* 11-12 boys -- The Columbia Youth Baseball Association All-Stars, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Columbia, defeated three county opponents last week to win the annual Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Youth Baseball Tournament at Rockburn Park.
CYBA defeated Atholton Youth Recreation's Red and Blue teams and the Western Howard County Wildcats to go undefeated in the tournament.
The All-Stars opened with a 10-3 win over AYRA Red, as Seth Smith (four RBIs) and Jason Frizzelle (three runs scored) combined for a perfect day at the plate.
Starter Ben Shannon took care of the rest, starting a 1-4-3 double play to end an Atholton rally. Relievers T. J. Welsh and Vinnie Rubbo closed out the game.
Seth Williams (two stolen bases), Morgan Johnson (home run) and Erin Smith played well for Atholton.
Columbia continued its success in the second game, topping AYRA Blue, 11-7. The All-Stars scored five runs on seven hits in the second inning, with John Quinn, Joe Markson and David Kay providing the big blows.
But Atholton hung tough, scoring four in the fourth to tie the score at 5.
Down the stretch, however, Columbia proved too strong, as it scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings on doubles by Quinn, Seth Smith, Frizzelle and Rubbo.
Atholton center fielder Jason Harriman made a number of good plays in the field to lead the Blue team, and teammates Lael Schneider-Firestone and Bobby Steen also played well.
In the final game of the round-robin tournament, CYBA defeated the Western Howard County Wildcats, 6-5, in extra
Columbia jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on RBIs by Joe Markson, Matt Caporaletti and Andy Chung, but the Wildcats soon rallied to take a lead of their own.
Jay Kreider and Johnny Jeffries helped spark a four-run rally for the Wildcats in the fourth, as they grabbed a 5-4 lead.
Columbia tied the game in the fifth when Frizzelle doubled and scored on Rubbo's RBI single.
The game remained tied through the late innings thanks to clutch defense by the All-Stars. Columbia turned a double play, gunned down a runner at the plate and got plenty of help from center fielder Chris Yetter, who ran down a long fly ball -- all in support of eventual winning pitcher Andy Severt.
The Stars won it in their half of the eighth, when leadoff hitter Chung singled, stole second and scored on Frizzelle's double.
Western Howard finished second in the tournament, defeating both AYRA teams.
* Over-30 men -- The Columbia Cardinals, sponsored by Rounding Third Sports Center, ran their record to 6-7 in the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League with a pair of victories last week.
First, the Cardinals edged Annapolis, 9-8, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. The rain-shortened five-inning game featured a grand slam by Columbia's Pete Hughes, who later drove in a fifth run with a single.
Mike Briel and Joe Lomascolo had two hits apiece, and Scott Porter picked up the victory. Briel came in to relieve and earned the save.
Then, in a 15-7 victory over Glen Bernie at Meade High School, Bill Riley, Scott Porter and Daryll Jefferson had three hits each to lead the Cardinals' 16-hit attack.
Porter also did his damage on the mound, where he pitched
the first seven innings to pick up the win and run his record to 4-1. Tom O'Neill came out of the bullpen to close out the win.
The Cardinals will look to crack the .500 mark Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Arundel High School against the Arundel A's.
* 12-under girls -- The Howard County Youth Program Hurricanes defended their title last week at the Bob Hoffman Invitational Tournament in York, Pa.
In its opening game, the local travel team defeated the 21st Ward Phillies from Philadelphia, 13-3.
The Hurricanes were sparked by Stephanie Kunkel, who stroked three hits, including a home run, and drove in five, and Lauren Markle, who had two doubles and three RBIs.
The local team then stopped Dillsburg, Pa., 16-4. This time Kathleen Coolahan led the attack with four hits, Stacie Tokasz had three hits, including two triples, and four RBIs, and Rebecca Hernandez had a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
The Hurricanes continued to roll in the third round, routing a team from Farmingdale, N.Y., 13-3. Katie Elliott had two triples and five RBIs, and Julie Taury added three hits.
Rival Catonsville was next for the Hurricanes, and Nicole Barnoski and Kunkel were up to the task. Each stroked four hits, leading their team to a 10-8 victory and a spot in the championship round.
Facing Catonsville, the winner of the losers' bracket, the local team was sluggish in the first game, losing 14-3 to set up a winner-take-all final.
Led by Heather Phipps (two doubles, three RBIs) and Pam Sneddon (two hits, two RBIs), the Hurricanes went back to their winning ways, downing the Comets, 11-7, to claim the championship. Tokasz and Lisa Felker played excellent defense for
The Hurricanes will travel back to York this weekend, where they will attempt to defend their American Softball Association Central Atlantic Region title.
Despite dropping a 254-228 decision to Rollingwood in their first home meet of the season, the North St. John Super Swans had plenty of reasons to smile.
Super Swans Jonathan Lang, Kensey Morris and Katie Nordhoff each earned four blue ribbons, and Jessica Burkins, Chrissy Featherer, Tim Koenig, Matthew Lang and Doug Sasso also swam well, winning two blue ribbons each.
Their performances carried over to the team's next meet, a 246-229 win over Waugh Chapel.
The victory was sparked by strong showings by the 11-12 boys team as North St. John swimmers swept the top-three places in three events.
Matt Lang, Adam Cummins and Mike Koenig finished 1-2-3 in the 100 individual medley, Koenig, Brooks Leitch and Cummins turned the trick in the 50 Free and Lang, Leitch and Cummins did it in the 50 Fly.
Other sweeps were recorded in the 9-10 boys 50 Free, 8-under girls 50 Back and 15-18 boys 50 Fly.
Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.