Digest: Ex-Orioles catcher John Orsino dead at 78

In this March 1964, file photo, Orioles catcher John Orsino poses for a photo. Orsino, who spent seven seasons in the major leagues with the Giants (1961-62), Baltimore (1963-65) and Washington (1966-67), has died. He was 78.

John Orsino, a catcher for the Orioles from 1963 to 1965, has died. He was 78. Orsino died Tuesday at Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., after a lengthy illness, according to his wife, Honey.

The Orioles acquired Orsino from the San Francisco Giants in December 1962 with pitchers Mike McCormick and Stu Miller for pitchers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft and catcher Jimmie Coker.


Orsino's best major league season was 1963, when he homered in his first five spring training games and batted .272 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in the regular season. The Orioles traded him to the Washington Senators in October 1965 for outfielder Woodie Held.

Orsino finished his career with a .249 average, 40 homers and 123 RBIs. He was the baseball coach at Fairleigh Dickinson from 1970 to 1976 and later became the golf pro at Emerson (N.J.) Country Club and the Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla.


He was men's golf coach at Florida Atlantic from 2004 to 2006.

He is survived by his wife and two children from an earlier marriage, a daughter, Jeryl, and a son, Jay. A funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Landmark Funeral Home in Hollywood, Florida.

More baseball: The Orioles reinstated left-handed pitcher Chris Lee (left shoulder strain) and outfielder Joey Rickard (right thumb ligament injury) from the 60-day disabled list. ... The Toronto Blue Jays reinstated right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd (Mount Saint Joseph) from the 60-day DL. ... The Cincinnati Reds reinstated former Orioles right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon from the 60-day DL.

Men's short-track speedskating: Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) was part of a team that set an American record of 6 minutes, 33.363 seconds in a qualifying round of the 5,000-meter relay at the ISU World Cup event in Calgary, Alberta.

Laurel Park: Apprentice jockey Anna Carrow picked up her first career victory in her 11th mount with a front-running 1 1/4-length triumph aboard First to Fire in Friday's third race. Carrow, 23, became Laurel's second female rider in less than a week to reach the milestone following Sarah Shaffer, who earned her first win last Saturday.

Francis D. Stanley's First to Fire, a 3-year-old Friesan Fire filly, was making her 11th lifetime start and second for trainer Anthony Aguirre. Breaking from the outside, Carrow guided First to Fire to the lead through a quarter-mile in 22.91 seconds and a half in 45.52, opening up while being chased by Tiz Heaven. Sent off at 8-1 in the field of 12 for the $22,000 maiden claiming event, First to Fire ($19) was kept to the task down the stretch by Carrow and held off 30-1 long shot Tiz Heaven to the wire, winning in 1:02.80 for 5 1/2 furlongs over a firm Exceller Turf Course.

"I was pretty confident. I still felt like I had a ton of horse and she was out pretty clear and I just felt like she was going to take me there," Carrow said. "I feel fantastic and I'm so grateful that Tony Aguirre gave me the shot and took the leap of faith with me. I really, really appreciate it."

As an amateur rider, Carrow won two of three races in 2015. She has worked on farms in Pennsylvania and Maryland and galloping horses for about seven years. Her professional debut came Sept. 16 aboard Wayne Potts-trained Red Sole Diva.


Maryland men's college basketball: The No. 25 Terps will play their only exhibition game of the season today against Catawba at 2 p.m. at Xfinity Center. The game can be seen on BTN Plus. Maryland will begin its regular season against visiting American on Friday at 7.

More men's college basketball: Andre Walker made nine of 16 shots and scored 22 points to lead Loyola Maryland to a 73-50 exhibition victory over Division III Johns Hopkins on Thursday night.

Walker was one of three Greyhounds with double-digit points, followed by freshman Andrew Kostecka, who added 12 and five steals, and Jarred Jones (10).

Loyola jumped out to a 13-point advantage on a traditional 3-point play by Kostecka with 7:21 left in the first half. His free throw put the Greyhounds in front 26-13, but the Blue Jays went on a 13-0 run that covered the next 3:16, and Ryan Curran tied the game at 26 on a jumper.

KaVaughn Scott scored in the paint to put the Greyhounds back in front for good, and Loyola led by five, 35-30, at the break.

Coming out of halftime, Loyola went on a 16-5 run to lead 51-35 on a basket by Jones with 11:42 remaining in regulation.


The Greyhounds outrebounded Johns Hopkins 41-28 and 13-8 on the offensive glass. Loyola also had 15 steals that contributed to the Blue Jays' 24 turnovers.

Chancellor Barnard added nine points, while Cam Gregory and James Fives each had six for Loyola. Barnard and Gregory led all players with eight rebounds, each.

Sam Gordon led Johns Hopkins with 14 points, and Curran had 13.

Loyola opens its regular-season on Friday, Nov. 11, at Duquesne at 7 p.m.

College field hockey: Welma Luus scored 1:41 into overtime to lift top-seeded Maryland (17-3) to a 3-2 win against fourth-seeded Northwestern (13-8) in a Big Ten semifinal in College Park. Grace Balsdon and freshman Sophie Pelzer had tying goals in regulation for the Terps, who will host second-seeded Penn State (16-2) on Sunday at noon in the championship game. ... Johns Hopkins coach Megan Callahan announced that she is resigning. In 20 seasons, she led the Blue Jays to a 223-160 record, three Centennial Conference championships and five NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

Men's college soccer: Maryland sophomore forward Gordon Wild was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Senior defender Alex Crognale was named Defensive Player of the Year, redshirt senior Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) was Goalkeeper of the Year and Sasho Cirovski was Coach of the Year. Wild, Crognale, Niedermeier, senior defender Chris Odoi-Atsem and sophomore midfielder Amar Sejdic made the All-Big Ten first team. Senior defender Suli Dainkeh and sophomore forward-midfielder Eryk Williamson made the second team. Defender Donovan Pines (River Hill) made the freshman team.


Varsity football: Old Mill's Chad McCormick was named Ravens Coach of the Week.

— Katherine Dunn