Hard luck should be Jason White's middle name.
The former two-year All-County pitcher/first baseman at Chesapeake has had more than his share of misfortune the past couple of years. His most recent setback has him in North Arundel Hospital, where he underwent an operation to remove his appendix on Monday.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old left-hander, he won't be pitching or playing anymore this summer.
In the final two years of his high school career at Chesapeake, White often pitched well enough to win against the top teams, such as Arundel and Old Mill, but his teammates often didn't score runs when he pitched.
His junior year he lost two extra-inning one-run games, including the Region IV semifinal to eventual state 4A champion Arundel. This spring, he took a perfect-game bid into the sixth inning, then a no-hit bid into the last inning before losing at Arundel.
White, who was All-Metro and All-County this spring as the heart and soul of the Cougars, was having a great summer pitching at 7-2 for the Baltimore Metro League champion Gunther's Little Orioles and headed for James Madison University this fall on a baseball scholarship.
Just recently, White turned down a chance to sign as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Padres and will instead attend James Madison.
The chance to pitch in the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) East Regional in Altoona, Pa. the weekend of July 29th and possibly a World Series in mid-August, is gone for White. His summer is over and recovery is at the forefront.
White should be healed in plenty of time to pitch for James Madison this fall, and that will ease the frustration of not being able to finish this summer with something to holler about.
"He was really looking forward to winning something this year knowing it was his last year before college," said his dad, Boh White, a former All-County outfielder at Brooklyn Park in the late 60s. "It's been tough, but we're glad he's OK and that it [the appendix] was caught in time."
White thought he pulled something at work on Saturday night lifting baskets of crabs at Jerry's Seaside in Glen Burnie. He felt a pain in his side, and Sunday morning it was still nagging him.
The pain got worse as he warmed up to pitch at Randallstown High on Sunday vs. Liberty Road in the Metro League. White informed his coaches that he couldn't pitch nor bat because of the pain, and finally during a rained-out second game, he went home feeling woozy.
Cozzone on fire
Former Arundel All-County catcher/DH (1993), Mike Cozzone hit .522 this summer in an Ohio college league to win the batting title. Cozzone is transferring from UMBC to the University of Maryland at College Park for his sophomore year this fall.
John Camm, Steve Szlasa and Missy Quille, all county residents, have accepted coaching positions around the area.
Camm, a longtime assistant to Don Gregg at Severna Park High, has been named the new boys' soccer coach at Glen Burnie. Camm replaces Ed Leibe.
Szlasa, the son of former Navy men's lacrosse coach, Dick Szlasa, has been named the head lacrosse coach at Mount St. Joseph High in Baltimore. A resident of Arnold, Szlasa has been an assistant at the University of Virginia the past couple years.
Quille, a former All-County basketball player at Annapolis High, has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at UMBC, where she starred the past four years.
Quille is UMBC's all-time leader in assists and steals and the Retrievers' third all-time leading scorer. While nearing her degree in social work, Quille will assist in the school's academic and tutoring program for athletes and be a bench coach as well.