After displaying a season-long flair for the dramatic, Calvert Hall's Ken Konopacki is The Evening Sun All-Metro baseball Player of the Year.
The senior catcher, who led the Cardinals to their fourth straight MSA A Conference championship with a 25-8 overall record, heads The Evening Sun 1991 All-Metro first team. The Coach of the Year is Northeast-AA's Harry Lentz, and the first team includes two of his players from the unbeaten state Class 2A champions.
Konopacki batted .479 this spring and had an on-base percentage of .541. He had 41 RBIs, five doubles, two triples and eight home runs. A natural third baseman, Konopacki willingly moved behind the plate last year to fill a void in the Cardinals' defensive lineup and coach Joe Binder saw no reason to make a change this season.
"Kenny's value was immeasurable," says Binder. "Not only did he do a very good job controlling our young team from behind the plate, he always seemed to come to the plate whenever we needed a clutch hit, and he delivered all season long."
Konopacki had no bigger hit, perhaps, than his seventh-inning grand slam that culminated the Cardinals' rally from a 5-0 deficit to victory over conference rival Mount St. Joseph.
"That was a big one," says Binder, "but so was his two-run double with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Archbishop Curley."
Lentz has guided the Eagles for 24 seasons, 312 career victories, and a state championship in 1975, but admitted this year's finish is his top thrill. No team ever had won the state tournament with a 24-0 record.
Joining Konopacki and Lentz on the first team are Northeast pitcher Charlie Buckheit and outfielder Craig Everett. Buckheit had an 11-0 record and Everett went 8-0 and batted .442 as a regular outfielder when not pitching.
Southern's Jerry Fischer, a first-team pitcher, had 118 strikeouts in 62 innings entering this week's MSA B Conference best-of-three series against Gilman and standout Keith Kormanik, a first-team outfielder. Kormanik batted .610 for the Greyhounds and sported an 8-1 record on the mound when not patrolling centerfield.
Joining Kormanik and Everett in the outfield are C. Milton fTC Wright's Ken Batten, who boasted a .600 batting average for the 18-3 Mustangs.
The first-team infield, without regard to specific position, has Arundel's Scott Young, Towson's Brett Kintz, Old Mill's Eric Scott and Hammond's Jeff Cyran. Young batted .404 in helping the Wildcats to the state Class 4A title. Kintz batted .556, raising his career average to .504. Scott had a .468 average for Old Mill, a state Class 4A semifinalist, and Cyran's .430 average paced Hammond to the state Class 2A finals.
Archbishop Curley's Bryan Bowen is the first-team designated hitter, batting .486 with 35 RBIs. He also had a 9-3 record in pitching the Friars to the MSA A finals.
The All-Metro teams were selected by The Evening Sun with cooperation from many area coaches.
No. ..School.. Rec.
3.Calvert Hall 25-8
4.Old Mill 14-7
6.Mt. St. Joe 20-5
7.Perry Hall 17-3
8.C. M. Wright 18-3
9.Severna Park 13-6
10.South Carroll 16-5