1995 All-baltimore City/county Baseball Teams

June 04, 1995|By Lem Satterfield

In Sunday's editions, the college choice of McDonogh athlete Dennis Badham was reported incorrectly. He will be attending Troy State.

The Sun regrets the error.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Mark Moxey, Sparrows Point -- The Pointers finished 14-5 and reached the 1A state playoffs after going 3-15 last year and having to borrow players from the junior varsity when only eight varsity players remained because of disinterest near season's end. With a corps of six starters returning, Moxey, promoted from a 10-year tenure coaching the junior varsity, had to boost the confidence of the players. After a 2-0 start, the Pointers were nearly demoralized in a 12-2 loss to Owings Mills. Moxey and assistant John Wagner (pitching coach) went back to the drawing board. "We weren't sure which way we'd go from there at first," said Moxey, whose Pointers strung together two six-game winning streaks separated by an eight-inning loss to Hereford. The second streak ended with a 2-0 loss to Owings Mills, followed by a 7-2 first-round 1A North region loss to Rising Sun after leading, 2-1. "I feel like we had a good season, winning a lot more games than last year. It was even more satisfying to see one of our players -- who'd gotten thrown off of other teams -- show a lot of personal growth and understanding of the team concept."

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

PLAYER PROFILES

* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, senior, outfielder -- Badham combined speed and agility in left field with power and a smart eye at the plate to help boost the fourth-ranked Eagles (21-5) to their second straight private schools state title. Batting .415, Badham led the team with 30 RBI, seven doubles, four triples and four home runs. Also successful on nine of 10 steal attempts, Badham, a two-time football All-Metro as a wide receiver, is headed to Florida A&M to play football.

James Benton, Southern, senior, infielder -- Whether pitching or playing first or third base, Benton was everything to the 12th-ranked 4A city champion Bulldogs (18-4). Benton ranked in the top 25 percent of his class with a 3.2 grade-point average, and ranked among the area's best in batting average (.569), RBIs (32), runs scored (25), doubles (seven) and triples (eight), while erring just twice. Benton, who also had a home run and nine stolen bases, also went 9-2, struck out 97 batters and had an 0.95 ERA. His fastball was clocked in the low 80s.

* Shannon Butler, Sparrows Point, senior, outfielder -- Butler, who went 7-4 as a left-hander, carried his team at times through a successful turnaround. Hitting .476 as a leadoff batter, he knocked in 28 runs, scored 25 more, doubled four times, tripled ** three times and ranked among the area's best with six home runs. He also stole 16 bases and had just two errors. A highlight was Butler's two-run home run for a 3-1 win over Overlea, whose only previous loss had been, 3-2, to then-No. 2 McDonogh. He's a workhorse and turned in one of the best all-around performances among the outfielders.

* Chuck Friedel, Mount Carmel, senior, catcher -- Friedel has been a starter in every one of Mount Carmel's varsity games since his freshman year, and the offensive leader in each of his four seasons. He hit .460 with 31 runs scored and 31 RBIs, had eight doubles and eight home runs, tripled once and stole 11 bases. He erred just twice as a catcher, helping Dan Gittings to a 7-3 record that included 92 strikeouts and just 92 walks in an area-leading 86 innings. Friedel's career batting average is .441, and he holds school records with career doubles (27) and home runs (11).

* Mike Ginsberg, McDonogh, senior, infielder -- As a pitcher and second baseman, Ginsberg led the Eagles to their second straight private schools state title. A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Ginsberg went 8-2 with 68 strikeouts in 57 innings and had a 1.35 ERA. Ginsberg also hit .403 with 26 runs batted in, 23 runs scored, two doubles, three triples and 10 stolen bases. Headed for the University of Maryland, Ginsberg has been a part of three teams that made league tournament title appearances, winning once.

* Dustin Jones, Poly, junior, outfielder -- Jones was a workhorse for the Engineers that won the city 3A title and made a playoff appearance. He batted .563 with 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple and a home run. Jones, who stole five bases, also pitched, going 5-1 with 52 strikeouts and 16 walks. He made two errors.

* Dominic Liberto, Franklin, senior, outfielder -- Playing in just 14 games for the Indians due to early ineligibility, the Calvert Hall transfer and 1994 All-Metro pick hit .510 with 13 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He was most dangerous on the base paths, where he was successful on 25-of-26 steals. Liberto, who scored an area-high 44 times with 22 RBIs and 13 doubles last year, erred once and doubled twice with one triple.

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