2000 All-Howard County baseball teams

High Schools


Player of the Year

Jason Maxey, Hammond: The three-time first-team All-County catcher, always an outstanding hitter, elevated his defense to a higher level this season, helping the Bears (18-5) finish second in the county and region. It was the second-most wins in school history. Offensively, Maxey broke the state single-season public school record for RBIs with 48 and has a state-record 117 RBIs for his career. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior hit nine home runs, and his career mark of 23 is second-best statewide all-time for public schools. Maxey set school records with 40 hits and a .579 batting average. His 17 extra-base hits included eight doubles. He had an on-base average of .697 and slugging average of 1.087. Defensively, he threw out 17 of 22 attempted base stealers, picked nine runners off base and successfully blocked dozens of would-be wild pitches. He made one error and had two passed balls. A team leader, he called impromptu team meetings during games when he deemed it necessary. He's hoping to play at the University of North Carolina after next season.

Coach of the Year

Matt Forsyth, Mount Hebron: The Vikings, who won their last 11 regular-season games to finish 16-2 in the league and 17-4 overall, captured their first outright county baseball title since 1976. They shared a title in 1997. Forsyth, 31, in his third season at Mount Hebron after four seasons at Howard from 1993 through 1996, expected his team to hit better than it did, but he was blessed with a strong three-man senior pitching staff that carried the team through with a team ERA of 2.88. Maneuvering those pitchers, each of whom had different needs in terms of rest required and had different strengths as far as pitching repertoires, was his biggest challenge. Only one county team saw the same pitcher twice. Forsyth teaches physical education at Dunloggin Middle School and is a graduate of Towson University. He played baseball at Liberty High and still plays in a men's league.

FOR THE RECORD - Some readers in Carroll County did not receive the correct All-County baseball and softball teams in yesterday's edition. The Carroll teams will appear in tomorrow's Maryland section on Page 8B.
Also, three members of the All-Howard County baseball team were misidentified in yesterday's Howard County edition. The players are River Hill's Jessie Pickett, Howard's Mike Burke and Centennial's Phil Down.
The Sun regrets the errors.

The first team

Chris Bowen, Glenelg: The 6-foot-4, 175-pound junior left-hander struck out 71 batters in 61 2/3 innings while compiling a 9-4 record and 3.18 ERA. He walked 34. His finest effort was a 4-0 shutout over county champion Mount Hebron. Bowen also pitched Glenelg to a 2-1 win over Centennial. Offensively, he hit .405 with 32 hits that included six doubles and three home runs. He had 21 RBIs.

Brian Brewer, Hammond: At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he's built like a power hitter and his 13 home runs in 23 games set a county record and tied the state single-season record. The junior third baseman homered in the first six games of the season, the fifth-longest streak in the nation. Brewer also drove in 41 runs on 31 hits that included six doubles. He led the county with 19 extra-base hits, scored 30 runs and batted .431. His on-base percentage was .558 and slugging average was 1.056. The strong-armed right-hander was also the closer, pitching 19 2/3 innings and compiling a 3-1 record with three saves.

Ryan Burke, Howard: The junior repeat first-team selection hit above .500 for the second straight year and was Howard's dominant player. His 15 extra-base hits included nine doubles, one triple and five home runs. The 6-3, 210-pound designated hitter had 30 RBIs, 27 runs scored and 32 hits with a .533 batting average. Burke pitched 43 innings, compiling a 5-2 record, 2.12 ERA and 43 strikeouts.

Pat Fields, Hammond: Fields set school records by scoring 40 runs and being hit by seven pitches. The junior first-time All-County pick showed surprising power with five home runs, five doubles and a triple while driving in 25 runs on 29 hits. He batted .420. Defensively, the 5-10, 165-pound second baseman had 39 assists, 32 putouts and one error. He stole six bases in six attempts.

Arin Gelletly, River Hill: The three-time All-County player posted his best offensive numbers with a .492 batting average, eight doubles, five home runs, 32 hits and 25 runs scored. The 6-5, 200-pounder went 8-for-10 during the last three playoff games, leading his team to the state semifinals where it lost to No. 1-ranked Washington power Damascus, 9-7. Gelletly was the team's closer and had six saves. He'll attend Maryland-College Park on a baseball scholarship.

Jason Harriman, Hammond: The senior fleet-footed center fielder stole 15 bases in 18 attempts and set a school record with 13 doubles. As the lead-off batter, he hit .443 with 31 hits, 33 runs scored, 18 RBI, 14 walks and one home run. His on-base average was .598, second-best on the team. Defensively, he made 34 putouts, had three assists and one error. He's 5-10, 160 pounds and will attend Salisbury State.

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