For Turpin, Sauer, year of surprises Coach, Player of the Year


June 06, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Other than sharing a first name, Walbrook baseball coach John Turpin and Patterson baseball player John Sauer have something else in common.

Name .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Year .. .. .. . Position

Ken Tolodziecki .Southern .. .. .Sophomore .. .. ... Pitcher

Ben Daniels .. .Mount St. Joseph .. Senior .. .. ... Pitcher

Peter Bogue .. .. ..Gilman .. .. .. Junior .. .. ... Catcher

Craig Maki .. .. .. Poly .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .First base

Robbie Blaylock .Mount St. Joseph ..Senior .. .. Second base

Donyae Fowlkes .. Walbrook .. .. .. Junior .. .. .Third base

Steve Matcuk .. Mount St. Joseph .. Junior .. .. . Shortstop

Dmitri Dickerson .Cardinal Gibbons .Senior .. .. .. Outfield

Matt Neighoff .. Mount St. Joseph ..Senior .. .. .. Outfield

Phil Booker .. . Boys' Latin .. ... Senior .. .. .. Outfield

Troy Scott .. .. Southern .. .. .. .Senior .. .. .. .. .. DH

First team at a glance

* Jon Armiger, Boys' Latin, Sr., catcher -- On a team that hit .427 collectively and .440 among its starters, Armiger hit .666 with 28 RBI, three home runs and 11 doubles. In leading the Lakers to their first Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title in 10 years, Armiger played through an errorless season, averaging two assists per game. He is considering a full scholarship to Coppin State or Dundalk or Essex community colleges.

* James Benton, Southern, Soph., third base -- Benton was the Bulldogs' No. 2 pitcher at 5-1 with 46 strikeouts in 30 innings. He hit .474 with two home runs, five triples and six doubles, and led the team in RBI (28) and runs scored (28) to help Southern to a 15-3 record and a CityWide championship runner-up finish.

* Buddy Edmond, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., first base -- The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder hit five home runs and had a .439 average with 23 RBI. The spark of numerous offensive rallies by the Gaels, Edmond also scored 20 runs with three doubles and four triples. Edmond will play either football or baseball at Frostburg.

* E. J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, Sr., pitcher -- In leading the Poets into the 1A playoffs, Fitzgerald had a 1.74 ERA, a 6-1 record and used a fastball, curve, changeup and screwball to strike out 65 batters in 47 innings. He also hit .502 with 11 RBI, two triples, three doubles and eight stolen bases. A quarterback in football, Fitzgerald could play both sports at either Delaware or Central State universities.

* Brian Fortman, Poly, Sr., outfield -- This fleet-footed veteran was errorless in the field and perfect on the bases (15-for-15 steals) where he scored 30 runs. Fortman, who hit .423 with 18 RBI, eight doubles, five triples and a home run, is headed for Goucher College.

* Antonio Simpson, Carver, Sr., designated hitter -- He hit .610 with two home runs, five doubles and 29 RBI with 11 steals for the 11-5 Bears, who lost to Centennial in the 3A Region III final. Playing catcher, pitcher and shortstop, Simpson had no errors and went 5-2 on the mound with a 2.69 ERA. He will play baseball at Coppin State.

* Earl Smith, Patterson, Jr., second base -- The speedy Smith was 15-for-16 in steals, scoring 28 times, batting .444 with 15 RBI and nine doubles. Smith, who committed just two errors, also was 1-0 as a relief pitcher, striking out 19 in 15 2/3 innings.

* Dominic Steward, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., outfield -- Splitting time between the outfield and catcher, the 205-pounder hit .377 with 22 RBI and hit four home runs, two triples, five doubles and 17 runs scored. Steward, who also had four stolen bases, will attend Cheney State.

* Tim Trotta, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., pitcher -- Not the Gaels' intended ace to start the year, Trotta (8-2, two saves) worked himself into the role. He isn't blessed with overwhelming speed, but mixed junk-ball pitches to strike out 47 batters in 58 innings and had an 0.96 ERA. He hit .317 with 15 RBI, two home runs and five doubles. Trotta is headed for Mount St. Mary's.

* Charles Wilhelm, Poly, Jr., shortstop -- Wilhelm hit .428 and had team highs in RBI (26), triples (seven), doubles (nine), steals (17-for-17) and home runs (three). He tied for the team lead in runs scored (30) and had six doubles. He had just four errors and started nine double plays.

+ Compiled by Lem Satterfield

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