The first team at a glance

1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM

June 04, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht

* Kari Chichester, Centennial, Sr., C -- A four-year varsity starter, Chichester has excelled behind the plate for three seasons, during which she started 65 straight games at catcher. This year, her work was instrumental in the development of sophomore pitcher Kim May. She threw out 12 base stealers, committed three errors in 24 games and batted .408 with six doubles, 13 RBI and 10 steals.

* Jessica Cyran, Hammond, Jr., 3B -- The brightest spot for the 5-12 Golden Bears, Cyran batted a team-high .529 with 20 runs and 19 RBI, also team-highs. She struck out only four times in 68 at-bats.

* Kathy Gallagher, Centennial, Jr., OF -- A part-time player last year, Gallagher emerged as the Eagles' primary offensive threat in the cleanup spot this spring. She led the team with a .476 batting average, 40 hits and 31 RBI. She also scored 19 runs.

* Jeanine Lee, Centennial, Jr., 2B -- One of the tougher outs in a Centennial lineup that averaged nearly nine runs, Lee batted .357 and made

her 25 hits count like no one else on the Eagles. She was third on the team with 25 RBI, second with 10 steals and kept other rallies going by walking 15 times for an on-base average of .573.

* Kim May, Centennial, Soph., P -- The key to Centennial's drive to the 3A state final, May put early-season control problems behind her, finishing with a 16-5 record. In 144 innings, she gave up just 63 hits and recorded 173 strikeouts. She finished with a 1.80 ERA. She also helped her own cause by hitting .342 with 15 RBI.

* Kristen Milio, Mount Hebron, Jr., IF -- The toughest out in the 7-9 Vikings' lineup, Milio led the team with a .532 batting average and an .809 slugging average, thanks to her seven doubles and three triples. She also scored 18 runs and knocked in a team-high 24.

* Emily Moore, Howard, Jr., OF -- One of the top defensive outfielders in the league, Moore made only two errors in 16 games and ran down countless drives by opposing hitters. She also led the team with a .375 average and used her speed to steal a team-high 22 bases, which led to a team-high 21 runs.

* Kim Ruprecht, Atholton, Soph., DH -- Although Ruprecht struggled at season's end on the mound to finish with an 11-9 record and a 4.13 ERA, that didn't hurt her production at the plate. She led the Raiders in batting average (.380), hits (27), RBI (22), doubles (seven) and triples (four).

* Kerri Semmont, Howard, Sr., SS -- Semmont scored her biggest points by playing the finest defense of any infielder in the county. In 16 games, she committed only two errors, and one of those came on her first chance of the season. She also threw out four runners at the plate with relay throws. Offensively, Semmont was the ideal leadoff hitter. She batted .372, scored 17 runs and walked a team-high 25 times for an on-base average of .603.

* Lyndsay Smyth, Glenelg, Jr., P -- A first-year pitcher who transferred from New Jersey, Smyth quickly established herself as the Gladiators' No. 1 starter. In 15 games, she posted a 10-4 record. She gave up 86 hits, walked only 26 batters in 98 innings and struck out 50. Her ERA was 2.42.

* Lory Wineman, Glenelg, Sr., IF -- Wineman wound up an outstanding four-year career with another fine season. She batted .390 with a team-high 21 singles, led the Gladiators with 19 steals and struck out twice in 64 at-bats. She was third on the team with 19 runs scored. And she committed only five errors at shortstop. She is a four-time All-County selection.

* Joy Younce, Glenelg, Sr., OF -- A three-year starter, Younce was perhaps the best defensive outfielder in the county for the past two seasons. This year, she did not commit an error in 21 games. Offensively, she set the table for Lory Wineman and Jodi Kielman by hitting .415, walking 12 times for a .535 on-base average, stealing 15 bases and scoring 20 runs, second on the team.

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