Baltimore County softball teams at a glance

March 28, 1997|By Kevin Eck and Rich Scherr

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1996 record: 15-2. Coach: Liz Byers

Top players: Kelly Bilbrey, Sr., P; Jessi Young, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: Byers has her work cut out. The Eagles lost the majority of last year's team, including their No. 1 pitcher, who transferred to McDonogh. They'll field just five players with competitive experience.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1996 record: 5-8. Coach: Margie McClure

Top players: Dodi Vogel, Jr., C; Edie Meyerson, Jr., 1B; Toby Zelt, So., SS.

Outlook: The Warriors are young but should be able to improve on last year's mark. McClure said the addition of a strong freshman class has expectations rising, and a winning record in the Association of Independent Schools B Division isn't out of the question.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1996 record: 7-7. Coach: Steve Watts

Top players: Jen Albright, Sr., P; Charissa Raivel, Sr., Inf.; Annie McMahon, Sr., C; Jenna Spikas, Jr., Inf.; Jessie Fowler, Jr., Inf.

Outlook: With everyone back from last season's team, which improved to .500 after a 2-12 season in 1995, Carver should have a good mix of speed, power and experience.

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 8-10. Coach: Billy Nelson

Top players: Lauren Rosenberger, So., P; Melissa Vega, Jr., Inf.; Danielle Remeikis, Jr., C; Jen Johnson, Jr., SS; Jessica Delamater, Sr., Inf./OF.

Outlook: Most of last year's starters either graduated or transferred, so it will be a rebuilding year. Catonsville should be strong defensively and at the plate but lacks an experienced pitcher in Division I, the county's strongest division.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996 record: 2-12. Coach: Sandy Altadonna

Top players: Robyn Reynolds, Sr., 3B; Angie Carr, Sr., 2B; Gina Bish, Jr., P; Amy Tuchirelli, Sr., CF.

Outlook: Altadonna takes over the team after four years as the Institute of Notre Dame's coach. He inherits a program in the rebuilding stage. The Bayhawks have an experienced infield, but pitching is a question mark.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 6-10. Coach: Elaine Lindsay

Top players: Paige Young, Sr., CF; Kim Curran, Sr., P; Tracy Miksis, Sr., SS.; Shannon Truxel, Jr., 3B; Jody Costa, Jr., LF.

Outlook: Coming off a rare losing season, the Lions have the potential to get back on the winning track. Curran, who worked on her control and developed more pitches in the off-season, is one of seven returnees.

Dundalk Owls

1996 record: 2-9. Coach: Debbie Henkel

Top players: Karen Harrison, Sr., P; Ronnie Cole, Sr., C; Debbie Post, Jr., OF; Nikki Cameron, Sr., OF.

Outlook: Henkel takes over at Dundalk after coaching for 15 years at Lansdowne. Expect the Owls to be aggressive on the base paths, a trademark of Henkel's teams. Dundalk has some experienced players, and Henkel said they have a good work ethic.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1996 record: 13-5. Coach: Marian Klein

Top players: Sandy Birchfield, Jr., P; Kristen Evans, Sr., P; Jessi Maffei, Jr., C; Gina Sloman, Sr., CF.

Outlook: The Mavericks again should be one of the top teams in Division I. Birchfield (9-3, 1.99 ERA, 92 strikeouts in 84 IP), a second-team All-City/County selection, and Maffei (.400) form one of the league's top batteries. Evans is a dependable second pitcher.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 16-4. Coach: Rick Wiscott

Top players: Kara Wingate, Sr., P; Jessie McGraw, Sr., C; Melissa Wenderoth, Sr., CF; Missy King, So., SS; Jaala Palmer, Jr., 3B.

Outlook: Unquestionably, the Indians are the team to beat in Division I. 1996 All-City/County Co-Player of the Year Wingate (15-4, 0.68 ERA, 176 strikeouts in 123 IP) is one of eight returning starters from last season's Class 3A state finalists. "We're much better than last year," Wiscott said. "This year, the kids not only believe we can go to the states, they expect it."

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1996 record: 4-4. Coach: Nick Burns

Top players: Jen Zienty, Jr., P-SS; Ali Hirsh, Jr., 1B; Buppy Rawson, Sr., 3B; Michelle Kraynack, Sr., OF.

Outlook: In a league that seems to have a lot of parity, Garrison Forest would seem to have as good a chance as any in the AIS B Division. Five starters return, including co-captains Rawson and Kraynack.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 9-9. Coach: Sam Bowen

Top players: Natalie Cardone, Jr., OF; Erika Ingles, Jr., 1B; Kerri .. Shannon, Jr., OF; Sarah Warner, So., 2B; Melissa Mueller, So., OF/Inf.

Outlook: The Bulls return five starters and Bowen said he believes they should at least do as well as last season. Like several other county teams, Hereford is adequate offensively and defensively, but pitching is a concern.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1996 record: 10-4. Coach: Pat Lloyd

Top players: Diane Rawleigh, Sr., 1B; Angel Harrison, Sr., SS; April Connor, Jr., 3B; Jen Gruzs, Jr., Utility; Toni Godack, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Bluebirds only graduated one starter, but it was a significant one -- pitcher Kelly Bess. Senior Maggie Travers, competing on the varsity for the first time, will attempt to fill the void on the mound.

Lansdowne Vikings

1996 record: 8-3. Coach: Michele Patras

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