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Tight races may force use of county tiebreaker

With a couple of divisions in various spring sports up for grabs, the question of the county tiebreaker criteria has arisen.

Here it is, step by step:

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1 -- County record in the 16 league games (two divisions of six teams; teams play teams in their own division twice, and each of the six teams in the other division once, for a total of 16 games).

2 -- Best record in division play only.

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3 -- Best overall percentage without holiday tournament games.

4 -- Head-to-head meetings.

5 -- Coin flip.

The tiebreaker could be invoked in baseball, softball and boys and girls lacrosse. The county lacrosse championships are set for Monday at Lawrence Knight Stadium, Broadneck High in Cape St. Claire, with the girls going at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.

The county baseball and softball championships are scheduled for Tuesday at Northeast High in Pasadena. The boys will start at 7 p.m. at Harry Lentz Field and the girls at 5 p.m. on the softball field.

The lottery draw for the open state tournaments in baseball, softball and boys and girls lacrosse will be Sunday at Catonsville High in Baltimore County.

According to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Executive Director Ned Sparks, there will be one drawing for baseball and softball at 3 p.m. and separate drawings for boys and girls lacrosse starting at noon.

"They [coaches and athletic directors] wanted to see how the single draw for both went in basketball [boys and girls] before they tried it this spring," said Sparks.

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"Most thought it went pretty good, with the schools saving money on buses [baseball and softball travel together]. We can't do it with lacrosse because there are not as many girls teams playing, and in some parts of the state they still don't play the sport."

It will be interesting to see what first-round matchups the open drawing brings. Remember girls soccer county champion Old Mill drawing county runner-up Severna Park in the first round and the latter going on to share the state title?

Remember the county's top two 4A schools in boys basketball, Annapolis and Glen Burnie, meeting in the first round?

Teams with losing records got first-round home games or byes, all part of rewarding mediocrity, that's the state lottery.

Baseball and softball regionals start May 10 and finish May 17 and 18, respectively, with a lacrosse regional running May 9-16.

Around the horn

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Scouts from the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals had Arundel's junior right-hander Kurt Light (4-1) throwing consistently at 86-87 mph (on a Stalker gun -- speed between Rays and Jugs) Friday during his two-hit, 13-strikeout, 13-0 victory over Glen Burnie. . . . No. 17 Severna Park (8-5) broke a string of 18 consecutive innings without scoring a run on Monday by scoring five times in the fourth inning of a 7-1 victory at South River (3-12). . . . Old Mill's Mike Ziegler (6-0) is still on hold at 25 consecutive scoreless innings, with a chance to break the state record of 30 1/3 straight set by Mike Wooden of North County last spring. Ziegler has had two starts rained out since his 13-0 shutout at Severna Park on April 22. Ziegler and No. 1 Old Mill (14-1) were rained out Friday at Joe Cannon (No. 18 Broadneck was the opponent) and yesterday at home vs. No. 6 Chesapeake (10-4). Ziegler could get the call at Meade (4-12) today. . . . Severn resident Ted Martin, a senior right-hander, is 5-0 for No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (17-3). . . . UMBC coach John Jancuska says that former All-County catcher Steve Tomshack of North County has the tools to be a pro prospect. "Steve can hit, has power and throws people out," Jancuska said of his freshman catcher.


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