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Key Questions for the 2008 MIAA A Baseball Season:

 

School (2007 Conference Record, 2007 Overall Record, Change in Conference Wins from Prior Season)

 

Calvert Hall: (18-0, 33-0, +6) The key question isn’t whether the Cardinals will win the MIAA, it’s will this high school baseball dynasty even lose a game? With their returning pitching and depth at all other positions, it should be another record-setting year for the Cardinals. And their new Crispino Stadium will be one of the best HS baseball facilities in the region.

 

Loyola: (12-6, 16-10, +2) Will the Dons return to the playoffs for the 3rd straight year? And if so, will they finally win a postseason game? (0-4 in the postseason the last 2 years and all home game losses vs. lower seeded teams).

 

St. Paul’s: (12-6, 19-13, +3) Will St. Paul’s continue their steady improvement and remain among the better teams in the conference in 2008?

 

Spalding: (11-7, 27-10, -3) Will Spalding finally play up to their ability or underachieve again this year? With all their talent, it’s a mystery how this team finished 4th in the conference last year. Coach Miller will set the career coaching record for wins at Spalding this year (currently he is at 102) but he needs to get this team to play up to their ability.

 

McDonough (8-10, 8-11, +5) McDonough was one of the MIAA Cinderella teams last year, going from last place in 2006 to a playoff birth in 2007. Was it a fluke or will they continue to improve in 2008?

 

Mt. St. Joe (8-10, 17-15, -7) Mt. St. Joe plummeted from 1st place and 15 wins in the 2006 regular season to 6th place and 8 wins in 2007. Will this traditional baseball power climb back up the standings to challenge the leaders or remain back in the pack in 2008?

 

Gibbons (8-10, 9-13, +5) Gibbons was the other MIAA Cinderella team last year, going from just last place with 3 conference wins in 2006 to 8 conference wins in 2007. Can they take another step forward and become a playoff team this year?

 

Curley (6-12, 11-16, -2) Typically not much of a factor in MIAA baseball. Will this ever change?

 

Gilman (4-14, 6-14, -5) Gilman lost a lot of talent from their 2006 squad and their 2007 record showed how far they fell. Can they bounce back in 2008?

 

John Carroll (3-15, 3-16, -4) Basketball is big at John Carroll but not baseball. Will this ever change?

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Calvert Hall will continue for 1 more year. Come 2009 they will lose approx. 15 seniors. Loyola will lose approx. 9 seniors and Spalding approx. 15 seniors. 2009 will be the year to watch the teams that have been behind. Rumor has it Curley is chaseing 4-5 top players from the top Harford County team in the BMB league. If it pans out they will rise up in the MIAA in 2009. John Carroll has also put together a strong freshman class for this year. Its time for the wave to come and rotate the ranks! If your wondering the answer is no my son doesn't play on either team acually he is on CHC. Just calling it how I see it.

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Key Questions for the 2008 MIAA A Baseball Season:

 

School (2007 Conference Record, 2007 Overall Record, Change in Conference Wins from Prior Season)

 

Calvert Hall: (18-0, 33-0, +6) The key question isn’t whether the Cardinals will win the MIAA, it’s will this high school baseball dynasty even lose a game? With their returning pitching and depth at all other positions, it should be another record-setting year for the Cardinals. And their new Crispino Stadium will be one of the best HS baseball facilities in the region.

 

Loyola: (12-6, 16-10, +2) Will the Dons return to the playoffs for the 3rd straight year? And if so, will they finally win a postseason game? (0-4 in the postseason the last 2 years and all home game losses vs. lower seeded teams).

 

St. Paul’s: (12-6, 19-13, +3) Will St. Paul’s continue their steady improvement and remain among the better teams in the conference in 2008?

 

Spalding: (11-7, 27-10, -3) Will Spalding finally play up to their ability or underachieve again this year? With all their talent, it’s a mystery how this team finished 4th in the conference last year. Coach Miller will set the career coaching record for wins at Spalding this year (currently he is at 102) but he needs to get this team to play up to their ability.

 

McDonough (8-10, 8-11, +5) McDonough was one of the MIAA Cinderella teams last year, going from last place in 2006 to a playoff birth in 2007. Was it a fluke or will they continue to improve in 2008?

 

Mt. St. Joe (8-10, 17-15, -7) Mt. St. Joe plummeted from 1st place and 15 wins in the 2006 regular season to 6th place and 8 wins in 2007. Will this traditional baseball power climb back up the standings to challenge the leaders or remain back in the pack in 2008?

