Old Mill Patriots
1994 record: 16-6. Coach: Mel Montgomery.
Top players: Joe Barnes, Jr., OF; Brian Bogle, Jr., SS; Chuck Manns, Jr., OF; Tim McGurk, Sr., RHP/IF; Mark Wissman, Sr., C; Scott Rogers, Sr., 3B; Craig Haney, Jr., RHP/OF; Jason Sieklicki, Soph., 1B/OF; Mike Ziegler, Soph., RHP.
Outlook: For the first time in quite awhile, the Patriots lack experienced pitching and may have to rely on their hitting at the outset. Gone are Ken Pumphrey, an All-County right-hander who signed a bonus contract with the New York Mets after being drafted on the fourth round. A perennial playoff team, the Patriots will be looking for McGurk to step up and receive help from Haney, who got little time as a 10th-grader, and last year's JV ace Ziegler. "We're real young [four seniors, eight sophomores] and Barnes, Bogle and Manns will be the heart and soul of our team," said Montgomery, who is 240-89 (.729) in 16 seasons at Old Mill. Bogle is moving from third to shortstop.
Severna Park Falcons
1994 record: 12-7. Coach: Jim Pitt.
Top players: Scott Neuberger, Sr., OF; Matt Griswold, Sr., OF; Scott Vane, Jr., RHP/SS; Peter Buck, Sr., RHP/2B; Billy Erskine, Sr., RHP; Jaty Zwirlein, Sr., C.
Outlook: Last year's Anne Arundel Coach of the Year begins his 22nd season at Severna Park (26th overall) hoping for an encore. Pitt's most inexperienced staff is a year older. "We will probably pitch by committee again, but our pitching should be better," said Pitt, whose staff will be led by Vane, Erskine and Buck. The Falcons hit a school-record .382 as a team. Neuberger, All-Metro as a junior, batted .578 with seven homers, 20 RBIs and 32 runs scored and gives the Falcons quite a 1-2 punch with Griswold, who was one of the Oriolelanders' top hitters in the fall. "We replace our entire infield, but hope to be competitive by midseason," said Pitt.
1994 record: 9-8. Coach: Russell Meyers.
Top players: Scott Crandell, Jr., SS; Chris Worrall, Sr., OF; Joe Kadjeski, Sr., 2B; Tom Estep, Sr., 1B; Mike McCafferty, Sr., C.
Outlook: Meyers replaces Chuck Crandell, who led the Bulldogs to two straight winning seasons, their first since 1977. Crandell, a former pitcher at Florida Southern, did a remarkable job in returning respect to the Southern program, but more responsibility on his day job forced him to step down. "I'm disappointed I couldn't get help from a staff teacher at Southern so I could have kept coaching," said Crandell.
South River Seahawks
1994 record: 7-13. Coach: Ken Dunn.
Top players: Tom Terry, Sr., OF; Shane Sanders, Sr., RHP/INF; Ryan Eades, Sr., C; Dave Summey, Jr., OF; Doug Cook, Sr., 2B; Jay Dine, Sr., RHP.
Outlook: An experienced group of seniors, most of whom are playing their third season of varsity, have Dunn looking for his first winning season since 1989 (11-8). "This team has the potential to win," said the 17-year head coach. "We lost a lot of close games last year, and if we can win some of those one-run games, we will be better." Dunn is hoping for good pitching from Sanders, Dine and sophomore left-hander Rick Murray coupled with timely hitting from Summey (.395), Terry (.366, county-leading 35 stolen bases) and Sanders (17 RBIs) to turn it around.