Promoter Hall back in ring for night


Boxing and baseball are up front today.

Let's put on the gloves first. Round One Promotions' matchmaker and promoter Josh Hall is climbing back into the ring tomorrow night at A.L. Gators in Riviera Beach.

Hall, a member of the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame, retired about 15 years ago, but frequently has sparred in the Harding-Lowry gym with junior light heavyweight Irish Carson McCourry.

Believe it or not, Hall is going to box McCourry in an exhibition around 8 p.m. tomorrow before the George Foreman-Tommy Morrison bout on HBO. Admission is $8.

"I will be in Josh's corner as his trainer," said Hall's wife and co-promoter, Victoria Savaliski, with a laugh. "I told him he's almost 50 and asked him if he knew what he was doing."

Hall, who is still in great shape, also has announced that he has moved his next boxing show at Michael's from June 15 to July 15.

"There was too much going on in our area this month, so we thought July would be better, and we plan to have all six-round fights with Jake "The Snake" Smith and Carson [McCourry], fighting, but I won't be in there," said Hall.

The July Round One pro show is expected to be an arena-style (no dinner) show for the first time at Michael's.

* Isn't it great to hear that the 1992 Anne Arundel County Sun Baseball Player of the Year, Arundel's Brian Rolocut, was chosen on the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday?

"I'm going to Vero Beach this weekend and expect to sign Monday," said Rolocut, an All-County and All-Metro pitcher last spring after going 11-1 with an ERA of 0.77.

Rolocut received a baseball scholarship to Miami-Dade Wilson in Florida after leading coach Bernie Walter's Wildcats into the state 4A semis last year. This spring, the hard-throwing right-hander, a late bloomer who pitched very little as a junior, was 3-0 with an ERA of 4.19 with Miami-Dade.

Used mainly as a starter for a club that went 35-12, Rolocut struck out 45 in 41 innings and sparkled in his final outing, a 7-2 loss to Indian River JuCo in the state final.

Rolocut, who had been pitching recently with the Corrigan's Insurance team of Walter Youse in Baltimore after returning home, is 6 feet 1, 190 pounds. Youse expected to lose him.

"He had a good year down there [Miami-Dade], and we knew somebody was going to draft him," said Youse, a Milwaukee Brewers scout.

Dodgers scout and former major-league pitcher Camilio Pasqual put Rolocut on L.A.'s list and told him that he will spend the first few days after signing in Vero Beach. The club then will make a decision on whether to keep him there with the Class A club or send him to the Rookie team in Montana.

Rolocut played in the 12th annual Oriolelanders' All-Star Baseball Game in 1991.

* Another draft pick played in the Oriolelanders' All-Star game against Anne Arundel County in 1989 at Saw Mill Creek Park in Glen Burnie. That player was a first-round pick of the Houston Astros this week.

His name is Billy Wagner of Pazewell, Va., and he's a left-handed pitcher from Division III Ferrum College. Wagner throws in the mid-90s and was drafted by former Orioles scout Billy Buck, who managed the Oriolelanders for supervisor Jim Gilbert that summer.

Wagner, warmed up but never pitched in the all-star game, but played the outfield and doubled in two runs in three at-bats.

* I wonder how many of you remember left-hander Jason Hackett of Caravel Academy, in Bear, Del., who pitched for the Oriolelanders last year on two occasions at Joe Cannon Stadium? Gilbert and the Orioles made Hackett their fourth-round pick Thursday.

Hackett was on a staff that included McDonogh's Kenny Cloude, the Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year in 1992. Cloude was taken on the sixth round by the Seattle Mariners.

* Finally, how about congrats to four former Arundel High players who sparkled at Catonsville Community College (14-16): shortstop Tre Overstreet, first baseman-outfielder Jeff Beard, center fielder Eric Hontz and pitcher Jerry Mills?

Overstreet batted third and hit .360 in 27 games with 19 RBI, 17 runs, nine doubles and two homers and made 11 errors in 117 chances.

Beard batted .313 with 25 RBI, 19 runs, six doubles, one triple and three homers, and Hontz hit .293 with three doubles, a home run and 12 RBI.

Mills appeared in 11 games and was 2-2 with four saves and an ERA of 2.81 in 42 1/3 innings.

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