All-howard County

Softball

May 31, 2002

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Katie Zitnay

Atholton

There have been pitchers who have thrown harder, and hitters who have hit it farther, but few players, if any, knew how to win like Zitnay, a three-time Howard County Player of the Year. She ends her career with more wins (78) and more RBIs (118) than any player in Maryland history. As a senior, she led Atholton to its fourth straight county title, hitting .458 and driving in 33 runs. The most feared hitter in the county, she hit for average and power, smacking four doubles, six triples and three home runs, as well as scoring 27 runs. As a pitcher, she was just as good. Her strength was her control, her movement and her consistency. She pitched 137 innings and went 19-3 with a 0.46 ERA. She also struck out 77 batters while walking only 21 and didn't make one error in the field.

COACH OF THE YEAR

David Vitagliano

River Hill

There's a reason why the Hawks (19-3) were 5-0 in extra-innings games this season, and it's called composure. Few teams were better than River Hill at calmly advancing runners and coming up with big hits under pressure. When the Hawks fell behind, they didn't panic. Atholton was a strong favorite at the beginning of the season to capture its fourth straight county title, but Vitagliano got River Hill to fight every step of the way, and Hawks and Raiders ended up sharing the title. Vitagliano also effectively juggled his pitching staff. When senior Kelly Smith had to miss time with a shoulder injury, the Hawks hardly missed a beat with sophomore Stephanie Haas.

FIRST TEAM

Aubrey Barrett

Atholton

An outstanding center fielder who didn't commit an error all season, the senior also caused plenty of trouble for other teams offensively. She hit .348 with 20 RBIs, stole 16 bases and scored 22 runs. Extremely fast, Barrett also legged out six triples. In a late-season game against River Hill, she shrugged off the stomach flu to score a key late-inning run that tied the score.

Chelsey Barrett

Atholton

Though she's often referred to as Aubrey's younger sister, the sophomore made a name for herself this season by hitting .314 and stealing 23 bases. As the leadoff hitter, she did an excellent job of manufacturing runs, scoring 26 on the year. Barrett hit three triples, drove in 13 runs and her nine walks tied for the team lead. In the outfield, she committed only one error.

Sarah Cullison

Glenelg

A second-team All-County selection last year as a sophomore third baseman, Cullison moved to shortstop and had a monster season. As Glenelg's top offensive player, she hit .478 and drove in 36 runs. Her 11 doubles led the league, and moved her to within one of the school record for her career. She struck out only three times, stole 15 bases and provided solid defense throughout the year.

Danielle Devereux

Glenelg

A speedy center fielder who caused havoc on the base paths, the junior had one of the most best seasons in the county this year, leading the league with a .508 average while stealing 36 bases. Though teams knew she was going to bunt, she still got on base a ton because of her speed. She scored 24 runs, but her best attribute may have been her defense as she took away countless hits in the gap.

Ashley Fowler

Glenelg

Though she struggled at times with her control, when the junior was on, she was impressive. Fowler went 10-4 on the season with a 3.20 ERA and struck out 57 over 94 innings. She nearly no-hit Mount Hebron and Hammond, giving up a hit each time in the seventh inning, but her most impressive game may have been a 1-0 shutout of Atholton at the beginning of the season when she held the Raiders to two hits.

Kacie Glenn

River Hill

The senior had an uncanny knack for digging balls out of the dirt at first base, and saved countless runs that way for the Hawks. Though she hit only .250, Glenn was a clutch hitter, knocking in 12 runs and scoring 11 times.

Kristin Gormus

Howard

The Lions didn't give the senior a ton of run support over her career, but it rarely mattered. Generally regarded as the best pure pitcher in the league, Gormus went 13-5 with an 0.87 ERA and struck out 146 batters while walking only 14. Against Atholton in the playoffs, she was brilliant, holding Atholton scoreless while giving up only two hits over seven innings to earn a 1-0 win.

Kelly Kemp

Atholton

After starting for three years at first base, Kemp switched to catcher this season and continued to be a force for the Raiders. She was second on the team behind Zitnay with a .437 average, and she drove in 17 runs and hit eight doubles, two triples and two home runs. She committed only two errors from behind the plate.

Marianne Klingaman

Centennial

The junior's 8-13 pitching record doesn't look that impressive, but a large part of it was due to the Eagles' young defense. Klingaman posted a 2.01 ERA and struck out nine batters in each of Centennial's final three games of the season. She also hit .410 and drove in 14 runs and had five doubles and a home run.

Karen Lee

Atholton

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