Team-by-team Capsules

March 24, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 0-18. Coach: Gloria Day.

Top players: Emily Nugent, Sr., 3B; Kristen Penix, Jr., P; Kenya Tyler, Jr., OF; Meredith Stewart, Soph., 1B; Alison Gardiner, Jr., 1B; Hunter Hammond, Jr., 3B; Danielle Verdugo, Soph., C.

Outlook: Most of the Panthers return from last year and are looking to get back into the win column after a tough 1994 season. Nugent, the lone senior, batted around .300, and Day said she has been "building around Emily for years, since she's been there." Penix returns to the mound, but newcomers Darla Stafford, Jackie Edwards and Kammie Cottrell will challenge her. Edwards and Cottrell both stand more than 6-foot, so if nothing else, they will at least tower over hitters. Both are freshmen who played on the basketball team. "I'll train them all to be pitchers," Day said, laughing. She isn't expecting miracles but is encouraged by her team's attitude. "They want to learn, they're energetic," she said. "We'll be in most games. We're looking for competitiveness. It will be a learning experience for them."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 18-0. Coach: Linda Taylor.

Top players: Crystal Henderson, Jr., SS; Crystal Ray, Soph., P; Kathleen O'Hara, Soph., P; Nicki Trumpler, Sr., 1B; Maria Drury, Soph., OF; Jacqui King, Sr., OF; Venat Marfani, Jr., 3B/2B.

Outlook: Despite losing three vastly talented players, including All-Metro pick Rachael Synowski (5-0, 0 earned runs, .467, 16 RBIs) and All-County outfielder Kari Thompson (.509, 25 RBIs, 28 runs), Spalding still is loaded and should be the favorite to repeat as Catholic League champions. Henderson batted .552 with 31 runs, 32 steals, 13 RBIs and only three errors. Trumpler batted over .300. Ray and O'Hara will do most of the pitching, and though they're young, they're also proven. Ray tossed a couple of no-hitters last year and O'Hara had a perfect game. "I know what they can do. Both have power and are very controlled," Taylor said. Freshman Julie Janyska could start in place of Thompson. King and Drury also will patrol the outfield, and Marfani, a transfer from Glen Burnie who attended Spalding two years ago, will start in the infield. "I know we'll do real well in the league," Taylor said.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 10-8. Coach: Paul Yannuzzi.

Top players: Kara Kitchen, Jr., P; Jen Skolochenko, Sr., OF; Kim Gonski, Jr., 1B; Shannon Noon, Jr., SS; Marcia Lavin, Jr., 3B; Ruth Wilson, Jr., CF; Kristen Daffin, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: If the Wildcats find an adequate catcher, they will challenge for a playoff berth. For now, Yannuzzi will go with sophomore Julie Sanalitro, who is up from the JV. "She'll be OK. She's a good, hard-working kid," Yannuzzi said. If that doesn't work, another option is Noon (.387, 10 RBIs), a second-team All-Metro utility player last year who caught the last couple of games. Kitchen is coming off a strong season, and Wilson is another of Arundel's "mainstays," Yannuzzi said. Freshman Mary Paxton can pitch and play third base and shortstop. She will be here for only one season because her parents are in the military, and Yannuzzi will give her plenty of at-bats. "Position-wise, we're a strong as anybody in the county," he said. Yannuzzi, who won a state championship with Severna Park in 1987, is one of the area's most respected coaches.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 6-11. Coach: Dave Conrad.

Top players: Joy Banaras, Sr., 3B; Angie Shuttleworth, Jr., C/P; Susie Conrad, Soph., SS/P, Karie Klakring, Sr., C; Heather Bonner, Jr., 1B; Caitlin Senkel, Soph., 2B; Jennifer Kirby, Soph., CF.

Outlook: Conrad is playing musical positions with his players because of graduation and the decision of four Bruins not to return. Three starters are back: Banaras, who is moving from shortstop to third; Conrad, who is moving from center field to shortstop; and Shuttleworth, who is both the No. 1 pitcher and catcher. Conrad, freshman Courtney Wagner and junior Dana Weller also can pitch, and together will help replace last year's starter, Kristen Butner, who graduated. When Shuttleworth isn't behind the plate, Klakring will be. "Our goal is to play as competitively as possible," Conrad said. That would have been easier if Jill Smith (2B), Jessica Marshall (1B), Stacy Cronin (3B) and Michelle Trudeau (C) had come out. Instead, Conrad is turning to unproven players like Kirby, a speedster whom he says will be "one of the standouts." Two freshmen should start in the outfield: Wagner in left and Laura Shay in right.

Chesapeake Cougars

1994 record: 17-3. Coach: Dennis Thiele.

Top players: Michele Singer, Sr., OF/1B; Katie Ochs, Sr., OF/P; Maggie Dziuban, Sr., OF; Jen Fowlkes, Jr., C/1B; Tami Barrington, Jr., OF; Nicole Carpenter, Soph., P; Missy Silvers, Soph., SS/P.

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