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Yesterday was a great day for the Calvert Hall Baseball Program. The first 2008 National Ranking was announced by Baseball America and had "The Cardinals" at #2 in the country. It was based on the entire program going undefeated in 2007 at all three levels with a record of 75-0. Also mentioned was, the Varsity Birds, from Towson, Maryland are possibly returning 15 seniors from the 2007 campaign. Coach Eckerl and his staff should be commended for taking an already prominent program to the next level. The new "CRISPINO STADIUM", presently under construction at the Towson Campus, is nothing short of spectacular. The Calvert Hall Community feels very proud of these turn of events that the current varsity roster will enjoy during their spring season. The surrounding areas, of the MIAA Program ,will have at their disposal, some of the best baseball, right in their own back yard. The boys are preparing for the National High School Anderson Bat Tournament held in California next month from 3/21 thru 3/28. The word is, "We are going out there to win!" and during the return trip, the focus will be on the always tough MIAA "A" Conference schedule. The tourney will put "CHC" against some of the best high school teams available in 2008. Being invited to play in such a prestigious tournament is again, another sign that the level of baseball in this area is something that should be enjoyed by everyone....Administrators, Teachers, Coaches, Parents, Players, News Media and the general public. Best of Luck to all of the MIAA teams for 2008 and let's all of us just enjoy the ride. In closing, the coaches that spend their time with these young men over the course of the grueling season will not get rich from their efforts monetarily, but they are a proud bunch and the memories they carry with them for a lifetime are priceless. See ya at the field!

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Yesterday was a great day for the Calvert Hall Baseball Program. The first 2008 National Ranking was announced by Baseball America and had "The Cardinals" at #2 in the country. It was based on the entire program going undefeated in 2007 at all three levels with a record of 75-0. Also mentioned was, the Varsity Birds, from Towson, Maryland are possibly returning 15 seniors from the 2007 campaign. Coach Eckerl and his staff should be commended for taking an already prominent program to the next level. The new "CRISPINO STADIUM", presently under construction at the Towson Campus, is nothing short of spectacular. The Calvert Hall Community feels very proud of these turn of events that the current varsity roster will enjoy during their spring season. The surrounding areas, of the MIAA Program ,will have at their disposal, some of the best baseball, right in their own back yard. The boys are preparing for the National High School Anderson Bat Tournament held in California next month from 3/21 thru 3/28. The word is, "We are going out there to win!" and during the return trip, the focus will be on the always tough MIAA "A" Conference schedule. The tourney will put "CHC" against some of the best high school teams available in 2008. Being invited to play in such a prestigious tournament is again, another sign that the level of baseball in this area is something that should be enjoyed by everyone....Administrators, Teachers, Coaches, Parents, Players, News Media and the general public. Best of Luck to all of the MIAA teams for 2008 and let's all of us just enjoy the ride. In closing, the coaches that spend their time with these young men over the course of the drooling season will not get rich from their efforts monetarily, but they are a proud bunch and the memories they carry with them for a lifetime are priceless. See ya at the field!

 

Remarkable that a team from this area would have such a high national ranking.

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Lots of discussion about how good the 2008 Calvert Hall baseball squad really is. I guess we'll all find out next month when they head west for the big tournament. Check out the level of competition they'll be up against. This should determine where they rank nationally. Regardless of the outcome, gotta give them credit for traveling a long way to play the best.

 

Anderson Bat National Classic

March 24-27, 2008

Included in this year’s 2008 National Classic High School baseball tournament are three of Collegiate Baseball’s Top 10 and five of the Top 20 teams in their pre-season high school poll and seven pre-season All-Americans. Following are this year’s teams.

 

St. John’s College Prep HS, Washington, DC Heading the list in this year’s field is CB’s 2nd ranked Cadets. Led by 2007 AFLAC All-American pitcher Scott Silverstein (Virginia) and 2007 Rawlings All-American LJ Hoes (North Carolina), the Cadets return 6 starters and 6 pitchers in 2008, including 9 seniors who have signed scholarships to play college baseball. They finished 2007 with a record of 23-6 and will be making their second appearance in the National Classic.

 

Orange Lutheran HS, California Orange Lutheran returns three Division I pitchers from their 2007 squad that finished with a record of 19-8 and heads into 2008 as CB’s 8th ranked team. Leading the way will be 3-year starter and AFLAC All-American, Gerrit Cole. Joining Gerrit on the mound will be 3-year starter Aaron Gates and 2-year starter Brandon Maurer. This will be Orange Lutheran’s first appearance in the National Classic.

