June 09, 1993|By Pat O'Malley

* Brandon Agamennone, Arundel, Jr., pitcher -- The junior right-hander's blue-collar style made him a winner. He was perfect for the state champs this spring, going 8-0 (including a three-hitter in the 11-2 state title win over Gaithersburg) with four saves. Agamennone, 13-2 in two varsity seasons, struck out 91 in 69 1/3 innings, yielded only 11 walks and 39 hits and posted a county-leading ERA of 0.71.

* Mike Aguilar, Meade, Sr., outfield -- Aguilar put up the best overall numbers of any county outfielder for the much-improved Mustangs (6-12). He batted .415 with a team-leading 17 RBI, five doubles, one triple, one homer and nine stolen bases. Aguilar handled 35 chances flawlessly. "Mike was as solid an outfielder you can have," said co-coach Ralph Beachley.

* Mike Cozzone, Arundel, Sr., DH/catcher -- Cozzone made a remarkable transition from infielder to catcher his senior year and played a major role in the Wildcats' banner season. He batted .528 (38-for-72) with an on-base percentage of .583, and a slugging percentage of .708. The latter figure was boosted by eight extra-base hits -- five doubles, a triple and two home runs. He committed just one error and had 19 assists.

* Matt Criscimagna, Annapolis, Sr., outfield -- Headed for Salisbury State on an academic-athletic scholarship, Criscimagna capped an outstanding high school career in football (All-County and second-team All-Metro tight end) and baseball by batting .352 for the Panthers (3-15). A member of the 11th annual All-County Academic-Athletic Team (3.47 GPA), Criscimagna had 14 RBI, eight doubles (tied for county lead), one triple, two homers and eight stolen bases.

* Ryan Dempsey, Old Mill, Sr., first base/DH -- The 6-foot-4 Dempsey was a more-than-adequate cleanup hitter for the Patriots, leading the county and tying for the metro lead in homers (seven). His 31 RBI were second only in Anne Arundel County to Player of the Year Tim Giles of Arundel. Dempsey hit .323 and had four doubles and two triples and sparkled defensively at first base. * Lee Haney, Old Mill, Sr., pitcher -- Haney was the only pitcher to beat state

4A champion Arundel this season on the way to a 6-1 campaign. The southpaw finished his three-year career with a 16-2 record. Haney, who beat Arundel, 6-5, in April on a five-hitter, struck out 51 in 50 innings and had an ERA of 2.94 for the 4A, Region IV runner-up Patriots (14-6). When he wasn't pitching, Haney played the outfield and batted .373 with four doubles, a triple and 19 RBI.

* Jeff Hedrick, Arundel, Jr., shortstop -- A three-sport standout (All-Metro defensive back in football and a point guard on the basketball team), Hedrick anchored what 20th-year coach Bernie Walter said was his finest defensive team. Hedrick committed just seven errors in 73 chances and batted .421 (32-for-76). His on-base percentage was .482, he scored 26 runs, knocked in 12 and had five doubles, two triples, one homer and nine stolen bases.

* Ryan Herzberger, Northeast, Sr., outfield -- Herzberger was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing 11-11 season for the Eagles, who were seeking their third straight state 2A title. The senior outfielder-DH, who also played occasionally at first base, batted .426 with 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and a county-leading nine doubles. Northeast lost in the 2A, Region III final to state runner-up Rockville of Montgomery County.

* John Milisitz, Severna Park, Sr., catcher -- The quintessential catcher -- great arm, great receiver who hits with power -- Milisitz did not allow anyone to steal on him this season, throwing out all 11 runners who attempted. Milisitz hit six home runs, giving him a county and state public-school career record of 15. The UMBC-bound catcher batted .500, drove in a club-leading 25 runs, scored 12, stole nine bases and had seven doubles and a triple.

* Chris Lucas, Archbishop Spalding, Sr., second base -- It was a down year at Spalding (3-11) but not because of Lucas, who will continue playing at Catonsville Community College. Lucas batted a solid .333 with a club-leading 15 RBI, 13 runs scored, nine stolen bases, nine walks, three doubles and a triple. His on-base percentage was .439, and he pitched occasionally.

* Jason White, Chesapeake, Jr.,pitcher -- Winner of the Cougars' MVP award, White, a southpaw, was 5-4 with three of his losses in extra innings, including two to state-champion Arundel. White, whose teammates scored a total of 22 runs in his nine starts, lost 3-2 in eight innings to Arundel in the regular season and a 1-0 nine-inning heartbreaker to the Wildcats in the 4A, Region IV semis. In 57 innings, White struck out 66 and posted an ERA of 1.40. White played first when not pitching and batted .313 with two homers and 13 RBI.

* Mike Wooden, North County, Soph., third base -- The only sophomore to make first team, Wooden was a solid performer at third base and on the mound in leading the third-year Knights to their first winning season (11-7). Wooden led the Knights in batting (.347), knocked in seven runs, and had six doubles and six stolen bases. As a pitcher, the right-hander was 4-3 with a no-hitter, led the county in strikeouts (84) for the regular season and had an ERA of 1.77 in 51 innings.

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