1995 All-metro Baseball Teams First Team At A Glance

June 09, 1995|By Pat O'Malley

* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, sr., outfield -- The No. 4 Eagles' cleanup hitter, Badham socked four homers and knocked in a club-leading 30 RBIs. Over the last two seasons, Badham drove in 55 runs as the Eagles' left fielder. His .415 batting clip included seven doubles, four triples and 22 runs scored. Badham, who is headed to Troy State in Alabama, also walked 16 times and stole nine bases as McDonogh (21-5) finished runner-up to Calvert Hall in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

* Brian Burden, Arundel, sr., first base -- The young, inexperienced Arundel team got better as Burden asserted himself at the plate. Headed for Salisbury State, Burden committed only one error in 197 chances and led Anne Arundel County in RBIs (37) as the Wildcats won a record seventh state 4A championship. Burden hit .426 (43-for-101) with 10 doubles, two homers and 21 runs scored. "Brian may be the best defensive first baseman we've ever had," said coach Bernie Walter.

* Mike Deming, Glenelg, sr., catcher -- Howard County's Player ++ of the Year, Deming was like a coach on the field in handling the 2A state champion Gladiators' pitching staff. Deming's strong arm kept stolen base attempts at a minimum, and he had no peers on the high school level blocking pitches. That instilled confidence in the Glenelg pitchers who had no fear throwing breaking pitches with Deming back there. Deming also contributed offensively to the team's banner 21-3 season, batting .438 (32-for-73) with 20 RBIs, 25 runs scored, three homers and six doubles. He will attend Montgomery-Rockville Community College.

* Brandon Eierman, Atholton, sr., outfield -- A line-drive-hitting outfielder, Eierman has a lot of pop in his bat as indicated by his .443 (31-for-70) batting average that included 11 doubles and five homers. Eierman, who will attend East Tennessee State, knocked in 27 runs while scoring 29. His 11 doubles left him with a school career record of 25 (14 as a junior). Eierman's slugging percentage was .814. Eierman was also superb defensively with range and a very good arm for the Howard County and region runner-up.

* Mike Goldberg, Glenelg, sr., infield/pitcher -- An All-Metro shortstop as a sophomore on a state champion, Goldberg was a second-team All-Metro pitcher last year. Graduating in style, he played a major role in the team's 2A state championship. Goldberg has a baseball scholarship to national JuCo power Indian River (Fla.) Community College and hit .354 with seven homers, 26 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He finished his career with a state record 92 RBIs and his 17 career homers left him one short of the state record. As the Glenelg closer, Goldberg was 1-0 with four saves, a 1.65 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 17 innings.

* Matt Griswold, Severna Park, sr., outfield -- Recruited by Clemson, this left-handed hitter accepted a baseball scholarship Virginia Tech after leading the Falcons in hitting at .458 (27-for-59) with six homers, 11 doubles and 25 RBIs. After sparkling in center field in the fall for the Oriolelanders select Mid-Atlantic area team, Griswold manned right field for the Falcons in his third varsity season and was one of Anne Arundel's best all-around players.

* Jeremy Hancock, South Carroll, sr., designated hitter/catcher -- A converted infielder, Hancock moved behind the plate two years ago and led the Cavaliers to the 3A state final this season. Named Carroll County's Player of the Year, Hancock broke several school records set by 1992 All-Metro choice Joe Goodwin who hit .509. Hancock hit .532 (.427 career) and also owns school records for hits in a season (39) and career (82), RBIs (31), career RBIs (66) and had 20 doubles. Hancock had two homers, five triples and nine doubles.

* Kurt Light, Arundel, soph., pitcher -- The lone sophomore on this year's team, Light emerged as the ace of the 4A state champion Wildcats (18-6), going 8-1 including victories in the region and state finals. Possessing a heavy fastball, Light developed a nasty slider under coach Bernie Walter and struck out 64 in 64 1/3 innings. A right-hander, he gave up only 46 hits and 20 walks while posting a 1.92 ERA. He pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts to shut out defending state champion Perry Hall, 11-0, in the 4A final.

* Chuck Manns, Old Mill, jr., outfield -- A Division I prospect in football (quarterback-punter) and baseball, Manns is a smooth outfielder who combines power and speed. Manns, who suffered an injury-riddled sophomore season, put it all together this spring establishing himself as one of Anne Arundel County's top hitters. Leading the Patriots in hitting (.479), doubles (12) and RBIs (23), Manns, the No. 3 hitter in the order, also scored 20 runs and stole 10 bases. Defensively, he was outstanding.

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