The First Maryland Private and Parochial State High School Baseball Tournament begins today with 10 teams. The tournament was open to all private and parochial schools, but noticeably missing is perennial power Calvert Hall (20-4).
Calvert Hall coach Joe "Snooky" Binder decided to end hiseason with the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference championship against McDonogh. That will be settled today at Gilman at 3:45 p.m. since Calvert Hall knocked off the defending champion Eagles, 3-1, Friday to force another game.
The Eagles (15-4) entered the new tournament because, in coach Al Poklemba's words, "we wanted to help get it off and look at it as a fun tournament with more exposure for our kids."
McDonogh (19-3) and Mount St. Joseph (15-3) are seedesecond and third respectively and will be the host schools for games Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
In today's 3:45 p.m. preliminary games, No. 6 seed Bishop Walsof Cumberland (6-7) will play host to No. 9 St. Maria Goretti (7-12) of Hagerstown and No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons (8-11) of Baltimore entertains No. 10 St. John's Prospect Hall (3-10) of Frederick,
Top-seeded Riverdale Baptist (27-5) of Prince Georges Countwill be one of four hosts for Wednesday's four second-round games. Riverdale will play the winner of the Bishop Walsh-Goretti contest.
McDonogh meets the Gibbons-St. John's winner while Mount StJoseph (15-3) hosts No. 7 Pallotti (10-7); and No. 4 The Heights of D.C. (21-2) hosts No. 5 John Carroll (11-5). All games are at 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday's winners play in the semifinals at 4 and 7 p.mFriday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Anne Arundel County with the championship set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Cannon.
It will be interesting to see if McDonogh brings back ace Kenny Cloude (7-3) on two days rest to go against Calvert Hall. The Cardinals took Friday's 3-1 decision on a two-hitter by left-hander Brian Matz (7-0). It was Cloude's first-ever loss to Calvert Hall.
Showdown in the making
If top-seeded Arundel (19-1) can get by No. 4 seed Dulaney (13-6) of Baltimore County, and No. 2 seed Gaithersburg (17-1) eliminates No. 3 seed LaPlata of Charles County in tomorrow's state 4A semifinals at Joe Cannon Stadium, it would be a unique state championship game Saturday in Frederick.
Arundel, playing tomorrow night's feature game at 7, is ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun, while Gaithersburg, playing the 4 p.m. game, is ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post.
Hurrah for Howard
While many baseball people like to talk about how good the baseball is in the MSA A Conference and Anne Arundel County, something can also be said about Howard County baseball.
Howard County made a statement Saturday as Glenelg (15-4took the Class 2A, Region I title with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to nip Walkersville of Frederick, 8-7; Centennial won the 3A, Region II title 7-0 over Carver; and Hammond took the 2A, Region II title over Hereford, 5-1.
A possible matchup exists between Glenelg and Hammond in the state 2A championship game Saturday at McCurdy Field in Frederick. Glenelg takes on Region IV winner Wicomico of the Eastern Shore, a 7-1 winner over Edgewood, while Hammond plays Rockville (13-5) of Montgomery County, a 10-5 victor over defending state 2A champion Northeast (11-11) in the Region III final in tomorrow's state semifinals.
Centennial won the 3A, Region III championship with a 7-0 victorover Carver of Baltimore as David Hudson tossed a no-hitter, and will play Watkins Mill at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the state semifinals at Arundel High in Gambrills.
Baltimore County's Lansdowne (16-3) plays the other 3semifinal at Arundel at 4 p.m. against highly regarded Thomas Stone of Charles County.
Veteran Milwaukee Brewers scout Walter Youse said of Glenelgwhom he saw Friday, "they've got a pretty good hitting high school team and they are well-coached."
Glenelg is coached by Terry Coleman. Hammond is coached bex-Mount St. Joseph coach Bob Maxey.