LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore City

Carver Bears

1995 record: 9-6. Coach: Terry Thomas.

Top players: Jason Boardley, Sr., 3B; Shawn Gross, Sr., 2B; Darius Nicholson, Soph., C; Tyrone Gholston, Fr., CF-P.

Outlook: Thomas returns just two starters from last year's squad, but is no less optimistic. "We should be solid defensively and should hit very well," said Thomas. "But the underclassmen may have to play above their potential, and we'll need good strong leadership from Jason and Shawn."

City Knights

1995 record: 14-7. Coach: Bill Walker.

Top players: Damian Beane, Sr., CF; Raoul Edwards, Sr., P-SS; Ryan Hammond, Sr., 3B; Mike Scarcella, Jr., P; Howard Simons, Jr., RF; Mike Johnson, Jr., 1B-C.

Outllook: City returns six solid starters and had a 75-player turnout. Top hitters are Beane (.357, 23 RBIs, three HRs) and Edwards (.407, 27 RBIs, five HRs), Scarcella (5-3, 46 strikeouts) pitched a perfect game against Forest Park last year.

Curley Friars

1995 record: 5-14. Coach: Al Frank.

Outlook: Brad Bush, Sr., P-1B; Bill Curran, Sr., 2B; Ron Riccitelli, Sr., OF-1B-P; Dave Maley, Sr., CF; Mark Shelley, Sr., OF-SS-P.

Outlook: Frank enters his 34th season at Curley, of the tough MIAA A Conference, and banks on four-year starter Bush, and three-year starters Curran, Riccitelli and Maley.

Douglass Ducks

1995 record: 2-8. Coach: Landon Saunders.

Top players: Isaac Johnson, Sr., 1B-C. Sean Jackson, Sr., P-OF; Mike Kelly, Jr., 3B-OF; John Robinson, Jr., P-INF.

Outlook: Douglass, which returns four starters, has nowhere to go but up. "We've got three starters who are solid and hopefully will start to lead the rest," said Saunders. "Hopefully, we'll peak during the middle of the season, and be competitive later on."

Dunbar Poets

1995 record: 7-8. Coach: Bernie White.

Top players: Anthony Wiggins, Sr., LF; Phillip Harrison, Sr., P; Ali Culpepper, Jr., CF; Kellen Wallace, Soph., RF; Dahnell Singfield, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: White and his Poets have set high goals of winning the league conference and "Going as far as our pitching takes us" in the states.

Edmondson Redskins

1995 record: 4-4. Coach: Tai Thompson.

Top players: David Merritte, Sr., C-P; Jesse Rantin, Sr., P-C-OF; Phillip Sorrell, Sr., P; Travon Taylor, Sr., P-SS-OF; Darrio Davis, Soph., P-1B; David Bass, Soph., P-2B.

Outlook: Thompson will rely on five starters, including two left-handers. "We should have good speed and cover the field well," Thompson said.

@Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 0-15. Coach: Laney Prioleau.

Top players: Jalil Oglesby, Sr., U; Dominic Boyd, Sr., OF; Tavon Jackson, Sr., P-INF; Terry Evans, Jr., OF; Desmond Jones, Jr., P.

Outlook: Oglesby (.420), Boyd (.333), Evans (.375) and Jones (.410) are the top batters, with Jackson, a Poly transfer, being able to throw effectively with either arm.

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 12-6. Coach: Tom Randall.

Top players: Dan Munoz, Sr., C; Zach Bryant, Jr., OF; Jamie Kavanaugh, Jr., SS; Paul Masson, Jr., P-OF; Garrett Smith, Jr., 3B; Jon Yeager, Jr., P-OF; Jon Fessenden, Soph., P-OF.

Outlook: With seven starters back, Randall is aiming for his fifth straight MIAA B playoff appearance in as many years of existence for the program.

Gibbons Crusaders

1995 record: 3-16. Coach: Rod Cameron.

Top players: Reggie Jones, Sr., CF; Greg Tomas, Sr., SS; Mike Simmons, Sr., 1B-P; Lafawn Weaver, Sr., RF; Greg O'Hanlon, Sr., P-3B.

Outlook: The Crusaders have a good team, but in the tough MIAA A Conference, could struggle to equal last year's record. "Our goal is to be competitive in our league," said Cameron.

Gilman Greyhounds

1995 record: 9-9. Coach: Marty Meloy.

Top players: Jay Homa, Sr., SS-P; Adam Heaps, Sr., OF; Yani Rosenberg, Sr., 3B; Jason Mersey, Sr., C; Russell Wrenn, Sr., 1B-P; Rollie Corden, Sr., P-SS-2B.

