"I was very pleased that everyone on the team was able to contribute towards our success this year when their number was called," Siani said. "The guys pushed each other in practice to get better each day, and had a lot of fun doing it.That hard work translated into a very solid season. I hope this momentum carries them into a solid summer season, and I am already looking forward to next March 1."
Mt. Hebron built for future success with a 9-7 campaign.
Shortstop Joey Trapuzzano batted .568 with five doubles and five triples. Second baseman Zack Stewart batted .353 with two doubles, and first baseman Michael Carbonetti hit .419 with five doubles and a triple.
"We had a very young team (only five sophomores) with a lot of prior experience," coach Todd DeCrispino said. "The sophomores worked well in helping groom the freshmen into mature players. Every player on the team was able to get into several games throughout the season. This was a very coachable team. Really good kids."
Reservoir finished an even 8-8 this spring.
"We worked hard to rebuild after all six returning sophomore starters made varsity," coach Zachary Nunn said. "We had a lot of guys step up to the challenge and work hard to improve our game. Thomas Dewsberry pitched very well for us this year and kept us in a lot of ball games. Catcher Mark Reynolds and shortstop Branden Chu helped solidify our defense and lead our team to some big wins."
River Hill also finished right at .500, playing to a 9-8 county record (9-9 overall).
Sophomore Kyle Breitenother led the team in average (.542), on-base percentage (.609), RBIs (30), hits (32), and extra base hits (13). He was also second on the team with 26 runs.
As a pitcher, Breitenother finished 4-4 with two saves, 33 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Freshman Jake Howland led the team in total bases (140), stolen bases (33 on 37 tries) and runs (28). He also batted .484 on 31 hits with 19 RBIs. Sophomore Brian Glenn batted .393 (24 hits) with a .443 on-base percentage, drove in 24 runs and scored 13.
"Howland hit leadoff for the majority of the season and created havoc for opposing pitchers on the base paths," coach Kevin Matsunaga said. "Breitenother drove in runs consistently ... Glenn protected Breitenother in the lineup."
After getting off to a rough start (2-7), River Hill bounced back to win seven of its last nine, including four in a row to end the season. The team batting average was .369. In a wild game at Centennial, River Hill scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth on its way to a 17-15 win.
Success this season for Atholton went well beyond on-the-field accomplishments. During the spring, several players worked in soup kitchens, visited New York to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and tutored children at Grassroots.
A highlight of the spring was hosting the annual Norman Flecker Tournament, which not only recognizes Flecker — a former Atholton player who lost his life serving our country — but all fallen Howard County servicemen and women.
The Raiders also visited the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility and brought laughter and joy to the residents.
"Nothing makes a coach more proud than to have his players demonstrate outstanding citizenship and character off the field," coach Wendell Thomas said.
On the field, Atholton went 6-7 overall and 5-6 in the county. Jason Pazulski had an incredible .810 faceoff percentage — winning 76 out of 92 draws. Michael Turner was the team's top defender, while Darren Kasoff was strong in the goal. Nick Sabella (21 goals, 7 assists) and Jordan Maddox (18 goals, 16 assists) were leaders on offense.
"As in the past, we fielded a large squad with 42 players and several games we managed to get everyone in," Thomas said. "Our biggest game was a come-from-behind loss to Mt. Hebron. We were six goals down at halftime and came back to tie the game at 8-8 with two minutes left before eventually falling to defeat, 10-8."
Howard was one of the most improved squads last season, going 13-1 overall with the only loss coming to undefeated Glenelg. This season, the Lions continued to solidify their program with a perfect 14-0 mark.