 

Calvert Hall College HS, Maryland Not only did Calvert Hall College HS go undefeated (33-0) in 2007, all three teams in the program went undefeated (75-0) as the Cardinals finished as USA Today’s 4th ranked team. CB’s pre-season #9 team returns 8 senior starters in 2008 including Baltimore Sun’s 2007 ‘Player of the Year’ P/3B Kevin Lingerman, along with pitcher Mike Dillon and junior shortstop Patrick Blair. The Cards will be shooting for their fourth consecutive MIAA “A” championship and are making their first appearance in the National Classic.

 

James River HS, Virginia The defending Virginia State AAA Champions finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 26-2, ranked #8 by Baseball America. They enter the 2008 campaign as Collegiate Baseball’s 15th ranked team on the strength of eleven returning varsity players, led by All-State P/1B Austin Stadler (12-0) and All-District P/DH, Daniel Marrs. Both are listed in Baseball America’s Top 100 players for 2008. This will be James River’s first trip to southern California.

 

Christian Brothers HS, Tennessee The Purple Wave finished 2007 with a record of 40-8, including a state record 9th Tennessee State Championship. All position players except catcher return along with their top three pitchers. They will be led by pitcher Stephen Thompson (9-1) and outfielder Drew Martinez (.427, 28 RBI’s and 33 SB’s). Christian Brothers begins 2008 as CB’s #20 ranked team and will be making their 4th trip to the National Classic.

 

West Linn HS, Oregon Seven starters including three All-State players return from the 2007 Oregon State 6A semi-finalist that finished with a record of 20-9. Heading the returnees will be P/If Kyle Kraus, junior shortstop Ryan Barnes (pre-season All-American) and outfielder Justin Monahan. This will be the first trip to the National Classic for the Lions.

 

Jupiter HS, Florida The Warriors return starters at every position including five returning pitchers off a team that finished 2007 with a record of 21-6. AFLAC All-American P/1B Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) and outfielder Tyler Thompson (Florida) lead a team favored to win their district and contend for a state title. This is Jupiters first trip to California.

 

Vista Murrieta HS, California The Broncos posted an overall record of 28-4 in 2007 on their way to a CIF Division II championship. Expectations are high in 2008 as seven starters and four pitchers return, led by All-State shortstop Derek Legg (Long Beach St.) and pitchers Brian Valenzuela (10-1, 1.23), Tyler Simmons (7-2) and Taylor Garrison (4-1, 1.44). This will be Vista’s first appearance in the National Classic.

 

Seminole Ridge HS, Florida The Hawks will be making their first trip to the National Classic and expectations are very high in 2008. Led by senior shortstop, Peter Mooney (.406, 25 RBI’s) and outfielder Alain Lamontagne (.356, 18 RBI’s), sixteen returning players and seven pitchers with a combined ERA of 1.43 will lead the way as Seminole Ridge looks to improve on their 17-8 record from 2007.

 

Cottonwood HS, Utah Cottonwood capped off a 24-3 season in 2007 with their 3rd consecutive Utah 4A state championship and a #9 ranking in the final Easton national poll. Returning in 2008 will be All-State 3B Kyle Beverly (Oregon St.), P/1B Kendall Mayer (8-0), outfielder Eric Doi (.346) and outfielder Austin Wadsworth (.420). The Colts were the Consolation champion in the 2007 National Classic and will be making their third trip to California.

 

Esperanza HS, California Tournament co-host Esperanza finished 2007 with a record of 22-8, losing to eventual national champion Long Beach Wilson in the CIF Division I semi-finals, 5-4. Despite graduating eight starters, the Aztecs return a deep pitching staff in 2008, led by Jonathon Pettibone (USC), Tim Lu (Air Force) and junior Dennis Holt. Offensively, the Aztecs look to 1B Derek Collins (5 HR’s) to anchor the attack. The Aztecs have previously won the National Classic in 1991, 1997 and 2005.

 

Aptos HS, California The Mariners finished the 2007 season ranked #48 nationally with a record of 28-5, losing to Los Altos 6-5 in the CIF Central Section championship game. Aptos returns seven starters, led by SSCAL Most Valuable Player, P/SS Kevin Eichorn (Santa Clara). Also returning are pitchers Bobby Crocker (Cal-Poly SLO), Kyle Anderson (Cal Poly SLO) and 3B Andrew Biancardi (Santa Clara). They also formed the nucleus of the 2002 Little League championship team in Williamsport, PA. This will be their first trip to the National Classic.

