Look for familiar faces to lead way again in '94 1994 CITY/COUNTY SOFTBALL PREVIEW

March 17, 1994|By Rich Scherr

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1993 record 0-12. Coach: Jackie Tackett.

Top players: Kate Bisset, Jr., IF; Tina Olson, Jr., IF; Leah Clelland, 7th grade, IF.

Outlook: The Eagles will be young and thin, but not without potential. Tackett says she'll work with what she's got and try to put some wins in the book after an 0-12 season.

Catonsville Comets

1993 record: 9-5. Coach: Steve Miller.

Top players: Krista Cantafio, Sr., C; Angelique McDonald, Jr., P; Kelly Chavis, Jr., 1B; Krista Bayne, So., CF.

Outlook: The Comets have high hopes of returning to the regional semifinals, but inexperience may stand in the way. They lost several starters, including both middle infielders, and will have to rely on JV call-ups. McDonald, however, could be the key. With a good year, this team can make it back to the playoffs.

Chesapeake Bayhawks 1993 record: 9-5. Coach: Randi Manfredi.

Top players: Kristin Strehlein, Sr., LF; Dawn, Simmons, Sr., CF; Char Pessaro, Sr., P; Kristen Evans, Fr., P.

Outlook: After losing several key players -- including their all-County catcher and shortstop -- the Bayhawks will have to rely on a number of young players. On the plus side, they've looked good in preseason practice, and Manfredi thinks they'll be competitive.

Dulaney Lions 1993 record: 10-4. Coach: Elaine Lindsay.

Top players: Julie Green, Sr., P; Whitney McClelland, Sr., 3B; Kristen Dyke, Sr. OF; Heather Truxel, Jr., IF-C.

Outlook: The Lions, who advanced to last year's state semifinals before falling to Chesapeake-AA, are led by their pitching. Green, a first-team all-county selection, had an ERA under 1.00 last season. The key will be offensive production. If the Lions can score, they could be in for a return trip to the states.

Dundalk Owls 1993 record: 12-3. Coach: Pat Mongan.

Top players: Katie Marsheck, Jr., P; Missy Bafitis, Sr., CF; Mindy Hosgood, Sr., 3B; Laura Klug, Sr., C.

Outlook: If 90 percent of the game is pitching, the the Owls are in for another whale of a season. Marsheck made first-team all-county last year with a 0.33 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 85 innings. Bafitis was all-county as well, hitting .319 in center field. The Owls hope to at least match last year's achievement of reaching the state semifinals.

Eastern Technical Mavericks 1993 record: 10-2. Coach: Marian Klein.

Top players: Kerri Hedrick, Sr., P; Angie Nichols, Sr., C; Erin Fitzpatrick, Sr., 1B; Brandi Anselmi, Jr., OF; Brandy Howell, Jr., OF.

Outlook: After making it to the first round of the regional playoffs, the Patriots were rewarded with a schedule that includes two meetings each with county powers Dulaney, Perry Hall and Dundalk. Batting and defense will be the team's strong suit, but pitching -- specifically their ability to throw strikes -- will be the Patriots' question mark.

Franklin Indians 1993 record: 4-11. Coach: Rick Wiscott.

Top players: Cindy Coleman, Sr., 3B; Stacey Lotterer, Sr., SS; Kara Wingate, Fr., P; Jessica McGraw, Fr., C.

Outlook -- The Indians return the nucleus of last year's team plus a number of talented freshmen. Wiscott leads the way after 19 years as the school's baseball coach. Though he's never played or coached softball, he believes the Indians will be competitive.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies 1993 record: 3-3. Co-coaches: Karen Murphy and Gabrielle Mercier.

Top players: Nannie Corrigan, Sr., P; Tamara Petit, Sr., C; Christy Pylypczuk, Sr., 3B; Nora Piroglu, Jr., 1B; Melissa Monfried, So., SS.

Outlook: The strength of the team will be its infield, where Pylypczuk, Piroglu and Monfried all return. But the Grizzlies also have a lot of new players -- many of whom have never played softball before. The key will be how quickly they learn the game.

Hereford Bulls 1993 record: 10-8. Coach: Sam Bowen.

Top players: Nancy Zentz, So., 1B; Erin Meisel, Jr., IF; Kerrie Talbott, Sr., 3B; Lori Harris, Sr., P; Sheila Ditsche, Sr., OF; Jen Bender, Sr., OF.

Outlook: The Bulls just missed the regional playoffs last season and should be helped by their drop to Class 1A. Zentz, who made first-team all-county batting .408 with 27 RBIs, leads a potent lineup. Harris (eight wins) leads the pitching.

Kenwood Bluebirds 1993 record: 4-9. Coach: Mo White.

Top players: Colleen Bess, Sr., 3B; Krissy Parren, Jr., P; Shellie Lowers, Sr., LF; Valerie Reeves, Jr., 1B.

Outlook: There are a lot of reasons why the Bluebirds will improve, but No. 1 is the pitching. Parren worked on her speed and control with Anne Arundel County pitching guru Jack Crandell, and could be the difference. Overall, the team is young but talented.

Lansdowne Vikings 1993 record: 6-10. Coach: Debbie Henkel.

Top players: Danyel Emge, Sr., C-P-OF; Tammy Byers, Sr., 2B-SS-OF; Kim Galloway, So., 1B; Sara Nunnally, So., SS; Tara Doyle. Jr., P-Inf.

Outlook: Versatility will be the Vikings' strength. They have several players who can play, and play well, at several positions. Also helping will be Byers and Galloway, two superior hitters who missed last season with leg injuries. The Vikings hope to get to at least .500

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