Travel baseball

The 13-14 Bel Air A travel team won the Gray Charles Tournament last weekend with a 4-2 victory against Overlea A.

Led by Korey Smith's pitching and his seventh-inning home run, Bel Air was able to beat Overlea in the second game of the finals, which had been forced by an earlier 7-6 loss to Overlea in the double-elimination tournament.

Smith was 3-0 on the mound for Bel Air over the two-weekend-long tournament and batted .500 with five RBI in the team's six games.

Also winning games were pitchers Mike Bonus (1-0) and Wayne Porter (1-1).

Mark Belcastro provided strong support, batting .476 with a homer and six RBI for Bel Air, and Tim Gaeng batted .400 with four RBI.

Also contributing were Joe Ayler, Ricky Bowers, Brian Christiansen, Kim Daniele, Ryan Gump, Andy Marcus, Keith Pfaff and Brian Sullivan.

* The 11-12 Harford Sox defeated the Baltimore Lazers, 11-4, with Chris Reynolds going the distance, giving up only one earned run.

The hitting attack was led by Jeff Greggs, Adam Rafalski, Jonathan Ferg and Ricky Black.

In an earlier 9-2 victory over Lansdowne, the Sox's Brad Glascock went the distance on the mound, scattering just five hits. Tim Goetzinger led the team with three RBI.


The Emmorton Barracudas moved to 2-0 in the Harford County Swim League with a 275-206 win over Fallston last weekend.

Stephanie Hightower, an 8-under swimmer for the Barracudas, established team records of 18.59 seconds in the 25 free and 20.91 in the 25 fly.

In girls 9-10 competition, Megan Frederick won a close race in the 25 back and also broke a team record with 19.24. Emmorton's Tina Woodward finished second in that event with 19.56.

Natika Dannenfelser swam the 100 individual medley in 1:14.99 for a team record in the girls 11-12 competition.

In 15-18 action, Kathy Rising won the 50 breast event with 37.65, also an Emmorton team record. Jeff Warwick's 1:06.56 in the 100 IM and 35.03 in the 50 breast were both team records.

Emmorton's relay teams were impressive, winning five of seven events to help the team hold onto its lead.

In the 11-12 100-mixed relay, the Barracudas' Michael Taylor, Brad Hess, Dannenfelser and Meredith Eyler swam the event in 1:08.55 to edge Fallston's relay squad (1:09.41) by less than a second.

The only other close competition in the relay events was the 9-10 100-mixed relay, in which Kristi Eyler, Ashley Lorenz, Tom Zeller and M. Deyerson (1:21.34) defeated Fallston's team (1:24.45).

Track and field

Members of the Harford County Gliders have qualified for the AAU Regional Championships at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., July 10-13.

The runners were all top six finishers in the AAU State Championship Meet at Walkersville High School in Walkersville, June 12-13.

The Gliders captured 10 first-place finishes, including two relay races.

In girls 10-under action, Bethany Hulbert, Rachel Kesselman, Lauren Moore and Kristin Tourville combined to win the 4x400 relay.

Jill Iacchei won the 1,500-meter racewalk (8:58), Katie McAvoy the 80 hurdles (15.8) and Amy Tolcin the discus throw (41 feet).

Kristin Hulbert won the girls 13-14 800 in 2:35, and teammates Amanda Laughton, Kelly Coogan, Shea Cerveny and Kim Helmers combined to win the 4x800 relay.

In the girls 15-16 division, Monica Grigora won the high jump and triple jump. Christy Moon won the 1,500 (5:13) and 800 (2:39) in the girls 17-18 division.

Brad Hulbert won the high jump (5-8) in the boys 15-16 division.

Boys soccer

The Greater Harford Soccer Club Express finished second in the Kirkwood Invitational Soccer Tournament in Pennsylvania last weekend.

The team was 3-1 going into the finals, before losing the championship, 2-1, to the Kirkwood Destroyers.

Earlier wins came over the Ciecel Rebels, 3-2, the Rawlway Express, 4-2, and the Bear Bengals, 3-1.

Scott Plattenberg led the team with four goals, and teammates Jason Reynolds and Brian Shifflett scored twice during the tournament. Greg Vick, Rob Ivy and Jerod Gurerra each scored once for the Express.

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