The Atholton JV baseball team, coached by Dave Appleby, finished the season with a 9-7-1 overall record. The Raiders' MVP was Jordan Patterson, who was 1-0 with two saves on the pitcher's mound, and batted .303 while also playing shortstop. Three other outstanding Atholton players were Will Holtzman (.302 average), Ryan Hess (.373 average, 17 RBIs) and Josh Pickens (.377 average, 18 RBIs).
Howard had a memorable spring, playing to a stellar 16-1 record.
Reid Walsh led the offense, batting .621 (18 for 29) with 14 runs scored and a .711 on-base percentage. Outfielder Kevin Murray was the team's table setter, scoring 29 runs while batting .422 (23 for 52) with 21 RBIs, 5 doubles, 14 walks and 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
Jimmy Cain was undefeated on the mound at 5-0, with 34 strikeouts in 31 innings, and was also a big run producer, batting .431 (22 for 51) with 22 RBIs, 16 runs, three doubles and three triples
First baseman Patrick O'Malley batted .426 with 15 runs, 14 RBIs and three doubles, while shortstop Josh Olivier drove in 18 runs on 14 hits, was 10 for 10 on stolen base attempts, and scored 14 runs.
Outfielder Devin Rowell batted .364 and did not make a fielding error all season.
Logan Courtright was one of the Lions' top pitchers, finishing the spring with a 2.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17 innings. Ryan Young did not allow a run in five innings of work (five strikeouts).
Second baseman Casey Crawford batted .388 with 12 RBIs and 14 runs and also did not allow an earned run in seven innings pitched.
James Faulkner (0.84 ERA, 8.1 IP, 8 K), Austin Aguilera (1.68 ERA, 8.1 IP, 4 K) and Mark O'Neill (3-0, 8 K, CGSO) all contributed to give the Lions' a dominant pitching staff.
Catcher Keenan Fischer caught eight runners stealing, and was 5-for-5 himself on stolen base attempts. In limited at bats, Daniel Goldberg batted .364 with 4 RBIs.
In the third game of the season, Howard pulled out a 9-7 win over Glenelg in the eighth.
"Both teams played a very even game and it was a very exciting game to be a part of," coach Steve Siani said.
One day after losing their only game of the season to Hammond, Howard came back to beat Wilde Lake, 4-3, with two runs in the sixth.
"We had been playing catch-up the entire time," Siani said. "Daniel Goldberg stepped up with a massive game: 3-3, RBI, run."
Casey Crawford then tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.
In a showdown with fellow county power Marriotts Ridge (11-1-1), Howard won, 13-3.
"Both teams knew the winner of the game would probably end up as the unofficial 'JV Champ'," Siani said. "The field at Howard had taken on like an inch of rain the three days before the game. The players, and myself, skipped our regular pregame routine and worked on the field for 90 minutes in hopes of getting the field playable. Both teams took a quick infield/outfield and we got started a few minutes late. It was very wet, but it ended up satisfactory to play on. There were nine errors between the two teams, but Jimmy Cain and Casey Crawford combined for a one-hitter."
In the last game of the season, Siani sent sophomore Mark O'Neill to the mound against Long Reach.
"After battling an arm injury all winter and spring, we sent (Mark) to take the hill for the finale. Mark responded with his best start in two seasons on JV," Siani said.
O'Neill pitched a six-inning complete game, two-hit shutout, on just 62 pitches. Freshman catcher Jacen Martin highlighted his season by throwing out a base-runner attempting to steal third early in the game. Martin also scored a run and had an RBI. Casey Crawford was 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a run.