Pitching duel not quite the show, but more in store


It's a Sunday sports smorgasbrowse.

What was supposed to be a pitching showdown Friday between No. 10 Severna Park's Pat Boucher and No. 4 Arundel's Kurt Light turned into a lopsided affair. The Falcons knocked Light out early en rout to a 13-4 victory over the Wildcats in a South Division showdown. Boucher went the route for Severna Park, striking out seven and walking two.

Tomorrow, No. 3 Old Mill travels to No. 2 Chesapeake in another potential classic pitching matchup, this time in the North.

Coming off a state record-tying 19-strikeout performance, Mike Ziegler (3-0) is penciled in for Old Mill and is expected to be opposed by Cougars ace Jared Vogt (2-0). In his last outing, Vogt threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to blank North County, 2-0.

Pitching is the name of the game, especially at the high school level and the above-mentioned four ranked teams have at least two quality pitchers each in what is shaping up as a great 4A East Region tournament come May.

Besides Light, Arundel also has lefty Justin Bell (1-1) and Steve Sylvester (1-0), if coach Bernie Walter can free him up from shortstop or second base.

Senior Darryl DeSalvo (2-0) gives Severna Park a solid 1-2 punch with Boucher while lefty Danny Miller (2-0) does likewise with Ziegler at Old Mill.

Chesapeake, however, might have the most quality depth with Ray Wagner (1-0) and Jeff Fraley (0-1) teaming with Vogt.

Depending on the random draw for the open tournament, weather conditions that could back games up and pitching restrictions (maximum 14 innings in any seven calendar-day period, and maximum 10 innings over three days), a quality No. 3 pitcher could be the difference in the 4A East region race.

At this stage of the game, the edge goes to Chesapeake, but often a surprise emerges.

Speaking of surprises, how about Archbishop Spalding's 11-7 upset of No. 11 Gilman (4-1) this week to even its record at 3-3 overall? Shortstop Brendan Mannix was 4-for-4 with three RBIs for the Cavaliers.

What a rough start Severn's second-year varsity team is having. The Admirals have yet to play a seven-inning game, having been stopped by the 10-run rule in three five-inning losses and have only one hit as a team.

Severn opened with a 16-1 loss to Arlington Baptist as Brian Crist got the only Severn hit. The Admirals were then no-hit twice in five-inning losses to Friends (11-0) and Boys Latin (10-0).

Meanwhile, St. Mary's second-year varsity is 3-2, so the rap "it's a lacrosse school" shouldn't apply.

Put a cap on it

A lot of student/athletes around the county are very concerned that the Board of Education is including baseball caps as one of the items prohibited from being worn during school by the new dress code (effective the 1997-98 school year).

The board includes caps as being "disruptive to learning."

Give me a break.

A student editorial in the Severna Park newspaper, the Talon makes several good points.

"Presently, if a teacher doesn't like hats in his classroom, it becomes part of his class policies. When students come to that class, they know to remove their hats," said the Talon.

"In reality, wearing a hat is a style not a disruption."

The editorial concluded with, "maybe the board should worry more about important things, such as the shortage of current educational materials, vandalism, smoking and drug use in school. Not having enough full sets of current text books is far more disruptive to the learning process than any baseball cap."

Young boys like to wear school caps, or the cap of a favorite pro or college team and many of them who do are athletes. As long as the caps are not distasteful, what's the big deal?

Styles run in cycles and kids should have a right to express style as long as it meets certain guidelines. There is no way you can convince me that wearing a baseball cap disrupts learning and I applaud the Talon's editorial.


Becky Carlson made the Arundel JV baseball team rather quietly this spring. Carlson received a lot of media attention last year when she made the Wildcats JV as a freshman, but things have been quiet in Gambrills this season. It will be too bad if a new baseball rule is strictly enforced this year and a batter is ejected for removing his helmet before he gets to the dugout area -- that's going too far because with nobody pitching or batting and the infielders throwing the ball around, how's a guy to get hurt? On a thrown ball? In that case why don't we put helmets on the fielders and umpires in case they're not looking?

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Pub Date: 4/06/97

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