Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 3-15. Coach: Larry Brogden.

Top players: Ryan Dacey, Jr., SS/RHP; David Taylor, Jr., CF/SS; Gorman Johnson, Sr., RHP/2B; Patrick Steines, Jr., OF; Brooks Sears, Sr., INF.

Outlook: The Panthers christen their new baseball stadium this spring and hope it will spark a return to winning ways. Annapolis last had a winning season in 1988 (17-6), the school's only state championship season. Coach Larry Brogden begins his 21st season as head coach and is optimistic. "We have a good returning nucleus and should be quite competitive," said Brogden. "Our defense should be very good and we've got three very good hitters in Dacey (.412), Steines (.444) and Taylor (.340). But as is usually the case at Annapolis, we're looking for a true pitcher."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 8-9. Coach: Tom Lind.

Top players: Dominic Lascola, Sr., RHP/SS; Mark Wist, Sr., 3B; Jason Quarantillo, Sr., 1B; Mike Angelos, Jr., 2B; Matt Brady, Jr., LHP/OF; Brad Mosher, Sr., RHP; Rick McKeldin, Sr., OF.

Outlook: Playing in the MIAA A Conference, the Cavaliers have an outside shot at a playoff berth in a conference that includes top-ranked Calvert Hall. "We have two pitchers we can count on," said Lind, referring to Lascola, who may be Spalding's best player, and Mosher. Lind, who begins his fifth season as head coach, has more experience and depth than he's had since the 12-11 playoff season in 1992. "We will definitely be competitive," said Lind.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 21-3. Coach: Bernie Walter.

Top players: Casey Trout, Sr., SS; Sean Fairbanks, Sr., C; Andy Vermillion, Jr., LHP/OF; Eric Lundborg, Jr., OF; Kurt Light, Soph., RHP; Brian Burden, Sr., 1B; Gene Collins, Jr., 2B; Derek Loosararian, Jr., 3B/RHP; Shawn Buckler, Jr., RHP; Steve Brunner, Jr., 3B/1B.

Outlook: Finishing as the 4A state runner-up to Perry Hall (won final, 5-2) and third in the Top 20, the Wildcats were hit hard by graduation. Gone is The Baltimore Sun County Player of the Year and All-Metro pitcher Brandon Agamennone (8-2), plus three other All-County players in shortstop Jeff Hedrick (.365), DH J. P. Noon (.444, 29 RBIs) and RHP/OF Wade Rolocut (.414, 25 runs). "It's a young team with only six seniors and 16 juniors," said coach Walter (344-92), who starts his 22nd season. "We don't have as many established senior pitchers as in the past, but we have some pretty good arms." Trout will be one of the metro area's top infielders and will lead a strong nucleus that knows

the Wildcats' way of playing winning baseball.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 14-7. Coach: Mark Stover.

Top players: Dan Gerbasi, Sr., RHP/Inf; Alan Way, Sr., C; John Totherow, Sr., LHP; Kevin Healy, Sr., OF; Jim Pavao, Sr., SS; Leland Seyfferth, Sr., 3B.

Outlook: After having All-County right-hander Sean Ryan, who signed with the Texas Rangers last June, lead his pitching staff for the last two years (14-4), Stover is considering new strategy for the county's only 3A team. "We are inexperienced on the mound, and might do like Severna Park does and pitch by committee," said Stover. "Our season will be determined by how well our pitching does and so far, in our scrimmages, we have been throwing strikes." Gerbasi is expected to be the ace and one of the Bruins' top hitters as well. Stover has been pleased with the way his Bruins have hit in scrimmages.

Chesapeake Cougars

1994 record: 13-7. Coach: Jim Simms.

Top players: Billy Dierker, Sr., SS; Randy Clifford, Sr., RHP/3B; Matt Michalowicz, Sr., OF; Luis Falcon, Sr., C; Rob Redmond, Sr., 2B; James Tomaszewski, Sr., OF; Corey Dougokeski, Jr., 1B; Jared Vogt, Soph., RHP; Ryan Moore, Jr., RHP.

