1994 All-anne Arundel County Softball Team The First Team At A Glance

June 02, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

* Crystal Henderson, Spalding, sophomore, infield - Henderson led Spalding in batting for the second straight season, this time posting a .552 average (32-for-58) with 31 runs and 32 steals. She also knocked in 13 runs and improved her fielding, as she committed only three errors while playing second base and shortstop.

* Teresa Horney, North County, junior, catcher -- Nicknamed "T.C.," Horney batted .475 with eight doubles, three triples, one home run, 17 RBIs and 12 steals. Her defense was just as superb. She did a tremendous job blocking pitches in the dirt, and she threw out nine of 10 runners attempting to steal. "She has a great work ethic and speed you can't beat," said coach Sue Fitchett.

* Christy Huber, Severna Park, sophomore, pitcher -- Huber appeared in 16 games and went 11-5 with 153 strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA in 113 innings. She also batted .288 with three doubles, one triple and eight RBIs. "She meant everything to us," said coach Wayne Mook. "For a 10th-grader to be given the ball and told the whole season rests with her, that's tough for any kid to handle. But she did it."

* Amanda Kopchinski, Old Mill, senior, infield -- Kopchinski made only two errors at third base. She also led Old Mill with a .415 average and added two doubles, 12 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .511. "She had a great year for us," said coach Lori Darnall. Kopchinski will attend Anne Arundel Community College.

* Jaime Long, Chesapeake, senior, infield -- Last year's county and metro Player of the Year enjoyed another outstanding season. She batted .360 (41 hits) with seven doubles, three triples, 15 RBIs and 13 runs. Sharing the pitching chores, she went 6-2 with a 0.81 ERA, five walks and 54 strikeouts in 60 innings. And no one played a better shortstop than Long, who committed only two errors in 54 chances.

* Michelle Manner, Chesapeake, senior, infield -- Making her second appearance on the All-County team, Manner batted .372 using the slap-hitting technique. As the Cougars' leadoff batter, she had 22 hits, scored 15 runs and stole 17 bases. And there wasn't a better fielding second baseman in the metro area than Manner, who made only two errors.

* Chris Napora, Glen Burnie, junior, DH -- A member of the junior varsity last year, Napora burst onto the varsity scene by hitting .382 (21-for-55) with four doubles, four triples, three home runs and 20 RBIs. She had a .438 on-base percentage and a .764 slugging percentage. She also handled all 16 chances at first base. "She was a real big addition," said coach Bob Broccolino. "She personally beat Severna Park and almost won the Chesapeake game if they hadn't come back."

* Shannon Noon, Arundel, sophomore, infield -- Noon led the Wildcats in hitting with a .387 average. She collected 19 hits, knocked in 10 runs and had an on-base percentage of .552. She committed only three errors in 63 chances at shortstop. Coach Paul Yannuzzi moved her to catcher for the last few games, and she threw out two runners. "She's an excellent ballplayer," Yannuzzi said. "She's a heady kid."

* Carrie Parsons, Spalding, senior, pitcher -- Parsons turned in one of the finest seasons in the metro area, emerging as the No. 1 pitcher, going 9-0 and allowing six earned runs in 62 innings (0.96 ERA). She struck out 100 and threw two no-hitters and two one-hitters. Offensively, Parsons batted .508 (32-for-63) with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs, 33 RBIs and 29 runs.

* Amy Perry, South River, senior, outfield -- Batting cleanup much the season, Perry took a .452 average into the state tournament, then singled in South River's only run. She finished with six doubles, six home runs and 38 RBIs, and also played a strong center field. "If anything comes anywhere near her, she'll catch it," said coach Corinne Weigand.

* Melissa Snyder, Severna Park, junior, outfield -- Snyder batted .396 with two doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs and eight steals. One of her triples delivered the run that ended Chesapeake's 49-game winning streak. Her speed and instincts helped to make her "the best center fielder in the county," coach Mook said. The numbers support that claim -- she didn't commit an error this season.

* Rachel Synowski, Spalding, senior, utility -- A first-team pitcher last year, Synowski contributed on the mound, at shortstop and at designated hitter. She went 5-0 with 48 strikeouts and didn't allow an earned run, but a knee injury forced her to miss four games and reduced her to the DH role. It didn't affect her hitting. She hit .467 (21-for-45) with four doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBIs. She will attend UMBC.

* Kari Thompson, Spalding, senior, outfield -- She may be small, but Thompson swung a big bat this year, hitting .509 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs and 28 runs. Thompson will attend Western Maryland.

PICKING THE TEAM

The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-Anne Arundel County softball team was selected by Roch Eric Kubatko after consultation with staff writers and county coaches.

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