Senior center fielder Dustin Tarlow leads Westminster in batting average (.429), has four home runs to lead the county, two triples, 16 stolen bases, 14 RBIs and has scored 20 runs. Westminster coach Bryan Harman also coached Tarlow as a 12 year-old on the Carroll County Rangers. "He's a great listener," Harman said. "But I say his work ethic is the main thing. He never stops working to make himself better." Tarlow, a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.8 grade point average and played on the school's soccer team.
What did you do in the offseason to become a better baseball player?
I hit with [former Oriole] Larry Sheets at his batting range about once a week. In the offseason, Coach Harman has hitting practice two or three times a week, and I try to hit with them as much as possible.
Is hitting for power something new for you?
That's something new. I hit home runs in back-to-back games against Century and Thomas Johnson. One was a bomb against T.J. with nobody on base. I have no idea how far it went.
What's the most exciting thing that has happened this season for you?
The two home runs in two games were exciting. I'll remember that for a while.
As a center fielder, do you think defense gets overlooked?
I guess defense isn't emphasized much now like it used to be. I think people are excited by the big hit. ... Whenever possible, I'll go all out for a ball. I like to look at the situation. If there's a lot of runners on base and I don't know I can dive and get a ball, then I'll ease up. Honestly, I don't have that many chances to dive for a ball. I don't have that many balls hit to me. When our pitchers are on, there's a lot of strikeouts and ground balls. I made one pretty good catch this year.
Do you do anything in the community as far as school projects?
I'm in the National Honor Society, and every time they have an opportunity to do something, I get involved with collecting cans [for recycling].