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.
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 after being 2-8 the year before.
Sabelhaus, 18, said boosting his statistics is low on his priority list, though he needs just 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.
"I've received four or five scholarship offers from different schools and of course I want to play big-time football. It's something I've dreamed about since I was a little boy," said Sabelhaus.