Baltimore City Team-by-team Capsules Baltimore County/city Softball Preview

March 24, 1995|By Bryan Megary and Kiah Stokes

Bryn Mawr Martians

1994 record: 7-4. Coach: Terry Detorie.

Top players: Marcie Nitzberg, Jr., P; Mia Medlin, Soph., OF; Janell Alden, Jr., OF.

Outlook: The Cubs return only three players from last season's team. Medlin, who hit around .400, will lead the offense again. Nitzberg could be one of the best pitchers in the AIS league.

Catholic Cubs

1994 record: 7-7. Coach: Charles Hofferbert.

Top players: Jen Monaldi, Sr., IF; Tara Lafferty, Sr., OF; Heather Rippel, Sr., P/DH; Jen Bentley, Sr., OF.

Outlook: The Cubs return only four players from last season's team, but do pick up many fine players from last year's championship junior varsity team. Rippel will pitch and provide power. Catholic will concentrate on speed and defense.

City Knights

1994 record: 11-3. Coach: Julio Fernandez.

Top players: Andrea Moore, Jr., OF; Lisa Smith, Jr., SS; Kesha Evans, Soph., C., Cory Schreier, Soph., CF; Maren Sautter, Soph., P.

Outlook: In his seventh coaching year, Fernandez is working with a young team, but hopes for an exciting season. City, who finished in first place last season in the 2A-3A league, could be competitive again if the pitching remains consistent and if the team concept is used.

Dunbar Poets

1994 record: 14-4. Coach: Kelvin Furlow.

Top players: Tenisha Davenport, Sr., IF; Talia Lawrence, Sr., SS; Kristie Jones, Jr., IF; Krystal Jones, Jr., IF.

Outlook: The Poets show promise after finishing second in the 2A-3A league. Most of the infield is returning with just a couple of freshmen and sophomores. Defense is Dunbar's biggest asset and will be its strength.

Edmondson Redskins

1994 record: 1-12. Coach: James James.

Top players: Tyra Gillard, Sr., CF; Quana Holt, Sr., IF; Nika Stratton, Sr., P.

Outlook: James will look to three-year starter Stratton to lead the team with her pitching. It is paramount that freshman catcher Yvette Green gels with Stratton, who batted .385 last season.

Forest Park Foresters

1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Sonia Bailey.

Top players: Valerie Medlin, Sr., SS; Carmen Reavis, Sr., C; Christina Savage, Sr., IF; Trina Savage, Sr., P.

Outlook: Forest Park should be better than it was last season. It has a good senior nucleus to build around and Bailey, in her third season, will look to Medlin and Reavis to lead the team in batting again.

Friends Quakers

1994 record: no team. Coaches: Kathy Lavery and Brian Rothstein.

Top players: Leslie Deutchendorf, Fresh., P; Rachel Ward, Soph., IF; Marci McLachlin, Soph., IF; Stephi Hanes, Jr., IF.

Outlook: Friends will be playing in the AIS and will be a very young team. Many players have experience with fast-pitch softball so the team looks to be competitive.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1994 record: 14-3. Coach: Sandy Altadonna.

Top players: Kristan Ehrman, Sr., IF; Robin Johnson, Jr., IF; Jen Trotta, Soph., OF/IF; Jamie City, Sr., CF, Amy Cippolini, Jr., P.

Outlook: The Indians return eight starters and look to give Spalding a run in the Catholic League. Ehrman, who hit .459 with six home runs and 28 RBIs last year, looks to lead the offense with Johnson and City. Cippolini comes up from the JV to bolster the pitching staff.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Bob Doerfler.

Top players: Briget Taber, Sr., P; Denise Holthaus, Sr., IF; Meg Kline, Sr., IF; Aubrey Schaeffer, Jr., OF; Rachel Grov, Sr., IF; Jennifer Bailey, Soph., IF.

Outlook: The Sharpshooters, which return 12 players, have experienced and excellent hitters. They look to compete for the Catholic league title. Kline led the team in hitting with a .583 average and Holthaus followed with a .538 average. Taber will be the ace of the pitching staff.

Mervo Mustangs

1994 record: 13-5. Coach: Darryl Wade.

Top players: Donita Blackwell, Sr., P; Jennifer Phillips, Jr., SS, C; Jennifer Ruby, Jr., IF; Tabitha Jones, Soph., CF.

Outlook: The Mustangs might struggle. Wade lost a great nucleus of players to graduation. He has a very young team, with only four returning starters and five freshmen who never played the sport.

Northern Vikings

1994 record: 1-4. Coach: Linda Holmes.

Top players: Tisha Plummer, Jr., SS; Charlene Gray, Soph., P.

Outlook: Northern hopes to compete in more than five games. Last season games were canceled due to weather and a Viking forfeit. Holmes is starting fresh with a large group of freshmen and four returning starters. Holmes said Gray is the fast pitcher that Northern has needed and will help it produce a much stronger, competitive season.

Northwestern Wildcats

1994 record: no team. Coach: Angela Mellerson.

Top players: Telethia Bethea, Soph., P; Chanelle Halloway, Soph., C; Sabrina Ford, Fresh., IF; Stephanie Witherspoon, Fresh., IF.

Outlook: It has been three years since Northwestern has had a team. Mellerson told her team of freshmen and sophomores this season would be one of learning and building. "We really won't know where we stand until we get on the field so I keep telling them that they have to believe in themselves," said Mellerson.

Patterson Clippers

1994 record: 12-6. Coach: Derek Maki.

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