Three county players get call

June 03, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Herbert, Squibb, Wil Sowers all drafted on day 2

Boonsboro baseball coach Fred Kreiger can relate to how Keith Herbert must feel after being drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 26th round of the major league baseball draft.

After all, Kreiger has been there.

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"I remember getting drafted by the major leagues, ... it certainly is a big thrill," Kreiger said Thursday.

"We're certainly excited for Keith, this is something he's dreamed about, something most young kids dream about."

Herbert was the 776th player selected in the draft. He holds the state record for career home runs (21), and batted .438 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs this season. He went 4-0 on the mound with three saves, posting a 2.05 ERA.

The Warriors senior accepted a scholarship to Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma, but could decide to turn pro.

"He's got a full scholarship ... with an outstanding program," Kreiger said. "It depends upon the situation."


Herbert wasn't the only Warrior selected. 1996 graduate Wil Sowers was taken in the 44th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

"I'm very happy ... I've been looking forward to this my whole life," Sowers said.

"This is something Willy's been pointing toward," Kreiger said of Sowers. "He's certainly in a really great program ... they've had a great year, and he's had a great high school and college career."

Sowers, a third baseman at West Virginia State after catching for Boonsboro, recently completed his junior year. He led the team in hits (25), RBIs (19) and total bases (42), tied for the lead in doubles (8), and was second in batting and slugging percentage (.424 and .712) as the team advanced to the Division II College World Series this spring.

"College matured me a lot," Sowers said. "The biggest thing I learned is respect for the game."

Being drafted by the O's is an added bonus. "It's my hometown team, plus my parents ... that's a good thing for them, too," Sowers said.

"It's a big day for Boonsboro baseball," Kreiger said, "and I hope things work out for the best."

No draft is without surprises, so South Hagerstown's Mike Squibb joined Herbert and Sowers as draftees.

Squibb was selected with the 905th pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round.

"I'm really thrilled for Michael," Rebels coach Greg Eversole said. "Here's a kid that needs a break in life. ... All of us in baseball have this dream."

Squibb, a left-handed pitcher, went 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA, holding batters to a .253 average, second best on the team. He struck out 47 in 41 innings.

Still, his selection was unexpected.

"After a bad game, I told Michael '(The scouts) don't expect you to throw a no-hitter, they can look at you and know that you have the ability,'" Eversole said. "It's hard for kids to understand that.

"I'm excited for Michael, this is a break in life for him."

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