When it comes to quality high school baseball, count Anne Arundel County among the nation's elite.
College and pro scouts are on record as saying that "Anne Arundel baseball is the best from top to bottom in the state of Maryland."
This year's national preseason publications are pointing to Old Mill outfielders Joe Barnes and Chuck Manns, and Arundel junior right-hander Kurt Light as among the nation's best. Also, outfielders Andy Vermillion of Arundel and Glen Burnie's Desmond Dailey have drawn attention.
I guess Arundel H.S. wasn't bad either:
By PAT O'MALLEY | June 2, 1993
Great news for Anne Arundel County baseball. For the second time in three years, the county has the No. 1 high school baseball team in the nation, the state 4A champion Arundel Wildcats (21-1).The Baltimore Sun's top 15, has had Arundel No. 1 most of the spring, and now the Easton Sports Original National High School Poll, as published by Collegiate Baseball, has vaulted coach Bernie Walter's Wildcats from No. 3 in the nation to No. 1.Arundel copped its record sixth state championship in Walter's 20 years at the Gambrills school with an 11-2 romp over the Washington area's top-ranked team, Gaithersburg (17-3)
I played for Anne Arundel Community College (1997), one of the best junior colleges in Maryland. It was interesting that almost every guy I played with in the all-star game the season before was there... I guess we didn't have the grades to go to the big schools. I believe the major league expansion was that year and I had been invited to some tryouts/workouts for the , , and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998). Not long after that my son was on his way and I had to drop baseball and figure out a plan (1999).