Anne Arundel County graduates are making a statement in big-time, Division I college baseball, and it speaks volumes for the quality of the high school and summer leagues.
Two former Anne Arundel County Players of the Year and All-Metro pitchers in North County's Mike Wooden and Arundel's Brandon Agamennone played major roles in the University of Maryland's stunning weekend series with nationally 10th-ranked Clemson.
The Terps' program has been down in recent years, but appears on the way back after they took two out of three from powerful Clemson.
Wooden, the 1995 county Player of the Year, was named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week after stopping Clemson, 13-1, on Friday. The sophomoreright-hander went the distance, striking out three and holding the Tigers to their lowest output of the season.
Two days later, Agamennone, the 1994 county Player of the Year, started and combined with two relievers in edging the Tigers, 7-6.
Another county product, 1995 Severna Park All-Metro outfielder Matt Griswold, was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after reaching base 13 consecutive times and belting three home runsfor Virginia Tech.
Griswold, a smooth-swinging, (bats left) sophomore, was 11-for-18 (.611) with 10 RBIs for the Hokies in a series that included three games with No. 4 Georgia Tech.
Two other county products also are sparkling at the collegiate level in Arundel's Derek Loosararian and Glen Burnie's Mike Bronakoski.
Loosararian (1-1), All-County last spring after going 9-0 for 4A state finalist Arundel, is a freshman right-hander at Salisbury State. He took a two-hit, 3-2 lead into the ninth inning against 10th-ranked (Division III) Eastern Connecticut before the roof caved in.
The Sea Gulls' defense let him down and Loosararian, who struck out seven and walked two, gave up four unearned runs in suffering his first collegiate loss.
Bronakoski, a 1994 All-County (batted .446) third baseman/pitcher, who was turned into a full-time pitcher at Anne Arundel Community College, is pitching for Missouri-Southern.
In three relief appearances, Bronakoski (0-1) has worked 10 innings, giving up just two runs and striking out 10 batters. He was scheduled to make his first start this week.
Many baseball lovers are disappointed that top-ranked Arundel coach Bernie Walter decided to withdraw his Wildcats from the Jack Conley/Mount St. Joseph tournament.
Arundel (1-1) won the St. Joe tournament last spring. The anticipated rematch with the host and No. 3-ranked Gaels (3-0) and also a possible Arundel and No. 2 Calvert Hall (3-1) meeting is history.
When Calvert Hall was added to the St. Joe tournament, Arundel pulled out, which is too bad because of the rarity of having three of the top teams in the metro area in the same tournament.
Instead the Wildcats should pack fans in at Arundel Saturday with the Queen Anne's-North Dorchester winner facing the Arundel-Dunbar winner at 2 p.m. for the championship. Can't wait for that one.
Glen Burnie (2-0) was already in the St. Joe tournament, which includes Arundel replacement Fallston.
The annual Lawrence E. Knight Memorial Tournament is set for Broadneck on Saturday with No. 7 Old Mill (2-0) taking on Loyola, and the host Bruins (0-1) playing Archbishop Curley (1-0) at 10 a.m. on adjacent fields. The winners play for the championship at 1 p.m.
North County (at Joe Cannon), Northeast (Harry Lentz Memorial) and Meade also are playing host to tournaments while No. 10 Severna Park (1-0) takes its hard-hitting crew to Charles County to play in the Thomas Stone Invitational.
Broadneck also is playing hostin its Knight Memorial Lacrosse Tournament with a rematch of last year's 4A-3A double overtime state championship thriller.
No. 6 Broadneck was a 10-9 winner over No. 9 Mount Hebron (0-0) in last year's final. They meet at noon Saturday in Cape St. Claire.
St. Alban's and C.M. Wright meet in the other contest at 2 p.m. with the consolation at 4 p.m. and championship 6 p.m.
North County also is playing host in a lacrosse tournament Saturday (starts at 11 a.m.) with Spalding, DeMatha and Old Mill vying to play in the 4 p.m. championship game. Knights coach Paul Shea also has arranged a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday at North County between defending National Division II champion C.W. Post and Limestone, two college teams with a host of ex-county players.
Other boys lacrosse tournaments will be held at Northeast and Chesapeake.
In girls lacrosse, four quality teams in No. 2 St. Mary's, No. 3 Annapolis, No. 10 Broadneck and No. 12 Severn are participating in the Betty Hallmark mixer starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Severn.
Pub Date: 3/26/97