Track and field
Bailey Sparks, 8, of Bel Air, did not hesitate to accept an invitation to represent Maryland at the Hershey National Meet on Aug. 11-14 at Hershey State Park. Sparks will represent the state in the 9-10 400-meter run, in which she completed at the Hershey State meet earlier this month in one minute, 33 seconds. She also competed in the 200 and the softball throw.
In the letter she received from event organizers on Thursday, Sparks, a member of the local Gliders track team, discovered she was one of five Marylanders invited. She is the second athlete in Glider history to qualify. Distance runner Brian Harris made the trip as a 12-year-old.
Organizers foot the entire cost of the well organized trip. Sparks will stay in the dormitories of Millersville University with other talented athletes from across the nation. The fun will begin on the Thursday prior to competition, when Sparks meets her chaperone and partakes in a pasta dinner and dance party that night.
On Friday, after an early training session, the kids will spend the day at Hershey Park and later tour the chocolate factory. Her parents will stay in town until competition Saturday morning, then join Bailey for a barbecue and a banquet that evening.
Sparks, who also likes to compete in the racewalk, hopes to break a 1:30 in the event.
Baltimore Metro Baseball
The 13-14 Harford Sox finished an exciting summer baseball season as runner-up in the Dizzy Dean State Tournament, defeating Aberdeen and the Carroll County Rangers but losing to the Maryland Orioles for a second-place finish.
The team went 25-14 in a strong first-place finish of the Metro League's Eastern Division. The Sox finished 31-18 on the year.
In the Dizzy Dean tournament, held this year at the Forest Hill Complex, the Sox rebounded from an early loss to the Rangers to advance to a game against the powerful Orioles.
Team members: Ricky Black, Matt Blethen, Chad Blevins, Joey Criss, Brad Glascock, Danny Green, Jeff Greggs, Paul Isbell, Jason Kingsley, Josh Mawhinney, Adam Rafalski, Chris Reynolds, Eric Shank and Bobby Winter. The team is coached by Bob
F: Winter, Dave Blevins, Larry Greggs and Larry Rafalski.
American Baseball League
The local 15-17 American Baseball League Tournament wrapped recently with Forest Hill winning its fourth consecutive championship. The team finished with a 31-3 record and has gone 131-12 since the 1991 season.
Pitchers Mike Bonis and Scott Rudolph tied with seven wins each, Matt Gradishar finished with an ERA of 0.58 and Rudolph recorded 46 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings for Forest Hill.
The offensive leaders were Marty Heath with a .600 on-base percentage, followed by Mike Durdock at .565 and Adam Travers with a .544 mark. Durdock and Heath tied for the batting title, each with a .463 slugging percentage, followed by Travers (.445), Greg Smith (.437) and Matt Lowry (.428). Travers had five homers this season, Durdock had five triples, Heath and Billy Kelly each had six doubles and Durdock amassed 20 singles.
Championship members are Steve Blum, Mike Bonis, Mike Durdock, Chris Furst, Matt Gradishar, John Groff, Mark Heath, Marty Heath, Grant Holly, Bill Kelly, Nick Lattanzi, Matt Lowry, Scott Rudolph, Greg Smith, Dave Snyder and Adam Travers. The team is managed by Jerry Kalista. The team is coached by Dave Bonsell.
To report recreation scores and results, send detailed info to: Sports, Harford County, Baltimore Sun, 15 Churchville Road, Suite 112, Bel Air, Md, 21014. Deadline is noon Thursday. Fax # 893-3252.