Yankee Rebels riding a 27-game winning streak into World Series in Ohio


In winning five straight games for the North Atlantic Region championship last weekend in Pikesville, the 13-14 Yankee Rebels improved their winning streak to 27 games.

The Rebels (61-5) outscored their opponents by a combined 68-13 to earn a berth in the World Series in Miamisburg, Ohio, today through Monday.

The Rebels, winners of the Baltimore Metro League with a 38-1 record, already had qualified for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Dublin, Ohio, by winning the CABA state tournament two weeks ago.

"Everybody got to play and everybody produced," said coach Jerry Mull, whose team left yesterday for Miamisburg. "The hitting, pitching and defense was superb. To give up 13 runs in five games and to score whatever we scored, we feel like this was a good springboard into the two World Series.' "

Left-handed pitcher Shane Rhodes (10-2), who earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player honors, struck out 15 batters in a 7-0 victory over a team from New York. Rhodes, who has a no-hitter this season, also batted 7-for-11 with two walks and eight runs scored.

Slugger Bret Holmes went 8-for-11 with three walks and 10 runs scored, and pitchers Geoffrey Leven (11-0) -- another left-hander -- Shawn Fisher (8-0) and Ross Butler (5-0) all remained undefeated.

Chris Davis got the decision as pitcher in the 20-6 title game win.

Wrenn can rest

After weeks of worrying, Roger Wrenn was told on Monday that he's still got his jobs as Patterson's athletic director and coach of it's football and baseball teams.

"I feel extremely good about it," said Wrenn, who enters his 21st season at the school. "My heart's been in this school for a very long time, and I was hoping that I wouldn't have to leave it."

In a plan which is designed to improve the academic achievement at Patterson, the state has approved the removal of the members of the school's 130-member staff before the fall and is requiring them to compete for their jobs with applicants from inside and outside the district.

But during an hour-long meeting which began at 10 a.m., the school's new principal, Bonnie Erickson -- who replaced former school head Leon Tillett -- informed Wrenn that he's still got his former positions.

"We talked in general about the program and in what direction we wanted to take it," said Wrenn, who is 125-75-2 in football, and 290-128-2 in baseball.

Wrenn said his defensive coordinator in football, John Horrigan, took a position as junior varsity coach at North Harford. But Wrenn is unsure about the future of assistants Larry Alexander, the coach of the receivers and defensive ends, or Scott Delpo (offensive line).

The defending Baltimore City 4A-League champion Clippers (9-2 last year) are expected to be a top area team this fall, including second-team All-City quarterback Willie McGirt and 6-foot-4, 289-pound lineman Tyrone Bailey. Bailey is listed by Lindy's Magazine among the Atlantic Coast Conference's top recruits.

Sabelhaus ranks with best

Super Prep Magazine and Blue Chip Illustrated, the nation's top two college football recruiting magazines, both rate McDonogh's All-Metro senior quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus among the nation's top 10 quarterbacks.

Also, Tom Lemming, whose annual prep recruiting magazine is expected to be published early next month, spoke to Sabelhaus in mid-June. "He said he had picked me as one of his top four or five," Sabelhaus said.

Sabelhaus' All-Metro teammate, senior Dwayne Stukes, is listed among the top 50 players in the mid-Atlantic region by Blue Chip and one of the top defensive backs by Street & Smith. Stukes, 5-11, 180, had 92 tackles, five interceptions and five forced fumbles last season.

Sabelhaus, 6-6, 225, threw for 1,908 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, leading the Eagles to a 9-0 record and the area's No. 2 ranking. A two-time All-Baltimore City selection, Sabelhaus passed for 1,925 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore to help McDonogh to a 7-3 season.

Sabelhaus, 18, said boosting his statistics is low on his priority list, though he needs 1,646 yards to break the state passing yardage record of 5,478, set by 1969 John Carroll graduate Al Neville. The record for touchdown passes is 28.

Sabelhaus lists among his top college preferences Notre Dame, Tennessee, Michigan, Maryland, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Virginia, Duke, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

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