Player of the Year: Gavin Floyd, Mount St. Joseph
Floyd became only the second local player to be drafted in the first round out of high school since the draft commenced in 1965 when the Phillies took him as the fourth pick overall Tuesday. Andover High first baseman Jim Spencer was taken by the California Angels in 1965. Floyd's 92- to 94-mph fastball and sharp breaking curve endeared him to pro teams and established him as the nation's top high school pitcher.
The three-time All-Metro pitcher also becomes the first to repeat as Player of the Year since Calvert Hall's Andy Bair in 1994-95. Floyd and Bair are the only two to win the honor back-to-back since 1970.
This season, Floyd, the metro area's only first-team All-American, was 8-2 with a 1.11 ERA in 63 innings pitched, giving up just 23 hits, walking 29 and striking out 103. Playing right field when not pitching, Floyd also batted third in the order for the No. 11 Gaels (19-10) and hit .322 (28-for-87) with a team-leading 26 RBIs, 21 runs, four doubles, two triples and four homers.
He finished his career with a 30-5 record, a 1.35 ERA in 211 innings, 97 hits, 290 strikeouts and 84 walks. Four of his career losses (one this year) went to nemesis Calvert Hall, which he beat three times, including the last time he faced it.
Floyd two-hit the Hall over 10 innings in the first game of the MIAA A Conference playoffs, winning, 1-0, on his own hit off the center-field fence at Mount St. Joe in what was his final game as a Gael.
His other loss this season was by 1-0 to Greenbrier (N.C.) Christian on an unearned run in his only high school no-hitter. Floyd has a baseball scholarship to South Carolina, but likely will sign professionally.
Coach of the Year: Bernie Walter, Arundel
Walter has never wavered from his philosophy of hard work, practice under pressure, repetition of the fundamentals and thinking the game. He is the state's all-time winningest public school coach (484-131, .787), and led the top-ranked Wildcats (24-2) to a Maryland-record ninth state title in a 5-4 win in eight innings over No. 2 Dulaney.
Walter found himself in unfamiliar waters without a power pitcher and no power hitters. His previous eight state champs in his 28 years had one or the other, usually both.
Adjusting, the Wildcats hit .381 as a team with a state-record 86 doubles. The first to win state titles in four decades, Arundel, which also won a record 16th county title (15 under Walter) and a state-record 13th region title (9-3 in finals) also tied the state record for most season wins (24). This is the sixth time Walter has been named Metro Coach of the Year.
Brian Brewer, Hammond
One of five first-team repeaters, Brewer led the fifth-ranked Bears (20-2) to their first Howard County title (17-1) in a decade with his bat and arm. A three-time All-Howard County player, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound third baseman hit nine homers and drove in 31 with a .490 (25-for-51) average.
Brewer, who last year tied the state public school single-season record for homers (13) set by Brunswick's Kevin Goode in 1999, finished with 29 career homers, good for third on the state list behind teammate Jason Maxey (35) and Goode (31).
Brewer had a 5-1 record with a 1.91 ERA in 25 2/3 innings with 38 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .204 against him. His arm strength caught the attention of college coaches, and Brewer is headed to UNC-Wilmington on a scholarship to pitch.
Eric Brown, Northeast
Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Brown led the No. 4 Eagles (20-6) to their fourth state title by going 9-1 on the mound and batting .404. The ace of the Eagles' staff, Brown worked 71 1/3 innings, giving up 72 hits, walking only 15 and striking out 67 with a 2.36 ERA.
An outfielder when not pitching, Brown led the Eagles in RBIs (26), scored 21 runs, and had seven doubles, a triple and four homers.
Brown, an outstanding student with a 3.8 grade point average and 1,100 SAT score, will attend Virginia Tech to study engineering and try out for the baseball team as a walk-on. He was the school's baseball scholar at the 10th Friends of Joe Cannon banquet.
Pat Fields, Hammond
A second-team All-Metro second baseman as a junior, Fields moves up to first team after a repeat All-Howard County season. Fields batted .338 (36-for-68) with six homers, 27 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 22 games for the Bears.
