|Ramey had a
base hit that drove in two runs.
When it comes to elite
baseball teams, the fans in eastern Baltimore County can take pride
that there is not one elite team, but two. Last year the Patapsco High
School Center for the Arts Baseball Team lost in the 3A State Title
Game and Eastern Tech won the 2A State Title in 2007. Both teams are
strong again in '09 and since they play in two different
classifications, both Patapsco and Eastern Tech have the opportunity to
bring home two state titles to the region in May. These two juggernauts
met last week and Patapsco was able to come out on top with a 9-6 win.
“It was a quality win for us. We have played some of the best teams in
the county,” said Patapsco Head Coach Tony Maggard. “Eastern Tech
is a quality team. A victory against Eastern Tech proves to us that we
can compete with anyone.”
The Patriots have started off 13-1 and are ranked #5 in this week’s Baltimore
poll. In addition to the Eastern Tech win,
|Tech's Eric Heim
an impressive victory at Dulaney 10-2.
There only setback was a 10-0 loss to Atholton out of Howard County.
Maggard hopes the team will use that game as motivation for the
“Our kids didn't show up. We weren't prepared for the game. We just
showed up and expected to win. You can't do that,” he added.
The team is loaded with a strong pitching staff that includes: Eric
Ryan, Rob Rychwalski and Manny Prassinas. The offense is led by all
three along with Nick Tripp, Andrew Huber, Tyler Sperry and Steve
Ramey. Huber is coming off Tommy John surgery and has started pitching
again. After an appearance in the 3A State Title Game in '08, the
Patriots are ready to head back again.
“Our coaching staff thought we had a chance to make it to the state
finals before last year because we saw the potential,” Maggard added.
“Now that we made it, the kids realize that all we need is good
pitching and defense.”
This year, Eastern Tech has a record of 11-5. While that may sound
discouraging to Tech fans, the Mavericks are a 2A team and all their
losses have been to 3A and 4A competition. This team should make a run
in the 2A playoffs. The team is led by pitcher Eric Heim and the
Mavericks are filled with offense production including Jake Mardaga,
Nick McElfish, Jerry Cooper and Joey Jones.