Under coach Bernie Walter, whose teams have won a Maryland-record seven state high-school championships, Arundel baseball always has been about preparation.
Walter, whose teams have gone 425-117, likes to boast that his teams are so well prepared, so schooled in the game that the players pretty much don't need a coach.
With Walter absent yesterday in Gambrills, the third-ranked Wildcats (19-4) still disposed of No. 18 North County (12-8) in rapid fashion -- 11-0 in five innings under the "mercy rule."
Everybody in Arundel's lineup had at least one hit, and junior right-hander Andy Kostic spun a brilliant three-hitter.
Veteran third-base coach Nick Jauschnegg called the shots and will run the club again at 1 p.m. today in the Class 4A East region final at top-ranked Severna Park (19-2).
Walter is in Orlando, Fla., for the weekend at an invitational teacher/coach promotion put on by the Walt Disney organization. Two years ago, Walter was a finalist in the Disney National Teacher/Coach of the Year competition.
"Baseball is fun, but my teaching career is more important to me and my family," Walter said on Thursday. "I'm not worried about the team. They're in good hands with Nick [Jauschnegg]. They know how to play. I will be back Monday and expect to be at practice on Monday for Tuesday's state semifinals."
Yesterday was a day at the beach, as Arundel (19-4) got it done early so their seniors could get an early start on their prom. Shortstop Hector Guadalupe (two runs, two stolen bases) and ** right fielder Mike Fox (double, three RBIs) had two hits each in the 11-hit attack.
Ten Wildcats came to the plate in a six-run first, highlighted by Ryan Frostbutter's two-run single and Fox's two-run double.
Catcher Tom Ogilvie and first baseman George Lettis also singled in runs off losing pitcher Joel Colley (4-3).
Arundel got to reliever Chris Jackson for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to invoke the 10-run slaughter rule. John McCurdy's two-run single and Tony Tiani's two-run double iced it for the Wildcats.
With the way Kostic (8-1) was throwing, Arundel could have won with one run. Kostic never went to three balls in the count, and got to ball two only four times. Of his 54 pitches, 42 were strikes.
"Normally, I try to make the other team hit the ball, get my share of strikeouts, but let my defense take care of it," said Kostic. "Everything was working for me today.
"I was a little nervous, because it was a big game, but they got me the six runs in the first inning and made it easier."
Pub Date: 5/16/98