1994 All-anne Arundel County Softball Team Coach Of The Year

June 02, 1994

* Corinne Weigand, South River -- Weigand came to South River after three seasons as an assistant at Annapolis, and she inherited a team that had gone 6-11 the previous spring and hadn't been to the state playoffs in eight years. The Seahawks lacked pitching depth. Some key positions were being manned by sophomores. The older players hadn't shown they could lead the program beyond mediocrity. Yet, South River won 13 games and was the lone county representative at the state tournament. The Seahawks put up a valiant fight before succumbing to Atholton, 4-1, in the 2A semifinals -- not bad for a team expected to go nowhere. "I knew I was going to a place that had more raw talent," Weigand said. "We went back and taught the basics, but they had a lot of the skills they needed. We just kept going over things." She got by with one pitcher, senior Mandy McLaughlin, shouldering the entire load and enjoying her most productive season. Some of the other seniors also made huge contributions. Weigand plugged in sophomores Tara Andrews (catcher) and Lauren Evans (shortstop) into the starting lineup and watched them flourish. Class 4A powers that normally trounced the Seahawks had a much tougher time against them. And when the team needed to win its last two regular-season games to qualify for the playoffs, it did so by a combined score of 34-7. "I was hoping we could make the playoffs, but I wasn't sure how it would go," Weigand said. "I thought we had a very good chance as long as we kept our heads in the games. We worked really hard together and I think I have a good rapport with the kids. I don't think they realized how good they were. We tried to instill a little aggressive desire in them."

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