Boteler's effort, ability resulted in dream season Glenelg junior a 'role model' 1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM Player of the Year

June 09, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Brian Boteler hits like he was born with a silver bat in his hands.

The most feared hitter in Howard County, Boteler's reputation has grown as large as this season's .470 batting average.

"He can really swing a bat," said Hammond High coach Bob Maxey. "He also has a great arm and is a super player. He always comes ready to play."

Boteler, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Baseball Player of the Year, practices hard and plays hard. He learned that from his father, George, and from his coach, Terry Coleman.

"Not since we had Greg Smith [now with the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A Iowa team] has anyone worked as hard as Brian," Coleman said. "He's a good role model for the rest of the team."

Boteler, a junior, had 31 hits in 66 at-bats this season, leaving him just five hits shy of Glenelg's single-season record set by Smith.

He had 24 RBI and scored 24 runs. He led the team in doubles with eight and he had three home runs.

Opposing coaches pitched around Boteler as much as possible. He walked a team-high 19 times, including five times during the four-game playoffs.

He also was hit by two pitches and accumulated the highest on-base percentage among Glenelg's starters at .598.

Opposing teams might have walked him more often but he batted third in the order in front of power-hitting Mike Goldberg, who led the league with seven home runs and 36 RBI.

"I got much better pitches to hit this year because Mike was behind me," the 6-foot, 200-pound Boteler said.

But Boteler would rather talk about the accomplishments of his teammates than his own.

"This was a team that had no jealousies and great chemistry," Boteler said. "A lot of us have played on the same summer teams together for a long time and everyone tries to pick you up if you're not going good."

The idea that Glenelg could win a state title was always in the back of Boteler's mind.

"Our first goal was to win the county, but we knew we were going to have a good team this season and we talked a lot about how nice it would be if we could go all the way," he said.

"There were two keys to winning the state. The first was what our sophomores accomplished; no one expected it. And the second was coming back to win the Walkersville game."

Glenelg's sophomores -- Sean Lookingbill, Mike Deming and Goldberg -- all made first-team All-County, an unprecedented accomplishment.

And in the Walkersville game Boteler went 3-for-3 with a walk and one RBI. The Gladiators trailed 7-3 going into the last inning but rallied for five runs to win. He singled during the winning rally.

For the playoffs he was 5-for-12 with five walks and three RBI.

Boteler also had three-hit games against Hammond, Mount Hebron and North Carroll.

If Boteler has something to work on for next year it is his fielding. He split the season between shortstop and third base. He struggled at shortstop and said he is more comfortable at third base.

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