Player of the Year
Casey Brengle, Westminster: It's not very often that a sophomore gains the attention of a senior, but that's what happened on April 11. After the Owls lost a 5-1 decision to C. Milton Wright, Mustangs senior and Oklahoma University-bound Megan Hube, one of the most heavily recruited catchers in the country, complimented Brengle as a rising star. Her performance this season would seem to verify that. Brengle batted a lofty .453, which was the third-best mark in the county. She also had nine RBIs, three triples, a home run, and a double. But her biggest contribution may have come behind the plate where Brengle threw out 27 of 29 runners attempting to steal. She also picked off 10 runners at first base and didn't allow a passed ball all season. Her coach, Lisa Harford, said Brengle's presence on the field helped stabilize a potent Westminster team that finished 13-5. North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford said of Brengle: "She's the kind of kid you can build a team around."
Coach of the Year
Lisa Harford, Westminster: In only three years at the helm, Harford has completed an astounding reversal for an Owls program that had struggled in previous seasons. After a mediocre 7-10 mark last year, Harford entered this season with high expectations. She introduced batting and defensive drills and frequently used live pitching and running during practice. Instead of requiring laps around the diamond for mental miscues, Harford ordered her players to do pushups to increase their upper-body strength. The result? An outright county title and a share of the Central Mawland Conference championship. And Harford said she has no intentions of slowing down or lowering expectations. "I'm an impatient person," she conceded, adding that she expects a better showing than the Owls' quarterfinal exit from the Class 4A East regionals. "I'm going to expect a lot of things next year."
The first team
Jenny Amass, Frawis Scott Key: The senior first baseman was a critical member of an Eagles team that finished 13-7 and made it to the Class 2A West regional semifinals. Amass tied for the county lead in doubles with six. She led the team in steals with 13 and was second in batting average (345) and hits (20). She also drove in 13 runs and scored 14 times. A two-year varsity starter who was one of two team captains, Amass plans to con-tinue her' softball career at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Trish Brown, North Carroll: The junior second baseman was a force for a Panthers squad that went 13-7 and advanced to the Class 3A to tile Class 3A West regional semifinals. Brown batted .357 with five doubles and led the tealil in RBIs with seven. A steady fielder, she emerged as the most intimi-dating bat in tile lineup A two-year varsity starter and a first-team All-County choice for the second consecutive year, BrowEl can also play the shortstop position.
Danielle Caballero, South Carroll: Statistics fail to paint an accurate picture of the senior's worth to the Cavaliers. Although she batted only .234 with seven RBIs, Caballero proved to be most adept in the field. With an .857 fielding percentage, she played third base, designated hitter, and all three outfield positions for coach Debbie Eaton. Caballero will play basketball and volleyball at either Salisbury State or Mitchell College in Connecticut.
Meredith Carter, Francis Scott Key: The junior was tile undisputed leac er of the Eagles, Carter went 10-4 on the mound, garnered a 1,09 ERA, and struck out a county-best 125 of the 378 batters she faced in 89 2/3 innings. At the plate, she led all county players- in bitting with a .500 arcrage. She drove m 15 runs, scored 21 tinles, and owned a .634 on-base percentage. A third-year varsity starter, Carter is a first-team All-County selection fo:' the second straight season.
Casey Henry, Francis Scott Key: The senior was a consistent presence at the plate and in center field. Henry batted .292. drove, in 14 runs, scored 13 times, and stole seven bases. In the feld, she committed only one error and enjoyed a .935 fielding percentage. A team captain and four-year varsity starter, Henry was a second-team All-County pick last season. She plans oil playing softball and volleyball at Western Maryland College.
Jamie Janowich, South Carroll: The sophomore sparkled in her first season as a varsity starter. As the leadoff hitter, Janowich batted .285 and led the Cavaliers in runs scored with 13. As the centerfielder, she made only one error on her way to owning a .938 fielding percentage. With two more years of eligibility, Janowich will likely be an important cog in the future of South Carroll softball.