Baseball

June 06, 2007

Player of the Year

Tyler Hibbs

Arundel

Hibbs didn't win 13 games as he did last season when he was named All-Metro Player of the Year, but the junior right-hander remained a force in the county at 6-2 with an 0.98 ERA. He struck out 86 in 57 innings, walked 14 and had three shutouts while setting school season records for batting average (.584) and hits (52). Hibbs also scored 31 runs and had 20 RBIs, 11 doubles, two triples and one homer. Hibbs was an outstanding shortstop when not pitching and has set school career records for hits (119) and doubles (33). His 24 wins in three seasons are second to the school record of 27.

Coach of the Year

Dave Lanham

St. Mary's

After an 11-14 season in 2006, the Saints came roaring back under Lanham to win their second Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship since 2004. The Saints turned it around with a 15-8 record, including two late-season wins over Boys' Latin (20-3), which had been favored to win the title going into the playoffs. St. Mary's outlasted the Lakers, 8-7, in the B Conference final. Lanham returned two key juniors, Austin Poretz and Jon Stewart, to anchor his pitching staff and a host of position players. The coach blended them well with seniors such as pitcher Korbin Sargent and the Knopf twins, Steve and Ryan.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Tyler Hibbs Arundel Junior Pitcher

John Hodges Northeast Junior Pitcher

Eric Potter Arundel Senior Pitcher

Eddie Palmer Arch. Spalding Soph. Catcher

Shawn Pleffner Arundel Senior First base

Nick Benges North County Soph. Second base

Matt Pace North County Senior Third base

Kody Hines Arch. Spalding Junior Shortstop

Lee Anarino North County Senior Outfield

Jason Daniels Arundel Senior Outfield

Chris Moore Chesapeake Senior OF-pitcher

Austin Poretz St. Mary's Junior DH-pitcher

Second team

Name School Class Pos.

Sander Beck Severn Junior Pitcher

Zack Lucas Broadneck Senior Pitcher

Jason Patten Arch. Spalding Junior Pitcher

Matt Skrenchuk Arundel Junior Catcher

James Jennings Broadneck Senior First base

Chase Green Arundel Junior Second base

Justin Robey Chesapeake Junior Third base

Nate Mayberry Southern Senior Shortstop

Matt Hillsinger Arch. Spalding Junior Outfield

Jon Stewart St. Mary's Junior OF-pitcher

Mike Williams Glen Burnie Senior Outfield

Dwight Wilcox St. Mary's Junior Utility

Note -- Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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