Atholton, Glenelg and Mount Hebron each placed three first-team players on The Howard County Sun's All-County baseball team.
Atholton (14-7, 11-3 league) and Glenelg (12-6, 11-3) shared the county title. Mount Hebron (13-8, 9-5) finished third.
The Raiders, who entered the season with high expectations, won their first nine league games and then hit a tailspin by losing three of their last five league contests during a team batting slump.
The Gladiators had lower expectations, but managed to overcome a similar batting slump with defense and pitching to catch Atholton on the final day of the regular season. The Gladiators were helped by Mount Hebron's upset win over the Raiders.
In a season dominated by an unusually high number of above-average pitchers, one player managed to hit them all -- Atholton second baseman Brian Van Deusen. He's The Howard County Sun's Player of the Year.
During Glenelg's stretch run, the team had a string of five straight 2-1 games, winning four. For his efforts in helping produce a team that practiced sound fundamental baseball even in tight situations, Glenelg coach Terry Coleman is Coach of the Year.
It was a year of extremes. Glenelg won four straight 2-1 games. But Hammond, the defending county champ, twice gave up 22 runs in losses.
Centennial hit for the home run cycle against Hammond with a grand slam, a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a bases-empty homer -- all in one inning.
Here's a brief rundown on each of the all-stars of 1992.
Atholton senior left-hander Bryan Egolf proved to be a talented pitcher. He compiled a 5-2 record with 69 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings pitched. His ERA was 2.64.
For two of his best efforts he received no decisions -- a seven-inning no-hitter against Mount Hebron that a Raiders reliever lost in the eighth, and a seven-inning two-hitter against Glenelg that the Raiders lost in extra innings.
He also threw a no-hitter for five innings against Oakland Mills, finishing up with a three-hit, 3-1 win.
His only losses while on the mound were to Mount Hebron and Thomas Johnson, the latter a rain-shortened, five-inning 3-2 contest that was called when Atholton had the bases loaded.
Egolf batted .343 with seven extra-base hits and 14 RBI.
Kevin Roland, Glenelg's ace senior right-hander, had a deceiving 5-4 record. His 1.59 ERA tells a truer story of his importance.
He fanned 57 and walked 32 in 57 innings, and gave up 31 hits.
One loss was in a two-inning stint against Maryland Scholastic Association power Calvert Hall. One loss was a one-third inning stint against the MSA's Loyola. Another was to Oakland Mills when his teammates committed eight errors.
For two of his better efforts he received no decisions: a seven-inning stint against Atholton in a game the Gladiators won 2-1, and a six-inning effort against Mount Hebron, a game Glenelg won, 8-6.
Roland threw a no-hitter against Hammond and a one-hitter in which he fanned 13 against Oakland Mills.
Senior Tony Scarzello of Oakland Mills batted .365 (23-62) with 14 RBI, three triples, a home run and a double.
Few people could steal on him.
"He was head and shoulders above every other catcher, the best the county," Oakland Mills coach Bill Winder said.
First baseman Chris Leinauer of Mount Hebron hit .356 (21-59) and led the league in RBI with 28. He had nine extra-base hits and 13 stolen bases.
He slugged two home runs against Hammond and one against Atholton. As a fielder, the senior made 133 putouts with no errors.
Tony Yanero, a Mount Hebron senior, batted .381 (24-63) with 18 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 21 runs scored. As a shortstop, he made only seven errors in 75 chances. He hit a key homer against Oakland Mills, and a three-run triple that broke open a win against Liberty.
Joe Goldberg of Glenelg hit .340 (18-53) with five doubles, two homers and 19 RBI. He was one of Glenelg's few key offensive players. The senior fanned only four times, walked 12 times and had an on-base percentage of .463. He made 11 errors in 72 chances at shortstop.
Third baseman George Boteler of Glenelg batted .388 (19-for-49) with 19 RBI and the sophomore was so respected by opposing teams that he drew four intentional walks, two of them in the regional semifinal game against Allegany. He had two homers, 15 walks and a .515 on-base percentage. Boteler had the game-winning hit in extra innings to beat Atholton, 2-1.
Bobby Lane of Wilde Lake hit a league-leading .520 (26-for-50) to earn a spot as designated hitter.
The senior had nine extra-base hits, including two homers, and he knocked in 20 runs.
Billy Mills of Atholton batted .373 (22-for-59) including seven extra-base hits and 19 RBI. The senior did not make an error in right field for the Raiders.
Tony Califano of Mount Hebron batted .406 with nine extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The speedy center fielder, a senior, covered a lot of ground and made 29 putouts without an error.
Joe Brewer of Hammond hit .411 (23-for-56) with seven doubles, 10 RBI and 20 runs scored. His slugging percentage was .536. He stole 10 bases. In the field, the junior made 31 putouts without an error.