All-Metro baseball team

June 07, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY

Player of the Year

Matt Deuchler, Centennial

Deuchler, a senior catcher, did not finish his brilliant three-year career with a coveted state title. But it was no fault of his as the No. 11 Eagles (20-6) finished as a Class 2A finalist for the third straight season.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Deuchler, who was second-team All-Metro as a junior, is the total package behind the plate.

He can hit and hit with power, run, block pitches, throw, and has his staff's respect.

Deuchler batted .456 (41-for-90) with 10 doubles, three triples, five homers and 39 RBIs. He had three five-RBI games.

Few catchers run as well as the James Madison University-bound Deuchler, who covers the 60-dash in 6.9 seconds. He stole 15 bases and scored 36 runs this season.

Defensively, Deuchler applied his strong arm and quick release to cutting down five of just eight runners who dared trying to steal against him. He also picked off six runners.

He is the first Howard County player named Metro Player of the Year since Atholton pitcher Mark Carper in 1986.

Deuchler has been chosen for Team Maryland and yesterday's Crown All-Star game. He also participated in Team I at Clemson last July and has played several years for the Columbia Reds during the summer.

Deuchler played his freshman season at Calvert Hall.

In one of his best games for Centennial, he went 2-for-3 with five RBIs, had two stolen bases, a sacrifice fly and a walk against Atholton in a crucial late-season win.

Deuchler was also an All-Howard County football running back.

Coach of the Year

Al Frank, Archbishop Curley

"Baseball is my life, and I don't know what I would do without it," Frank said after the 24-9 Friars, having lost their first playoff game this spring, won four straight to clinch his fifth private schools championship in four decades.

Friars coach for 37 years, Frank is the Baltimore area's winningest coach at 481-369.

But he credits this year's success to two of his former players who helped him coach. "I owe so much to Timmy Norris and Richie Pfaff," he said. "They are like sons to me."

The Friars, who batted .357, set a state record for team homers (49). Their 312 runs were second only to the 326 scored by 1991 Class 2A state champ Northeast (24-0).

Brad Glascock, C. Milton Wright

Coach Bob Rudolph called Glascock "one of the best hitters to ever come out of C. Milton Wright."

Playing first base, being designated hitter at times, and volunteering to pitch for the No. 9 Mustangs (15-9), who lost the Class 3A West region final to eventual state champion South Carroll, Glascock batted .464 (39-for-84) with 40 RBIs, 25 runs, 13 doubles, five triples and six homers.

Considering Towson, UMBC and Hagerstown Community College, Glascock finished with a state career-record 13 triples, 21 doubles and a .506 batting mark.

"We needed another pitcher, and he said he would do it," said Rudolph. "He never pitched before and went 4-2."

Rudolph predicts that Glascock's tools and attitude will make him succeed at the next level.

Anthony Aceves, Howard

Fast and strong, Aceves, a senior outfielder, moved from second-team All-Metro as a junior to first team as a senior after batting .578 (37-for-64).

He set a state record for runs scored (51). Aceves hit eight doubles, four triples, and six homers for the No. 15 Lions (18-5).

He struck out only three times, had 23 walks - 13 intentional - and was hit by pitches five times.

A combination of speed, strong throwing arm and power-hitting ability make Aceves a pro prospect. He was drafted Thursday by the Florida Marlins in the 50th round.

"For average and power, he's the best hitter I've coached in 25 years and he hasn't hit his peak," Howard coach Rich Jenkins said.

Mike Costello, Archbishop Curley

Costello, a four-year varsity player, was the big bopper of the "Fearsome Friars" -- the power-hitting MIAA A Conference champions.

The third-baseman set season state-records for homers (15), hits (62) and RBIs (58), batting .521 (62-for-119) with 12 doubles and a triple.

Costello set a state career record for hits (135), breaking the record of 128 by 1998 Mount St. Joseph grad Mark Teixeira. He was one short of the latter's career record (108) for RBIs.

His 48 runs tied the state record broken by Howard's Anthony Aceves this season.

Costello, who is 6-1, 210 pounds, committed only six errors this season.

Kevin Damiano, South Carroll

Damiano played a major role in No. 2 South Carroll's first state championship with his bat and pitching.

The Penn-State bound left-hander was named the Carroll County Player of the Year.

He led the Cavaliers (21-4) in batting at .539 (41-for-76), RBIs (40), runs scored (30) and doubles (11), and was second in home runs to South Carroll teammate Jason Tourangeau (eight) with six. He was second in triples (five) to designated-hitter Chris Vasse (seven).

On the mound, the left-hander posted a 5-2 victory over No. 9 C. Milton Wright in the Class 3A semifinals. He was 6-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 41 innings, 74 strikeouts, 17 walks and 31 hits.

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