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BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES BALTIMORE CITY/COUNTY BASEBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Tim Hurlburt.

Top players: David Barlock, Sr., P; Jarrett Watson, Sr., CF; Andy Booker, Jr., 3B-P; Paul Britton, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: The Eagles, under first-year coach Hurlburt, have increased their schedule to 20 games and aim to win their six-team Christian Schools Athletic Association crown before joining the MIAA B Conference next season. Four starters are back, including Barlock, whom Hurlburt calls "college material," and Booker, the best all-around player. "The rest are sophomores and freshmen, but I think we can go about 15-5," Hurlburt said.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 3-13. Coach: Jack Blinke.

Top players: Alex Hill, Sr., 3B; Myron Hayes, Sr., P-LF; Lev Galitzin, Sr., C; Ryan Sless, Sr., 2B; Chris Armiger, Soph., P-SS; Matt Thanner, Soph., P-RF.

Outlook: Six starters return for the Lakers, which spells improvement in Blinke's eyes. "I have a decent squad of seniors and underclassmen, and with some breaks, we can be right in it," Blinke said. "We're pretty sound, defensively. The questions have to do with our hitting."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 27-3. Coach: Joe Binder.

Top players: Andy Bair, Sr., LHP; John McKay, Sr., SS; Rusty Brown, Sr., 2B; Jason Dean, Sr., 1B; Kevin Olkowski, Sr., 3B; Bill Staub, Sr., P; Mike Jewell, Jr., C.

Outlook: Last year's Cardinals set a school record for wins, had the area's All-Metro Player of the Year in Bair (11-0, 123 strikeouts), and were considered by Binder -- the All-Metro Coach of the Year -- to be "at the top of the best teams I've had." Some say, however, this year's squad -- ranked No. 22 in USA Today's preseason poll -- may be better with seven returning starters. Bair (.375, 17 RBI), McKay (.356, 24 RBI), Dean (.356) and Olkowski (.531) represent the best batters, Staub (4-1) and senior LHP Jason Jacobs support Bair on the mound, and Jewell and Brown are solid defensively. The starters are being pushed by last year's JV and freshman teams, which combined for a

36-2 record.

Carver A & T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Guy Railey.

Top players: Garey Lam, Soph., P/IF; Sean Jester, Soph., P/IF; Brian Hampton, Soph., C; Jon Fowler, Jr., IF/OF; Jason Swieczkowski, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: The Wildcats make their varsity debut this season. Jester and Lam will help with the pitching, and Carver has some depth, but the team lacks experience and this looks like it will be a season filled with learning experiences.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 12-6. Coach: Doug Campbell.

Top players: Tom Bloom, Jr., P/3B; Norm Simpkins, Jr., P/SS; J. P. Mikanis, Sr., P/1B; Donny Mitchell, Jr., P/CF; Todd Perry, Jr., 2B/SS.

Outlook: The Comets greet first-year coach Campbell with lots of pitching and talented juniors. Campbell said the Comets will have five pitchers -- led by Bloom, Simpkins, Mikanis and Mitchell -- and lots of speed and hitting. The Comets lack experience in spots and need some, especially in the outfield, to develop during the season.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Jack Kirtland.

Top players: Doug Caraway, Sr., C; Brian Turner, Sr. P/OF; Don Morris, Sr., P/SS; John Ziegler, Sr., P/OF.

Outlook: A strong nucleus returns from last year's team that just missed the playoffs. Caraway (around .400 last year) and Turner should spark an offense that will score plenty of runs. The Bayhawks appear strong up the middle defensively, but their biggest questions are at third base and on the mound.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 2-14. Coach: Ron Audlin.

Top players: Adam Lucas, Soph., P; Damon Holmes, Jr., P/OF; Colin Snow, Jr., CF.

Outlook: A totally different team from the one that surprised many last year by winning only two, the Lions are rebuilding this year. Sophomores will carry much of the load, as Audlin is looking one or two years ahead. The team boasts lots of speed, but lacks experience all over the place.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 19-2. Coach: Walt Brown.

Top players: Randy Fox, Jr., 3B/P; Dave Galford, Sr., C; Kevin Baughman, Soph., IF/OF; Jeff Jolliffe, Sr., P/1B; Rich Donahue, Jr., SS.

Outlook: This looks like a rebuilding year for Dundalk. The Owls made the state semifinals last year, but they've lost most starters. First-year coach Brown, who won four county titles in 13 years as junior varsity coach at Dundalk, will have some good pitching, but the team lacks proven varsity players.

Eastern Technical Mavericks

1994 record: 9-9. Coach: Joe Gast.

Top players: Eric Runk, Sr., 2B/P; Ryan Messercola, Sr., LF; Bobby Custer, Sr., SS/P; Rex Marshall, Sr., C.

