* Julie Backof, Westminster, Jr., outfield -- Backof le Westminster to its first Carroll County title since 1989, batting .500 with six doubles, five triples, three home runs, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored. She moved from left field to center this year and committed just one error.
* Lori Congdon, Chesapeake-AA, Sr., pitcher -- Sidelined early in the year because of illness, Congdon turned what could have been a lost season into another rousing success by going 14-0 and yielding three earned runs in 95 innings. She gave up 48 hits, walked 10 and struck out 157. Using a slap-hitting technique, Congdon raised her average from .051 last season to .394 with seven runs scored and four RBI. She is heading to La Salle University.
* Christa Engleman, IND, Sr., pitcher -- Engleman pitched IND to the Catholic League championship, going 14-3 with a 0.86 ERA. She won her last 13 decisions, including a four-hit, 2-0 victory over Spalding in the league tournament final. In 105 2/3 innings, Engleman gave up 57 hits and struck out 129, relying primarily on a drop and changeup. She will pitch next spring for St. Joseph's in Philadelphia.
* Jodi Kielman, Glenelg, Jr., infield -- One of Howard County's most dangerous hitters, Kielman led Glenelg in eight offensive categories. In 70 at-bats, she hit .500 with 11 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 28 RBI, 29 runs and a .574 on-base average. She struck out only five times in 87 plate appearances, and was fourth on the team with 14 steals. Far from being a one-dimensional player, Kielman committed one error at first base.
* Lori Lynch, Glen Burnie, Sr., catcher -- Lynch transferred from Old Mill before the season and provided much-needed leadership to a young team. She also provided some outstanding numbers from the leadoff spot: A .460 batting average, 10 RBI, 14 steals, a .581 on-base average and just four strikeouts in 50 plate appearances. Blessed with a strong and accurate throwing arm, Lynch's .950 fielding percentage included one error while playing the outfield. She received Glen Burnie's Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational awards.
* Kelly Mabe, Spalding, Sr., infield -- Having switched from third -- base to shortstop, Mabe batted .453 (24-for-53) with four doubles, 20 RBI, 22 runs scored and 15 steals.
One of the top hitters and fielders in the Catholic League, she made just two errors in 47 chances. Mabe will attend Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J.
* Michelle Manner, Chesapeake-AA, Jr., infield -- Manner played outstanding defense at second base and wielded one of the most potent bats in Chesapeake's lineup. She hit .373 (31-for-83) with two doubles, one triple, 22 RBI and 25 runs scored. She also stole 13 bases and walked twice, and became known for producing in the clutch, both offensively and defensively.
* Stacey Necessary, Chesapeake-AA, Sr., outfield -- Batting second in the order, Necessary hit .342 (26-for-76) with two doubles, seven RBI, 18 steals and 25 runs scored. One of the fastest and most versatile Cougars, she also played two infield ,, positions. She will be remembered most for stealing two bases and scoring the winning run in the eighth inning of the 4A state final. Necessary will attend Kutztown (Pa.) State.
* Kim Ruprecht, Atholton, Soph., designated hitter -- Ruprecht led Atholton in batting average (.380), hits (27), RBI (22), doubles (seven) and triples (four). She also pitched for the Raiders, winning 11 games.
* Jen Spampinato, Severna Park, Jr., utility -- Spampinato pitched, played first base and played the outfield. Displaying one of the most powerful strokes in Anne Arundel County, Spampinato batted .388 with two doubles, three triples, two home runs and 15 RBI. On the mound, the left-hander went 5-1 with 55 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
* Tracy Starke, Chesapeake-AA, Sr., outfield -- Batting leadoff, the speedy Starke posted a .378 average (28-for-74) with four doubles, two triples, 11 RBI, 15 steals and 26 runs scored. She also drew seven walks and played sensational defense in right and center field. The Cougars' No. 1 captain, Starke will attend Shippensburg University.
* Rachel Synowski, Spalding, Jr., pitcher -- Synowski is the latest in a long line of excellent pitchers at Spalding. Her 12-3 record included two no-hitters (one perfect game) and four one-hitters. She had a 0.15 ERA and allowed 39 hits, nine walks and two earned runs in 91 2/3 innings. Synowski also struck out 143 batters and made just one error in 28 chances. Offensively, she ** batted .457 (21-for-46) with nine RBI, 13 runs scored and 15 walks. She stole nine bases in nine attempts.
1993 ALL-METRO SOFTBALL TEAM
Player of the Year: Jaime Long, Chesapeake-AA
Coach of the Year: Dennis Thiele, Chesapeake-AA
Name .. .. .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Year .. .. .. .. Position
Lori Congdon .. .. Chesapeake-AA .. .. Senior .. .. .. ..Pitcher
Christa Engleman .. .. IND .. .. .. .. Senior .. .. .. ..Pitcher