Outlook: Meloy returns his first five batters, with Heaps (.320), Rosenberg (.295), Mersey (.380) and Wrenn (.340) being the last four. Corden (4-1) will be assisted by Frank McHenry (6-2) and Nick Funk (6-1), up from the J.V. as the Greyhounds seek to win their first MIAA A playoff game.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1995 record: 8-6. Coach: Bart Whigfield.

Top players: Jamal McNeil, Sr., 1B-3B; Damon Rice, Sr., OF; Nate Scroggins, Sr., 1B-DH; Neal Williams, Sr., P-INF; Joe Able, Soph., P-3B.

Outlook: "I think this team is very disciplined, and will come on in time," said Whigfield. "I'm optimistic."

Mervo Mustangs

1995 record: 11-7. Coach: Andy Corbett.

Top players: Kevin Davis, Sr., SS-P; Curtis Pope, Sr., C; Aaron Smith, Sr., LF; Julian Robinson, Jr., P; Craig Combs, Jr., CF; Tim ++ Owens, Soph., 1B-P; David Harris, Soph., 3B.

Outlook: Seven starters return to a squad that could be the city's team to beat. Pope (.463, 18 RBIs, 24 runs), Robinson (4-2, 46 strikeouts) and Davis (.500, 24 RBIs) are the team's leaders.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1995 record: 24-6. Coach: Dave Norton.

Top players: Ryan Baker, Sr., P; Danny Rosewag, Sr., 2B; Jeff Felker, Sr., 3B; Kyle Skinner, Sr., SS; Mike Couser, Sr., OF; Matt O'Donnell, Sr., OF; Brendan Mahoney, Sr., OF; Matt Martin, Jr., C.

Outlook: There may not be a better team in the area than MIAA runner-up St. Joe. Eight sometime starters are back, and the lone graduate is replaced by perhaps a better player. Baker (84 strikeouts), Skinner (.380, 16 RBIs) and Felker (.294, 25 RBIs) lead the way. Colin McGonigal (4-2) and Ted Martin (3-1) add depth in the pitching, and switch-hitting sophomore Mark Texiera "is going to be a pro prospect if I've ever seen one," said 13th-year coach Norton.

Northern Vikings

1995 record: 4-10. Coach: Mel Taylor.

Top players: David Faulkner, Sr., P-SS; Brian Credle, Jr., C.

Outlook: Coach Taylor, who was at Patterson last year, said: "This team is better than I thought it would be. We've got good speed, depth in pitching, a nice catcher, and I'm very hopeful of a good season."

Patterson Clippers

1995 record: 15-5. Coach: Roger Wrenn.

Top players: Mike Jaski, Sr., 3B-P; Shawn Fisher, Sr., SS-P; Tavon Mitchell, Sr., OF-2B; Terry Otto, Sr., P-1B; Mike Altadonna, Jr., C.

Outlook: Wrenn is 306-133-2 over 22 seasons, but will have to work to equal last year's total. "I'm concerned, because we're fairly young," said Wrenn, who always seems to find a way. Jaski is the team's three-year veteran, and will lead with solid infield play.

Poly Engineers

1995 record: Top players: Dustin Jones, Sr., P-CF; Willie Hudsson, Sr., RF; Andy McDermott, Jr., SS-P; Jason Hampshire, Soph., LHP-1B; Lucas Seipp-Williams, Fr., 3B.

Outlook: Jones, a returning All-City/County player, will anchor an underclassmen-laden team. Jones (.563, 18 RBIs) scored 19 runs, had 11 doubles, a triple and a home run, and also went 5-1 with 52 strikeouts pitching and made just two errors.

Southern Bulldogs

1995 record: 18-4. Coach: Ted Thompson.

Top players: Nick Ridenour, Sr., 2B; George Aaron, Sr., 2B-OF; George Allen, Jr., C-CF; Chris Calvert, Jr., SS; Barry Smith, Soph., INF-P.

Outlook: Thompson replaces last year's coach, Bill Parker, who is recovering from a broken leg and will miss the season. The Bulldogs could defend their 4A City crown if the chemistry between coach and players is there.

Southwestern Sabers

1995 record: 4-9. Coach: Terry Leverett.

Top players: Eldridge Young, Sr., 3B; Terry Smith, Sr., P-1B; Joseph Brake, Sr., 1B-OF; Albert Turner, Jr., OF; Thomas Perry, Jr., SS; Rock Tazewell, Jr., U.

Outlook: Leverett is optimistic about his team's future. "We should be mentally tougher, and I expect us to be be better," than last year, he said.

Walbrook Warriors

1995 record: 5-9. Coach: John Turpin.

Top players: Vernon Mills, Jr., 1B; Derrick Thompson, Jr., CF; Eric Bond, Jr., C; Robert Smith, Soph., SS; Ira McCray, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: Turpin has several quality underclassmen who are experienced in little league, but unproven on varsity. "This is a good group, and I think I can get a lot out of them," Turpin said.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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