First team at a glance


June 04, 1993|By Kevin Eck

* PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Christa Engleman, IND, senior pitcher -- Engleman had been regarded as one of the area's top pitchers during the past three seasons, but one victory eluded her: a win over Archbishop Spalding in the Catholic League championship game. She rectified that this season, pitching a four-hit shutout in the Indians' 2-0 title victory over the Cavaliers. Engleman went 14-3 -- winning her last 13 decisions -- with a 0.86 ERA. She struck out 129 and gave up 57 hits in 105 2/3 innings. Engleman, who has accepted a full softball scholarship to St. Joseph's in Philadelphia, finished as IND's leader in career wins (53-17) and struck out 468 in 392 innings. Not a hard thrower, Engleman baffled hitters with her drop and her changeup, a pitch she worked on getting more movement on during the off-season. "I'm more of a junk pitcher," Engleman said. "I realize you can't throw hard all the time, and it seems like the harder you throw, the better the batter likes it because that's what they're used to seeing."

* COACH OF THE YEAR: Julio Fernandez, City -- The Knights lost five starters from last season's team that finished .500 and had several question marks at key positions. But Fernandez stressed fundamentals and successfully blended several freshmen with his returnees to lead City (10-6 overall, 10-4 league) to a surprising second-place tie in the City-Wide 2A-4A Division. "We just concentrated on the basics," said Fernandez, who, like most city softball coaches, does not have a junior varsity. "Catching, running and hitting. That's the name of the game. Just execute and stay focused on every play of the game." Fernandez managed to get the most out of his players' abilities and instilled a winning attitude. "I was really pleased with the way the girls hustled and gave it their all," said Fernandez, in his fifth season. "They never quit."

* Danielle Addington, Poly, senior, designated hitter -- A four-year starter, Addington was the Engineers' catcher and cleanup hitter the past three seasons. Addington hit over .400 every year, including this season, when she was the area's second-leading hitter (.651). "I think she's one of the top defensive catchers. She really knows the game and picked it up fast," said Poly coach Norm Perry.

* Kim Aviles, Western, sophomore, catcher -- Despite the graduation of 1992 City Player of the Year Sonya Jones, catching remained a strength at Western, thanks to Aviles. She was among the Doves' leaders in hitting (.500), led the team in RBI (31) and formed the city's best battery with pitcher Tracy Gruzs. Aviles also had four doubles and four triples and was one of the team leaders. In postseason play, Aviles went 4-for-7 with a triple and two RBI.

* Amy Beall, Catholic, senior, infielder -- A two-time Catholic League All-Star, Beall led the Cubs in home runs (three) and doubles (six) and tied for the lead in triples (two). She batted .455 with 12 RBI and played solid defense at first base. Beall also pitched for Catholic, going 6-2 with 37 strikeouts in 60 innings. "She's an outstanding softball player with a good head for the game. She was an outstanding team leader," said Catholic coach Charles Hofferbert.

* Jennifer Cadden, Southern, senior, infielder -- Cadden helped lead the Bulldogs to a 16-2 record and a berth in the Class 3A

regional playoffs. She was the metro area's leader in batting (.652) and home runs (five), and she was second in RBI (31). Cadden was also among the area's leaders in doubles (six) and triples (four), and she scored 25 runs. She committed just three errors at shortstop. "She has definitely been the catalyst of our team," Southern coach Jack Nehsmann said.

* Tracy Conner, Patterson, senior, infielder -- Her hitting and speed helped the Clippers to a 12-5 record and a second-place finish in the City-Wide 2A-4A Division. A shortstop, Conner batted .525 and led the Clippers with 27 RBI. She also had two home runs, two doubles and a triple. Conner scored 29 runs and stole 36 bases. She had an RBI, scored the winning run and stole two bases to help the Clippers hand Western its only league loss, 4-3.

* Shannon Delaney, Patterson, sophomore, outfielder -- Clippers coach Derek Maki wanted his team to make things happen and Delaney did just that. Delaney, Patterson's leadoff hitter, stole 53 bases, scored 39 runs and led the team in hitting with a .575 average. Maki estimated that at least a third of Delaney's 42 hits were bunt singles. A center fielder, she also pitched for the Clippers and won three games.

* Kristan Ehrman, IND, sophomore, infielder -- Ehrman, a shortstop, helped solidify the left side of the Indians' infield and also sparked the offense. She committed just two errors and batted .457. Ehrman led the metro area with eight triples and also was among the area's leaders in doubles (seven) and RBI (28). She had a key triple in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding in the Catholic League championship game.

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