 

Yucaipa HS, California The Thunderbirds return seven starters, including three pitchers, from their 2007 team that finished with a 20-9 record. Leading the way will be Team USA member, junior Matt Davidson (9-2, 1.20; 6 HR, 30 RBI’s), pitcher Scott Snodgress (Stanford), and pitcher Adam Miller (BYU). This will be Yucaipa’s first appearance in the National Classic.

 

Crespi HS, California The Celts are looking to improve on their 24-6 record in 2007 on the strength of twenty returning lettermen, including ten starters. All-CIF and league MVP, Jeremy Rodtriguez (.488), returns at catcher along with All-CIF infielders, Carlos Lopez (.420) and Sean Gilmartin (.345). Pitchers Tyler Johnson, Eric McSweeney, Ryan Hawthorne and Gilmartin accounted for 20 of Crespi’s wins last year. This will be Crespi’s second trip to the National Classic.

 

Bishop Amat HS, California The 2008 Lancers return thirteen lettermen from a team that finished 2007 with a record of 27-4, including a CIF championship. Leading the way will be seniors Maverick Olivarez (UC Irvine) and Chris Eusebio (Loyola Marymount), along with All-CIF players Andrew Mistone and Jordan Fox. Bishop Amat won the National Classic in 2001 and 2002 on their way to back-to-back National Championships. This will be their fourth appearance.

 

El Dorado HS, California The co-host Golden Hawks finished 2007 with a record of 20-8, losing to Mater Dei in the quarter-finals of the CIF Division I play-offs. Two, four-year varsity starters, Josh Canales (.338) and Brandon Ertle (.360), along with three-year starter, Ryan Remlinger (.398), will provide the nucleus for 2008. Senior pitcher, Mat Thomas (7-2), will lead a pitching staff with four returning lettermen.

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Almost all southern and western teams. This will be a guage of where local baseball stacks up nationally.

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Almost all southern and western teams. This will be a guage of where local baseball stacks up nationally.

 

Actually, it's a gauge of where Calvert Hall stands, nationally.

 

Locally, Baltimore area amateur baseball has a storied history -- from 20 & under teams Johnnies Leone's and Youse Orioles (current streak of five straight national titles) to Fall showcase juggernaughts Orioleanders and Mid Atlantic Red Sox (over 30 D1 players between them this year) to 50 national titles in (various age divisions and leagues) over the years from the Baltimore Metro league. Maryland Select just won the premier off season national tournament, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. last weekend!

 

If Calvert Hall does well, great, if they don't, then team Maryland will again represent Maryland in June at the Sunbelt Classic with the best players from our state. MAryland baseball stands proud, regardless.

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Actually, it's a gauge of where Calvert Hall stands, nationally.

 

Locally, Baltimore area amateur baseball has a storied history -- from 20 & under teams Johnnies Leone's and Youse Orioles (current streak of five straight national titles) to Fall showcase juggernaughts Orioleanders and Mid Atlantic Red Sox (over 30 D1 players between them this year) to 50 national titles in (various age divisions and leagues) over the years from the Baltimore Metro league. Maryland Select just won the premier off season national tournament, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. last weekend!

 

If Calvert Hall does well, great, if they don't, then team Maryland will again represent Maryland in June at the Sunbelt Classic with the best players from our state. MAryland baseball stands proud, regardless.

 

Sorry, what I meant to type was this will be a good guage of how local high school baseball stacks up. We will be able to see where they stand nationally, then this spring we'll see where they stand locally.

Also, careful when "local" is thrown around these days. Check the rosters of the "local" entry in the AAABA World Series - more like a college all-star squad than when it used to be a bunch of kids fron Southern High.

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i'm not too sure of how much of a gauge this will be...chc wont have much time out on the field, if any, before going out west. most of those teams hardly ever have to practice indoors. it would be a better gauge for chc if this were later in the season, but it is what it is. just hope they win more than they lose

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All this talk about CHC is nice, but I am truly looking forward to them playing John Carroll this season. I believe that JC is the dark horse of the league and will surprise CHC this year. Two years ago, they has CHC on the hook in both the varsity and JV game at the end of the year, but could not finish. This year they finish.

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All this talk about CHC is nice, but I am truly looking forward to them playing John Carroll this season. I believe that JC is the dark horse of the league and will surprise CHC this year. Two years ago, they has CHC on the hook in both the varsity and JV game at the end of the year, but could not finish. This year they finish.

