Splitting time defensively between the outfield and pitcher, she excelled at both — but was particularly strong on the rubber. Her strikeout per inning ratio was the best in the county, as she finished with 109 in 60 innings. She also was tied for second in ERA (1.21) and tied for third in wins (9) among county pitchers.

At the plate, she led the county's public school players in hits (37), average (.561) and doubles (12). She also stole 10 bases and scored 26 runs. Among her season highlights was delivering the game-winning hit in the regional championship game victory over Glenelg that secured the program's first trip to the state final four since 2005.

"She's a pure softball player in pretty much every sense — her swing, her pitching, her fielding, the way she runs the bases," Mt. Hebron coach Chuck Struhar said. "She's a sophomore, but she plays like a senior. Evvie is the one you want in the big spot with the game on the line."

Jordan Burk, Centennial. The junior captain for the Eagles took her game to impressive new heights this spring — setting career-highs in every single offensive category. The batting average jump was the biggest improvement, as her team-best .426 mark was a jump of almost 100 points from her sophomore campaign. But, as a top-of-the-line-up spark, Burk was a leader across the board.

She posted team-high totals of 25 runs scored, 26 hits and five doubles. Burk also produced multi-hit games a half-dozen times, including in the team's season-ending playoff loss to Mt. Hebron.

"She was the kind of player that when she was getting on base, it lifted our entire team and she was so consistent that I could always rely on her to make the play or get the hit," Centennial coach Katie Grimm said. "She hit in the two-hole and her versatility was huge for us. She could lay down a bunt to move a runner or just as easily swing away for a double or a triple."

Courtney Colosimo, River Hill. After enjoying a solid season as a sophomore while being named second-team all-county, Colosimo stepped into more of a central role for the Hawks this spring and managed to improve her numbers across the board. She became the team's everyday centerfielder and its main lead-off batter.

Her average improved almost 100 points to .352, and she also posted career highs in extra-base hits (8), runs (20) and stolen bases (4). "She is just such a clutch player and seems to always be coming through and making things happen. She used her speed to get on and then let her teammates behind her move her around," River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said.

In the field, she ran things in the outfield and covered a lot of ground. Her 21 putouts were tied for the most among county outfielders. She also showcased the ability to pitch, picking up a victory against Oakland Mills during the regular season.

Taylor McGrann, Howard. As the leadoff hitter for the Lions, McGrann was an absolute magician with the bat. She had the ability to hit to all fields, helping her hit for a .500 batting average, and also boasted some terrific power that accounted for 11 extra-base hits on the season.

In the team's playoff loss to eventual state-champion Sherwood, she went a perfect 4-4 with three doubles. Earlier in the season, she accounted for both of the team's RBI in a walk-off win, 2-1, over River Hill.

"She has absolutely the perfect swing … there is not a flaw to be found. And it's because of that, that I believe she's one of the purest hitters I have ever coached," Howard coach Chuck Rice said. "She has an uncanny ability to pick up the ball and hit the ball where it is pitched and, at the same time, understand how teams were pitching her so she could use that to her advantage."

Defensively, McGrann played center field and made just one error.


Katie Smith, Marriotts Ridge. After serving as the Mustangs' primary pitcher last spring, Smith was able to showcase her versatility as a senior by shining in a variety of infield and outfield roles in addition to still pitching on occasion. It was that ability to have her hand in a little bit of everything that truly made Smith — a four-year varsity starter — so valuable.

"Katie is a smart softball player, knowing what each situation calls for whether it be the pitch she needs to throw or where the play is on the field," Marriotts Ridge coach Karyn Curley said. "She led the team inside the batter's box as well with the highest batting average and slugging percentage, consistently getting on base in almost every game."

Smith's batting average of .426 was a significant improvement on her .282 mark from a year earlier. Her totals for runs (15), RBI (13), doubles (7) and stolen bases (4) were all greatly improved as well.

Bethanne Venkatesan, Chapelgate. For a Yellowjackets team that finished as the runner-up in the IAAM B Conference tournament, Venkatesan was the piece that made everything go. She was the team's main pitcher, finishing with nine wins and 130 strikeouts in 103 innings. But it was her efforts at the plate that made her truly special.

Her .596 batting average, 10 extra-base hits (including 3 home runs) and 23 RBI all were among the county's elite.

"She was the most dangerous hitter in our conference," Chapelgate coach John Isaac said. "She became our all-time doubles leader at Chapelgate and moved into second in career batting average and on-base percentage."