Invitational heats up fall baseball Mid-Atlantic showcases area high school talent


It's smorgasbrowse day, and I've got the two "B's" -- baseball and boxing.

Anne Arundel County will be the mecca of fall baseball this weekend when eight teams with high school eligible players compete in the double-elimination Mid-Atlantic Invitational.

The Little Orioles, with mostly Anne Arundel County players, and the Oriolelanders, a squad of Mid-Atlantic area players selected by Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert, are co-hosts for the tournament.

The Baltimore Orioles and minor-league affiliate Frederick Keys are sponsors.

Back after a 1-1 weekend in the Greater Raleigh (N.C.) Fall Baseball Tournament, the Little Orioles will open the Mid-Atlantic Friday with a 5 p.m. contest against Northern Virginia at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Harrisburg (Pa.) and Brooklawn (N.J.) are scheduled to play the second game at Cannon at 8 p.m.

The Oriolelanders (2-0 this weekend in Raleigh) open 5 p.m. Friday at Northeast High in Pasadena against Chaney Enterprises of Charles County, and the 8 p.m. game at Northeast pits the Yankee Rebels of Baltimore against Adams County (Pa.).

Winners from opening night will play 10 a.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College and Arundel High. Losers are scheduled for 10 a.m. games at Catonsville Community College and Northeast. Arundel and Northeast, the county's top two high school diamonds, will be the site for games on Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

By Saturday night, three teams will be left with one of them undefeated. A losers' bracket game will be played 11 a.m. Sunday at Arundel with the finals set for 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at Cannon Stadium.

"I've heard from every major-league baseball team, so we expect quite a few scouts there this weekend," said Gilbert, whose club is defending champion.

"And gosh knows how many college coaches and scouts will be on hand for this. It's a great opportunity for all the kids to be seen and that's what this is all about."

Gilbert's Oriolelanders and the Little Orioles played in Raleigh in front of scouts from seven major-league clubs plus scouts from Duke, North Carolina State, Louisburg College (N.C.), East Carolina, Winthrop (Rock Hill, S.C.), UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington and Campbell University (Buies Creek, N.C.).

The Oriolelanders defeated the North Carolina South team, 5-4, at N.C. State and Snow Hill, N.C., 5-0, at Louisburg, the alma mater of the Atlanta Braves' Otis Nixon.

Meanwhile, the Little Orioles left 10 men on base at Millbrook High and dropped a 4-0 decision to North Carolina North before coming back to top the South team, 7-5, at Louisburg. Bob Christopher of North County went 3-for-5 with a double in the two games, and Old Mill's Lee Haney picked up the win in relief.

Both teams got rained out Sunday.

Anne Arundel County is well represented on both teams with 15 of the Little Orioles' 22-man roster from here and three more on the Oriolelanders.

County players on the Little Orioles include: Christopher, Mike Wooden, Mike and Dave Saffield, Scott Shamleffer and John Bermudez from North County; Jason White and Luis Falcon, Chesapeake; Haney, Ryan Dempsey and Ryan Wood, Old Mill; Mike Ziegler, Old Mill North Middle; Jared Vogt, Calvary Chapel Christian Academy; Chuck Harris, Glen Burnie; and John Ritter, Severna Park.

On the Oriolelanders there is; Chris Kelly of Northeast; catcher John Milisitz, Severna Park; and first baseman Tim Giles, Arundel.

* Boxing fans should be interested in a top-notch amateur show set for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Jeff Novotny, his Crofton Gym and Scott Wagner are the hosts for the show, which will include 15 bouts and a chance to meet former world champion Livingstone Bramble.

Former Arundel High All-County pitcher Jerry Mills is expected to make his amateur debut at the show.

"Jerry has been working out at my gym since the summer and is getting better all the time," said Novotny. "He's a competitor and that goes a long way in the ring."

Bramble will be ring announcer and work corners during the show. A former World Boxing Association lightweight champion (1984-1985), Bramble (31-8-2) has been training at Novotny's gym for an ESPN showcase bout in two weeks with New York's Ricky Meyers (17-2), who is ranked 12th by the United States Boxing Association.

Bramble, who is unranked, is on the comeback trail. He went into a slide following his triumphant 15-round decision over Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in a WBA title rematch in 1985. The last to fight a 15-round match, he took the title from Mancini in '84

with a 14th-round knockout.

* Local professional matchmaker/promoter Josh Hall, who assists Novotny with the amateur shows, has announced his next dinner-boxing show. Mark Nov. 5 on your calendar as Hall's next Round One Promotions' pro boxing show at Michael's.

Hall said yesterday that Victor Davis, who had to pull out of the Sept. 17 show due to an injury, will headline the November show. Popular 165-pounder Irish Carson McCourry of Pasadena is expected back that night along with light heavyweight Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson of Glen Burnie.

* Finally, a check of my high school sports archives shows that the seven touchdowns by North County's Frank Brown Friday in a 52-20 romp over Chesapeake is a county record, as is the 336 yards he gained.

It was first reported that Brown had 342 yards, then, 334, but a check of the game films showed it was 336.

The 336 yards on 15 attempts eclipses the county record of 293 yards rushing set by Rodney Spencer of Glen Burnie in 1983 against Chesapeake. Believe it or not, Spencer had 257 of the yards in the first half.

As for touchdowns in a game, Southern's Bob Stach scored five in a game against North Dorchester in 1965, and that is believed to be the county record. Brown matched it the previous week.

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