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Mid-Maryland All-Star Classic set for May 30

May 21, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown statistician and MVAL Web site administrator Dave Foltz must feel a little like Extreme Home Makeover star Ty Pennington.

They both live by the same theory: The next thing you do has to be bigger and better than the last.

Fresh off the success of the Washington County High Rock Roundball Classic in March, Foltz is at it again. But his latest adventure - the Mid-Maryland All-Star Baseball Classic, scheduled for May 30 at Municipal Stadium - includes 30 schools from four counties, with 88 seniors slated to participate in the two contests.

"It's just a little bit bigger," Foltz said. "The initial plan was just to do Washington County, but I put a little note on the MVAL baseball Web site and a couple Frederick County coaches viewed it and asked me if I considered including the other MVAL schools. One thing led to another and it snowballed. All the coaches were saying that's one thing they wish they had, was an All-Star game."

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The coaches got their wish.

"Probably the day after the Roundball Classic, I got an e-mail from (St. Maria Goretti athletic director) Carol Brashears telling me I ought to do it," Foltz said. "Then (former Boonsboro High School coach) Fred Kreiger got on board and said I should try to do something. I kept getting other e-mails from people, and it didn't take too much arm twisting because I had fun doing the Roundball Classic."

Foltz said admission will be $5 and will include both games - the small-school game at 5 p.m. and the big-school contest at 7:45.

Just like the Roundball Classic, Foltz hopes college and pro scouts come to Municipal Stadium to watch the area's best seniors play.

"We've sent some info out to colleges, and Fred's handled that because he does some stuff with the pro side, so he's made some calls on that end," Foltz said. "Hopefully, the word gets out."

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