1994 All-carroll County Softball Team

June 02, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham


* Rich Harvey, North Carroll -- Harvey said he didn't quite know what to expect going into his first season as head coach of the North Carroll Panthers. He added that he planned to just "play it by ear" as the season went on and ended up guiding a young Panther team to a 6-0 county mark and to another trip to the region playoffs. The Panthers finished the season 11-7 -- losing -- to eventual state champ Damascus in the regional semifinals -- and have all but one starter returning next year. They didn't have any one big offensive threat who could produce a run or two with one swing of the bat, but were very resourceful and, despite their youth, were the most consistent and fundamentally sound team in the county. Harvey is expecting even bigger things next year with his Panthers adding a year's worth of experience. They enjoyed plenty of success in reclaiming the county title from Westminster and will look to improve in their out-of-county schedule and go farther in the playoffs.


* Julie Backof, Westminster, senior, outfield -- Trying to match the incredible numbers she put up last year as a junior (.500 batting average, 20 RBIs and 25 runs scored) proved to be a difficult task for Backof, but she was still the most respected player in the county. A four-year starter and repeat All-Central Maryland Conference first-team selection for the Owls, Backof hit .250 with 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs and committed only two errors all season in center. She closes out an outstanding three-sport career at Westminster, having also played soccer and basketball.

* Amber Bosley, North Carroll, junior, outfield -- Just about everything a coach can ask for in a leadoff hitter, Bosley always found a way to get on base. The center fielder finished the season hitting .348 with 12 runs scored and eight RBIs, and stole seven bases in earning second-team status on the All-Central Maryland Conference Team. "She was our spark plug," coach Harvey said. "She made things happen for us getting on base any way she could, beating out an infield single and then stealing a base. She also covered a lot of ground in the outfield."

* Laura Braun, Westminster, junior, catcher -- Braun hit .358 for the Owls with nine RBIs and eight runs scored, but was more recognized for her strong arm and defensive ability. Last year, she moved into the starting catcher's role midway through the season when regular Gina Hughes went down with a knee injury. She's been there ever since -- allowing Hughes to move to short this year -- and was a second-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection.

* Christina Crouse, North Carroll, sophomore, infield -- A two-year starter for the Panthers, Crouse continued to excel both offensively and defensively. She came on strong late to bring her average up to .320 by season's end with 13 runs scored and 11 RBIs. She also had good range at short with a reliable arm. She was another in a long line of steady, fundamentally sound players at North Carroll.

* Mandy Hansborough, F. Scott Key, senior, infield -- With some solid hitters in the middle of the lineup from last year gone to graduation, Key coach Joe Linthicum was looking for Hansborough to step up and drive in runs for the Eagles. The first baseman did just that, hitting .400 on the season with 17 RBIs. Almost as important, she did a great job of making contact and being more selective at the plate -- walking 11 times while striking out just eight times. "She made good contact and hit the ball hard and kept her strikeouts down," Linthicum said. "She also was a reliable first baseman and a nice target to throw to at first."

* Gina Hughes, Westminster, senior, infield -- Hughes made a smooth adjustment to the shortstop position after catching most of last year. She was tied for the team lead in runs scored (15) and RBIs (11) and finished the season batting .313. She also finished with two homers and three doubles to lead the Owls in extra-base hits.

* Missy Muller, F. Scott Key, junior, designated hitter -- Muller was a reliable third baseman for the Eagles in her first full year of starting at the varsity level, but was an even bigger surprise at the plate, hitting a team-leading .428 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs. She was a solid contact hitter who also came up big in the clutch for the Eagles. "As the season progressed, she became more and more instrumental for us," said Key coach Joe Linthicum. "She was very reliable with people on base and always was pretty consistent knocking them in and keeping rallies going."

* Jen Rongione, North Carroll, junior, infield -- Rongione was as consistent at the plate batting third as she was on the field playing third base. She led the Panthers in batting (.396), hits (17) and runs scored (17) and also added 10 RBIs. "You could always count on a hit or two from her every game and she also was consistent on defense," said coach Harvey. "I could always pencil her in and she'll do her job."

* Brooke Sigmon, F. Scott Key, junior, outfield -- Key coach Joe Linthicum said Sigmon blended in well, playing her first year of varsity in center field. She was as reliable at the plate as she was in the field, finishing the season with a .300 batting average with 15 runs scored and 15 RBIs -- numbers that earned her second-team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League status.


The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-County softball team was selected by Glenn P. Graham after consultation with staff writers and county coaches.

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