County's elite on today's agenda


It's a triple treat day in Anne Arundel County.

In baseball, No. 3 Arundel plays host to No. 4 North County while No. 4 Chesapeake entertains No. 3 Severna Park in softball. All four of the teams opened with victories Tuesday and are potential 4A state champions.

Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis is the site for the big lacrosse game with No. 4 St. Mary's playing host to No. 7 Calvert Hall. Both Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association powers are off to 2-0 starts.

Arundel, the defending 4A East region champion, opened Tuesday with a 17-4 romp over Meade while North County edged Severna Park, 4-3, behind Mike Wooden.

Sophomore right-hander Kurt Light picked up the win for the Wildcats who broke open a 7-3 game with a six-run fifth inning. Andy Vermillion drilled a double and triple to pace the Wildcats' 17-hit attack.

Wooden gave up only two hits and struck out 10 to stop the Falcons who took advantage of two Knight errors to score three unearned runs in the top of the first. North County answered with three of their own in the bottom of the first and got the game-winner in the fifth.

Catcher Steve Tomshack scored from third on C.J. Jones' bouncer over the mound against a drawn-up infield. Second baseman Peter Buck made a diving stop of Jones' grounder but his only play was at first.

Arundel dodges Wooden, who beat the Wildcats, 4-1, last spring in their first meeting. The Wildcats avenged the loss with a 6-2 victory in the second game and 2-1 in eight innings in the region semis.

Tweety Barton, the losing pitcher in the playoff game, is expected to go for the Knights today while Arundel probably will counter with the left-handed Vermillion.

Chesapeake took a 2-1 squeaker over No. 11 Old Mill Tuesday in softball, getting RBI singles from Angie Zittle and Lauren Watson in the sixth and seventh innings while Severna Park defeated No. 10 North County, 8-4. The Falcons unleashed a 19-hit attack with shortstop Alli Adams going 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

Christy Huber gets the call for the Falcons today and her mound opponent will be Katie Ochs or Nicole Carpenter of the Cougars.

In the big lacrosse game, coach Jim Moorhead's Saints and Justin Bowman are primed for the visiting Cardinals. St. Mary's hammered No. 6 St. Paul's, 10-4, in last Friday's opener and came back Tuesday to rip McDonogh, 11-1.

Bowman scored five goals in the first game and had three more against McDonogh.

"We were really pleased with our team defense limiting McDonogh to just seven shots while we kept the pressure on them with 38 shots," said Moorhead. "We're going into the Calvert Hall game with a lot of confidence."

Calvert Hall is coming off a 10-3 victory over No. 8 Mount St. Joseph (1-1) after opening with a 12-4 rout of LaSalle, Pa.

Deja vu

Veteran Texas Rangers scout Joe Branzell, who resides in Silver Spring, was among those watching Wooden pitch Tuesday.

"I remember coming to old Andover High [now North County] in 1965 to see Jimmy Spencer," said Branzell.

Spencer was a No. 1 pick of the California Angels in June of '65 upon graduating from Andover and went on to play 15 years in the majors. Spencer set the American League career fielding percentage (.995) for first basemen.

No more tobacco

Tobacco chewing and spitting by baseball players and coaches will not be allowed by the National Federation of State High School Associations by 1996. The new rule is in line with the no-smoking bans.

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