Outlook: A mix of experienced seniors and talented newcomers from the junior varsity will help Gast's team. It will need good pitching -- especially from Custer, Runk and Massercola. Gast said the offense and defense look good, but overall depth plus the new players and a tough schedule concern him.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 11-8. Coach: Chick Vrany.

Top players: Todd Pinson, Jr., C/3B; Mike Trott, Jr., P; Nick Hienz, Sr., 1B; Chris Demetrakis, Sr., P/CF; Tim Angell, Sr., OF; Jordan Wolff, Sr., C/P.

Outlook: This will be a strong team. The Indians have six starters back, plenty of pitching, defense and some hitting. Trott can throw in the 80-mph range and led the County's 3A-4A teams with 57 strikeouts last year and should be one of the top pitchers in the division. Pinson (transfer from Randallstown) and Hienz both hit over .400 last year. Vrany said his biggest question is how well the hitting will develop, but agreed this is a good all-around team.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 14-3. Coach: Guy Fisher.

Top players: Jason Sparks, Sr., P; David Glenn, Sr., P; Cliff Eaton, Sr., CF; Matt Saunders, Sr., SS; Geoff DeGarmo, Sr., DH.

Outlook: The 1A-2A division champions look strong once again. Sparks (4-0) and Glenn lead the pitchers and Eaton and DeGarmo both hit around .500 and will help a team that batted .325 last year. The defense will be solid up the middle, and the team has depth. Fisher's biggest concern is outfield, where he lost two All-County players.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 1-16. Coach: Carroll Hess.

Top players: Kris Smith, Sr., LF/P; Dan Mervis, Sr., CF/P; Tim Stoll, Jr., P/3B; Aaron Crawford, Sr., 3B/P; Jesse Lowers, Sr., SS.

Outlook: With eight returnees, including two top pitchers, Kenwood should enjoy this season better than last. Stoll and Joe Culber should lead the pitchers, six of whom Hess can use. Stoll (.340) also sparks the offense. If the team comes together, the Bluebirds should finish closer to .500.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 16-3. Coach: Rich Griser.

Outlook: Charles Walters, Jr., C/P; Dan Ambrose, Sr., 2B; Tom Crough, Sr., SS; Tim Crough, Sr., CF/P; Nick Lozzi, Sr., RF/P; Mike Mullin, Sr., OF.

Outlook: New coach Griser inherits plenty of talent. The Vikings have lots of experience -- six starters return -- and should do well at the plate and in the field. Pitching could be the concern as Lansdowne lost a lot from last year, but several good throwers are up from the junior varsity.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 7-10. Coach: Bud Keene.

Top players: Bill Burton, Sr., SS/P; Bobby Theurrauch, Sr., CF; Matt Sweeney, Sr., 1B; Joe Russell, Sr., P; Chris Allen, Sr., P.

Outlook: Strong pitching and defense should help the Raiders improve. Burton will start and Russell should close on the mound. Theurrauch (.369, All-County) and Burton (.333) will lead the offense. If the pitching and defense stand up and everything comes together, this will be a better year.

Loyola Dons

1994 record: 7-12. Coach: Dave McCann.

Top players: Damien Austin, Sr., SS; Dennis Keruly, Sr., C; Brad McLaughlin, Sr., 3B; Chad Peddicord, Sr., 2B; Dan Playkosh, Sr., 1B; Rob Leaming, Sr., LF; Brian Weitzel, Sr., LHP; Jeremy Smith, Sr., P; Marty Petza, Jr., P.

Outlook: McCann returns 10 seniors, six of whom are starters, to a team that plays in one of the toughest leagues in the state, the MIAA A Conference. Austin has 4.4-second speed, and Keruly (.372) hits and runs well. Playkosh (.450) and Leaming, a lead-off hitter who bats left-handed, return to their posts. Petza, Weitzel and Smith are among "six or seven" solid pitchers. "We're close to being one of the better teams, and if we play right and keep the ball in play, we can beat 'em all," McCann said. "I'm real happy with this team."

Lutheran Saints

1994 record: 12-4. Coach: Paul Bickel.

Top players: Shane Downs, Sr., SS; Jeff Drayer, Sr., 3B-P; Scott Brown, Sr., LF; Alex Bickel, Jr., C; Gordy Calvert, Jr., P-3B; Jason Hewitt, Sr., LHP-CF.

Outlook: The MIAA B Conference champs are under first-year coach Bickel, an assistant last year, and graduated their best hitters from a year ago. But Downs (.381, 29 RBI), Drayer (.310, 11), Brown (.318, nine) and Alex Bickel (.236, eight) should improve their numbers. "On a scale of 1 to 10, I think we're a 7 right now," said Bickel. "We should be hitting well near the end, and be as good as last year defensively."

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 21-4. Coach: Chett Janiga.