Outlook: The Cougars missed the playoffs by one point last season, but hope to return. Simms has to get solid pitching from Clifford, Moore and Vogt, a sophomore transfer who won five games as a freshman at Spalding last spring. Falcon will do the job behind the plate, Dierker is an excellent shortstop and Michalowicz a superb athlete in the outfield. "Hitting- wise, this should be one of our better teams, but we lost a lot of pitching experience," said Simms (35-27, four years). "So far, our pitching has been surprisingly good in our scrimmages and hopefully it will continue in our games."

Glen Burnie Gophers

1994 record: 9-11. Coach: Bruce Sider.

Top players: Jay Sponaugle, Sr., RHP; Desmond Dailey, Jr., OF; Rocky Newton, Sr., OF; Brad Emge, Sr., 3B; Tony Hynson, Sr., 1B; Mike Ackerman, Sr., OF; Jimmy Mabe, Jr., RHP/C.

Outlook: Sider says the Gophers have their "best team speed ever," and expects his team to be in the 4A East playoff hunt. "We expect to be there, and I'm real pleased with how compatible this group is, something that has been a problem for us in the past," said the 17th-year head coach. "We don't seem to have any personality conflicts and they have good work

habits." Sider says he will have a more balanced lineup and score a lot of runs. Senior right-hander Chuck Harris had hernia surgery and could be back in a month.

Meade Mustangs

1994 record: 1-16. Coach: Rick Terry.

Top players: Danny Todd, Soph., RHP/3B; Brad Nein, Sr., SS; Brannon Small, Jr., OF; Matt Nein, Soph., RHP; Gene Antczak, Sr., 3B.

Outlook: After winning six games in 1993, Terry and his Mustangs approached the 1994 season with anxious optimism only to suffer through a one-win season. The Mustangs remain in a rebuilding mode (only five seniors) after losing their top player in second-team All-County outfielder Dennis Jenks (.481, three homers, three triples). Terry was co-head coach with Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley in 1993 with the team going 6-12 and took over as head coach last spring.

Northeast Eagles

1994 record: 5-15. Coach: Harry Lentz.

Top players: Jeff Dolch, Sr., RHP/3B; Kenny Rogers, Sr., RHP/OF; Bobby Reinhardt, Sr., LHP/OF; Sean Richardson, Jr., LHP; Adam Bolling, Jr., SS; Duke Arrington, Jr., 2B.

Outlook: With coach Lentz waging the battle of his life (cancer) and coaching from a car next to the dugout, the Eagles have the inspiration to return to the 2A playoffs after a one-year absence. Lentz (346-199, .635, three state championships, the last in 1992) begins his 28th season in Pasadena hoping for big things out of seniors Dolch, Rogers and Reinhardt and a JV nucleus that was 13-3 last year. "We should be pretty good, better than last year and hopefully will be in playoff contention," said longtime assistant Ed Gole, who is coaching with Donnie Gilbert (former All-County player under Lentz), Al Kohlhafer and Marshall Kowicki.

North County Knights

1994 record: 13-8. Coach: Don Usewick.

Top players: Mike Wooden, Sr., RHP/3B; Tweety Barton, Sr., RHP/1B; Steve Tomshack, Sr., C; Scott Shamleffer, Sr., SS; Earl Sewell, Sr., Util; Chris Rice, Jr., 2B.

Outlook: After leading the Knights to their first playoff berth (lost to Arundel in 8 innings, 2-1, in region semis), Usewick says, "We should be one of the top teams because we are strong in all areas, especially pitching." Wooden, a two-time All-County player, returns for his fourth varsity season after going 4-2 with a 2.05 ERA and the county's first perfect game in 20 years (2-0 over Old Mill). Barton (4-2) teams with Wooden to give the Knights as good a 1-2 pitching punch as there is in the county. Wooden and Barton both pitched for the Oriolelanders in the fall.

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