First team at a glance 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

June 07, 1993|By Bill Free

* Tim Beck, South Carroll, Jr., shortstop -- The versatile middle infielder led the Cavaliers in seven categories and hit .349, earning him a first-team berth on the Central Maryland Conference team. He was No. 1 for South Carroll in runs scored (23), stolen bases (nine), slugging percentage (.637), on-base percentage (.612), triples (four), walks (23) and assists (35). Beck also hit three home runs for the Cavaliers, who rallied from a dismal start to finish 7-11 and contend for a 3A regional playoff berth.

* Doug Coppeler, Liberty, Sr., outfield -- After getting off to a slow start offensively, Coppeler came back strong to finish with four home runs to tie South Carroll's Brian Yanick for the county home-run lead. He also hit .321, had 13 RBI, stole nine bases, and made only two errors. Coppeler was a co-captain for the Lions and was considered one of the top defensive outfielders in the CMC.

* Todd Dickensheets, Westminster, Sr., DH -- Dickensheets started the year hot, hitting around .800 and finished with a county-best .474 average. He was the only player to hit over .400 in the county this season. "He was hitting everything in the hole at the start of the season and drove in timely runs for us," Westminster coach Carl Rihard said. "He also knocked down some fences with some hard shots late in the season

that went for extra bases." Dickensheets struck out only three times and had eight walks.

* Todd Dorsey, Westminster, Sr., outfield -- Although Dorsey didn't have the kind of senior season he had hoped for offensively (.317), he was still the most feared hitter of the county champions. Opposing pitchers often pitched around Dorsey. Although Dorsey didn't hit over .400 as he did as a junior, he did steal 10 bases, had 12 RBI, three doubles and two triples, threw out three runners and made several outstanding catches in center field. "Todd gets the quickest read on a fly ball of anybody I've seen in a long time," Rihard said.

* Brett Haines, Westminster, Sr., third base -- Every successful team has a "pepper guy" and Haines was that player for the Owls, who went 12-7 overall, won the county title with a 5-1 record, shared the CMC championship with an 8-4 mark and finished third in a tough Class 4A, Region I. Haines started the season at shortstop, moved to third when Paul Reter got hurt, also played some outfield and second base, and could play anywhere on the field. "Brett loves to talk to our pitchers and keep them in the game," Rihard said. "He was our holler guy and one of our leaders."

* Don Hudgins, North Carroll, Sr., outfield -- In a Cinderella-like season for the Panthers, who went from a 5-13

record in 1992 to 11-7 this season, Hudgins did it all offensively and even turned in some outstanding pitching efforts when he wasn't in the outfield. Hudgins hit .371, had 22 RBI, a .462 on-base percentage, .613 slugging percentage, two home runs, three triples and three doubles.

* Charlie Kuykendall, South Carroll, Sr., first base -- Kuykendall broke four career offensive records for the Cavaliers, including top batting average (.417), RBI (53), hits (75) and doubles (13). In addition to his hitting prowess, Kuykendall was a pretty fair junk-ball pitcher, first baseman and outfielder. He was a three-year starter.

* Geoff Little, North Carroll, Sr., second base -- This energetic athlete seemed to always find a way to get on base and score runs. He got hit by pitches five times, hit .396, had an on-base percentage of .586, was 9-of-9 in stolen-base attempts and scored 22 runs. He also had a .930 fielding percentage for the Panthers. Little earned a first-team CMC berth and a spot on the Regional South team that was chosen from more than 40 schools.

* Dave Ruskey, Francis Scott Key, Sr., outfield -- "A cannon for an arm" was Ruskey's trademark as he starred in center field and on the mound for the 10-10 Eagles, who advanced to the 1A regional final before losing to Bruns

wick. He hit .382 and had three home runs and 12 RBI. Key coach Bob Caples said Ruskey "was impossible to hit sometimes." Overall, Caples said Ruskey was the most improved player on the team.

* Jason Smith, Francis Scott Key, Sr., pitcher -- There was nothing flashy about Smith until you looked at his numbers after the season. He had a 5-1 record, a 1.31 earned-run average, struck out 61 and walked just 11. Throwing strikes was his game as a three-year starter for the Eagles, and he turned in some impressive performances -- such as when he shut out South Hagerstown, 1-0, didn't walk a batter and struck out 10. He also threw a two-hitter against Boonsboro.

* Brian Yanick, South Carroll, Sr., catcher -- The Cavaliers' three-year championship reign in Carroll County ended this season, but Yanick still stood tall as one of the best hitting catchers in the area. He hit four home runs to share the county lead with Liberty's Doug Coppeler, had 16 RBI and hit .311. Yanick also tied two school records this season -- most home runs in a game with two against Frederick and most home runs in a season with four. He was a three-year starter.

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