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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.

Southern Bulldogs

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.

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