2000 All-Baltimore City/County softball teams

June 02, 2000|By LEM SATTERFIELD AND KATHERINE DUNN

Player of the Year

Jamie Clingan, IND: In arguably the area's best league, the A Conference of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, Clingan was among the elite. She batted .367 with five doubles, two triples, a homer, 10 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for the Indians, who placed second to No. 1 Spalding during the regular season. A first-team pick by IAAM A coaches, Clingan started all four years on varsity, claiming the school record for hits (105) and stolen bases (72). Considered one of the area's best infielders, Clingan made one error at second base all spring. "She's probably the most knowledgeable players I've ever coached," said IND coach Greg Ehrmann. "She has a great softball background. She was our captain and vocal leader." Clingan, who scored 19 runs, is a repeat All-City/County first-teamer as well as an All-Catholic League pick. A two-time first-team All-Metro selection, Clingan will play at Coker College next season.

Coach of the Year

Bill Nelson, Catonsville: Nelson guided the Baltimore County school to its first state semifinal appearance in 22 years. In the state 2A semifinals, only a tough defensive play by Atholton's second basemen Karen Lee with two outs and the tying run at third finally closed the door on the Comets' season, 1-0. After being county runner-up to Franklin last spring, Nelson had to retool the Comets with his top pitcher and hitter (Lauren Rosenberger) graduated and only four seniors. Though Catonsville didn't get another opportunity at the county championship, it was one of three Baltimore County teams (Franklin in 3A and Parkville in 4A) to advance to Randazzo Park. In four seasons, Nelson has a record of 50-26.

The first team

Cynthia Clark, Mount de Sales: Clark is one of the many talented underclassmen in the IAAM A Conference. The sophomore batted .389 with 23 runs scored, 21 stolen bases and 10 RBIs from the leadoff position, helping Mount de Sales' late-season run to the IAAM A Conference tournament finals. Playing at first, Clark made only one error in 70 chances, while also pitching two games for the Sailors. A second-team All-City/County selection as a freshman last spring, Clark also had a .627 on-base percentage this spring.

Stacy Christie, Catonsville: The senior outfielder was the offensive catalyst for Catonsville's run to the state 2A semifinals. She batted a team-high .547 (29-of-53) with three home runs and 21 RBIs for the Comets, who lost to Atholton, 1-0, at Randazzo Park last week. Christie, who scored 21 runs, was a Baltimore County Division I first-team pick by the coaches.

Heather Delair, Western: As Western (14-3) again ruled the city public league, Delair was overwhelmingly the city's premier performer. The sophomore batted .543 with a team-high 24 RBIs and 34 runs, leading the Doves to the 4A North region semifinals where they lost to Dulaney, 3-2. A second-team All-City/County selection last spring, Delair also added two doubles and one triple, playing mainly as catcher.

Kristin Dulay, Seton Keough: Dulay was a constant in a topsy- turvy spring for Seton Keough. The senior went 12-7 with a 0.83 ERA for Seton Keough, which loss to No. 1 Spalding in the semifinals of the IAAM A Conference tournament and Maryland Private School tournament. In 126 innings, Dulay struck out 162 batters with four shutouts, and batted a team-high .364 (20-for-55). A second-team All-City/County pick last spring, Dulay will attend UMBC this fall.

Amanda Fischer, Perry Hall: In a season which the Gators finished only 9-8 after three 4A state semifinals appearances over the previous four seasons, Fischer was a huge bright spot. Among the area's top hitters, Fischer batted .551 with 19 RBIs and four triples for Perry Hall, which lost to eventual 4A North champ Parkville in the region quarterfinals. Fischer, the Gators' all-time scorer in basketball, will play basketball and field hockey at Hood College.

Jen Fried, Franklin: A first-team All-City/County selection last spring as a pitcher, Fried was again a stalwart for Franklin this season. She was the Indians' leading hitter at .388 and the top defender playing left field. On the mound, Fried was 7-2 with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings as Franklin was co-county champions with Hereford. Fried will attend Franklin & Marshall.

Sarah Galloway, IND: Along with City/County Player of the Year Jamie Clingan, Galloway was a reason IND finished second to No. 1 Spalding during the regular season. The junior went 16-8 with a 1.36 ERA for the Indians, who lost 2-1 to McDonogh in the IAAM A Conference quarterfinals. A second-team All-City/County selection last spring, Galloway struck out 172 batters in 174 innings. Galloway, who has five career no-hitters, also batted .321 with 12 RBIs, six doubles, and four triples this season.

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