All-howard County

Softball

June 07, 2006

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Amy Guyton

Long Reach

The senior pitcher was the catalyst in the No. 6 Lightning's breakthrough season, highlighted by its first county championship. Guyton, a first-team, All-County selection in each of her four seasons, went 18-4 this year with a 1.08 ERA and 176 strikeouts.

Batting leadoff, she hit .449 with 35 hits, 27 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Some of Guyton's best work came in the Class 3A East regional title game -- a 1-0 loss against eventual state runner-up Severna Park in which she tossed a two-hitter and did not allow an earned run.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Chuck Struhar

Long Reach

Typically relying on sound defense and pitching, the Lightning (18-5) added offensive firepower this spring to capture its first county title with a 15-2 league mark. After dropping its second county game to Mount Hebron on April 19, the Lightning won its last seven league games to beat out defending county champion Centennial for the crown.

Long Reach then went on to advance to the Class 3A East regional title game. Struhar is 108-76 in nine seasons at Long Reach and has guided the program to four straight winning seasons.

First team

Name School Class Position

Amy Guyton Long Reach Senior Pitcher

Becky Schmidt Glenelg Junior Pitcher

Stephanie Speierman Hammond Fresh. Pitcher

Michelle Gravdahl Long Reach Fresh. Catcher

Natalie Wilson Mt. Hebron Senior First base

Jessica Grimshaw Centennial Soph. Second base

Leah Cossentino Glenelg Junior Shortstop

Michelle Grap Centennial Junior Shortstop

Jessica Oleinik Centennial Junior Third base

Caroline Peddicord Long Reach Junior Third base

Sarah Blaszak Long Reach Senior Outfield

Jennifer Hilchey Centennial Junior Outfield

Second Team

Name School Class Position

Katie Hobson Centennial Soph. Pitcher

Nicole Massarelli Atholton Senior Pitcher

Trish Snyder River Hill Senior Pitcher

Kylie Pino Howard Soph. Catcher

Jessica Tabacca River Hill Junior First base

Samantha Gajewski Long Reach Soph. Second base

Katie Skojec Hammond Junior Second base

Adele Plazak Hammond Senior Shortstop

Robin Biegel Atholton Soph. Third base

Molly Chilcoat Oakland Mills Senior Outfield

Jen Lozier Hammond Junior Outfield

Samantha Rice Howard Senior Utility

Note -- Teams selected by Glenn Graham after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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