1994 All-city/county Softball Team

June 03, 1994|By Kevin Eck

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Julie Green, Dulaney, senior, pitcher -- She may not have been the hardest-throwing pitcher in Baltimore County, but she was the most effective.

What she lacked in velocity, the left-handed windmiller made up for with pitch selection, location and preparation.

"She mixed up her pitches well," Dulaney coach Elaine Lindsay said. "It wasn't her just trying to throw the ball by the batters. She really went over with the catcher and other coaches where she should pitch to each batter to expose their weaknesses."

Green went 16-2 with an 0.76 ERA to lead the Lions to the Baltimore County championship. She allowed 59 hits in 119 innings, struck out 155 and walked 31.

Only two one-run losses to Perry Hall (1-0 and 2-1) kept her from an undefeated season.

She also worked hard to improve her hitting. An excellent bunter, Green could hit the ball with authority as well.

Green batted .362 with a .523 on-base percentage. She led Dulaney in hits (25) and runs (30) and had five doubles.

"She got timely hits and was a very aggressive base runner," Lindsay said. "You could always expect her to take the appropriate extra base."

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Rick Wiscott, Franklin -- Three years ago, Wiscott stepped down as head baseball coach at Franklin after 19 seasons. And last fall, he decided that his 14th season as assistant football coach would be his last.

The only sport on Wiscott's mind was golf -- playing it, not coaching. So when he was asked to take the vacant position as head softball coach at Franklin, Wiscott initially turned it down.

After giving the idea some thought, however, Wiscott reconsidered. And the rookie softball coach made quite an impression.

With pitching expert Buddy Widerman assisting, Wiscott took over a team that was 4-11 last season and guided it to a 16-3 record. The Indians fell one game short of making their first trip to the state semifinals since 1981.

Franklin finished third in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League, with its only division losses coming to county champion Dulaney and Class 4A state finalist Perry Hall.

Wiscott expected a rebuilding season and successfully blended three freshmen with a core of returning seniors.

Coaching girls was a new experience for Wiscott.

"I'm a very competitive person, and I didn't think the girls would be as competitive as I am," said Wiscott, who led Franklin's baseball team to a state title in 1985. "But that wasn't a problem. We have some real hard-nosed players. I was impressed with that."

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Valerie Argentino, Catholic, senior, infielder -- Whether she played third base or shortstop, Argentino's range and quickness made her an asset in the field. She hit .500 with 15 RBIs. Argentino also was second on the team in stolen bases with 13. "She's a real gutsy player," Catholic coach Charles Hofferbert said. "She's the only player that I ever saw practice a head-first slide."

* Kim Aviles, Western, junior, catcher -- Not only did Aviles have an impressive year offensively and defensively, she took an inexperienced pitcher under her wing as the Doves won their fourth consecutive City-Wide League title. She led the team in hitting (.528) and home runs (two) and had four doubles, five triples and 25 RBIs. "She did a good job holding runners on, and she exhibited tremendous team leadership," Western coach Shirley Williams said.

* Beckie Baker, Perry Hall, senior, designated hitter -- With Baker on the mound, the Gators made their first appearance in the Class 4A state championship game since 1979. Baker went 13-3 through the regional playoffs with a 0.75 ERA, allowing 41 hits and striking out 107 in 92 2/3 innings. She also was the team's clean-up hitter, batting .325 with a team-high 16 stolen bases. Baker is headed to Ferrum College.

* Cindy Coleman, Franklin, senior, infielder -- Coleman led the Indians with a .531 average, three home runs and 36 RBIs. "I was afraid to pitch to her in practice," coach Wiscott said. Formerly a pitcher, Coleman was moved to third this season and showed gradual improvement. She didn't have great range but made the routine plays.

* Chrissy Creighton, McDonogh, junior, outfielder -- When she wasn't knocking in runs, Creighton was saving them. Her speed and strong arm made Creighton one of the top left fielders in the area. "She made some outstanding running catches," McDonogh coach Mickey Deegan said. Creighton also led the Eagles in hitting (.429), RBIs (21) and stolen bases (22).

* Kristan Ehrman, IND, junior, infielder -- A quiet leader, the Indians' team captain let her actions speak for her. Ehrman led the Catholic League runner-up in hitting (.452), home runs (five), triples (three) and RBIs (28), and she struck out just twice. The shortstop was also a fine defensive player. "She's a very intelligent player," IND coach Sandy Altadonna said. "She's quiet, but through her silence, she's a real tower of strength."

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