Annapolis gets field upgrade


The new baseball field at Annapolis High will be dedicated today at 3:30 before the Meade (1-5)/Annapolis (0-6) game.

After playing too many years on a field not fit for grazing, the Panthers have a level playing field with dugouts and proper fencing thanks to the efforts of many in the Annapolis community.

John Rentch (a faculty member and president of the Annapolis Sports Boosters Club), Dick Dacey (father of shortstop Ryan Dacey) and the Parole Rotary Club led scores of volunteers in the huge undertaking.

Veteran Annapolis American Legion coach Fred Rodriguez went so far as to call it "the best field in Anne Arundel County."

Lentz Field

Monday at Northeast High in Pasadena, the Eagles' baseball field will be named after coach Harry Lentz. Lentz died of cancer April 2 after never missing a game in his 28 years as the Eagles head coach.

Northeast will finish its annual Easter Tournament with a 5 p.m. memorial service for Lentz.

Lentz was buried April 6 in his Pennsylvania hometown with the game ball from his final game and his fungo bat. He died with the game ball in his hand, and during his illness he used his fungo bat as a cane to get around.

The Northeast team made the trip to Slatington, Pa. last week for the Lentz funeral.

Northeast (3-3) starts its Easter Tournament tomorrow at 3:45, playing host to Chesapeake (4-2) with Annapolis (0-6) and Southern (3-3) following at 6:45 p.m. The consolation will be Monday at 1 p.m. and the championship at 7 p.m. after the Lentz memorial service.

Bruin invite

At Broadneck tomorrow, the Bruins are slated to play host to their 11th annual Holiday Baseball Tournament on their two adjoining fields. Broadneck won its own tournament for only the second time (other was 1986) by 2-1 over Old Mill in eight innings last year.

Coach Mark Stover's No. 17 Bruins open against Archbishop Curley (3-2) while No. 8 Old Mill (5-1) plays Loyola (2-3). Both games are at 3 p.m. with the championship and consolation at 5 p.m.

Broadneck (5-1) lost its first game on Monday by 11-6 to Chesapeake.

Cats and birds

No. 7 Arundel (4-2) opens its own Easter Tournament at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow against defending champion and top-ranked Calvert Hall (10-0). Queen Anne's and Oakland Mills play Monday at 9:30 a.m. with the consolation at 12:30 p.m. and the championship at 3:30 p.m.

There is a good chance coach Bernie Walter's host Wildcats will see the Cardinals' blue-chip left-hander Andy Bair. Bair put on a show last spring in the Hall's 3-1 championship victory over Arundel.

Coming on in relief in the sixth with two on, no outs and his team clinging to a 3-1 lead, Bair struck out five of the six straight he retired.

Pitchers' duel

Only rain could change the Easter tournaments with just about everything moving to Monday. Most county games rained out today would be played tomorrow and one of those promising to be exciting is No. 2 North County (6-0) at Chesapeake (4-2).

The pitching matchup pairs two longtime summer teammates in North County senior Mike Wooden (3-0) and Chesapeake sophomore Jared Vogt (2-0). Wooden and Vogt have been Gunther's Little Orioles' teammates for five years.

Coach Jim Simms' host Cougars have won four in a row (including Vogt's 6-3 win over Arundel) since dropping their first two games.

Home run derby

Steve Neuberger's three homers Monday in No. 11 Severna Park's 12-7 victory over South River (2-4) tied the state record for a single game and put the senior outfielder in striking distance of both the county and state records for career home runs.

Neuberger hit seven in his All-Metro junior season and has five this season. He was injured during his sophomore season.

The county career record is 15 by 1993 Severna Park grad John Milisitz while the state mark is 18 by Randy Butts of North Hagerstown (1982-84) and Brunswick's Scott Frye (1990-92).

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