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* 18-and-under boys -- Tight games were the order of the week for the Dayton Raiders, as the Howard County team split two one-run games and won another by two runs.

The team began the week with a 7-6 win over Reisterstown. After taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Greg Hylock and Mike Cudzilo, the Raiders extended their lead to 7-0 with a three-run third, capped by Kevin Curtin's single to center scoring two.

Reisterstown fought back with four runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth, but Dayton then shut the door.

On Sunday, the Raiders and Atholton Reds battled for six hours in the sweltering 100-degree heat and split a doubleheader. The Reds took the first game, 8-7, using a four-run fifth to take the lead.

Trailing, 7-4, Atholton's rally started with singles by Dave Brewer and Ryan Schneider. Billy Ferguson and Derek Schneider then capped the comeback with doubles, and the Raiders failed to score in the final three innings.

Dayton won the second game, 3-1.

The Raiders scored first in the bottom of the first inning when Babcock singled to score Hylock. They extended their lead to 3-0 in the third, as Cudzilo reached on a throwing error, scoring Dave Hudson and Babcock.

Meanwhile, Dayton starter Kurt Weitzel breezed through the first three innings before giving up the Reds' only run on a single by Dave Brewer. Babcock had three hits for the Raiders.


It was a record-breaking day for Jessica Berkins on Saturday, as she helped lead the host North St. John's Super Swans to a 280-193 victory over the Dulaney Valley Dolphins in the Central Maryland Swim League.

Berkins set a team record in the 50 backstroke, winning in 34.27. The win was one of several for the swimmer, who joined four teammates who won all four of their events.

Meredith Cummins, Melissa McCarthy, Jamie Featherer and Adam Cummins also had perfect outings, winning all of their individual and relay races.

The Swans' 8-and-under freestyle relay team of Meredith Cummins, McCarthy, Chris Dodds and Kevin Rodky also won, qualifying for Wednesday's Central Maryland Swim League Individual Championships in Padonia.

Other outstanding performers for North St. John's were Kurt Nordhoff and Kensey Morris.

The Hammond Park Stingrays kept up their winning ways on Saturday with a 309-172 win over the Forest Hill Frogs.

The Stingrays, led by the 13- and 14-year-old boys, swept eight events, offsetting outstanding performances by the Frogs' 9- and 10-year-old girls.

Chris Barker, Kristan Trinkaus, Julie Bonds, Joey Benedetti and Mark Nowacek led the Hammond Park effort, and Chris Hill chipped in with a win in the freestyle.

Swimmers Jay Benedetti, Bobby Greiner, Patrick McAlevey and Chrissy Vogeley also bettered their times in every event in which they were entered. All told, the Stingrays swam to 66 personal best times in the meet.

Ryan O'Hagan, Matt Halloran, Megan Oleszewski and Robin Palmatier were named "Stingrays of the Week" for their efforts.

Katie Hopkins led the Frogs, setting pool records in the freestyle and backstroke.


Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.

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