 

Gibbons (8-10, 9-13, +5) Gibbons was the other MIAA Cinderella team last year, going from just last place with 3 conference wins in 2006 to 8 conference wins in 2007. Can they take another step forward and become a playoff team this year?

 

Curley (6-12, 11-16, -2) Typically not much of a factor in MIAA baseball. Will this ever change?

 

Gilman (4-14, 6-14, -5) Gilman lost a lot of talent from their 2006 squad and their 2007 record showed how far they fell. Can they bounce back in 2008?

 

John Carroll (3-15, 3-16, -4) Basketball is big at John Carroll but not baseball. Will this ever change?

 

Believe MSJ played CHC for the champioship last season. They did struggle in the regular season.

 

Spalding is the team to keep an eye on.

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Players to look out for:

 

CHC:

Kevin Lingerman

Mike Dillon

Pat Blair

Greg Terry

Pat Dougherty

Brooks Rothchild

Steve Geiss

Nick Caddick

Luke Sawyer

Evan Cain

 

MSJ:

Ryan Kemp

Andrew Tokosch

Joey Miller

 

 

St. Mary's:

Austin Poretz

 

Gibbons:

Andrew Parker

Michael Schmidt

John Marshall

 

Loyola:

Bobby Kirby

Andrew Hahn

Harry Slade

Tom Carroll

 

Gilman:

Ed Wiese

 

Spalding:

Paul DeVito

Jason Patten

 

McDonogh:

Rudy Johnson

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Archbishop Curley

 

Sr. -- Keith Fritz RHP

Sr. -- Sean Thompson RHP

 

both have been recruited by D1 programs..... with Thompson settling at High Point in North Carolina from the Big South and Fritz to Northwest Shoals, a top juco program from Alabama.

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Calvert Hall will continue for 1 more year. Come 2009 they will lose approx. 15 seniors. Loyola will lose approx. 9 seniors and Spalding approx. 15 seniors. 2009 will be the year to watch the teams that have been behind. Rumor has it Curley is chaseing 4-5 top players from the top Harford County team in the BMB league. If it pans out they will rise up in the MIAA in 2009. John Carroll has also put together a strong freshman class for this year. Its time for the wave to come and rotate the ranks! If your wondering the answer is no my son doesn't play on either team acually he is on CHC. Just calling it how I see it.

 

Dutch, it's refreshing to see a comment made by someone that does not have a personal agenda to push. Thanks for the information....

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It's a crime what has happened to Archbishop Curley since Al Frank has retired. For those who don't remember Curley won the MIAA in 1999 and 2001. Now they go at other teams with a horrible coaching staff (if you want to call it that) and terrible recruiting. Until they fire the guy that has been there doing nothing the last 4 years the better off they will be. Secondly, Curley does not have any D1 prospects. Someone is having a wet dream.

 

Give the man a towel so he can clean the 'dream' off his face...

 

Post from High Point baseball site below--

 

HPU Baseball Adds 10 During Early Signing Period

 

The fourth and final pitcher in the '08 class is Thompson, a 6-4 195-lbs right hander from Elkridge, Md. He attends Archbishop Curley High School, where he has been named All-Baltimore City in consecutive years. Thompson played his summer ball with the Maryland Orioles and fall ball with the Mid Atlantic Red Sox.

 

Hopefully, Curley can ride the right arms of these two pitchers to some success this season.

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Players to look out for:

 

CHC:

Kevin Lingerman

Mike Dillon

Pat Blair

Greg Terry

Pat Dougherty

Brooks Rothchild

Steve Geiss

Nick Caddick

Luke Sawyer

Evan Cain

 

MSJ:

Ryan Kemp

Andrew Tokosch

Joey Miller

 

 

St. Mary's:

Austin Poretz

 

Gibbons:

Andrew Parker

Michael Schmidt

John Marshall

 

Loyola:

Bobby Kirby

Andrew Hahn

Harry Slade

Tom Carroll

 

Gilman:

Ed Wiese

 

Spalding:

Paul DeVito

Jason Patten

 

McDonogh:

Rudy Johnson

 

Edmondson

Eric Smith Jr

 

Poly

Troy King

 

Dunbar

Frederick Ramsey Jr

Sean Farr

 

City

Russell Harrison Jr

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It's a crime what has happened to Archbishop Curley since Al Frank has retired. For those who don't remember Curley won the MIAA in 1999 and 2001. Now they go at other teams with a horrible coaching staff (if you want to call it that) and terrible recruiting. Until they fire the guy that has been there doing nothing the last 4 years the better off they will be. Secondly, Curley does not have any D1 prospects. Someone is having a wet dream.

