Player of the Year
Gavin Floyd, Mount St. Joseph: This 6-foot-5, 195-pound junior flame thrower dominated both from the mound and the plate. Listed as a preseason second-team All-America in Baseball America Magazine, Floyd's two-year 22-3 record as a pitcher includes 187 strikeouts - 103 this season - and as a batter, his 55 RBIs (a team-high 44 this season). This sprng, Floyd used his 90-plus mph fastball to compile a 12-2 record over 83 2/3 innings and an 0.88 ERA. At the plate, Floyd hit .414. His 11 doubles ranked first on the team, his 41 hits second, and his seven homers third. Floyd has accounted for the scoring of 28 runs for the Gaels, and is considered one of the nation's top pro prospects.
Co-Coaches of the Year
John Robinson, Douglass: The youthful enthusiasm of Robinson, 28, assisted by Sheila Irby, helped turn around a struggling program in his third season. In capturing the Baltimore City B Conference title during a 17-2 season, the Ducks won their first baseball championship since 1965. After going 4-23 over Robinson's first two seasons, Douglass out-scored its opponents 204-83 entering its Class 4A North Region semifinal loss at Perry Hall, last spring's state runner-up. Senior pitchers Corey Smith (7-0) and junior DeShawn Brown (7-1) led the Ducks. Brown's .622 batting average led the team, as did Charles Thomas' 31 steals. A former player at Washington's Eastern High and Morgan State, Robinson has a nice corps returning as the Ducks move up to the A Conference next season.
Bill Yosca, Towson: The 46-year-old Long Island, N.Y., native coached the Generals (20-4) to the Baltimore County 2A-1A title for the second time in three seasons and to the most victories in school history. The Generals also won the 2A North title - the school's third regional title and its first since 1990 - and reached the program's first 2A state title game, where they beat defending champ Walkersville, 7-5. Walkersville's 14-game winning streak was ended by Towson, winner of all four of it regional games in extra innings. Yosca also developed a first-year player, pitcher Andre Gardner, whose three consecutive no-hitters earlier this season tied a state record. Yosca (120-68 in 11 seasons) earned win No. 100 in the Generals' third game, a 7-4 win over Hereford that began a six-game winning streak. The Generals avenged a regular-season loss to Lansdowne in the regional title game, and also defeated county 4A-3A champ Perry Hall.
The first team
Steve Althoff, Curley: The senior third baseman hit .430 with nine home runs, four doubles and 33 RBIs. He had 31 hits and scored 32 runs in leading the Friars into the MIAA A Conference baseball playoffs after being league champs his junior season. Also a two-time All-Metro soccer defenseman, Althoff led that team to an MIAA A Conference title last fall.
Travis Ezi, Southwestern: Likely to get drafted in June, Ezi's .711 average may well lead the area. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior was 34-for-34 on steals, had 28 RBIs, scored 30 runs, and hit seven home runs, 12 doubles and six triples. Scouts from the Orioles, Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Rockies, Marlins and Pirates are after Ezi, who clocked a 6.2 in the 60-yard dash. The 3.0 student has signed with Young Harris Community College in Georgia.
Andre Gardner, Towson: The right handed pitcher-first baseman's breakthrough senior year included a 6-2 record with a save on the mound, and a .357 batting average with 18 RBIs, six doubles, a triple and two home runs. Gardner, soon to be featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces In The Crowd, used his low-80s fastball, curve, changeup and knuckle-curves to tie a state record with three straight no-hitters. He struck out 105 batters, including nine in a three-hit, no-walk 2A state semifinal victory over Lackey.
Scott Headd, Dulaney: The junior catcher hit .515 with team highs in hits (35) and runs scored (30) to lead the Lions to their first Class 4A state title game, where they lost 3-2 to Watkins Mill of Montgomery County after leading, 2-0. Headd had 27 RBIs, 13 doubles, two triples and one home run. The 6-1, 170- pounder had one of his best games in the Lions' North Region title-game upset of Perry Hall, with a two-run double and a two-run home run.
Craig King, Cardinal Gibbons: A junior, King was 4-1 on the mound with 60 strikeouts. King hit .380 with 23 RBIs, 28 runs scored, six triples, five doubles and two home runs to lead the Crusaders to their second straight MIAA B Conference title and a 25-6 record (18 straight wins). In the title-game win over Mount Carmel, King went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and his 36th steal. King, who had 35 hits, has been recruited by seven college programs.