High school softball: Baltimore City preview

March 23, 1993|By Tara Finnegan

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1992 record: 7-0. Coach: Dawn Giesler.

Top players: Jen Michael, Sr., 1B; Nikki Bock, Sr., C; Adrienne Van den Beemt, CF.

Outlook: The Mawrtians lost only two people from last season and are looking forward to another strong showing this year with nine veterans returning. Freshman Marcie Nitzberg will help with pitching and junior DH Ami Carneal will key the offense.

Carver Bears

1992 record: 2-3. Coach: William Seaton.

Top players: Antoinette Parrish, Jr., 3B; April Ridgeway, Jr., SS; Cassandra Miller, Soph., P.

Outlook: The Bears return with eight players from last season, including Miller on the mound, who saw a lot of playing time. Sophomores Shawntrise Lyons (RF), Jacquetta Hammond (1B) and Tanesha Williams (CF-P) will supply the offense for the Bears.

Catholic Cubs

1992 record: 9-9. Coach: Charles Hofferbert.

Top players: Amy Beall, Sr., P-1B-LF; Gidget Frey, Sr., 1B-3B; Stacey Simpson, Sr., 1B-OF.

Outlook: Beall, an All-Catholic League selection last year, batted .456 at the cleanup spot and tied for second in RBI for the Cubs, who finished third in the league and tournament last year. Contributing speed to the cause are juniors Val Argentina (IF) and Marie Morrow (IF-OF), who was second on the team in stolen bases.

City Knights

1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Julio Fernandez.

Top players: Marisol McMacken, Sr., SS; Bonita Hensley, Sr., C; Kelly Franklin, Sr., 1B; Arunda Quickly, Sr., CF-OF.

Outlook: The Knights, coming off a first-place finish in last year's City-Wide B Conference, lost five starters but have 10 players returning. Junior Julie Friedman will do some pitching, and Hensley, Franklin and Adrienne Mullikin will provide some power hitting.

Douglass Ducks

1992 record: none. Coach: Joseph Buckson.

Outlook: The Ducks return to the diamond after a two-year absence and will compete in the City-Wide C Conference.

Dunbar Poets

1992 record: 3-10. Coach: Diane Williams.

Top players: Kendra Hawes, Jr., C; Kisha Smith, Jr., P-IF.

Outlook: The Poets lost two starters from last year and have a lot of three-year veterans returning. Hawes and Smith will lead the attack as the Poets will try to improve upon their C Conference finish this year.

Edmondson Redskins

1992 record: 15-1. Coach: James James.

Top players: Oprah Holmes, Jr., SS; Peggy Birdsong, Sr., CF; Robin Joyner, Sr., P.

Outlook: The defending City-Wide C Conference Champions return with a strong offense and hopes of repeating last season's success. Holmes is one of the team's top hitters and defensive players and fourth-year pitcher Joyner, 14-1 last season, will return to the mound.

Forest Park Foresters

1992 record: 6-9. Coach: Sonia Bailey.

Top players: Keesha Powell, Sr., C; Shannon Beasley, Soph., OF; Sherri Anderson, Jr., P.

Outlook: The Foresters have 10 players back and will be tough to beat at the plate with sophomores Beasley and Trina Savage pacing the offense. Anderson will return to the mound, and senior Tonya Pearsall and sophomore Carmen Reavis will add some speed. Freshman Felicia Smith will add depth to the infield defense.

IND Indians

1992 record: 14-5. Coach: Sandy Altadonna.

Top players: Christa Engleman, Sr., P; Tiffany Wilkinson, Sr., 2B; Angie Novak, Sr., CF.

Outlook: The Indians have seven players returning from last year's Catholic League runner-up team that finished the season No. 11 in The Sun's final poll. Engleman, one of the top pitchers in the league, will return to the mound for her fourth season. Junior C Bobbi Tyree and freshman LF Robin Johnson also will help with the offense this season.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1992 record: 4-5. Coach: James Monroe.

Top players: April Brodegen, Sr., SS; Erika Montgomery, Sr., P.

Outlook: Montgomery, who pitched the second half of the season last year, will return to the mound. Brodegen, the team's top home run hitter, will lead the offense. Freshman Demetrius Coleman (2B) and sophomore Teakwon Gardner (1B) are strong fielders and solid hitters.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1992 record: 8-7. Coach: Bob Doerfler.

Top players: Jen Kisnick, Sr., P-OF-1B; Maria Karalius, Sr., P-OF; Meg Kline, Soph., 3B.

Outlook: Kisnick, Karalius and Kline are heavy hitters for the Sharpshooters, who have a young squad this year featuring six sophomores and only three seniors. Coach Doerfler thinks hitting and defense will be Mercy's strengths this season.

Mervo Mustangs

1992 record: 9-4. Coach: Daryl Wade.

Top players: LaKeita Carter, Jr., SS; Latanya Harris, Jr., 1B; Heather Quarles, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Mustangs return with a deep, experienced squad that will by led by Carter and Quarles' hitting. Donita Blackwell, Cheryl Evans and Crystal Straus also should help the offense. Quarles, who pitched three shutouts last year, is the ace of the staff.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1992 record: 3-10. Coach: Tim Jordan.

Top players: Angela Jordan, Sr., CF; Mick Kelley, Sr., SS; Tracey Coleman, Sr., P.

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