Player of the Year
Gavin Floyd, Mount St. Joseph: The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher is considered by several major baseball publications to be the country's No. 1 high school baseball prospect and a likely first-round draft pick in this month's major-league draft. Floyd, who has orally committed to South Carolina, consistently throws a fastball between 93 and 95 mph to go with a sometimes pro-like curveball and slider. Floyd went 8-2 with 103 strikeouts, 29 walks and a 1.11 ERA. At the plate, he hit .322 with 26 RBIs, 21 runs scored and hit five home runs. Floyd is 30-5 over his four-year career, with 290 career strikeouts. A gifted, all-around athlete, Floyd can slam-dunk a basketball and shoot the three-pointer. But this year Floyd gave up basketball - he was the Gaels' sixth man - and soccer - he was the goalkeeper as a freshman and sophomore - to concentrate on baseball.
Coach of the Year
Ron Audlin, Dulaney: Audlin, 52, guided the Lions to a 22-3 record, their second straight Class 4A state runner-up finish and a No. 2 area ranking. In the state final, Dulaney lost to No. 1 Arundel, 5-4, in eight innings, this after losing, 3-2, to Watkins Mill last spring. Audlin, a technology instructor in his ninth season at Dulaney, improved to 144-56 for his career. Along the way, the Lions shut out a public school-record 10 opponents - with five of those victories provided by left-handed pitcher Trevor MacMeekin. But for Audlin, who is being treated for prostate cancer, the season became more than just a way to "get through the last two and a half months of the school year. It was a personal therapy for me. My assistant coaches and all the athletes knew about my health problem from day one," Audlin said. "I believed that a team could not have secrets between its members and be successful. My athletes saw me at practice everyday, doing whatever I could, and this became contagious."
Brian Anecharico, Calvert Hall: The 6-foot senior was fast on the base paths and smooth at the plate. He batted .378, with 21 RBIs, 23 runs scored, 10 doubles and two home runs. Anecharico stole 20 bases on 23 attempts.
Brandon Berlett, Eastern Tech: The 6-6, 220-pound junior right-hander played first base and pitched for the Mavericks, one of three teams to defeat Dulaney. He hit .464 with 28 RBIs and scored 17 runs. He hit 11 doubles, a triple and four home runs. On the mound, he was 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA, his best victory being a 15-strikeout win over Dundalk, 1-0. Berlett had only two errors.
Mike Clark, Dulaney: Clark pitched and also was the third base and designated hitter. He hit .424 with 23 RBIs, 17 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple and a home run. On the mound, Clark had a microscopic 1.69 ERA, going 5-1 and striking out 28 batters in 29 innings. His play provided valuable depth in a strong pitching rotation.
David Gobeli, Dulaney: After an injury to his throwing arm hampered him last spring, Gobeli stormed back. As a pitcher, he went 7-2 with 74 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 1.65 ERA. In three victories over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up St. Paul's, area power Calvert Hall and Parkville, he allowed three runs, eight hits and struck out 30 batters. At the plate, Gobeli hit .500 with 26 RBIs, 30 runs scored, nine doubles and three each in triples and home runs.
Scott Headd, Dulaney: The senior catcher hit .473 with 30 RBIs, 26 runs scored, 12 doubles and a triple. Perhaps the area's best defensive catcher, Headd erred just once this season. On the other hand, Headd threw out eight of 10 base runners stealing, and picked off 12 others. Headd also played basketball and is an excellent three-point shooter.
Trevor MacMeekin, Dulaney: A two-position player, MacMeekin went 8-0 as a pitcher. He recorded five shutouts, a 0.76 ERA and 59 strikouts against only three walks in 53 innings. He was also a first baseman. At the plate, the 6-1, 200-pound MacMeekin hit .315 with two doubles, a triple and three home runs, scored 20 runs and had 17 RBIs. An All-Metro football place-kicker, MacMeekin could play both sports for Cornell University.
Brooks Norris, Archbishop Curley: The University of Maryland-bound Norris led the Friars to their second MIAA A Conference title, with monster numbers both as pitcher and a third baseman. Norris hit .396 with 33 RBIs, scored 18 runs and had eight doubles, a triple and three home runs. As a pitcher, he was 8-2, striking out 76 batters and walking just 18.
Brian Perkins, St. Paul's: A left-hander who is headed for the University of Central Florida, Perkins finished the season at 10-5, his last win of the season coming in a three-hit, 79-pitch outing over Curley that earned his team a berth in the title game. Perkins had 81 strikeouts in 77 innings, picked off 15 runners and had three victories over last spring's MIAA A Conference champ, Calvert Hall.