1999 All-Baltimore City/County softball teams

June 02, 1999|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND DEREK TONEY

Player of the Year

Christy Urban, Mount de Sales, senior, pitcher: There were probably more overpowering hurlers than Urban, but consistency was what set her apart. The player of the year in the Catholic League, Urban was 15-6 for Mount de Sales with a 1.02 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 154 innings. A three-time All-Catholic League selection, Urban also batted .339 with 14 RBIs and scored 12 runs. "The biggest thing about Christy is her attitude and she's relentless on the field," said Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz. "She kept us in every game she pitched." Urban, who pitched a perfect game against Mount Carmel, had six shutouts, two one-hitters and four two-hitters. Three of her setbacks came against perennial powers Spalding (1-0), Northeast (3-0) and North County (3-0). Urban, a repeat All-City/County selection, has signed with Fairfield University.

Coach of the Year

Chris Ashby, Seton Keough: The Gators' softball program hasn't had much success over the years in the Catholic League, but Ashby guided Seton Keough to its second appearance in the tournament championship game. The Gators fell to Archbishop Spalding, 2-0, to finish 15-6 after going 10-7 in 1998. Ashby has observed steady improvement in each of his four seasons at Seton Keough, including a 15-4 mark in the Catholic League and a 4-2 win over defending champs Mount de Sales in the tournament semifinals. Ashby will have all but one starter returning next spring.

The first team

Jamie Clingan, IND, junior, infielder: Considered one of the best infielders in the Catholic League, Clingan made only one error in 86 chances at second base this spring. At the plate, she batted .386 with 24 stolen bases and scored 26 runs from the leadoff spot. "She set our offense in motion," said IND coach Greg Ehrmann of his three-year starter. "If she wasn't on base, we struggled." A first-team All-Catholic League pick, Clingan was a second-team All-City pick last spring.

Missy Farrell, Franklin, senior, outfielder: Farrell is arguably the best center fielder in the area. Using her superb speed, Farrell handled all 24 chances for the three-time Baltimore County champs. She led the Indians in hitting (.483), scored 26 runs and stole 16 bases. Farrell, a two-time All-City/County first-team selection, will play for West Chester University next spring.

Jen Fried, Franklin, junior, pitcher: A rare left-handed hurler, Fried provided much difficulty for opposing teams. She was 9-1 with a 0.33 ERA for Franklin, which defeated Catonsville for the county title behind Fried's complete-game two-hitter. In 63 innings, Fried struck out 74 and walked 12. She also contributed 16 RBIs and scored 17 runs with a .358 average as a designated hitter.

Sara Harman, Franklin, senior, infielder: Though her offensive numbers were a bit down from last spring, Harman was still one of the area's best defensive first basemen. She was a perfect 82 of 82 in chances this season, hitting .384 with 12 RBIs and 16 runs for the Baltimore County champions. A repeat All-City/County first-team selection, Harman will play for Towson University next spring.

Christina High, Dulaney, senior, outfielder: High was the reason Dulaney nearly repeated as Class 4A, North Region champions. She batted .362 with 22 RBIs and 15 runs scored for the Lions, who lost to Perry Hall in 10 innings in the region final. High, who went 2-for-5 in the Perry Hall game, also had a .522 slugging percentage. "She's extremely coachable and a team-oriented player," said Dulaney coach Mourine White. "She has an excellent work ethic and was a role model for her teammates." High will attend the University of Massachusetts on an academic scholarship.

Missy King, Franklin, senior, infielder: After some defensive lapses last season at shortstop, King dramatically improved this spring, committing only one error in 50 chances. She batted .413 with 17 RBIs and scored 19 runs, helping Franklin to the Baltimore County championship. A repeat first-team All-City/County pick, King plans to join the U.S. Marines.

Lisa Lally, Towson, junior, catcher: The spark at the top of the Generals' lineup, Lally batted .463 with 20 runs scored this spring. She added 87 putouts, 11 assists and had a .989 fielding percentage. Lally was selected to the Baltimore County Division I first team.

Allison Merkle, Catholic, senior, utility: Merkle was a big reason Catholic went from 3-15 in 1998 to 10-6 this spring. A second-team All-City/County selection last season, Merkle batted .430 with 18 RBIs and 16 runs scored playing shortstop and catcher. "She does whatever it takes," said Catholic coach Len Tiesi. "She's quite an athlete and a complete player." A first-team All-Catholic League selection, Merkle will attend Boston University on a soccer scholarship.

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