Fields, who walked 19 times, also had three triples and an on-base percentage of .500. Fields was 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts. Defensively, he was solid in the middle infield, committing only three errors in 73 chances for a .959 fielding percentage.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Fields, who had 31 putouts and 39 assists and turns double plays well, is headed to Division III Frostburg State University.
David Gobeli, Dulaney
Outstanding as a pitcher and outfielder for the No. 2-ranked Lions (22-3), Gobeli played a major role in the team's return to the Class 4A state championship game, where again another valiant effort came up short.
Gobeli, who didn't pitch his junior year due to arm problems, but contributed with his bat (.545), came back strong in 2001, going 7-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Gobeli took the heartbreaking 5-4 loss in eight innings to No. 1 Arundel (24-2) in the 4A final as the Lions just missed claiming their first state title in baseball. Striking out 73 batters and walking 15, Gobeli up just 58 hits.
With the bat, the 6-foot Gobeli hit .316 (25-for-79) with four homers (eight in two seasons), 29 runs scored, 27 RBIs, eight doubles, three triples and 14 stolen bases.
Scott Headd, Dulaney
Headd is one of three superb catchers who could not be denied first team All-Metro status. Headd was the Lions' catalyst behind the plate, masterfully calling pitches and handling the staff with aplomb, in addition to using his strong arm to cut down nine of 11 would-be base stealers and picking off 14 runners.
Few teams ran on the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Headd and state champion Arundel paid him a high compliment in the final. The almost always aggressive Wildcats did not attempt to steal a base on Headd, who committed only one error with the gear on.
At the plate, Headd batted .456 (36-for-79), leading the Lions in RBIs (30) and doubles (12). Headd also hit his second of two triples in the 4A final and scored his 27th run. Headd has a baseball scholarship to the University of Virginia.
Jason Lively, Arundel
The No. 1 Wildcats' key man as their top pitcher at 10-0, including the Class 4A state final victory in relief and their best all-around shortstop, Lively is the only junior on this year's All-Metro first team.
The right-hander pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks to beat Wootton, 4-1, in the semifinals. He then worked the final 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of his sophomore cousin, Joey Frykman, to notch the 5-4, extra-inning 4A state final victory over Dulaney.
Lively, who also had two saves, finished with 52 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA in 65 innings pitched. Very consistent with the glove at shortstop, Lively hit .389 with 30 runs scored, had one of the team's four homers and led Arundel in stolen bases with 13.
Trevor MacMeekin, Dulaney
A smooth and lanky 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-hander, MacMeekin was 8-0 with an area-leading 0.66 ERA and an incredible strikeouts (59) to walks (3) ratio while also swinging a big bat for the Class 4A state finalists.
MacMeekin, 14-1 over his final two seasons, shut out Prince George's Eleanor Roosevelt in the state semifinals in each of the last two seasons, including this year's three-hit masterpierce by 4-0 on a mere 78 pitches. Nine Roosevelt batters went down on strikes as a result of MacMeekin's nasty assortment.
Slick around first base when not on the hill, MacMeekin, second-team All-Metro as a junior, batted .315 with 20 runs, 17 RBIs, two doubles, a triple and three homers. Headed to Cornell, MacMeekin, who was an All-Metro football place-kicker, might pitch for the Big Red baseball team and kick for the football team.
Jason Maxey, Hammond
Howard County's two-time Player of the Year, Maxey is also a two-time first-team All-Metro catcher who graduates with several state public school career batting records, 16 school and 13 county hitting records.
In four All-County, varsity seasons, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound left-hand-swinging Maxey, who batted .500 (33-for-66) with 12 homers, 39 each in runs and RBIs this season, set state career records for homers (35), RBIs (156) and hits (131) and tied the state mark for career runs scored (117). His 48 RBIs as a junior stand as a state public school season record.
The University of Maryland-bound Maxey was equally outstanding behind the plate with no errors in 22 games this season and only one his final two years while cutting down seven of 13 would-be base stealers this year and 24 of 35 over the last two years.
Brooks Norris, Archbishop Curley
Like father, like son. Brooks Norris won an A Conference baseball title on his graduation day just as his father, Tim Norris, did on his Curley graduation date in 1978 with the Friars. Brooks, however, finished one up on his father as a player, because he was a starter on the Friars' 1999 MIAA A Conference champion as a sophomore.
