Annapolis Panthers

1992 Anne Arundel County Softball At A Glance

March 22, 1992

Head coach: Gloria Day (third year).

Assistant coaches: Corrine Winegrad and Gayle Gregson.

1991 record: 1-17.

Returnees: Seniors Jenny Trumbauer (SS), Leeta White (1B-3B), Nikki Finkelstein (LF) and Jenny Mauch (P); juniors Allison Dacey (C-P) and Jenny Enriquez (C-P); sophomores Brandee Olinger (2B), Uyen Do (SS-3B), Jaime Hennessey (CF) and Jenee Smith.

Newcomers: Sophomore Shannon Henderson (RF); freshmen Janelle Queen (C), Emily Nugent (3B-SS) and Avese Hillard (OF-P).

Coach's outlook: "We still have lots of little rough spots to smooth out, but overall I'm pleased with our progress. Things look promising. Last year, we only had two subs on the whole team, and this year we have four, sothere is a little bit more depth. Our freshmen are going to need some grooming. They aren't used to playing fast-pitch. If I can just keep everyone's heads in the game, and as long as everyone does the bestthat they can possibly do, that's all I can ask of them."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: The Panthers are still awfully young and still rather inexperienced compared to most of the teams in the county.The safest prediction for this group is that somehow, someway, they will find a way to win at least one game.

SPALDING CAVALIERS

Head coach: Jim Nemeth (second season).

Assistant coach: Ron Chin.

1991 record: 18-1, Baltimore Catholic League regular-season and tournament champions.

Returnees: Seniors Kim Sheridan (P), Amy Councilman (2B), Jen McKeldin (C) and Michelle Chin (OF); juniors Carrie Lycett (1B), Kelly Mabe (3B-SS), Amy Povoloski (OF) and Kelli Fickes (OF);sophomore Rachel Synowski (SS-P).

Newcomers: Junior Lisa Laumann (OF); sophomores Kathleen Legg (OF-3B) and Carrie Parsons (DH-IF).

Coach's outlook: "We want to win the regular-season and Catholic League tournament titles, go undefeated and aim for a No. 1 ranking. I really think we have the talent to do just that. We have a good mixture of kids. We have a good number of experienced seniors and a lot of young talented kids coming up. When Kim Sheridan is on, she's unhittable. Our players just have to stay focused on every pitch, every game."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Sheridan has done it before and she will do it again. Watch as the Cavaliers sweep Catholic League honors and don't be surprised if they go undefeated in spite of theirdifficult schedule.

ARUNDEL WILDCATS

Head coach: Don Banks (fourth year).

Assistant coaches: Paul Yannuzzi and Jerry Stallard.

1991 record: 7-10.

Returnees: Seniors Michelle Harrison (1B), Tara Beauchemin (SS), Pam Phipps (3B) and Tina Deal (Util); juniors Traci Koenig (P) and Heather Daffin (C); sophomores Kim Humelsline (2B), Heidi Motzer (2B) and Loren Bausell (LF).

Newcomers: Juniors Virginia Gonski (Util-P), Amy Willis (P-Util) and Brit Erslev (OF); sophomores Christine Plumb (OF) and Michelle Fowler (IF); freshmen Christy Covington (OF) and Amanda Hall (3B-IF).

Coach's outlook: "This year I'm looking for my first winning season. So far, everything is shaping up, and the team chemistry is good. The potential to have a good season is there. Our hitting is suspect, but it's improving compared tolast year -- they're making more contact, which is a good start. I think our pitching and defense will be improved, and our depth isn't too bad overall. The girls are really excited about the season, and having Paul Yannuzzi around is a great plus."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: If normalcy prevails, Arundel probably will fight it out with Broadneck for third in the Bay Division behind Northeast and North County. The Wildcats will have to lean on the bats of Koenig and Daffin in order to top the .500 mark.

BROADNECK BRUINS

Head coach: Bruce Springer (first season).

Assistant coaches: Steve Chapman andPaul Nissenmeyer.

1991 record: 7-11.

Returnees: Seniors Ava Tasker (SS), Holly Mowry (C), Jen Jasick (OF), Nikki Green (OF), RachelSassi (IF) and Jen Raspowski (1B); junior Kristen Weaver (OF).

Newcomers: Junior Dana Brittle (2B); sophomore Kristen Butner (P).

Coach's outlook: "We want to improve every time we go out on the field. In every game, we want to get a little bit better. We want to try to eliminate mental mistakes. Everybody is going to make a physical mistake, but you want to eliminate the mental ones. If we do that, we feel we might be in most of these games that we play. I'm more or lesstaking the same approach that I do in basketball, and that's teach the basics and the fundamentals, and then the rest hopefully will come. And I guess that will probably take time."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Don't count on Broadneck making a miraculous turnaround simply because Springer is at the helm. While he's a proven winner on the basketball court, it's too much to expect him to have these Bruins in the playoffs right away. As he said, it will take time. But if Butner can throw strikes and move the ball around, the Bruins will be competitive.

CHESAPEAKE COUGARS

Head coach: Dennis Thiele (eighth season).

Assistant coaches: Lin Sullivan and William Lewis.

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