching for the Pioneers.

As for the top high school seniors on the Suns' pitching staff, left-hander Zach Collins and right-hander Brian Rolocut of state 4A champion Arundel are joined by Matt Weimer and Jeff Vincent of Broadneck.

Those four are among 11 local seniors named to the game, the others being catchers Mike Mahoney (Old Mill) and John Milisitz (Severna Park); third baseman /pitcher Rob Martin (Meade) and outfielders Steve Neuberger (Severna Park), Ian Taylor (Meade) and Bob Bush and Jeff Mengel (Mount St. Joseph).

The underclassmen include six juniors, two sophs and a freshman. The juniors are catcher Rob Miller (NorthCounty), left-handed pitcher Ed Nalley (Glen Burnie), first baseman Ryan Dempsey (Old Mill), second basemen Jeff Paxson (Spalding) and B.J. Jones (Old Mill) and outfielder Todd Locklear (Glen Burnie).

Catcher J. P. Noon and right-handed pitcher/outfielder Brandon Agamennone of Arundel are the 10th-graders, while North County's Mike Woodenis the freshman, at age 13 the youngest to ever be selected.

Wooden, a right-handed pitcher/third baseman, had a super summer for the Kazmarek Little Orioles 13-and-under team (69-13). Until Wooden, Oriolelanders' second baseman Chris Leusner of Middle Township High in New Jersey, who played in last year's game, was the youngest ever at 14.

Leusner is back with the Oriolelanders this year as a high school sophomore.

Some 11 high schools are represented on this year's Suns team with Old Mill grads or current Old Mill players boasting themost with five. Arundel is right behind at four. Broadneck, Glen Burnie and Meade have three each.

Bill Nevin of AM-Pro Sporting Goodsin Glen Burnie is one of four Suns' coaches, and his summer team, the Glen Burnie Patriots, has the most players named to the game.

Six members of this year's Patriots team, which finished third in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 16 and Under World Series in Laredo, Texas, are on the team in Taylor, Nalley, Locklear, Dempsey, Jones and Miller.

Mayo Post No. 226 placed four players -- Rolocut, Mahoney, Simms and Collins -- while the Mayo Juniors have a pair inAgamennone and Noon. Tut O'Hara, another Suns coach, ran the Mayo Juniors this summer and assisted Bernie Walter with the Mayo Legion team.

Joining Nevin and O'Hara on the Suns' staff are yours truly of the Little Orioles and Jacobson of AACC.

Meanwhile, on the other side, Gilbert and his son Tom, who is the field manager, aren't as confident as the Suns' staff. Tom was a catcher at Mount St. Joe and West Virginia and is in the St. Joe Hall of Fame for baseball and football.

"I'm not sure what kind of team we have, maybe not as good as last year's ," said Jim Gilbert.

Jim, Tom and staff have put together a team of 25 players from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and WestVirginia. Three of the Maryland players are from the county -- shortstop Rob McCandless of Severna Park, outfielder John Hall of Spaldingand left-handed pitcher Tony Saunders, who was on our staff last year.

It's a great opportunity for McCandless to make their team, because the All-County Severna Park senior will get a lot of valu

able exposure with the Oriolelanders this fall, as will Hall. The two are among the best at their positions in the state and could get drafted next June.

Saunders attended GLen Burnie High last year and played for Nevin's Patriots, which is why he was on our team, but he moved to Howard County. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound lefty is a senior at Howard High.

Schillenberg, the AACC pitching coach, runs the Oriolelanders staff, and they appear to be loaded there as well.

Besides Saunders, the Oriolelanders have two other lefties, including 6-4, 160-pound Andy Weltlinger of Calvert Hall in Towson, the perennial MSA A Conference champion.

Also, on the Oriolelanders' staff is a 6-6, 225-pound junior by the name of Chris Lumley from Robert E. Lee High in Springfield, Va. "The kid can really throw," said Gilbert.

The Oriolelanders also boast four outstanding high school senior catchers,two of whom played last year -- George Freeberger of Baltimore Poly and Mike Leatherman of Thomas Johnson in Frederick.

So, it looks like we're in store for a great baseball game with a lot of fine youngtalent to be showcased in front of not only Oriole scouts but a hostof scouts from other clubs as well.

Admission is free. Get there early so as not to miss PA announcer Bill McCaffrey introduce 11-year-old Lauren Powkryka to sing the national anthem.

Powkryka is a student at Brooklyn Park-Lindale Middle School and a Brooklyn Broncos Youth Football cheerleader who sings the Star Spangled Banner better than most pros.

And, of course, don't forget the Seniors All Star Game at 5 p.m. For last-minute information or bad weather (no way), call the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

See you there today, baseballfans and players.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUNS ROSTER

Player .. .. ....Pos. ..Ht./Wt. ..High School ..College ..Age

Scott Hatfield .. .. ..RHP .. 6-4/210 ..Glen Burnie ..AACC .. .. 21

Dwayne Hoyt .. .. .. ..RHP .. 6-3/170 ..Broadneck .. .AACC .. .. 18

Andy Young .. .. .. .. RHP .. 6-6/195 ..Meade .. .. ..AACC .. .. 18

Jim Simms .... .. .. .LHP .. 6-2/175 ..Old Mill .. ..AACC .. .. 18

Charlie Buckheit .. .. RHP .. 6-2/195 ..Northeast .. .AACC .. .. 18

Zach Collins .. .. .. .LHP .. 5-11/155 .Arundel .. .. .. .. .. ..18

Brian Rolocut .. .. .. RHP .. 5-10/150 .Arundel .. .. .. .. .. ..17

MattWeimer .. .. .. ..RHP .. 6-1/170 ..Broadneck .. .. ... ... .16

EdNalley .. .. .. .. .LHP .. 5-11/145 .Glen Burnie .. .. .. .. .16

Brandon Agamennone .. .RHP .. 6-1/155 ..Arundel .. .. .. .. .. ..15

John Milisitz .. .. .. C .. ..6-0/170 ..Severna Park .. .. .. .. 17

Rob Miller .. .. .. .. C .. ..6-1/185 ..North County .. .. .. .. 16

Mike Mahoney .. .. .. .C/DH ..6-0/205 ..Old Mill .. .. .. .. ...17

J.P. Noon .. .. .. .. .C .. ..6-2/210 ..Arundel .. .. .. .. .. ..15

Ian Taylor .. .. .. .. 1B/OF .6-3/190 ..Meade .. .. .. .. .. .. .17

Ryan Dempsey .. .. .. .1B .. .6-2/170 ..Old Mill .. .. .... .. .15

B.J. Jones .. .. .. .. 2B .. .5-10/170 .Old Mill .. .. .. .. .. .17

Jeff Paxson .. .. .. ..2B/P ..6-0/160 ..Spalding .. .. .. .. .. .16

Rob Martin .. .. .. .. 3B/P ..6-1/150 ..Meade .. .... .. .. .. .17

Mike Wooden .. .. .. ..3B/P ..6-0/150 ..North County .. .. .. .. 13

Jeff Vincent .. .. .. .SS/P ..6-0/160 ..Broadneck .. .. .. .. .. 16

Scott McClelland .. .. SS .. .5-8/160 ..Old Mill .. ..AACC .. .. 20

Bob Bush .. .. .. .. ..OF .. .5-11/190 .Mt.St. Joe .. .. .. .. .17

Jeff Mengel ... .. .. .OF .. .5-10/170 .Mt. St. Joe .. .. .. .. .17

Steve Neuberger .. .. .OF .. .6-2/185 ..Severna Park .. .. .. .. 16

Todd Locklear .. .. .. OF/DH .6-0/165..Glen Burnie .. .. .. .. .16

Paul McKenzie .. .. .. OF .. .6-0/155 ..Chesapeake .. AACC .. .. ..

Coaches: Pat O'Malley, Bill Nevin, Tut O'Hara and Clayton Jacobson

ORIOLELANDERS ROSTER

Player .. .. .. ..Pos. Ht./Wt. .. .High School .. .. .. .. Age

Jason Eyster .. .. .. .LHP .6-0/165 .. .Archbishop Curley .. .. .17

Matt Felice .. .. .. ..RHP .6-3/175 .. .Perryville .. .. .. .. ..17

Jason Lucas .. .. .. ..RHP .6-2/185 .. .Middletown .. .. .. .. ..17

Chris Lumley .. .. .. .RHP .6-6/225 .. .Robt.E. Lee, Va. .. .. ..16

Dan Reed .. .. .. .. ..LHP .6-3/195 .. .Gonzaga, D.C. .. .. .. ..16

TonySaunders .. .. .. LHP .6-1/170 .. .Howard .. .. .. .. .. .. 17

Andy Weltlinger .. .. .LHP .6-4/160 .. .Calvert Hall .. .. .. .. 16

Len Yankkosky .. .. .. RHP .6-1/160 .. .West Springfield, Va. .. 16

George Freeberger .. ..C .. 6-2/190 .. .Baltimore Polytechnic .. 17

Joe Goodwin .. .. .. ..C .. 5-10/165 .. South Carroll .. .. .. ..17

Mike Leatherman .. .. .C .. 6-1/185 .. .Thomas Johnson .. .. ...16

Brett Seidel .. .. .. .C .. 6-2/180 .. .Fallston .. .. .. .. .. .16

Joel Kerns .. .. .. .. 2B ..5-4/160 .. .North Hagerstown .... ..17

Chris Leusner .. .. .. 2B ..5-7/150 .. .Middle Township, N.J. .. 15

Rusty Lowery .. .. .. .2B ..5-10/146 .. Jefferson, W.Va. .. .. ..17

Mike Page .. .. .. .. .2B ..5-10/169 .. Perryville .... .. .. ..16

Mike Martin .. .. .. ..3B ..5-11/170 .. North Hagerstown .. .. ..17

Rob McCandless .. .. ..SS ..6-0/175 .. .Severna Park .. .. .. .. 17

Ronnie Shankle .. .. ..SS ..6-1/180 .. .Thomas Johnson .. .. .. .17

Rob Coppeler .. .. .. .OF ..6-0/170 .. .Liberty .. .. .. .. .. ..16

Matt Domer .. .. .. .. OF ..6-0/160 .. .Brunswick .. .. .. .. .. 17

Jason Frushour .. .. ..OF ..5-11/180 .. Frederick .. .. .. .. .. 16

John Hall .. .. .. .. .OF ..6-1/175 .. .Archbishop Spalding .. ..17

Joe Higman .. .. .. .. OF ..6-1/182 .. .Lower Cape May, N.J. .. .17

Danny Olson .. .. .. ..OF ..6-0/165.. .Lower Cape May, N.J. .. .16

COACHES: Jim Gilbert, Tom Gilbert, Larry Schillenberg, Larry Raskin, Tony Hildebrand, Greg Chandler, Mike Warrenfeltz and Gene Kerns.

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