 

Curley also won it in 1978 when they went (23-2) and had two players drafted in Norris (O's) and Jones (Twins). Al Frank is a legend..

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heard that lingerman had offseason back surgery...anyone have any details?? did it effect recruiting, havent heard a commitment from him??

 

i know calvert hall has to be the favorite, but spalding also has alot of talented seniors and have to be considered a threat to dethrone the cards

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Perfectly fine fully recovered from minor back surgery and recently committed to George Mason. Congratulations Kevin!

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chc losing collingsworth behind the plate could be more of a loss than people think

 

any word on how hendricks is doing at McD??

 

who is the dark horse in the league this year?? lotta young talent that can jump up and surprise teams??

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chc losing collingsworth behind the plate could be more of a loss than people think

 

any word on how hendricks is doing at McD??

 

who is the dark horse in the league this year?? lotta young talent that can jump up and surprise teams??

when are final team lists out for MIAA teams?

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Spalding will end the Calvert Hall reign as champion. Devito is one of the top pitchers in the league....Kemp is one of, if not the, best shortstops in the state....combined with pitching from Patten and Hillsingers bat. The Cavaliers will be ready this year.

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Spalding will end the Calvert Hall reign as champion. Devito is one of the top pitchers in the league....Kemp is one of, if not the, best shortstops in the state....combined with pitching from Patten and Hillsingers bat. The Cavaliers will be ready this year.

 

No question Coach Miller will have his guys ready.

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Spalding will end the Calvert Hall reign as champion. Devito is one of the top pitchers in the league....Kemp is one of, if not the, best shortstops in the state....combined with pitching from Patten and Hillsingers bat. The Cavaliers will be ready this year.

 

 

I think Pat Blair/SS (CHC) may have something to say about that! ;) After CHC's UNDEFEATED season by F/S; JV and Varsity squads, they are going into this season with an open mind and great talent. Good Luck to all the MIAA teams this year.

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Spalding will end the Calvert Hall reign as champion. Devito is one of the top pitchers in the league....Kemp is one of, if not the, best shortstops in the state....combined with pitching from Patten and Hillsingers bat. The Cavaliers will be ready this year.

 

That's a pretty bold prediction. I hope someone in the MIAA challenges Calvert Hall but Spalding was 8 games behind them last year in an 18 game season. Spalding does have some good players coming back but CH is loaded. Realistically, I don't see an 8-game swing from last year happening.

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Mount St. Joe, Loyola, and Spalding look to be the only other contenders besides Calvert Hall..

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That's a pretty bold prediction. I hope someone in the MIAA challenges Calvert Hall but Spalding was 8 games behind them last year in an 18 game season. Spalding does have some good players coming back but CH is loaded. Realistically, I don't see an 8-game swing from last year happening.

 

I don't see an 8 game swing either and over an 18 game schedule CHC will come out on top. With all of that said, however, the team with the best regular season record does not always win the playoff round where it really counts. On countluess occassions MSJ won the regular season only to be knocked out in the playoffs. Spalding has the kind of talent that could challenge a CHC in a short series. After all in baseball all it takes is for an oppossing teams pitcher to have hot day or your bats to go silent and your looking at a loss.

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Mount St. Joe, Loyola, and Spalding look to be the only other contenders besides Calvert Hall..

 

I think you're forgetting St. Paul's also. They are always tough. It really comes down to pitching. I don't care who you have on the field, if you're not deep on the mound you will not be successful.

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I think you're forgetting St. Paul's also. They are always tough. It really comes down to pitching. I don't care who you have on the field, if you're not deep on the mound you will not be successful.

 

If you want to talk about pitching depth, a lot of people forget that st. joe returns all three of their starting pitchers in Ryan Kemp, Tommy Miller, and Danny Druzgala. I think that their starting pitching will give them a chance to win a lot of games and with Ryan Kemp and Kevin Taylor hitting in the middle of the order I think they will be a major contender in the MIAA.

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If you want to talk about pitching depth, a lot of people forget that st. joe returns all three of their starting pitchers in Ryan Kemp, Tommy Miller, and Danny Druzgala. I think that their starting pitching will give them a chance to win a lot of games and with Ryan Kemp and Kevin Taylor hitting in the middle of the order I think they will be a major contender in the MIAA.

 

Spalding hasn't lost any pitching either. They still have Paul DeVito, Jason Patton, Scott Ardnt, and many other pitchers. The only pitcher they lost from last year was Steve Miller.

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