Baltimore County

Softball

March 20, 2000|By Mike Frainie and Andy Hawk

Arlington Baptist Eagles (9-4)

Coach: Liz Byers

Outlook: The Eagles return eight starters, including three-year veteran pitcher Lori Veasel, and should be among the top of the newly formed Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Division. A trio of seniors, 2B Julie Barber, SS Candice Moon and 1B Jocelyn Johnson, will lead the seasoned squad. Moon is the team's top run producer. The team also has a top-notch defense.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors (5-6)

Coach: Jennifer Gmeiner

Outlook: The Warriors lost five starters, including three-year pitcher Aimee Norsoph, who moved to Florida. The team hasn't found a replacement on the mound. Seniors Nina Auster (CF) and Renata Isaacson (3B) will have to lead the inexperienced squad.

Carver A&T Wildcats (5-10)

Coach: James Tighe

Outlook: The Wilcats return six seniors, led by All-County honorable mention pitcher Colleen Tighe (96 strikeouts, 15 walks last season). The team will benefit from the drop to Division II this season, and starters Heidi Ruthersberger (3B), Ally Brown (CF) and Elise Caudill (C) also return. James Tighe, Colleen's father, likes what he's seen from this group, and the Wildcats should improve on last years record.

Catonsville Comets (18-4)

Coach: Bill Nelson

Outlook: The Comets, county runners-up last year, return four seniors. Nelson said the team will take some time to develop. Catonsville lost Lauren Rosenberger, their best pitcher and hitter last season, and replacing her offense will be a challenge. Junior Sara Burns, who pitched on the varsity half of last season, needs to step up if the Comets are to equal last year's lofty record.

Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-14)

Coach: Eric Reid

Outlook: Reid takes over a team that has a lot of rebuilding to do. The Bayhawks graduated most of their talent and only return five players from last year's team. Reid says he's seen some good hitters in early practices, but finding a solid pitcher will be a challenge. Juniors Jessica Taft and Dontesha Stevenson will be the leading hitters and will be relied upon to carry the load on offense. Reid is having trouble fielding a JV.

Dulaney Lions (9-6)

Coach: Mourine White

Outlook: The Lions return a young but experienced nucleus from a team that lost to Perry Hall in the regional finals last year. The team is comprised mostly of juniors and sophomores, but most of them played significant roles last year. Junior Kirby Goad will handle most of the pitching duties. Most of the offense will come from junior Michelle Johnson and senior Jennifer Rockford, a transfer from Illinois. The team will be strong up the middle, but the hitting behind Johnson and Rockford could be a concern.

Dundalk Owls (8-8)

Coach: Debbie Henkel

Outlook: The Owls lost six players from last year, most of them starters. The team will rely on a strong group of players from a highly successful JV, seven of whom will play on the team this year. Sophomore Neena Avent and junior Lisa Talagsen will be relied upon to lead a parade of good hitters. The strength of the team will be the defense. This could be a rebuilding year for the Owls, but with a few breaks they could finish with a winning record.

Eastern Tech Mavericks (13-4)

Coach: Dave Scrivener

Outlook: Scrivener returns for his second year and the Mavericks are in a good position to equal or better their success of last year. Stephanie Bragg, a first-team All-County outfielder, will return and lead a talented group of hitters. Jessica Laing and Lauren Winchester, both seniors, also will be counted upon for their leadership. Scrivener says the team can go 13 players deep, and the Mavericks may need that depth to compete in the tough Division I. If the team has a weakness, it could be its unproven pitching.

Franklin Indians (18-2)

Coach: Rick Wiscott

Outlook: The defending county champs lost four starters from last year, but will draw from a JV that has lost one game in four years. The biggest loss was All-Metro CF Missy Farrell. Wiscott said he probably has the best three pitchers in Baltimore County in Jen Fried, Jamie Widerman and Chrissy Luers, all of whom throw in the upper 50s. If the Indians have a problem, it could be depth. Look for Franklin to again be the team to beat in Baltimore County.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies (2-12)

Coach: Don Garmer

Outlook: Senior Crissy Ridgeley, who saw limited action in 1999, steps in as the No. 1 pitcher on this veteran team. Seniors Rachel Deckelbaum (SS), Jen Lieberman (OF), Renee Freidel (OF), Gaby Henriquez (OF) and juniors Meghan Lane (1B) and Stephanie Albury (C) also return. Garmer figures the year of experience can only improve his team as it prepares for its first season in the IAAM C Conference.

Hereford Bulls (9-9)

Coach: Sam Bowen

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