All-carroll County

Baseball

May 31, 2002

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Josh Lewis

South Carroll

Lewis became the county's most dominant pitcher this season. Using a fastball clocked as high as 89 mph, as well as a curve, slider and changeup, the senior bound for Indiana University went 6-1 with a 0.66 ERA, and even earned a save in South Carroll's Class 3A state championship victory over La Plata. The right-hander had four complete games, including a pair of shutouts, striking out 60 in 42 2/3 inning and holding opposing hitters to a .128 average. At the plate, his lone hit of the year with a three-run homer against South Hagerstown. Lewis was a team leader after playing on South Carroll's co-county champion football team and basketball team that advanced to the state semifinals.

COACH OF THE YEAR

George Richardson

South Carroll

He led South Carroll to its second 3A state title in four years. Unlike the offensive juggernaut that rolled through the 1999 season -- which produced five Division I college players and another in the Junior College World Series -- this year's squad, which included six starting sophomores, struggled for much of the season to find its game. The Cavaliers began this season by losing seven of their first 12 in a stretch marked by abominable fielding. But led by a dominating pitching staff, South Carroll roared through the rest of the season, finishing 10-2-1 to win the 3A title. Richardson also was named The Sun's Coach of the Year in 1999.

FIRST TEAM

Eddie Ashwell

Westminster

The senior was dominant both at the plate and on the mound. The second baseman led the county with six home runs. As a pitcher, Ashwell used his 86 mph fastball and biting curve to go 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA, striking out 43 in 33 2/3 innings. He is bound for Virginia Tech.

Sean Brewer

Westminster

The first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection threw out 50 percent of attempted base stealers and batted .309 with 16 RBIs. The Xavier-bound senior also excelled on the mound for the county and CMC-champion Owls, going 6-1 with a 3.49 ERA.

Matt Buckman

Westminster

The player with quite possibly the best arm of any county outfielder also possessed one of the area's most potent bats. The junior hit .355 with six doubles and 14 RBIs. He didn't commit an error this season.

Jimmy Dahlgren

South Carroll

The big first baseman, who also earned All-County honors in football and basketball, was a pillar of strength for the Cavaliers. He batted .381 with 20 RBIs, finishing with an on-base percentage of .479 and a slugging average of .500.

David Dix

North Carroll

The freshman played beyond his years for the Panthers, solidifying the middle infield with his impressive defensive play at short. He also batted .327 with two homers.

Jason Engles

Liberty

After missing all of last season with an ankle injury, the senior batted .326 with four doubles, a triple and a .465 on-base percentage. He struck out just once in 43 at-bats.

Corey Greene

South Carroll

The center fielder batted .333 with 14 RBIs and 22 runs scored from the No. 3 hole. He had a .415 on-base percentage and five stolen bases, as well as five outfield assists.

Steve Jordan

North Carroll

A catcher by trade, Jordan was simply the county's best hitter. He led county public school players with a .462 batting average, and contributed with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBIs.

Ryan Mantua

South Carroll

After pitching just 10 innings last season as a closer, Mantua finished with a 5-2 record with a 1.37 ERA, striking out 41 in 41 innings. The right-hander had three complete games.

Brad Mayr

South Carroll

The second baseman came through in several clutch situations this season for the Cavaliers. He batted .366 with five doubles, two homers and a county-leading 28 RBIs. He reached base more than 41 percent of the time.

Joey Morningstar

Francis Scott Key

On a team with seven victories, the senior had four game-winning RBIs. He batted .421 with three homers and 20 RBIs for the Eagles. The catcher threw out 40 percent of attempted base stealers.

Bo Sauter

South Carroll

The senior struck out 12 in a state championship win against La Plata. The left-hander finished 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings.

Mike Scheffel

Westminster

The junior lifted the Owls to county and CMC titles this spring with his offensive contributions. The outfielder batted .368 with 11 RBI and 16 runs scored, and had a game-winning hit against Liberty. He also stole 14 bases.

Tommy Stull

Westminster

After a mediocre start, the junior came on strong in the final third of the season, raising his average by more than 100 points to finish the year batting .373. He also scored 16 runs and drove in 12.

Tommy Swope

Francis Scott Key

The senior filled a void at third base and faired better than expected, but it was at the plate where he stood out, batting .409 with a team-high nine doubles. He also gave the team quality innings the No. 3 pitcher.

Jason Thayer

Westminster

Thayer used his side-arm motion to continually frustrate hitters. The senior, named first-team All-CMC, went 5-1 with a save and a 1.74 ERA and struck out 38.

Team selection

The Sun 2002 All-Carroll County baseball and softball teams were selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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