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

March 24, 1995|By Kevin Eck and Bryan Megary

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: no team. Coach: Elizabeth Byers.

Top players: Kelly Bibrey, Soph., P/OF; Leah Clelland, eighth grade, P/SS; Tina Olson, Sr., IF; Rebecca Ritter, Soph., IF; Kate Bisset, Sr., IF; Mindy Smith, Soph., IF.

Outlook: This will be a building year for the Eagles although they return 11 players from last year's team. Bilbrey should lead the team offensively and Clelland will be the ace of the pitching staff.

Beth Tfiloh Panthers

1994 record: 0-9. Coach: John Grap.

Top players: Marlene Hollander, Soph., P/IF; Mara Levin, Soph., IF; Lauren Birendaum, Soph., OF; Lily Dahan, Soph., IF; Rachel Roffman, Fresh., SS/P; Dodie Vogel, Fresh., IF.

Outlook: This season looks to be a rebuilding year for Beth Tfiloh. The team possesses some good hitters and Roffman looks to provide some power, which has been lacking from the team in the past. Hollander will anchor the pitching staff and also return as the top hitter.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1994 record: no team. Coach: Stuart Tarleton.

Top players: Jen Albright, Soph., P/3B; Carole Quigley, Soph., P/1B; Toni Alberto, Soph., IF; Annie McMahon, Soph., C; Renee Keil, Soph., P/SS.

Outlook: The Wildcats will play on the varsity level for the first time and Tarleton expects the season to be a learning experience for a team comprised entirely of sophomores and freshmen. Carver A&T has three pitchers who have impressed Tarleton, but he said he doesn't have any unrealistic expectations. "We're just looking to enjoy the game and if we pick up a win or two that will be great," he said. "If we can win a third to half our games, that would be fantastic."

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 8-7. Coach: Steve Miller.

Top players: Angelique McDonald, Sr., P; Kelly Chavis, Sr., 1B; Shannin Rexrode, Jr., SS; Krista Bayne, Jr., CF.

Outlook: The Comets have eight starters back and figure to be one of the favorites in the 1A-2A Division. Catonsville is strong defensively and has a solid pitcher in McDonald (8-5). Junior Lindsay Denton gives the Comets a second dependable pitcher and freshman Jen Johnson is expected to be an impact player at third base. Catcher is the position that is a question after the graduation of Krista Cantafio, who was an All-County selection and the team's best hitter.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 7-8. Coach: Jon Fadely.

Top players: Christine Flora, Jr., C; Kristin Evans, Soph., P; Jummy Bullock, Jr., 3B; Chesna Selway, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have five returning players -- including four starters -- and should be able to at least duplicate last season's record. Chesapeake has a young team and Fadely said it's difficult to judge how successful it will be. "We basically have a mediocre team, but our goal is to put it together and be a contender," Fadely said.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 16-2. Coach: Elaine Lindsay.

Top players: Melissa Krawczyk, Sr., C; Katherine Cook, Sr., 1B; Jill Duerbeck, Sr., LF.

Outlook: Pitcher Julie Green, last season's All-City/County Player the Year has graduated, but the defending county champions should again be strong. The Lions, who return six starters, have three pitchers -- senior Laura Ausy, junior Leeann Huber and sophomore Kim Curran. "When you lose a pitcher of Julie's quality, you expect to have a down year, but we have three quality varsity pitchers. It's not a long shot to again be in the county championship game," Lindsay said.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Pat Mongan.

Top players: Katie Marsheck, Sr., P; Chantelle Ricko, Sr., 1B; Jennifer Stahl, Jr., SS.

Outlook: With Marsheck (11-5, 1.70 ERA, 152 Ks in 99 IP) on the mound, the Owls should be in every game. But the graduation of five starters might have left Marsheck's supporting cast a bit thin. "If pitching is 90 percent of the game, we have the 90 percent," Mongan said. "I'm worried about the other 10 percent. Katie does her job." Marsheck (.420 average, 14 RBIs) also is the top hitter on a team that could have difficulty producing runs.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 8-8. Coach: Marian Klein.

Top players: Brandi Anselmi, Sr., OF; Valerie Pfefdeort, Sr., SS; Brandy Howell, Sr., OF; Christy Cole, Sr., 2B/OF.

Outlook: The Mavericks graduated six starters but that doesn't necessarily signal a rebuilding season. Klein said she has been pleasantly surprised by a freshman battery combination -- pitcher Sandy Birchfield and catcher Jessi Maffei -- that could make an immediate impact. Tara Dolly (.447 average, .586 on-base percentage), an All-County utility player, also will pitch and play third base. Anselmi is a fine defensive outfielder who combined with Pfefdeort to steal 32 bases.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 16-3. Coach: Rick Wiscott.

Top players: Staci Lotterer, Sr., SS; Kara Wingate, Soph., P; Jessie McGraw, Soph., C.

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