1999 All-Baltimore City/County baseball teams

June 02, 1999|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND DEREK TONEY

Player of the Year

Mike Costello, senior, infielder: This 6-foot-2, 210-pounder set a new standard for an outstanding season. Costello's 15 home runs and 58 RBIs shattered the previous state records of 12 homers and 45 RBIs. The senior tri-captain and four-year starting third baseman hit .541 with 11 doubles and a triple, leading the Friars to a season-ending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown, a 24-9 record and a No. 1 area ranking. Costello was at his best in the playoffs, where he hit .429 with a double, a home run and eight RBIs, as the Friars went 4-1 to win the double-elimination tournament. Costello, a pro prospect, is considering Towson University, among others.

Co-Coaches of Year

Lou Holcomb, Gibbons: A former first-team All-Metro player at Old Mill and an All-American at the University of Maryland, Holcomb brought his aggressive approach to his first season as the coach of a floundering program. And it paid off with the MIAA B Conference title. The Crusaders returned three seniors and nine sophomores to the 13-player roster of a program that had gone 4-13 the previous season. Yet Holcomb stacked the Crusaders' nonleague schedule with powerful programs such as A Conference champ Curley, ranked No. 1 in the area at season's end, A Conference tournament No. 1 seed Calvert Hall (ranked No. 6) and 12th-ranked Glen Burnie, the eventual Class 4A state champ. The Crusaders defeated each of the three aforementioned teams. And in, the B Conference title game, Gibbons edged St. Mary's to end the year with an 18-10 record and a No. 20 ranking.

Mark Schlenoff, Poly: Schlenoff's Engineers had not beaten rival Patterson, of coach Roger Wrenn, in six previous seasons until routing the Clippers, 15-3, in their second meeting of the year. An earlier 7-6 loss was among six straight narrow defeats Poly had suffered against Patterson before winning this season's Baltimore City crown with a 15-1 league record (15-3 overall). The team batting average hovered over .390, and the team's pitchers, including ace Donald Arnold (5-2) and Nick Cox (6-0), had an ERA under 3.00. Schlenoff, who will retire after this season, called this year's team, "one of the strongest I've ever coached both on the field and academically." Schlenoff has a 77-32-1 record over his past six seasons at Poly.

The first team

Gavin Floyd, Mount St. Joseph, sophomore, pitcher: An outstanding pro prospect, the 16-year-old Floyd (6-4, 185) has a fastball clocked as high as 92 mph. Strong and durable, and with a changeup and a curveball in his repertoire, Floyd finished 10-1 with 84 strikeouts against 29 walks and a 1.92 ERA over nearly 66 innings. Floyd, who defeated every MIAA A Conference team, also hit .308 with two home runs, 10 runs scored and nine RBIs.

Derek Fritz, Curley, senior, infielder: One of the Friars' senior leaders, Fritz's .356 average included eight doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBIs. Perhaps even more impressive, however, was Fritz's stellar play at first base, where he committed only one error in 126 chances. Fritz is considering Wallace State Community College in Alabama among others.

Eddie Henry, Poly, senior, utility: A 6-foot, 180-pounder with 4.5-second speed, Henry's .458 batting average ranked third for the city champs. But Henry ranked first on the team in RBIs (29), home runs (nine), runs (37), hits (27) and slugging percentage (1,000). He is being heavily recruited for football.

Nick Hoffman, Gibbons, senior, designated hitter: A solid batter, Hoffman was the Crusaders' senior leader, hitting .400 with four home runs, three triples and four doubles. Hoffman scored 33 runs, stole 16 bases and had a team-high 40 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was 3-1 with six saves, including the save in the Crusaders' title-game win over St. Mary's. Hoffman has a scholarship offer from Catonsville Community College, but is also considering Lewisburg (N.C.) Community College among other options.

Greg Hopper, Patapsco, senior, pitcher: A three-year starter, Hopper (6-2, 180) went 9-0 with 95 strikeouts against only 32 walks in 59 innings. Hopper had a 1.42 ERA and did not make an error in 178 chances. He struck out 13 batters in wins over Dundalk and Edgewood, 10 in a win against Overlea and nine each in wins over Eastern Tech and Class 4A state runner-up Perry Hall. Hopper hit .394 with four doubles, three triples, two home runs, 21 runs scored and 19 RBIs. Hopper is considering Towson University, among others.

Scott Kosmicky, Curley, senior, catcher: Another of the Friars' 14 seniors and a four-year starting tri-captain, Kosmicky batted .366 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 37 RBIs. Kosmicky rose to the challenge in the playoffs, contributing five RBIs for the hard-hitting Friars and two home runs. Kosmicky has a baseball scholarship to UMBC.

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