All-baltimore City/county

Softball

May 31, 2002

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gray

Institute of Notre Dame

A transfer from traditional area power Northeast, pitcher Gray was an immediate force for the Indians this spring, leading the East Baltimore school to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final for the first time since 1997 before losing to perennial champion Archbishop Spalding. The sophomore established school records for victories (19), strikeouts (210), earned-run average (0.51) and shutouts (10).

"We've had a number of great pitchers through the years but she's something special," said IND coach Greg Ehrman. "She kept her composure against the likes of Kelley Tiesi [Catholic], Meg Cowan [Spalding], Amy Welch [Pallotti], and had to be on edge to shut down teams."

In the conference semifinals, Gray had a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Catholic and Tiesi, who threw a no-hitter.

She was also IND's offensive catalyst, leading the team in hits (23) and RBI (16).

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dave Scrivener

Eastern Tech

Despite a heartbreaking loss in the Class 2A state semifinals, it was a memorable spring for Scrivener and the Mustangs. Eastern Tech claimed its first Baltimore County championship in the school's 30-year history, rallying past defending champ Franklin, 4-3, in extra innings after losing, 9-1, in the regular season. The Mavericks knocked off two-time defending South regional champion Catonsville in the final to reach the state semifinals for the first time since 1995. Eastern Tech lost to Charles County's Lackey, which scored three runs in the top of eighth in a 6-4 decision.

FIRST TEAM

Tina Birchfield

Eastern Tech

Birchfield's pitching played a huge role in the Mavericks' charge to their first Baltimore County title and second state semifinal appearance. The sophomore went 18-4 with a 0.93 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 143 1/3 innings. A consensus All-County pick by the league coaches, Birchfield also batted .458 with 32 runs scored.

Kim Bloom

Eastern Tech

A repeat first-team All-City/County selection, Bloom led Eastern Tech with a .500 average and 24 RBIs. The junior's hard grounder helped score the winning run in the Mavericks' county-title win over Franklin.

Heather Delair

Western

She was an undeniable presence in the Baltimore City league. The senior led the Doves in hitting (.556), RBIs (26) and runs scored (26) as they went 54-0 in the city league with Delair in the lineup. She will attend Towson University.

Danyale Goode

Seton Keough

The senior was hands down the IAAM A Conference's premier catcher. She batted .435 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. She also had a .900 fielding percentage, throwing out 10 of 12 would-be base stealers. A repeat first-team All-City/County selection, Goode will play for Mount St. Mary's next season.

Ashley Liggett

Catonsville

A second-team All-City/County choice last spring, the senior helped the Comets back to the 2A South regional final for the third straight year. She batted .348 with two home runs and 11 RBIs for Catonsville, which lost to Eastern Tech in the regional final. Liggett, who had a .586 slugging percentage, was an All-County selection by the league coaches.

Lindsay Lowder

Institute of Notre Dame

The sophomore's development was a key factor in the Indians' chase of the IAAM A Conference championship this spring. She batted .300 with seven bunt singles and nine stolen bases, providing a spark from the leadoff and No. 2 spot in the lineup. Lowder was named to the A Conference first team by the league coaches.

C.J. Luers

Franklin

The senior was one of the best pitchers in Baltimore County this season. She went 17-3 with 181strikeouts in 123 innings and a 0.63 ERA, leading Franklin to the county and 3A North regional final. Luers was also the Indians' top run-producer with 36 RBIs and has a .657 on-base percentage. She will attend Howard University on a softball scholarship.

Kate Marchant

Dulaney

The junior was probably the most feared hitter in Baltimore County. The outfielder led the Lions in batting with a .567 average, six home runs and 38 RBIs. She had a staggering 1.001 slugging percentage and scored 30 runs. Selected All-County by the league coaches, Marchant is one of several promising underclassmen Dulaney will have back next spring.

Megan McAuliffe

Catholic

Along with ace pitcher Kelley Tiesi, McAuliffe made Catholic a force to reckon with in the IAAM A Conference the past few seasons. The senior batted .369 with eight RBIs and two triples and was the league's top shortstop. A second-team All-City/County pick last spring, McAuliffe was named to the all-A Conference squad by the league coaches.

Lauren Schmidt

Institute of Notre Dame

The junior had a knack for coming through in the clutch for the IAAM A Conference finalist this year. She batted .270 with 10 runs scored and six RBIs., three of which were game-winners. Schmidt also contributed six stolen bases and had a .964 fielding percentage.

Rhiannon Staub

Franklin

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.