1994 County Softball Preview

March 20, 1994|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1993 record: 0-7. Coach: Janie Robinson.

Top players: Sash Bratcher, OF, Jr; Chrissy Doran, 3B, Soph.; Jackie Elliott, P, Sr.; Melissa Gerdom, 1B-P, Jr.; Krissy McDougal, C-OF, Jr.; Tinisha Moore, 2B-OF, Sr; Billy Jo Sills, SS, Jr.; Shawna Statan, P-OF, Jr.; Amanda Walker, 2B, Fr.

Outlook: Pitching, as usual, will be the strength of the Eagles this season, led by Elliott, one of the top hurlers in the county a year ago. Robinson has a fairly young team, with many players up from JV, so questions remain with hitting, yet the Eagles counter with a strong defense especially up the middle. Robinson sees big things from freshman Amanda Walker.

Bel Air Bobcats

1993 record: 14-4. Coach: Val Cooper.

Top players: Asleigh Carter, 1B, Sr; Jen Conway, OF, Sr.; Amy Finlayson, P, Sr.; Sherri Godbee, 3B, Sr.; Denett Jablecki, OF, Sr.; Jaime Kocher, OF, Sr.; Shelby Robbins, C, Sr.; Daniele Rohde, SS, Sr.

Outlook: With six returning starters, plenty of depth and few weaknesses, the Bobcats appear to be the favorite to win the county title, which they shared with Edgewood last season. The Bobcats advanced to regional finals a year ago before losing to Dundalk. Although Cooper isn't making any predictions, her squad should again be strong at the plate -- with most of its productive hitters back -- yet the Bobcats may not be as strong in the field with some positions still unfilled. "If we do all the fundamentals right, we should do well," said Cooper.

C. Milton Wright

1993 record: 7-7. Coach: Joseph Dunch.

Top players: Lois Breece, OF, Sr.; Katie Crause, 1B, Sr.; Shannon Crouch, SS, Sr.; Kim Ditmer, 3B, Jr.; Patti Eller, INF, Sr.; Nicky Kaminski, C, Jr.; Bionca Marovec, P, Sr.; Diana Rice, OF, Jr.; Leslie Simmons, OF, Jr.

Outlook: Dunch likes his team's chances with a mixture of experience -- five returning seniors -- and youth. The Mustangs possess good chemistry, a lot of depth and a sound defensive infield. If they can maintain their aggressiveness, Wright should be in the thick of things in the county race. The Mustangs open their season against two-time state champion Elkton and its out-of-county schedule also includes Dulaney and Westminster.

Edgewood Rams

1993 record: 14-4. Coach: Mark Buzzminsky.

Top players: Jen Andrachowski, 2B, Jr.; Shannon Basham, CF, Sr.; Jen Collins, SS, Jr.; Shana Harry, 3B, Jr.; Cathy Johnson, P, Sr.; Nadia Kassis, OF, Sr.; Nia Kelli, 1B, Jr.; Kim Taylor, P-1B, Sr.; Airon Young, C, Sr.

Outlook: Despite the loss of seven seniors to graduation, the Rams bring back a solid core of players that makes them a serious threat to win the county title, which they shared with Bel Air last season. Edgewood's defense gave up 3.5 runs per game a year ago and looks to remain just as strong. Buzzminsky expects his team to be more aggressive at the plate and on the bases. The Rams are, however, thin on pitching and three tough out-of-county games (Bohemia Manor, Northeast and Perryville) to begin the season should be a real test.

Havre De Grace

1993 record: 11-7. Coach: Alex Spooner.

Top players: Amy Allingham, 3B, Sr.; Nicole Barker, OF-P, Sr.; Martha Boyle, 1B, Sr.; Jaime Brogen, 2B-OF, Sr.; Jennifer Crouse, C, Jr.; Wendy Gehman, 2B, Sr.; Rhonda White, OF, Jr.

Outlook: First-year coach Spooner looks to see improvement at the plate this season with a team that has no standout player. With the loss of last season's top pitcher, the Warriors have to rely on newcomers like Trisha Oals, up from JV, and others with not much varsity experience. Behind the pitchers, though, the Warriors are sure handed in the field and Spooner sees good things from freshman shortstop Raven Reedy. Barker figures to be the most consistent hitter.

Fallston Cougars

1993 record: 5-8. Coach: John Houston.

Top players: Jamie Berdine, DH, Sr.; Jeanine Biondo, 1B-OF, Sr.; Amy Bauersfeld, P, Sr.; Amanda Cahmer, OF, Sr.; Kara Cooper, P, Jr.; Pam Gauss, SS, Sr.; Danielle Maliszeski, C, Sr.; Linsey Marshall, OF, Sr.; Erin Neal, P, Jr.; Kristy Pugh, INF, Sr.; Kim Rapisarda, INF, Jr.

Outlook: Six seniors return for first-year coach Houston, who looks to play as many as five sophomores. Plenty of depth, a sound defense -- anchored by Gauss -- along with team speed make the Cougars a team to watch out for this season. How far the Cougars go, however, will depend on pitching, where they are thin. But Houston isn't passing up the possibility of his team reaching the regional playoffs. While not strong at the plate, the Cougars should get enough production to keep them in most games.

Harford Christian

1993 record: 10-1. Coach: Charlotte Street.

Top players: Suzanne Akers, INF-P, Jr.; Capri Ingram, C, Jr.; Jen Lowenstein, OF, Jr.; Jettie Moir, OF-P, Jr.; Jen Patrick, 1B-C, Sr.

Outlook: With her youngest team in her six years as coach,

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