There is firm belief among baseball observers in, and around Washington County, that Hagerstown’s Christian Binford has a ticket with “Major League Baseball” written all over it.
The 6-6 righthander, property of the Kansas City Royals, was selected earlier this week to play for the United States team in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis, site of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
He is the lone representative of the Royals, an honor that should be seen that the organization has the highest regard for Binford, currently 5-3 with a 2.35 ERA.
Binford has pitched successfully at Lexington, is doing the same in Class A advanced ball at Wilmington (De.) and could be on his way to Class AA NW Arkansas shortly.
He has pitched twice recently in Frederick against the Keys and had the chance to pitch last year at Municipal Stadium against Hagerstown.
Thought I would post my guess as to whom I would select in the Tri-State area on a 10-player first team in both boys and girls for the 2013-14 basketball season. I’ll admit I did not see everyone that might have a cause for being on this team, but here goes anyway:
I will put stats with each player later.
BOYS TOP 10 (in no particular order)
1. Obi Enechionyia, Saint James
2. Justin Robinson, Saint James
3. Martin Geben, St. Maria Goretti
4. Sterling Christy, Williamsport
5. Trevon Wesco, Musselman
6. C J Burks, Hedgesville
7. Dominique Newman, Washington
8. Joel Zola, Greencastle
9. Jalen Smith, Jefferson
10. Ryan Hege, James Buchanan
Here we go on Presidents Day …. maybe we’ll get a full week of games played
1. Washington (15-0)
2. Saint James (20-3)
3. St. Maria Goretti (18-14)
4. Waynesboro (16-6)
5. Hedgesville (11-3)
6. Williamsport (17-3)
7. Musselman (13-4)
Also considered: Martinsburg (12-5), South Hagerstown (12-7), Broadfording Christian (20-8), Southern Fulton (19-3)
1. South Hagerstown (17-0)
2. Greencastle (21-1)
3. Martinsburg (14-3)
4. Southern Fulton (20-3)
5. Boonsboro (15-5)
6. Williamsport (14-6)
7. St. Maria Goretti (18-6)
Also considered: Spring Mills (11-6), James Buchanan (12-10), Shalom Christian (16-3)
For the week of games ending on Sunday, Feb. 9 here we go.
Just one small change in the girls this week where we put St. Maria Goretti in the seventh spot.
In the boys, the Top 7 teams went 8-4 this past week.
Wouldn’t you like to see South Hagerstown and Greencastle girls play one another? That would be a good one indeed. Girls 7 went 8-1 the only loss was Williamsport losing to South Hagerstown.
1. Washington (13-0)
2. Saint James (18-3)
3. Goretti (18-14)
4. Waynesboro (16-6)
5. Williamsport (15-2)
6. Martinsburg (11-4)
7. Hedgesville (11-3)
Also: Musselman (10-3), South Hagerstown (11-7), Southern Fulton (18-2), Jefferson (8-6)
1. South Hagerstown (15-0)
2. Greencastle (21-0)
3. Martinsburg (12-3)
4. Southern Fulton (18-2)
5. Boonsboro (13-4)
6. Williamsport (12-6)
7. Goretti (17-6)
Also considered: Jefferson (9-7), James Buchanan (12-10)
Here we go with not much change …. many schools didn’t play, most others just 1 game …. thanks to Mom Nature.
1. Washington (12-0)
2. Saint James (15-3)
3. St. Maria Goretti (17-13)
4. Waynesboro (15-5)
5. Williamsport (13-2)
6. Martinsburg (9-3)
7. Hedgesville (10-2)
Also considered: Musselman (10-2), South Hagerstown (10-6), Southern Fulton (15-2), Jefferson (8-5).
1. South Hagerstown (13-0)
2. Greencastle (19-0)
3. Martinsburg (11-3)
4. Southern Fulton (16-2)
5. Boonsboro (12-3)
6. Williamsport (11-5)
7. Jefferson (8-6)
Also considered: St. Maria Goretti (15-5), James Buchanan (12-10).
Here we go with the latest Super Sevens for boys and girls heading into Monday’s games. Not much is changing since many of the teams haven’t played.