 

I hope you're right...!! JC does have some quality kids on this team that play on very good summer teams. If you listen to T800 or whoever he is he would lead you to believe otherwise. The real difference is depth. As I stated before pitching is really everything. No matter who you put out on the field if you're not deep on the mound it does not matter. Good luck to all teams in the upcoming season...!!!

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CHC has Pat Blair and 18 returning seniors. JC has a team comprise of the remnants of a 3 and 18 varsity team and a 0-18 JV. Which team would you bet the mortgage on?

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CHC has Pat Blair and 18 returning seniors. JC has a team comprise of the remnants of a 3 and 18 varsity team and a 0-18 JV. Which team would you bet the mortgage on?

 

Who said anything about betting the mortgage. I am saying JC is a dark horse and on any given day, anything can happen.

 

Also wondering whether any of the 18 returning seniors could be cut due to people moving up from JV. It would seem to me that any person that is a junior this year may have a difficult time playing varsity given the number of returning players and you must keep some juniors for consistency in your program. If there are 19 returnees, does that mean that no junior that is moving up from JV has a chance to make the team? Could team chemistry be impacted?

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Who said anything about betting the mortgage. I am saying JC is a dark horse and on any given day, anything can happen.

 

Also wondering whether any of the 18 returning seniors could be cut due to people moving up from JV. It would seem to me that any person that is a junior this year may have a difficult time playing varsity given the number of returning players and you must keep some juniors for consistency in your program. If there are 19 returnees, does that mean that no junior that is moving up from JV has a chance to make the team? Could team chemistry be impacted?

Maybe the new JC football coach can take over the baseball team also. That would be an improvement.

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Maybe the new JC football coach can take over the baseball team also. That would be an improvement.

 

(T800) I hope your joking. It would not surprise anyone if he didn't try.

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(T800) I hope your joking. It would not surprise anyone if he didn't try.

 

Truthfully I do not have a clue what is going on in the JC baseball program. But then again who really does. I hope things will get better there at JC. There are some really good kids who have parents shelling out mad money to JC. The school is a potential gold mine and not just for athletics but also academics.

 

As far as baseball, it may never be a Calvert Hall or a Loyola for sports but it could be a least the equilvalent to what an Archnishop Spalding in baseball is to Anne Arundel County for Harford County.

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I believe that the next JC varsity coach will be the parent that is a varsity coach this year. He would be the head coach for the next two years until he moves on to college with his son. The next in line would be last year's JV coach that moved upi to varsity this year.

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I believe that the next JC varsity coach will be the parent that is a varsity coach this year. He would be the head coach for the next two years until he moves on to college with his son. The next in line would be last year's JV coach that moved upi to varsity this year.

 

Are you kidding?:confused:

 

Parents as coaches should stay in the summer rec ball. No offense - high school is different and the coaching staff should not be related to the players! Spells TROUBLE!:eek:

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Go Calvert High School Cavaliers baseball team!!!

 

Calvert hall is the cardinals buddy

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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.

 

 

What other pitchers do they have this year? Any other returning Junior/Seniors who could be in their rotation? Fritz and Thompson both right handers, good coach has to have a lefty in there somewhere.....

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A good coach would have a lefty in there, if there was a good coach. If the coaching is the same forget it. For anyone that has followed Curley baseball over the years the coaching the last few has been an embarrassment. Poor practice habits and poor gamesmanship has been evident.

 

I agree with you, so it should be interesting to see, if I remember correctly two years ago they made it to the playoffs. So with most of their starting line-up seniors with the exception of one or two juniors in the OF, I will keep my eye on them. Never know what can happen.

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Curley could have Randy Johnson and Bedard pitching and would still lose. The coach is a do nothing BUM. I have watched him lose games not the players with dumb moves or none at all. It is a shame what has become of this program

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Are you kidding?:confused:

 

Parents as coaches should stay in the summer rec ball. No offense - high school is different and the coaching staff should not be related to the players! Spells TROUBLE!:eek:

 

Who do you think this is. Coach Keene?

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All this talk about CHC is nice, but I am truly looking forward to them playing John Carroll this season. I believe that JC is the dark horse of the league and will surprise CHC this year. Two years ago, they has CHC on the hook in both the varsity and JV game at the end of the year, but could not finish. This year they finish.

 

Playing for a team that you think has a chance against CHC shouldn't be a bad thing right?

 

I agree with T800 that JC should do more but let it go or go talk to the AD. Beating a dead horse on here over and over does nothing.

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Most of the MIAA baseball schedules are easy to find on the web. Where is Spalding's schedule?

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Who do you think this is. Coach Keene?

 

Bingo - Only way his son makes varsity after going 0 and whatever for the JV team.

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