Softball

June 06, 2007

Player of the Year

Stephanie Speierman

Hammond

The sophomore pitcher dominated the competition in a record-breaking season - opening the season with a perfect game and ending it with another as the No. 5 Golden Bears (23-1) captured their first Class 2A state crown with a 4-0 win over North East-Cecil. Speierman's effort in the title game typified the masterful season she enjoyed - striking out 19 of the 21 batters she faced to bring her state-record total to 426 for the season. She also supplied the key hit - a two-run triple to start the scoring. For the season, Speierman went 23-1 with a 0.20 ERA while hitting .649 with 18 RBIs and 30 runs scored. She was issued 37 walks - 24 intentional - which also set a state mark.

Coach of the Year

Richard Pond

Hammond

In his fourth year with the program and first as head coach, Pond guided the Golden Bears to their first county, regional and state crowns. Pond, who became the program's eighth head coach in 11 years, was quick to praise the work of his varsity assistant, Brad Speierman, who shared in all the decision-making. In becoming the first Howard County program to win a state championship, the Golden Bears kept their focus on the task at hand throughout the season, with their only loss coming to Centennial after a 16-0 start.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Katie Hobson Centennial Junior Pitcher

Becky Schmidt Glenelg Senior Pitcher

Stephanie Speierman Hammond Soph. Pitcher

Michelle Gravdahl Long Reach Soph. Catcher

Lindsey Frost Hammond Senior First base

Jessica Grimshaw Centennial Junior Second base

Jessica Oleinik Centennial Senior Third base

Leah Cossentino Glenelg Senior Shortstop

Michelle Grap Centennial Senior Shortstop

Lacey Barnett Centennial Senior Outfield

Kaitlyn Griffith Mt. Hebron Senior Outfield

Jennifer Hilchey Centennial Senior Outfield

Second team

Name School Class Pos.

Lisa Alban Mt. Hebron Senior Pitcher

Jessica Tabacca River Hill Senior Pitcher

Alex Schovee River Hill Soph. Catcher

Laura Scruggs Mt. Hebron Senior Catcher

Casey Schmidt Glenelg Freshman First base

Robin Abernathy Long Reach Junior Second base

Caroline Peddicord Long Reach Senior Third base

Gina Ager River Hill Senior Shortstop

Lauren Ahrens Chapelgate Junior Shortstop

Kelsey Fuller Mar. Ridge Soph. Outfield

Jessica Purdy Hammond Senior Outfield

Emma Smith Howard Junior Shortstop

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

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