1994 All-County baseball team

June 05, 1994

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Mike Ennis, Bel Air -- Bel Air lost some games early, but won seven in a row later, and took the county title with an 8-1 record. At the beginning, the players, for the most part were raw and untested, but by the end of the season, three sophomores and three juniors were doing most of the damage. Down the stretch, there was a lot of coaching done, as the team rallied in late innings to get by a succession of teams, including two in extra innings.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Chris James, Edgewood, Sr., pitcher -- He merited the honor for his work this season as a pitcher and a shortstop, capping an outstanding three-year career that earned him a scholarship to Liberty University. For the season, he had a 5-2 record with one save, and an earned run average of 2.41, with 45 strikeouts in 46 innings. Playing every game he made only two errors. His career marks included a .338 batting average and a pitching record of 13-6 with four saves.

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Dan Angelini, C. Milton Wright, Sr., DH -- His 25 hits included seven doubles, and the workhorse catcher finished with a batting average of .410.

* Matt DeCapite, John Carroll, Sr., outfield -- He split time between pitching (5-2, 56 innings pitched, 42 strikeouts, 2.25 earned-run average) and the outfield. He batted .417 with 30 hits, 28 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He struck out once in 79 plate appearances.

* Tim Deyesu, Fallston, Sr., catcher -- The toughest position to sort out this year, as there were at least six quality players at the position. Deyesu, a repeat first-team choice, struck out only once in 69 appearances, hit .365, with 23 hits (seven for extra bases) and 28 RBIs, second in the county league. He had 10 stolen bases.

* Jason Fox, Havre de Grace, Sr., outfield -- His offensive numbers included 30 hits (tied for third in the county league), a .417 batting average, 23 runs, five home runs (second in league) and 14 stolen bases (tied for fourth in the league). A solid defensive player.

* Phil Gilotte, North Harford, Soph., outfield -- He used his speed to grab everything hit his way in center field, making several spectacular catches. He hit .404 with 21 hits and was second in the county in stolen bases with 16.

* Mike Giuffrida, Fallston, Jr., pitcher -- He had a 5-2 record, an ERA of 1.94 and 50 strikeouts in 47 innings. When not pitching, he played third base. He hit .333, with 16 hits and 10 RBIs.

* Dan Gradishar, John Carroll, Sr., utility -- Used at several positions during the year, he saw most of his action at second base and pitching. He had 20 hits, 10 of them for extra bases, with 16 RBIs and a county-high 19 stolen bases. He was second in runs scored, 25. He had one error in 19 games (13-6 record), and did not make that one until the 17th game. As a pitcher, he worked 9 1/3 innings to an ERA of 0.78.

* Bill Greenwell, Bel Air, Soph., second base -- One of Ennis' precocious youngsters, he was the metro batting leader with a .617 average on 29-for-47. He scored 13 runs and drove in 16, and his 29 hits included six for extra bases.

* Cable Miller, Joppatowne, Sr., third base -- A two-time selection at the position, he was a leader in the field and at bat. He finished with 28 hits, 22 RBIs, 21 runs scored and an average of .412.

* Jeff Schwartz, C. Milton Wright, Sr., pitcher -- He led the county in wins with six, ending with a 6-2 record and an ERA of 2.42. He struck out 42 in 55 innings.

* Brian Taylor, C. Milton Wright, Sr., first base -- A strong candidate for Player of the Year, he battered opposing pitchers for the second straight season. A year ago, when he made the first team as a designated hitter after a shoulder injury, he hit .474. This time, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder led the county league in three categories: hits with 39, runs scored with 26, and runs batted in with 33. His .542 average was second only to Greenwell's .617.

* David Thompson, Aberdeen, Jr., utility -- Played first and shortstop for the Eagles, and turned out to be a welcome addition. He hit .400, drove in 26 runs, and was among the metro area leaders (he led the county) in home runs with seven.

* Brian Vollmer, John Carroll, Sr., catcher -- A second-team choice last year, he moves up on the strength of improved offense and defense. He hit .371, with 23 hits, 21 RBIs and eight extra-base hits.

* David Westervelt, John Carroll, Sr., shortstop -- A three-sport regular, he was especially impressive this spring, placing among the top five in the county in batting (.470), hits (31) and runs batted in (25). Twelve of his hits went for extra bases, including three home runs.

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