All-metro Baseball

June 07, 2006

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TYLER HIBBS

Arundel, pitcher

Extraordinarily poised and mature, the sophomore led the Wildcats to the Class 4A state title and a No. 1 ranking.

The 5-foot-10, 150-pound right-hander set pitching and batting records and also was a fine fielder on the mound and at third, establishing him as one of the area's premier "three-way players" - as coach Bernie Walter refers to him.

Hibbs tied the county record for single-season wins. He was 13-1, including a no-hitter, and posted a 1.20 ERA, striking out 77 in 71 innings. Nine of those strikeouts came in a four-inning relief effort against C. Milton Wright in the 4A final. The 5-3 state championship victory gave Hibbs four of the team's five playoff wins.

He is 18-5 in two seasons, tied for sixth place on the school's all-time wins list. Hibbs' 9-4 win over Quince Orchard in the state semifinals ended the Montgomery County school's 31-game winning streak and avenged a 10-9 loss that Hibbs suffered in the 2005 final. Hibbs also got the 3-1 victory over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County in the regional final with five innings of no-hit ball.

Hibbs batted .424 with 17 doubles, 25 runs and 28 RBIs. His 17th double drove in a run in the state final and was his 22nd in two years, establishing a school record.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bernie Walter

Arundel

This season's Class 4A state championship raised Arundel's record for state titles to 10 and regional crowns to 15, all under Walter. Walter, who has coached Arundel for 33 seasons, improved his record for wins by a public school coach to 566 (against 164 losses, a .775 winning percentage).

Arundel, which last won a state title in 2001, went 23-3 overall and finished the season as the area's top-ranked team, as Walter was named Coach of the Year for the seventh time since 1975 - the most of any metro area coach. He also has been Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year seven times.

Walter, a 2001 Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, will become only the third Maryland coach to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 5, 2007, in Orlando, Fla.

FIRST TEAM

NICK BISESI

C.Milton Wright, pitcher

Bisesi, the Harford County Player of the Year, led the Mustangs to the Class 4A final, going 3-1 in the playoffs with an 0.75 ERA, 34 strikeouts and five walks in 28 innings. The senior left-hander's only postseason loss came in the 4A final to No. 1 Arundel, 5-3.

Bisesi's 9-6 record was deceiving. He pitched against the top teams in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and suffered a couple tough losses in the first half of the season because of poor offensive and defensive support. Overall, Bisesi had a 2.64 ERA in 69 innings, striking out 87, walking 22 and yielding only 21 hits.

Bisesi batted .447 with six doubles, four triples, one homer, 18 RBIs and 21 runs. He will play at Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore.

ANDREW BLACK

Friends, infield

Black, the first Friends baseball player named to the All-Metro first team, batted .557 with 31 RBIs, 30 runs and a metro area-leading 10 home runs.

In addition, the senior middle infielder, who also pitched for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team, had seven doubles, 16 stolen bases in 17 attempts and only struck out four times.

As a pitcher, Black was 4-2 with a 1.23 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 19 walks in 46 innings. A four-year starter, he finished his career at Friends with a .512 batting average, 29 doubles, 16 triples, 17 homers, 114 runs, 104 RBIs and 61 stolen bases in 63 attempts.

Black was 9-4 in his career with a 1.33 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 90 innings. He will play baseball at Division I Bradley in Peoria, Ill.

STEVE BUMBRY

Dulaney, outfield

A three-time All-Metro outfielder and this season's Baltimore County Player of the Year, Bumbry capped an outstanding high school career by putting up big offensive numbers. The son of former Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry, who was co-coach of the Lions this spring, Bumbry batted .500 with 36 runs, 37 RBIs, six doubles, two triples, a county-leading eight homers and 22 steals.

He rarely had a ball hit over his head and had a strong, accurate arm. Bumbry will play at Virginia Tech.

NEAL DAVIS

Catonsville, pitcher

Named the Gatorade Maryland Baseball Player of the Year, Davis, a 6-foot-5 senior left-hander, went 7-2 with one save and an area-best 0.44 ERA.

He appeared in 13 games for the Class 3A North regional finalist Comets, pitching 64 1/3 innings, striking out an area-best 112, walking 10 and giving up just 20 hits.

He could be selected in today's amateur draft, but will likely honor his baseball scholarship to Virginia.

CHRIS HUISMAN

Archbishop Spalding, first base

Huisman was the senior leader on a young Cavaliers team that finished as the runner-up in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in the regular season.

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