1996 All-Anne Arundel County baseball team

June 06, 1996|By Pat O'Malley

Player of the year

Andy Vermillion, Arundel, senior, first base: Vermillion closed out his 3 1/2 years on the Wildcats varsity by becoming the sixth Wildcat since 1986 and the fourth during the '90s to be named county Player of the Year. Playing first base and center field, Vermillion drove in a state public school record 46 runs on his .442 (42-for-95) batting clip that included nine doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 runs scored. The 46 RBIs tied the overall (all schools included) state record set by Mount St. Joseph's David Tripp in 1987 and matched by Liam Healy of Calvert Hall in 1994. Vermillion finished with school career records in RBIs (72), at-bats (230) and hits (88) and is in the Wildcats' top 10 for runs scored (60), doubles (13), triples (six) and batting average (.383). Vermillion, who bats left and throws left, made the All-County team last year as a junior pitcher going 6-2 for the 4A state champions, and his 30 games pitched have him fourth on Arundel's all-time list. Coach Bernie Walter considers Vermillion a pro prospect, and the latter is leaning toward Essex Community College.

Coach of the year

Bernie Walter, Arundel: Walter led the Wildcats back to the 4A state final, where they missed a record eighth title (Arundel owns record seven) in a 2-1 loss to Wootton of Montgomery County. Top-ranked Arundel was 22-4, including a record sixth consecutive and 11th overall region title, was county co-champion with North Division champion Old Mill, and won the Mount St. Joseph Easter tournament by defeating the host in the final. Arundel lost only once in county league games, running away with the South Division title in a league considered the best in the metro area. Walter is Coach of the Year for the third time, having taken the honor in 1986 and 1993. The winningest active coach in the metro area (389-108, .789, 23 seasons), Walter just missed his fourth state title of the '90s and first repeat state crown since 1977 with a basically unsettled infield. Walter used four different players at the all-important middle infield positions of shortstop and second base before settling on Steve Sylvester and Jimmy Woods, respectively. The veteran coach rotated catchers Bernie McQuarrie and Tom Ogilvie and developed Derek Loosararian into a top pitcher. Loosararian saw limited duty as a junior, but under Walter's tutelage became a big winner at 9-0. Walter also had a lot to do with Vermillion reaching his potential.

The first team

Joe Barnes, Old Mill, senior, outfielder: Barnes was drafted on the 34th round by the Seattle Mariners, but if he doesn't sign a professional contract, he will head for Indian River (Fla.) Community College on a scholarship. He is one of five first-team repeaters after batting .384 (28-for-73) for the Patriots. Barnes, also an All-County pick in basketball, led his team in runs scored (29) and doubles (six), and he knocked in 18 runs. The speedy center fielder also had 17 stolen bases and for the second year in a row, and did not commit an error. Barnes, who possesses a strong and accurate arm, threw out three runners (six as a junior) and made 36 putouts.

Brian Bogle, Old Mill, senior, third base: Bogle moves up from second team as a junior to first team with his impressive offensive credentials as the Patriots' cleanup batter. Bogle, who will attend the University of Maryland, led Old Mill in hitting at. 468 (29-for-62), RBIs (27) and stolen bases (18) while hitting four doubles, a triple and three homers and scoring 20 runs. A starter at third as a sophomore, Bogle moved to shortstop last year, but the return to the hot corner was ideal this year. He committed only five errors.

Steve Brunner, Arundel, senior, third base: An example of a player who worked hard to make himself better, Brunner emerged as one of the county's most feared hitters. His seven homers broke the school record of six set by 1993 Metro Player of the Year Tim Giles, and his 36 RBIs were second only to Andy Vermillion's state-record 46. Brunner batted .394 (30-for-76) out JTC of the cleanup spot for the top-ranked Wildcats. Brunner had eight doubles and scored 33 runs.

Ryan Dacey, Annapolis, senior, shortstop: A bright spot on a 7-12 team, Dacey was a smooth fielding shortstop who hit .432 (32-for-74) with 19 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Dacey had six doubles, three triples and a homer to keep Annapolis competitive. He has received a baseball scholarship to George Washington University and is expected to play right away.

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