Evvie Buehlman, Mt. Hebron freshman. There were few two-way players in the area that were better than Buehlman, who put together a dazzling debut in her first high school campaign. She was an ace on the pitching rubber and a power bat at the top of the Vikings' line-up.
Her very first game set the tone, as she delivered three hits (two doubles, home run), 5 RBIs and picked up the win at pitcher against Oakland Mills. She never slowed down on the way to a county-leading .584 batting average, 45 hits and 17 doubles. She also added 12 stolen bases, 30 runs and 28 RBIs. At pitcher, she produced a 1.12 ERA, struck out 89 batters in 75 innings and racked up an 8-3 overall record.
Alex Herschman, Atholton junior. For a Raiders' team that was in the thick of the race for a county title up until the final two weeks of the regular season, Herschman was the rock in the circle from Day 1. With 126.2 innings pitched, the junior took the ball for Atholton all but two innings this spring.
Her 159 strikeouts were a county-high and she compiled a 14-6 overall record. Her 1.49 ERA placed her among the top five in the county. Just as impressive were the six shutouts along the way. At the plate, Herschman also was incredibly consistent. She hit for a .397 batting average, stole seven bases and delivered 17 RBIs. Other highlights included a grand slam against South River and a trio of three-hit games.
Samantha Speierman, Hammond senior. As far as power pitchers go, Speierman was as good as they get this spring. In 92.2 innings, she produced an impressive 153 strikeouts to give her by far the county's top strikeout rate per seven innings (11.62). She compiled over 12 strikeouts on five different occasions, fanning a career-high 16 in an early-season victory over North County.
With a 1.90 ERA and a 9-6 record, Speierman was terrific at giving the Golden Bears a chance to win almost every time out. She was a big reason the team got off to a 6-0 start to the year. Almost as important as the pitching, was her ability to get on base as the team's leadoff hitter. Speierman hit .437, including five doubles, and came around to score 16 times.
Bridgette Vogan, Mt. Hebron senior. Vogan certainly wasn't your prototypical catcher, as the senior backstop boasted terrific speed, a strong on-base percentage (.469) and spent the majority of the year as the Vikings' leadoff hitter. She hit for a .358 batting average on 24 hits, seven of which went for extra bases. And once on base, she moved herself into scoring position with 12 steals. Her 20 runs scored were tied for most among county catchers.
Having Vogan's senior leadership on the other side of the ball was incredibly valuable as well considering Mt. Hebron's two main pitchers were a freshman and a sophomore. She threw out six base runners trying to steal this spring.
Faith Kujawa, Glenelg junior. It was a breakthrough season for the Gladiators' corner infielder and she wasted little time announcing herself as a force to be reckoned with. Kujawa delivered a game-winning home run against Howard in the team's second game of the season and proceeded to hit three more home runs over the next five games. She went on to finish tied for third in the county with six long balls on the season and also added seven doubles.
She wasn't just a power bat, though, as she finished with a .438 batting average and came through with clutch hits all season en route to driving in 24 runs. At first base defensively, Kujawa delivered a .972 fielding percentage.
Leah Allen, Glenelg senior. Last season's county Player of the Year, Allen was a finalist for the award once again this season. Her incredible balance of power and average at the plate, combined with tremendous range defensively, put her among the area's elite all-around players.
Allen finished as the county leader in home runs (9) and she got them in important games, including two blasts in a late-season win over Atholton that clinched the county championship as a team. She also put herself among the county's top five players in hits (37), average (.514), RBIs (31) and stolen bases (12). At shortstop, she played gold-glove caliber defense and finished with 32 putouts. Allen graduates as a four-year first team all-county performer.
Kourtney Harrison, Wilde Lake senior. It was a trying season for the Wildecats, who didn't win a county game this spring. But Harrison still found a way to consistently shine. Manning third base, she played shut down defense when the opportunities presented themselves — committing just two errors on 43 balls hit her way.
Her offensive talents were just as impressive, serving as Wilde Lake's main run producer in the middle of the lineup. Her 16 RBIs accounted for roughly 40 percent of the team's end-of-the-year total. She also added a .385 batting average, five doubles, a triple, home run and nine runs scored.
Kinsey Johnson, River Hill sophomore. Part of the Hawks' exceptional sophomore class, Johnson manned the hot corner and provided a strong top-of-the-order bat for a program that reached the state final four for the first time. River Hill allowed an average of just over two runs a game as a team and having players like Johnson, who boasts a terrific arm at third and had a .925 fielding percentage, is a major reason for that.
At the plate, Johnson wasn't flashy. Her three doubles were the extent of her extra-base hits. But she was extremely valuable as a volume hitter, leading the team with 36 hits and a .487 batting average. She also chipped in with 22 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Clara Sevy, Chapelgate senior. The Yellowjackets were vastly improved this spring and having an experienced upperclassmen like Sevy anchoring the defense from her shortstop position was a major reason for that. Chapelgate went from 5-6 in IAAM B Conference play a year ago to 9-3 in league play this year.