Brooks went 8-2 with a 1.84 ERA in 65 2/3 innings, striking out 76, walking 18 and giving up 66 hits for Al Frank, who was also his father's coach. Playing the corners when he was not pitching, Brooks batted a robust .396 (23-for-58) with 33 RBIs, 18 runs scored, seven doubles and three homers.
While father went from Curley to the Baltimore Orioles' minor-league team at Bluefield with Cal Ripken as his roommate, the 6-2, 220-pound Brooks is headed to the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship.
Brian Perkins, St. Paul's
This left-hander posted three of his area-leading (tied with Arundel's Jason Lively) 10 wins against Calvert Hall. The third win over the Hall knocked the Cardinals out of the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the first time since 1981. Perkins, a sinker baller, finished 10-5 with three saves.
The huge win over Curley was Perkins' second shutout of the season and he finished with 81 strikeouts in 77 innings and a 1.30 ERA. Perkins picked off an area-best 15 runners, giving him 33 over the last two seasons for the No. 7 Crusaders.
Headed to the nationally-ranked, Division I University of Central Florida on a baseball scholarship, Perkins also pitched a no-hitter against Loyola this spring.
Nick Pleyo, Arundel
This right fielder's natural stroke from the left side lacks a hitch and allowed him to emerge as one of the top hitters in the state this spring. Pleyo led the Class 4A state champions and No. 1-ranked Wildcats (24-2) in batting at .527 (49-for-87) with a state-record 18 doubles. He broke the state mark of 17 by 1998 Anne Arundel County Player of the Year and All-Metro shortstop Hector Guadalupe.
Pleyo also led the Wildcats in RBIs with 39 and had two triples.
Pleyo, who was named a Region 2 first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association, is "one of the best hitters to ever come out of Arundel and may some day play professionally," according to coach Bernie Walter.
Danny Prevatt, Archbishop Curley
To say that Prevatt had a monster season for the MIAA A Conference champion and No. 3-ranked Friars (23-8) might be an understatement. Prevatt did it with his bat and right arm in leading Curley to its second title in three years and the sixth overall for 39-year coach Al Frank.
On the mound, the 6-foot, 175-pounder went 9-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 65 innings, yielding 53 hits, striking out 68 and walking 25. His ninth win came by 5-4 over No. 7 St. Paul's for the A Conference title at Curley.
Prevatt batted a power-packed .486 (36-for-74) with a metro area-leading 47 RBIs, 24 runs scored, six homers, two triples and 12 doubles. Prevatt was also a fine third baseman/shortstop for Curley when not pitching. He is undecided on a college.
Joey Sargent, Mount St. Joseph
Last year's All-Metro second baseman as a junior, the position he is expected to play on his baseball scholarship to the University of Maryland, Sargent moved over to shortstop with similar success this spring for the No. 11 Gaels (19-10).
Sargent batted .471 (41-for-87) with 25 runs scored, 24 RBIs, 12 doubles and four triples.
Sargent anchored the Gaels' infield defensively and played a senior leadership role with Player of the Year Gavin Floyd. After winning two state wrestling titles, Sargent gave up that sport to concentrate on baseball in hopes of delivering the school's first A Conference title since 1987.
Brent Weiss, St. Paul's
Weiss, the third outstanding catcher named All-Metro, has a baseball scholarship to Notre Dame for his combination of power and speed along with a powerful arm and 6-foot-1 and 220-pound frame. Weiss led the metro area in runs scored (41) and walks (30) and the runner-up Crusaders in batting at .439 (36-for-82), RBIs (31), stolen bases (21), doubles (10) and homers (8), one shy of his school-record nine hit as a sophomore.
"Weiss was the most dangerous hitter in the area," said Curley pitching coach Tim Norris. Weiss' quick bat produced a school career-record 26 homers, passing the mark of 17 by 1997 graduate Justin Singleton, who is playing minor-league baseball after playing at Clemson.
Weiss also holds the school season record for stolen bases (28) set in 2000.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun