Hungry for baseball? Check out full-course youth menu

THE BALTIMORE SUN

All right, sports fans, how about a good dose of those questions without answers you love so much?

The ground rules are simple. Any response, answers or big "Q's" of your own should be called into my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

* Do you enjoy watching amateur baseball? Well, if you do, you can get your fill of youth baseball tournaments this month.

The Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association tournaments in several age groups continue this month on a daily basis at Linthicum-Ferndale Park. Pick any night and you can count on several games being played at the complex near North County High.

This weekend at the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association 10th Avenue Fields, the Maryland Amateur Baseball Congress will play two American Amateur Baseball Congress state tournaments plus a Dizzy Dean state tournament.

Coach Dean Albany's Orioles begin a best-of-three for the AABC Willie Mays State 10-and-under Championship against the Harford County champion. The games are set for 5 and 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the North Atlantic Regional in Waterbury, Conn., July 24-27.

The Willie Mays World Series is set for Aug. 6-9 in Rex, Ga., and the local Orioles can take the first step toward that by sweeping Harford Saturday evening.

"I really think we have a great shot at going to the World Series," said Albany, who hopes to avoid playing on Sunday.

Also, the AABC State 12-and-under Pee Wee Reese Tournament for the right to advance to the North Atlantic Regional in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 24-27 will be played at Brooklyn Park. The Yankee Rebels of Baltimore and Harford County will play a twin bill at 3 and 6 p.m. at 10th Avenue with a third game if necessary on Sunday.

The Sophomore Division for 14-and-under baseball sends its state Dizzy Dean champion to Edmund, Okla., July 15-24, and that's where the Linthicum A's of Coach Wayne Feuerherd hope to go.

Linthicum will vie for the Dizzy Dean 14-and-under state title Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday against two teams from the Baltimore Metro League in a double-elimination tournament at Brooklyn Park on the Pony field.

Games are set for 1, 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday with Sunday's times to be announced.

Later this month the National Amateur Baseball Federation 16-and-under East Regional will be played at Joe Cannon Stadium and Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie. Seven teams will play in the NABF Regional set for July 22-26.

Two teams from the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association Mickey Mantle League will be joined by three teams from New York, one from Virginia and one from Baltimore to vie for the NABF double-elimination regional.

Winner of the 16-and-under NABF Regional qualifies for the World Series in Northville, Mich., set to open July 29.

Right after the NABF 16-and-under Regional ends, the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series begins at Joe Cannon on July 26 and runs to Aug. 5.

The CABA series, sponsored by the AAABA and Lew Holmes, welcomes 16 teams from all over the country, including teams from San Diego and Olympia, Wash.

The California entry is a marquee team, a defending national champion in this age class. Sacramento won the 18-and-under World Series at Joe Cannon last summer by 4-3 over Westerville, Ohio, and was one of a record seven California teams (out of 12 age divisions) to cop a CABA World Series title last year.

"I've got commitments from both San Diego and Olympia to come in here and play in the CABA World Series we are hosting," said Holmes.

Holmes also said that local umpires Greg Harthaussen and Randy Rogers have been working overtime to raise money for the CABA World Series. The Friends of Joe Cannon Committee needs to raise $8,000 to finance the event.

Still another tournament begins Aug. 6 the day after the CABA World Series ends.

The NABF 20-and-under Regional of eight teams will play at Joe Cannon Stadium, with the Arundel A's and Ferndale Post No. 289 among them.

* So, you say you are a boxing fan, well, how about the amateur prelims to the Maryland State Games set for July 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie and July 17 at the Naval Station Recreation Center in Annapolis?

Those semifinal bouts will be in the amateur Novice and Open classes, with the champions advancing to the Maryland State Games Finals, July 24, at the Center Ballroom of University of Maryland Baltimore County.

For ticket information to the semis at Michael's, call Jeff Novotny at his Crofton gym, 721-1143, and for the semis at the Naval Station call Felix Bodie at 267-3580.

* Did you boxing fanatics know that U.S. Naval Academy head boxing coach, Jim McNally, took off for Ireland this week to referee National Junior Olympic bouts between the U.S. and Irish squads?

* Have you heard that Round One Promotions' matchmaker Josh Hall is considering martial arts as a part of a dinner and boxing show for this fall?

* How about the pitching duel Sunday in the Chesapeake Seniors 30-and-over League between Bob Siska of the Glen Burnie Giants and Mark Campbell of the Bodkin Red Sox?

In only the second game he has pitched this season, Siska tossed a no-hitter for the Giants' first win of the season by 1-0 over the Red Sox and Campbell, who lost a one-hitter. Siska walked four and struck out only one while Campbell struck out five and walked four.

The lone run came in the third inning as Mike Harmon walked, stole second and moved to third on an error before scoring on a passed ball.

Tim Long's strong throw from right field in the bottom of the seventh saved Siska's shutout and the game for the Giants. Siska retired the first two batters in the final frame before walking the next two.

An error by the Giants' second baseman on a grounder sent the runner on second streaking for home plate to tie the game only to be cut down by Long's perfect peg.

"It was a great ending to a great game," said Long.

* Can you believe how upset some National League teams, such as the Chicago Cubs, were over Commissioner Fay Vincent's realignment of the Senior Circuit this week?

What do you think the gripers would do if they played in Anne Arundel County where we have the Friendship and Bay divisions? Realignments aren't supposed to make sense, as evidenced by North County High being in the county's Bay Division.

The Friendship Division name derives from the old name of BWI Airport -- Friendship International -- which North County is right next door to and certainly closer to than the Chesapeake.

* Speaking of Anne Arundel County athletics, isn't one of the first things that new school superintendent Berry Carter should do is to name a county coordinator of physical education before the school year begins?

Since Paul Rusko retired a year ago, the position of coordinator never was filled. Rick Wiles did an excellent job as an interim coordinator and said near the end of the school year that he expected the county to name a full-timer in the near future.

So, what are we waiting for?

The County Executive's Office made an excellent choice in naming Bill Rinehart as the director of Recreation and Parks, rewarding him for his loyalty and knowledge of the department and county.

Shouldn't the county Board of Education do likewise in naming Old Mill's veteran athletic director, Jim Dillon, another who is more than qualified after truly paying his dues and then some, as the coordinator of physical education with Wiles as his top assistant?

* Finally, to the coach who called to make excuses for the 18-and-under county Brooks Robinson League teams who habitually postpone games, saying that those guys "are left out of publicity and have nothing to shoot for," I have two "Q's."

No. 1: Coach, have you ever called our office at 761-1732 or my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, with your team results and highlights? If so, your team would have gotten publicity.

No. 2: Whatever happened to young guys who play for the love of the game and who fulfill commitments? Isn't that enough to shoot for?

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