County seniors step up to plate for Cannon banquet, all-star game


This Sunday sports smorgasbrowse starts with some news about the second annual Friends of Joe Cannon Committee High School All-Star Baseball Game.

The game is set for 7 p.m. June 6 at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, and 32 Anne Arundel County High school seniors (at least one from each school) have been selected for the showcase. Sixteen players will be on the North team and 16 on the South as selected by the Cannon Committee.

A banquet to honor a scholar-athlete from each of the 13 county high schools that plays baseball is planned Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue with Charlie Eckman as guest speaker.

Eckman is a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame and is one of the most recognizable and colorful sports broadcaster in Maryland despite being in semi-retirement.

At the banquet, the Cannon Committee will present several awards, with the most notable being a $1,000 tuition award to the top baseball scholar, the Anne Arundel County High School Baseball team of the Year and the county Coach of the Year.

The Baltimore Sun's top-ranked Arundel High (nationally ranked

No. 13 this week in the USA Today Super 25) will receive the team award. Southern's Chuck Crandell has been named Coach of the Year.

Longtime sandlot baseball volunteer Charlie Wrotten will be honored for his contributions to amateur baseball, and Glen Burnie's Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, who celebrated his 50th season in amateur baseball as a coach and umpire last year, will take the Umpire of the Year award.

For information on the banquet, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

Here are the rosters for the All-Star baseball game:

* North Team: Chris Lucas (INF-P) and Jeff Paxson (INF-P), Archbishop Spalding; John Young (SS), Jerry Scheff (2B-P) and Larry Wiles (DH), Chesapeake; Todd Locklear (OF), Matt Griffith (C-1B) and Jerry Poist (OF), Glen Burnie; Ed Nalley (1B-P), Chris Kelly (P), Rob Miller (C), and Ryan Herzberger (DH-OF), Northeast; Joe York (P), North County; Mike Aguilar (OF), Danny Sancomb (3B-SS) and David Asbury (P-SS), Meade.

* South Team: Matt Criscimagna (OF), Annapolis; Tim Giles (1B-P), Mike Cozzone (C) and Jimmy Taylor (OF), Arundel; Chris Sutch (P-OF) and Scott Seyfferth (INF), Broadneck; Lee Haney (P-OF), Ryan Dempsey (1B-DH) and Phil McGinnis (SS), Old Mill; John Milisitz (C), Byron Druzgal (INF) and Roy Dietrich (1B), Severna Park; Chad Reedy (Utility) and Ron Parrish (P-OF), South River; and Chris Bush (P) and Billy McGhee (2B), Southern.

* Have you high school baseball players signed up for the first high school baseball camp at Joe Cannon Stadium, July 12-16?

If not, you better hurry because the camp run by Frank Klebe's Baseball All the Time (B.A.T.T., Inc.) has an enrollment of only 50 players.

"We're keeping it at just 50 players so we can do a better job and give the kids more individual attention," said Klebe, Anne Arundel Community College third base coach and ex-minor-league coach in the Orioles and Cleveland Indians' organizations. "The emphasis will be on skill and knowledge development of the game."

Klebe is President of B.A.T.T., Inc. and has assembled a superb staff of pro, college and high school baseball personnel. The fee is $125 for the camp, which runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register or find out more about the high school camp, which is on a first-come, first-served basis, call (410) 360-2853.

* How about congratulations to first-year head coach Bo Vogt and his Calvary Chapel Christian Academy baseball team for their first two wins of the season last week?

Vogt's Beacons defeated the Christian Academies of Lanham and Montrose by scores of 11-3 and 13-2, respectively. Seniors Jamie Robinson and Mark Urie, and eighth-grader Jared Vogt (Bo's son) combined on a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts against Lanham.

Mike Root and Marty Hilliard each had two hits, and Mark Ziemski and Sebastian Spence each scored three times.

Urie (.384) led the Beacons to the romp over Montrose by pitching a a five-hitter and getting four hits, including a triple, and scoring four runs. Hilliard (.520) also had four hits and knocked in five. Vogt (.500) also drove in five on two hits, and Robinson (.458) had three hits, two RBI and four runs scored.

* Did you hear that when injuries and absences left him without a catcher for North County's final baseball game at Queen Anne's this year on Friday, Knights coach Don Usewick turned to junior first baseman Justin Godfrey, who caught a Mike Wooden two-hitter for a 6-2 victory?

What's the big deal? Godfrey is left-handed. You don't you see too many of them behind the plate.

* Did you know that Millersville's well-traveled track and field guru Keith Smith has been appointed to the USA Track and Field National Committee for Facilities and Equipment through the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games?

"The committee makes recommendations on building new facilities and renovating old ones," said Smith, a science instructor at Crofton Middle School and veteran track and field official on the national level. "We also certify implements, weights and measures."

* Have you former Andover, Brooklyn Park and North County boys lacrosse players circled June 5 on your calendar for coach Paul Shea's annual alumni game to benefit a seniors scholarship fund?

To sign up to play in the alumni game, call Shea at (410) 757-7892 or assistant coach Jon Appelt at (410) 788-6870.

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