Players To Watch

March 15, 2006

Julia Culotta -- North Harford, outfielder -- The All-Metro senior batted .561 with 18 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and 19 runs scored last season.

Amanda Fefel -- Catonsville, pitcher --Last season, Baltimore County's Player of the Year led the Comets to their second county title in three years by going 14-2 on the mound and .444 at the plate.

Allison Kuchar -- C. Milton Wright, shortstop -- Last season as a freshman, Kuchar enjoyed a timely hitting spree - including a deciding two-run homer in the Class 3A North title game - to lead the Mustangs to the state final.

Casie Mand -- Westminster, outfielder -- The senior left fielder will be a key left-handed bat in the middle of the Owls' lineup.

Colleen Matthes -- Institute of Notre Dame, pitcher -- After two straight runner-up finishes in the IAAM A Conference, the Indians will lean on their hard-throwing junior to reach the top. Matthes is 35-13 with 345 strikeouts in her first two seasons.

Jessica Oleinik -- Centennial, third baseman -- The junior had a breakout sophomore season for the Eagles, hitting .443 with 15 extra-base hits while committing just three errors.

Lauren O'Malley -- Archbishop Spalding, outfielder -- The two-time All-Metro senior is selective at the plate (.462, 23 RBIs, no strikeouts last season) and versatile defensively.

Jessica Vetock -- Institute of Notre Dame, shortstop -- An asset on defense and at the plate, the sure-handed senior made just two errors in 90 chances last season while batting .407 in the middle of the lineup.

Stephanie Weigman --Archbishop Spalding, pitcher --The junior standout went 11-2 with an 0.68 ERA last season and came up big in the IAAM A Conference title game - a 2-1 win in nine innings over the Institute of Notre Dame.

Jordyn Williams -- Chesapeake-AA, first baseman -- The run-producing junior (.391, 18 RBIs, 15 runs scored) also plays near-flawless defense, with just two errors last year.

Other notables -- Lisa Alban, Mount Hebron; Jess Bandzewolek, Fallston; Erin Brady, Mount de Sales; Jamie Buchheit, Glen Burnie; Mallory Clary, Catonsville; Katie Cole, Dulaney; Katie Colvin, Western Tech; Angela DiBenditto, John Carroll; Allie Dreschler, Winters Mill; Chelsea Funk, C. Milton Wright; Joanna Gilford, Francis Scott Key; Michelle Grap, Centennial; Lindsay Gray, Northeast; Jen Hilchey, Centennial; Amy Guyton, Long Reach; Jennifer Haag, Severna Park; Jamie Holden, South Carroll; Rashida Holmes, McDonogh; Megan Johnson, Francis Scott Key; Heather Karasek, North County; Megan Lahner, Westminster; Kelly Leary, Glen Burnie; Joyann Line, Digital Harbor; Nicole Loewenstein, John Carroll; Gabby Long, Bel Air; Carly Martin, Seton Keough; Kathy McLaughlin, Seton Keough; Brittany McKenzie, North County; Caitlyn Neal, C. Milton Wright; Brooke Owen, Chesapeake-AA; Caroline Peddicord, Long Reach; Jessica Richards, Glen Burnie; Julianne Roper, Western Tech; Kelly Smith, Pallotti; Trish Snyder, River Hill; Shannon Thornton, Mount de Sales; Sloane Van Meter, Arch. Spalding; Jen Verdis, Mercy.

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