All-anne Arundel County

Softball

May 31, 2002

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Christine Sheridan

Archbishop Spalding

It's not easy to stand out on a team that is filled with enviable talent at nearly every position, but Sheridan met the challenge head-on. The senior shortstop was the catalyst for the Cavaliers' run to their second Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship and 12th private schools league title in 13 seasons. No. 1 Spalding (18-6) also claimed its fifth consecutive Maryland State Private Schools Tournament crown due in part to Sheridan, who batted .542 with three home runs, three triples and three doubles. She scored 26 times and finished the season with 20 RBIs.She also converted 37 of 41 putout attempts to finish with a .902 fielding percentage. She will continue her playing career at East Carolina University.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bobby Boyd

North County

Boyd & Co. out-dueled seven top-15 teams to clinch the Cavalier Classic, tied for third place in the county and outlasted Eleanor Roosevelt to capture the program's second state crown in three years. And, so, like former coach Brian Love, who won this honor in 2000, Boyd is the county Coach of the Year. Boyd's mellow approach to coaching bore out in his squad's relaxed behavior during its successful playoff run. Even a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Glen Burnie - a loss that cost the Knights a spot in the county championship game - didn't faze him. "As long as we played tough defense and had steady pitching, sooner or later I knew we would start hitting the ball," Boyd said. No. 2 North County (21-5) outscored its playoff opponents 48-22.

FIRST TEAM

Brittany Boyd

North County

After two seasons as the Knights' No. 1 pitcher, Boyd started a majority of the games at first base, where she established herself as a solid fielder: The senior didn't commit an error in 16 starts. She also batted .345 with seven doubles, two triples and a home run.

Amy Bush

Broadneck

Speed defined the essence of the junior outfielder's playing style. Bush used her quick feet to track down fly balls and liners, catching them with relative ease. Her propensity for getting on base (.492 batting average) and swiftness on the base paths (21 stolen bases, 24 runs) also proved beneficial for the Bruins.

Meghan Cowen

Archbishop Spalding

Taylor calls Cowen "perhaps the best third baseman Spalding has ever had." The senior converted 41 of 43 putout attempts for a .954 fielding percentage. As the team's leadoff hitter, Cowen batted .403 with four doubles, two triples and a home run. She will play at Pennsylvania.

Tracey Dahlen

Chesapeake

The bat that fueled the Cougars' offensive engine usually was found in the sophomore's hands. Dahlen batted .434 with four triples and four doubles, led No. 5 Chesapeake (19-3) in runs scored (22) and RBIs (17) and stole 13 bases.

Lindsay Ettinger

Chesapeake

The Cougars' 16-0 regular-season run through the county was embodied by the junior, who pitched in every game against an Anne Arundel opponent. Ettinger finished with a 16-2 record and a 0.65 ERA, struck out 127 and issued just 10 walks. The repeat All-County choice also threw a no-hitter and recorded nine complete-game shutouts.

Heather Frye

North County

The senior became a mainstay in right field, where she boasted a .974 fielding percentage. At the plate, Frye batted .473 with seven triples and five doubles. The three-time All-County choice will try out for Towson University next spring.

Laura Gibson

Severna Park

The No. 8 Falcons (16-8) may not have won their third regional title without the senior pitcher. She went 14-7 with a 0.60 ERA, allowed just 13 earned runs and struck out 151 hitters. The repeat All-County selection will play at Philadelphia University next spring.

Jessica Griffith

Glen Burnie

The senior catcher led the way with a .492 slugging percentage and a .471 on-base percentage while batting .295 with 11 RBIs, four triples and four doubles. Griffith, who will play at Mount St. Mary's, threw out five of seven base-stealers and picked off three runners at first base.

Keri Lounge

Archbishop Spalding

It's hard to believe that Lounge actually struggled at the beginning of the season. But the junior second baseman righted herself, batting .392 with 28 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Lounge, an All-County selection for the third straight year, hit three home runs, three triples and four doubles. She converted 35 of 36 putout attempts for a .972 fielding percentage.

Beth Mullins

North County

Few first-year players could rest on as many laurels as Mullins. The freshman played several games at first base but sparkled as a pitcher, where she finished 14-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 107 innings. Mullins enjoyed a .315 batting average with 20 runs scored, 16 RBIs, eight doubles, five triples and two home runs.

Jessica Saunders

Archbishop Spalding

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