All-metro Softball

First Team

June 04, 2008

Corie Seitler Broadneck

The Chesapeake-Anne Arundel transfer was a welcome addition to the Bruins' lineup, finding an immediate home at the cleanup spot and playing flawless defense in right field.

The senior batted .435 with 24 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Seitler, who had six homers, three doubles and two triples, made teams pay when she came up with the bases loaded, as she hit grand slams against Anne Arundel County rivals Northeast, Severna Park and Chesapeake.

She also drove in the game-winning run with a double in the Bruins' 2-0 regular-season win over her former team.

Stephanie Speierman Hammond

A three-time All-Metro first-team selection, the junior pitcher was once again the most dominant player in Howard County, going 18-4 and batting .418 to lead the Bears to the county championship game.

Speierman, who has made an oral commitment to play at Michigan, was overpowering on the mound. She had an 0.48 ERA and 354 strikeouts in 159 innings.

With opponents often pitching around her, she batted .418 with 23 runs and eight RBIs - walking 26 times.

Speierman threw nine no-hitters this season, including one perfect game.

Erika Stasch Chesapeake-AA

The senior center fielder closed out a fine season in remarkable fashion by going 3-for-4 with two triples and five RBIs in the No. 1 Cougars' 7-0 win over Sherwood in the Class 4A state championship game.

She provided the game's biggest hit in the second inning with a bases-loaded triple deep to right field to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

An All-Metro second-team selection last season, Stasch finished the season batting .387 with 28 runs scored and 23 RBIs.

She was exceptional covering center field and possessed one of the metro area's strongest arms.

Ashley Thomas Broadneck

The Bruins' shortstop built on a solid freshman year with a dominating sophomore season that was a big factor in the team's second straight Anne Arundel County championship.

With a good eye, quick bat and power to all fields, Thomas batted .397 with 38 RBIs and 31 runs scored. She hit three doubles, five homers and a state record-tying eight triples.

Thomas also found success on the mound as the Bruins' No. 2 starter, going 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA for the season.

Meghan Van Meter Archbishop Spalding

She stepped up in her senior year to set a positive tone.

Van Meter collected nine hits in her first 10 plate appearances, proving to be a valuable leader and catalyst in the No. 2 Cavaliers' IAAM A Conference championship run.

The second baseman and team captain batted a team-best .509 with 20 runs and 12 RBIs.

The three-year starter also played solid defense, with just two errors in 128 innings.


Name School Cl. P

Heather Brown Northeast Jr. P Jordan Eades Franklin Jr. P

Kayla Martinez Arundel So. P Chelsea Ponce Atholton So. P

Katie Blackston West.Tech Sr. C Brianna Jones IND Sr. IF

Jackie Merkel Mt. de Sales Sr. IF A.J. Ponce Atholton Sr. IF

Anna Struhar Century Sr. IF Brittany Favazza C.M. Wright Jr. OF

Mary Kate Smith John Carroll Sr. OF Kelsea Zeglin Perry Hall Sr. OF

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


No. School Record 1. Chesapeake-AA 24-2 2. Archbishop Spalding 17-1

3. Broadneck 18-4 4. Arundel 14-6 5. Atholton 17-6 6. Franklin 22-1 7. Hammond 18-4

8. Northeast 15-6 9. Fallston 14-7 10. Institute of Notre Dame 10-14 11. Mount de Sales 12-8 12. Glenelg 12-6 13. John Carroll 11-8 14. Western Tech 13-6 15. Eastern Tech 17-5 Other teams considered: C.M. Wright (12-8), Century (16-8), North Carroll (11-8), Perry Hall (15-4), S. Keough (8-8), Sev. Park (12-8), Sparrows Pt. (11-5).

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