Barnes a shoo-in for NABF team


Old Mill junior outfielder Joe Barnes, who excelled in three national tournaments this summer for Gunther's Little Orioles, has been named to the National Amateur Baseball Federation all-star team that will play June 20-26 in Evansville, Ind., in the third annual National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament.

Barnes, who was 12-for-20 (.600) with six runs scored and four stolen bases, in the NABF East Regional in Altoona, Pa., and the NABF World Series in Marietta, Ga., is the only Marylander on the team at the moment. The team will be finalized in the spring.

"But Barnes is a definite," said Lou Tiberi, who resides in Dublin, Ohio, and is the NABF team business manager and regional director. Tiberi also saw Barnes play in Euclid, Ohio, in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association High School Eligible World Series.

"We really liked the speed and bat that he showed the scouts in Georgia this summer. We didn't have any Marylanders on last year's team."

Some 120 of the nation's top amateur players will participate in the tournament, which draws a horde of pro and college scouts.

"The exposure is incredible," said Charles Blackburn, the NABF executive director who resides in Bowie.

Barnes hit .404 (74-for-183), leading the Baltimore Metro and East Regional Champion Little Orioles (50-13) in runs scored (56), stolen bases (30) and doubles (17). He was the team's leadoff batter and center fielder.

The NABF All-Stars won last year's tournament over teams from the American Amateur Baseball Congress, Pony Baseball, Babe Ruth, Tri-State and Dixie Baseball. ESPN televised the final, and Tiberi said it "may televise additional games this year."

Tiberi also said that two other members of the Little Orioles -- North County pitcher Mike Wooden and Glenelg infielder/pitcher Mike Goldberg -- are under consideration for the final team along with Calvert Hall and Putty Hill pitcher Andy Bair.

Four-way tie

Severna Park's 21-14 upset of Arundel last Friday left four Anne Arundel County Class 4A football teams with 5-2 overall records.

Three of those teams -- Severna Park, Arundel and Annapolis -- are 3-1 in the county, while No. 10 North County leads them by a half-game at 4-1.

North County has only two 4A games left in the seven-game league schedule before closing with the 3A-2A leader, No. 13 Broadneck (5-1).

Wasn't it really bad news for the four teams to learn that Calvert (6-1) upset Largo, 19-18, thus enhancing the Southern Maryland team's chances of winning the East Region and possibly bumping from the playoffs one or more of the Anne Arundel teams that could finish 8-2?

Questions without answers

Has the rule on intentional grounding changed, because I saw Arundel's Erik Lipton dump off a pass under pressure at Severna Park Friday with no Falcon receiver within 30-40 yards? No flag was thrown.

While Lipton is doing a great job for the Wildcats as a sophomore, what would coach Bill Zucco have done had not Pat Cilento (Sherwood, Montgomery) and DeLawn Parrish (Howard) transferred from Arundel the last couple years?

* Is it sacrilegious for the Severna Park band to be wearing Annapolis colors of maroon and blue? The flag bearers are adorned in maroon while the rest of the band is in the traditional Falcon blue and gold.

* Should Severna Park's Mark Frye be getting royalties on the Falcon football T-shirts that show a runner wearing No. 22 (Frye's number)? Usually schools put the year on the player, but Frye has his own shirt on campus.

How about the job Frye's dad, Mark Sr., is doing as the Falcons' junior varsity coach? The Falcons are 6-0 with wins over North County (40-0) and Arundel (32-22).

Did you know that Mark Sr. coached a county youth football champion a couple of years ago with Jason Smith (Broadneck) at quarterback, Bill Erskine (Severna Park quarterback) at end, and running backs Mark Jr. and John Vereen (Severn School)?

* Aren't Old Mill soccer players Rene Johnson and Catherine Larsen to be admired? Johnson and Larsen are honor students and also find time to co-coach a girls under-14 youth soccer team.

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