PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The most complete player yet from talent-rich Anne Arundel County. Jakubowski (10-2, 0.33 ERA, 131 strikeouts, 6 walks in 95 innings) had a perfect game, 2 no-hitters, and batted .507 with 4 HRs and 26 RBI. She no-hit Springbrook in the Class 4A semifinal, striking out 10, and was 4-for-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI, a steal of home and a 280-foot HR. Jakubowski 1-hit Frederick on 13 strikeouts, 6-0, for the state title. The cog of 3 state championship teams, she has a full scholarship to Furman.
Lawton's 23rd team at Western started out with the usual lack of experience. She had 1 senior and 2 freshmen in the lineup, and no JV or feeder system to draw upon. But Lawton cultivated what proved to be the Doves' signature, strength up the middle, brought along her younger players and got the most from her few veterans. Western responded with a 12-1 season and Lawton's 10th City-Wide League championship. She is 179-47, with 1 losing season (1983) in 23 years. The Gophers' state title hopes ended with a knee injury that kept Ackerman from the playoffs. Her .780 slugging percentage, .458 batting average and 24 RBI had led their advance. The 3-year starter has played third, second, short and outfield. She has accepted a scholarship offer from UMBC.
Beech used her .600 on-base percentage (.545, 30 hits, 15 walks) to steal 41 bases in 45 attempts and score 28 runs. She had 11 RBI and made only 2 errors in her last 135 chances at second base. Beech and Northeast P Kristy Zulka have scholarships to Campbell (N.C.) College.
SS Cannon's scholarship to South Carolina is the largest for a non-pitcher from Maryland. She has started 4 years at shortstop, and her errors total has declined each season. This year, Cannon hit .400 (.543 on-base), had 25 RBI batting leadoff and committed 5 errors in 72 chances.
In her 4-year career, Grokas threw out all but 2 runners trying to steal. Only 5 attempted it this season. She also is a fine receiver. Grokas hit .486 with 19 RBI. She begins police training after graduation.
Johnson's consistency led the Panthers to state 3A titles in 1990-91. Her 4 years at shortstop also brought 3 regional crowns. In her senior season, Johnson batted .471 with 12 extra-base hits (6 triples) for 29 RBI and 21 runs. She will play at Western Maryland.
Lazor, the starting shortstop on a record 4 straight state Class 2A championship teams, batted .339 with 20 hits, 20 runs and 12 RBI. She committed only 3 errors in 69 chances. Lazor has a full tuition grant to Shepherd (W.Va.) University.
Schmittle's versatility helped youthful Old Mill to the playoffs. She hit .327 (with 7 triples) while playing infield, outfield, pitching and catching, accounting for 10 of Old Mill's 13 wins with 2 decisive hits and an 8-5 record (0.98 ERA, 108 strikeouts, 21 walks in 77 innings).
Sheridan's only loss in 15 decisions was to state 2A champion Northeast, 1-0, on 1 of 2 earned runs she gave up all year (0.15 ERA). She struck out 180 and walked 7 in 96 innings.
Chesapeake P Jakubowski has said that she fears Sutton more than anyone else. Why? Because the Region IV finalists' leadoff batter makes things happen. This year, she hit .440 with an on-base percentage of .561, 33 hits, 26 runs and 13 RBI. She stole 19 bases in 21 attempts.