Mayo is a tiny village on the outskirts of Annapolis. Mere lack of size, however, has not deterred the town from fielding perhaps the best American Legion baseball team in the state.

Will Trinidad has coached the team for the past several weeks as regular manager Bernie Walter traveled to Minneapolis to scout the U.S. Olympic Festival. The head of the United States Junior Olympic baseball program, Walter must assemble an 18-player squad to take part in September's world tournament in Cuba.

Despite Walter's absence, Mayo has a 30-3 record while playing in three leagues this summer -- the American Legion, the Connie Mack League and the Eddie Brooks 20-and-under league.

Mark Foster, a graduate of Old Mill on full scholarship at Richmond, paces the team's rotation with a 5-0 record. Trinidad calls him "the best left-hander in Maryland. He pitches all our difficult games for us."

Ex-Old Mill teammate Clark Wagner, a recent Maryland All-Star, has been outstanding at the plate (.430 average) and defensively at first base.

After a 9-0 win over second-place Annapolis Saturday, Mayo (15-0) leads the Legion's Anne Arundel County division.

Raymond Doubles

The hottest player in Montgomery County summer baseball could be Matt Raymond, a Bethesda-Chevy Chase ninth-grader who has been a two-team star.

"Matt has been our hottest hitter, as well as our top closer," said Jim Krichbaum, coach for Bethesda's American Legion team.

Raymond has divided his time between first base and the mound for Bethesda, helping his squad turn a disquieting 1-3 start into its current 8-5 mark. He is hitting above .500 while his relief pitching was key in Bethesda's upset of Cissell Saxon, Montgomery County's premier Legion team.

Raymond's efforts have complemented fine starting pitching from two Walt Whitman High teammates. Matt Moore tossed a one-hit shutout against Gaithersburg two weeks ago and Andrew Grossman earned the victory over Saxon.

Leading one team to a winning record is not enough; Raymond has also propelled the Potomac Orthopedic team to success in the Montgomery County Boys' Baseball Association.

"Raymond has definitely been the key player for {Potomac Coach} Joe Hayden," said Eddie Berger. "He's the best out there."

The best out there among MCBBA teams, though, is Berger's Potomac Boys Club team, which is 8-0-1 and first in the league's Western Division. Potomac is led by Wootton catcher Lance Matthews, Good Counsel pitcher Mike Colucci and the coach's son, shortstop Randy Berger of Wootton.

Friday, Potomac meets second-place Carderock (6-1) at Cabin John Regional Park at 7:30 p.m.

Stars Stand Out

The Gaithersburg City slow-pitch softball league is one of the few in the area that keeps individual statistics in all of its leagues. Checked twice and verified was a recent streak by first baseman Carey Fisher of State Farm in the men's slow-pitch Thursday C league. Over a four-week stretch, Fisher had 20 consecutive hits in 20 official at-bats.

The leading hitter in all Gaithersburg leagues is outfielder Joe Laniank, who entered the week hitting .650 for Il Forno (10-4) in the Monday Over-35 league. The top home run hitter in Gaithersburg is third baseman Dan Rascher of Marcolin and Rascher (10-0) in the Red league, the city's top C division. He entered the week with nine homers. . . .

A team of local high school all-stars will go to the Junior AAU baseball tournament, starting July 27, in Tampa, Fla. Among the members of the Capital Rebels will be Matt Raymond, Randy Berger, Wheaton's Scott Crim, Walter Johnson's Chun Rhim, and Dave Seidel and Ryan Lambert, members of the 1990 Maryland Class 3A high school champion Paint Branch team and currently playing with Cissell Saxon.