1. Washington (10-0)
2. Saint James (14-3)
3. St. Maria Goretti (17-10)
4. Waynesboro (14-4)
5. Hedgesville (10-2)
6. Williamsport (10-2)
7. Musselman (8-0)
Also considered: Jefferson (7-4), Southern Fulton (12-2).
1. South Hagerstown (11-0)
2. Greencastle (16-0)
3. Southern Fulton (12-2)
4. Martinsburg (9-3)
5. Boonsboro (10-3)
6. Jefferson (7-5)
7. Williamsport (9-4)
Also considered: St. Maria Goretti (13-4).
This past Friday was the kind of night during the basketball season you like to see everywhere you go.
It was a Holy War on Friday at the Gael Center when Saint James and St. Maria Goretti got together, with the obvious focus on Obi Enechionyia and Martin Geben — two of the big names in the county.
It was fierce competition, and what I like to see was the crowd count.
The Gael Center could not have been more packed for what seating was available. Both student sections were jammed.
And from what I understand, the girl/boys doubleheader between North and South at North Hagerstown was a spectator success. I hear the admissions were cut off because of the sizeable crowd.
That’s what I like to hear and see. I wish it were all the time.
Here are the latest and greatest boys and girls Super Seven on Jan. 20
1. Washington (9-0) tough one vs. Tuscarora (Md.) Monday night
2. Saint James (12-3)
3. St. Maria Goretti (17-7)
4. Waynesboro (12-3)
5. Hegesville (9-2)
6. Williamsport (9-2)
7. Musselman (8-0)
1. South Hagerstown (9-0)
2. Greencastle (13-0)
3. Southern Fulton (10-1)
4. Martinsburg (8-3)
5. Boonsboro (10-2)
6. Williamsport (8-4)
7. St. Maria Goretti (12-4)
Here we go with the latest rankings through Jan. 11 games:
1. Washington (8-0)
2. St. Maria Goretti (15-5)
3. Saint James (10-3)
4. Hedgesville (9-1)
5. Waynesboro (9-2)
6. Williamsport (7-2)
7. Musselman (5-0)
Others considered: Southern Fulton (7-1), Jefferson (5-3)
1. South Hagerstown (6-0)
2. Greencastle (12-0)
3. Martinsburg (7-2)
4. Southern Fulton (8-1)
5. Boonsboro (8-1)
6. Williamsport (6-4)
7. St. Maria Goretti (10-4)
Others considered: Spring Mills (6-3)
IT’s not often around here you have high school basketball on a Saturday night — lest it be a marquee matchup of top teams like St. Maria Goretti and Williamsport.
That’s what we had when the two got together at Williamsport in front of a healthy crowd that watched Goretti rule early in the game and then hold off a furious Wildcat rally in the third quarter to score a 53-41 victory.
It took nearly 4 minutes for the first score of the game and in the last 4 minutes of the first quarter Goretti went on to a 12-0 lead and that was the difference.
The Gaels held a 32-12 lead, threatening an explosive blowout, before Williamsport began to wake itself. The Wildcats made it very interesting with a 20-5 run to get back in the game.
** With the quality opponents and the crowd that was on hand, it left a question in my mind.
Why not more Saturday boys basketball in Washington County, day or night?
You could have a revolving schedule of county schools with a featured game each Saturday.
Why not be able to go to a Saturday evening high school basketball game, spend a couple of dollars, then have some entertainment. I will guarantee you everyone in attendance Saturday night enjoyed the game.
** Goretti’s Martin Geben, the Notre Dame recruit, is taking a beating this year with constant double and triple-teaming by opponents. The unfortunate thing for Geben is he’s not getting all the calls he should. Opponents are ripping at his jersey as a measure of trying to disrupt his movement. He should be making double-digit visits to the foul line every game and he is not, through no fault of his own.
As a result, Geben is taking a physical beating every game, one that resembles getting welts over the body from being beaten. It will only keep getting more ready for the college game at Notre Dame.
** At the Saint James-Potomac School game last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to chat with Temple University head coach Fran Dunphy, who already has Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia signed for next season.
Dunphy was in town to look at some other potential recruits for 2015. He has a regular GPS getting him to-and-from Philadelphia with his many visits that have included stints at the Gael Center while the process was going on with Geben. We chatted for the better parts of three quarters and he was very warm and personable.