Top players: Mike Ginsberg, Sr., P-2B; Rich Levin, Sr., LHP-RF; Dennis Badham, Sr., LF; Jason Taylor, Sr., C; Guy Robertson, Sr., SS; Mike Stellar, Sr., P-3B; Scott Breault, Sr., 1B; Mike Dubansky, Jr., RF.

Outlook: Eight starters return for last year's private school state champs, including Maryland signee Ginsberg (10-2, 88 strikeouts, 80 innings), who hit .410 with 29 RBI. Levin (6-1, 44 strikeouts, 1.70 ERA), and Stellar (6-2, 1.90 ERA) batted .350 with 15 RBI, and .330 with 10 respectively. Badham (.405, 25 RBI) and Robertson (.354, 21 RBI) are solid both in the plate and on the field. Sophomore pitchers Phil Rosenbaum (6-3, 180) and Demetrius Davis (6-0, 180) are excellent athletes. Rosenbaum went 13-2 as a wrestler and is next fall's starting football quarterback. "Our relationship's off to a good start, and they're a bunch of fun guys," said Janiga.

Milford Mill Millers

1994 record: 0-18. Coach: Ron Bareford.

Top players: Kevin Woods, Sr., P/OF; Mike Samuels, Sr., SS/P/OF; Lakoven Bullie, Jr., C; Chris Busick, Fr., IF/OF/P.

Outlook: New coach Bareford, who won a state title two years ago at Lansdowne, will have a tougher job here. The Millers lack experience -- they have one freshmen and seven sophomores -- and proven talent. Bareford plans to work hard on fundamentals.

Mount Carmel Cougars

1994 record: 10-9-1. Coach: Dave Naughton.

Top players: Chuck Freidel, Sr., C; Matt Hasenei, Sr., SS; Greg Brunner, Sr., 1B; Dan Gittings, Jr., OF-P; Billy Trout, Jr., 2B; Billy Collins, Soph., OF-P.

Outlook: The Cougars, MIAA B Conference semifinalists last year, hope to go further, led by Freidel (.433, 25 RBI) and Gittings (.333, 28 RBI), who went only 5-6 on the mound last year but struck out 63 batters in 67 innings. Collins (.379) struck out 42 in 33 innings. "I think we'll have one of the league's better 1-2 pitching combinations," said Naughton.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 17-3. Coach: Dave O'Neill.

Top players: Brandon Van Hoose, Sr., C; Frank Merson, Sr., P; Mike Tirschman, Sr., OF; Ryan Vogel, Sr., P/2B; Tim DiMemmo, Sr., OF.

Outlook: O'Neill gets plenty back from last year's region runner-ups. In addition to experience, pitching will be a definite strong point, led by All-County pick Merson (6-2, two no-hitters) and Vogel (2-0). The Falcons made few errors last year, and the defense looks good once more. They also have lots of depth, but hitting could be a question mark. Tirschman (.440, first-team All-County) and Van Hoose (.390) will help.

Owings Mills Golden Eagles

1994 record: 5-12. Coach: Randy Pentz.

Top players: Dave Mize, Sr., C; Adam Silverman, Sr., P/2B; Cory Zajdel, Sr., 1B; Josh Zukerberg, Sr., SS; Geoffrey Leven, Soph., P/RF.

Outlook: Owings Mills, the surprise team of the county two years ago, fell off last year but should be a playoff contender once more. Pentz said good pitching and defense will keep the Golden Eagles in most games. Experience and a group of quality players should help, but hitting is the question mark. Mize (.306) and Silverman (.279) should lead the offense.

Park Bruins

1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Allen Garfinkel.

Top players: Damien Brockway, Sr., C; John Grissom, Sr., RF; Geoff Reed, Sr., CF; Jal Mehta, Sr., LHP; Ian Schoenfeld, Sr., P-2B-3B; Chris Jaskulski, Jr., P-C-1B; Webster Phillips, Soph., P; Shaun Baron, Soph., LHP; Danny Diamond, Soph., 3B.

Outlook: Garfinkel, a player with the Philadelphia Phillies in the early 1960s, likes what he sees. Ten starters, including his five hard-throwing pitchers, return to a hard-hitting club whose size averages over six feet. Two of his pitchers are left-handers, and another throws "submarine," or underhanded. "They were a rather inexperienced bunch last year, but we've talked about maturity, and I think they're ready," Garfinkel said.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 5-12. Coach: George Cooper.

Top players: Ryan Darmsteadt, Sr., CF; Mike Eubank, Sr., SS; Chris Ashenfelter, Jr., P; Larry Reeves, Soph., P.

Outlook: Cooper said he hopes for help from several players up from a talented junior varsity -- which gives the Knights some depth. This team does not have the holes last year's did, with strengths at several spots. Defense is Cooper's biggest concern, but he's optimistic heading into the season.

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