Local Sports: Softball Preview

March 20, 1996|By Mark Hoeflich

Harford County

Aberdeen Eagles

1995 record: Top players: Lindsey Culter, So., P; Chrissy Doran, Sr., 3B; Crystal Fisher, Sr., P-SS; Jennifer Selchert, Sr., OF; Amanda Styer, Sr., P.

Outlook: Four seniors should make the Eagles better defensively and there is depth at pitching. Overall hitting will have to improve if Aberdeen hopes for .500 season.

Bel Air Bobcats

1995 record: 10-7. Coach: Val Cooper.

Top players: Jenna Cesky, Sr., OF; Becky Fox, Sr., SS; Jackie Hinson, Sr., 1B; Jen Lamb, Jr., OF; Molly Ledette, Sr., 3B; Diana Little, Sr., DH; Lynn Wilkinson, Sr., CF.

Outlook: Coming off a season full of ups and downs, Cooper expects more consistency from a solid nucleus of seniors. First-team All-County Wilkinson (.492, county-high 27 runs) and Fox were 1-2 in batting last season and both are steady in the field. A healthy Hinson puts more punch in the lineup.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1995 record: 15-4. Coach; Joe Dunch.

Top players: Liz Batten, Sr., CF; Chrissy Leone, Sr., LF; Emily Marcheski, Jr., 3B; Julie Rivas, Sr., 2B; Heather Ruleau, Jr., C; Christie Schwartz, Sr., 1B; Angie Sherman, Sr., RF; Melanie Siler, So., P.

Outlook: After advancing to the regional semifinals a year ago, the Mustangs find themselves in position for a run at a state title. Expectations are high but Wright is well-armed behind first-team All-County selection Siler (14-4, 2.88 ERA and 116 strikeouts) and a lineup that scored 153 runs last season has the potential for even more. Leading the charge is Ruleau, who had four home runs, 32 RBIs and batted .424 a year ago.

Edgewood Rams

1995 record: 1-16. Coach: Mark Buzminsky.

Top players: Bossle, Jr., P; Kendra Brown, Jr., CF; Melinda Osman, Sr., LF; Corinne Slasman,Jr., C.

Outlook: Having won just two games over the past two seasons, the Rams share of the county title in 1993 seems like a distant memory. They are again young and inexperienced.

Fallston Cougars

1995 record: 10-8. Coach: John Heuston.

Top players: Stephanie Barker, Sr., 3B; Tisha Bright, Sr., P; Julie Clark, Sr.,SS; Lauren Heisey, Sr., 2B; Mindi Karczeski, Sr., LF; Carrie Wirth, So., RF; Katie Wirth, Sr., 1B; Emily Weibel, Sr., CF.

Outlook: With the luxury of senior experience and leadership, the Cougars hope to pick up where they left off last season winning 10 of their last 13 games. The top two performers on offense return in the Wirth sisters, both All-County picks a year ago. Carrie Wirth led the county in batting (.500), hits (33) and extra-base hits (13), and Katie Wirth supplied the power with five homers.

Harford Tech Cobras

1995 record: 2-9. Coach: Bill Hurd.

Top players: Jessica Ayles, Jr., 1B; Stephanie Carroll, So., P; Amanda Lopez, So., SS-P; Jen Moor, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Cobras have but one senior among the starting 10 and while overall fielding has improved, hitting will be overmatched by strong pitching throughout the county.

Harford Christian Eagles

1995 record: 1-9. Coach: Jerry Sloniker.

Top players: Jackie Davis, Jr., 1B; Jill Davis, Jr., INF; Kristina Kelly, Sr., P; Cheryl Kragl, Jr., INF; Emily Tinkler, Jr., P.

Outlook: especially among the junior class, Sloniker will try to build toward the future. If anything, the Cobras have two good pitchers but need work on basics.

Joppatowne Mariners

1995 record: 7-11. Coach: Dan Eaton.

Top players: Sarah Brill, Jr., LF; Kelly Dehne, Jr., SS; Carrie Goursch, Jr., CF; Gloria Ramas, Sr., 2B; Marie Stout, Jr., P.

Outlook: The Mariners have some momentum this season with several key players back. The schedule, however, may do more harm than help but Eaton has a capable starting pitcher in Stout and as many as four others in relief.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1995 record: 6-12. Coach: Alex Spooner.

Top players: Melissa Alligham, Sr., RF; Kate Brochu, So., SS; Elizabeth Carr, Jr., LF; Erica Haglin, Sr., CF; Raven Reedy, Jr., 3B; Jen Spooner, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Warriors showed major progress last season and have their top four hitters back. Brochu and Haglin pace the top of the order and sophomore Kristen Slagle appears to be the main producer of runs.

John Carroll Patriots

1995 record: 18-2. Coach: Neal Drexel.

Top players: Paige Boyle, Sr., C; Becky Greason, Sr., OF; Shannon Lawler, Sr., SS; Jennifer Locke, Sr., INF; April Lynch, Sr., P; Chris Lynch, Sr., 3B; Alischa Page, Jr., CF.

Outlook: The Patriots lost some offense with the graduation of four seniors, yet they will ride the arm of Harford County Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro pick April Lynch. She was among the area's leaders with 182 strikeouts and an 18-2 record a year ago. Drexel has a good mixture of players to fill openings at the skill positions.

North Harford Hawks

1995 record: 6-12. Coach: Sue Anderson.

Top players: Heather Frei, Sr., LF; Jen Phillips, Sr., C; Patricia Potler, Sr., 2B; Kelly Reimer, Sr., 1B; Amy Scott, Jr., CF.

Outlook: The Hawks are a better defensive team, especially with the addition of sophomore Shannon Watts at SS, but the seniors have to assert themselves offensively if the Hawks are to get out of the bottom third of the county standings.

Pub Date: 3/20/96

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