Player of the Year: Jonathan Dupski, Centennial
Dupski and the Eagles made history for Howard County baseball in win- ning the Class 3A state title over C. Milton Wright.
It was the second state baseball championship in school history (the other in 2001) and completed a banner 21-4 season for the Eagles, earning them the first No. 1 ranking in the final poll for a Howard County team since rankings began in the late 1960's.
Working the first five innings of the state final, Dupski allowed five hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter to post the win.
Dupski, a left-handed pitcher with a tailing fastball in the low 80s, a curve with a lot of bite and a changeup that can make hitters look foolish, was 11-1 overall.
He was one win short of the Howard County record for wins set by Matt Revelle (12-1), who led Atholton to the 2A state title in 2002 and was also named The Sun's Metro Player of the Year.
In his first 52 innings this spring, Dupski did not give up an earned run and finished with 65 innings pitched, 67 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.30 ERA.
Four of Dupski's wins came in the postseason, including the 10-1 state final and 4-2 semifinal over Leonard- town and the 16-3 3A East region final over Long Reach. The other win came in the region quarterfinals by 12-0 over Crossland as coach Dennis Ahearn masterfully used his ace at crunch time.
Dupski, who finished his career 19-2 with a 1.86 ERA and will pitch at Towson University, also chipped in with the bat, hitting .308 with eight doubles, three triples and 19 RBIs.
Coach of the Year: Dave Norton, Mount St. Joseph
Faced with winning five games in five days to claim the school's first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title since 1986-87, Norton guided the Gaels to the improbable title to earn All-Metro Coach of the Year honors for the first time since 1987.
At midseason, the Gaels lost ace left-hander Jimmy Drury, who was on an All-Metro pace at 5-1, but Norton never wavered and spun a pitching rotation that bordered on genius. The rotation led to the regular-season title, top seed and ultimately ended the years of frustration of coming up short.
Talent-wise, this year's team was not a typically loaded Mount St. Joseph club, but Norton molded it into a winner around All-Metro shortstop and four-year starter Steve Clevenger by stressing the total team concept and a deep bench.
After losing in the second round to Archbishop Spalding by 3-1, the No. 2 Gaels (28-6) reeled off five in a row, including two straight over Spalding by 6-5 and 2-0 in the finals of the double-elimination tournament.
Norton started four pitchers in the five-day run to win it. In 22 seasons at the Mount, Norton, a vice principal at the Irvington school, is 447-152.
Steve Bumbry, Dulaney
The play of this sophomore center fielder is reminiscent of his father and former Oriole, Al Bumbry, also a center fielder. Also wearing No. 1, playing center and leading off, this Bumbry plays for the Dulaney Lions.
Injured as a freshman after earning a starting role, Bumbry had a superb 2004 season. He hit .468 (29-for-62) with 10 doubles, two triples, 20 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Bumbry stole a metro area-leading 32 bases in 34 attempts.
Steve Clevenger, Mount St. Joseph
A second-team All-Metro shortstop last season and four-year starter, Clevenger was the catalyst of the Gaels' dramatic run to their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title since 1987.
Clevenger, who is headed to Southeastern Louisiana and was The Sun's Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, led the Gaels in most offensive categories as cleanup batter.
He led in batting average and hits (.500, 50-for-100), runs scored (36), RBIs (32), doubles (15), walks (15), on-base percentage (.563) and slugging percentage (.760).
Chris Crum, Severna Park
Crum, the bright spot in the Falcons' disappointing 16-8 season following their 3A state title in 2003, was a big-time junior power-hitting third baseman/pitcher.
Batting .540 (34-for-63) with an Anne Arundel County public school-leading 33 RBIs, Crum also had percentages of .650 on-base and .984 slugging on 17 extra-base hits.
As a third baseman, Crum made only five errors on 81 chances (.938).
On the mound, Crum was 4-0 with one save and a 2.04 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 34 innings. Opponents hit just .190 against Crum.
Chad Durakis, St. Paul's
A two-time All-Metro catcher who will play at Maryland, Durakis was one of the area's most consistent players over the last two seasons, both offensively and defensively.
With the bat, Durakis led the Crusaders in batting (.413, 43-for-104), homers (6) and RBIs (28) and had nine doubles, 21 stolen bases and 44 runs scored. His slugging per- centage was .613 and on-base percentage, .550.
Behind the plate, Durakis handles pitchers and calls a game like a pro, has great hands, frames pitches well and is exceptional at blocking pitches in the dirt.
Andrew Germuth, Archbishop Spalding
Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year, Germuth was the ace of the finest baseball team in Spalding history. The senior right-hander, who will pitch at Mount St. Mary's, was 10-2 with one save and a 2.33 ERA in an area-leading 90 innings pitched.
Some of his biggest moments included a no-hitter over then nationally-ranked DeMatha, two wins and a save over MIAA A Conference champ Mount St. Joseph, two wins over regular-season champion Calvert Hall and a victory over St. Paul's.
His 21 career wins were two short of the school record. Germuth also played second base and batted .263 with 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Chris Hildreth, Mount St. Joseph
Told he would never play again at age 14 because a growth plate popped out of his right elbow, Hildreth underwent surgery and an intense rehabilitation. Near 85 percent arm strength last year, Hildreth started for the Gaels and this season became a major contributor.
Headed to Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia on an academic/athletic scholarship, the senior second baseman was also a clutch hitter with his .343 (37-for-108) batting average, 10 doubles, two triples, 22 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
Steve Johnson, St. Paul's
Johnson, a junior pitcher/shortstop for the Crusaders, is the first three-time All-Metro choice since Mt. St. Joseph's Gavin Floyd (1999-2001). Johnson had another season in which he came through pitching and batting while leading a young pitching staff and team.
On the mound, the St. Paul's ace was 9-2 with one save and an 0.89 ERA in 71 innings pitched. Johnson struck out 96 and walked 27. He raised his career record to 24-4 with five saves and 202 strikeouts in 185 innings and a 1.75 ERA.
Johnson hit .288 (36-for-125), but scored 46 runs, drove in 24 and had six each in homers and doubles, two triples and 15 stolen bases.
Scott Krieger, Calvert Hall
Talk about a banner season. This junior third baseman had one for the No. 6 Cardinals (23-10), who won the MIAA A Conference regular-season title.
Krieger hit .500 with an area-leading 53 hits in 106 at-bats. He also led the metro area in homers (10) and RBIs (45) to go with seven doubles, five triples and 47 runs scored.
With 100 total bases, Krieger's slugging percentage was .943 and he only struck out eight times in 33 games. Batting third ahead of fellow All-Metro Gavin Swanson, the two gave the Cardinals as good a middle of the order as there was this year in high schools.
Justin Perry, Archbishop Spalding
Asked to move behind the plate this season by coach Steve Miller to help the team, Perry did and led the No. 3 Cavaliers (23-10) to a record-setting season.
Formerly a shortstop, Perry a senior headed to Marshall University, played catcher as if he had been doing it all his life.
His pitchers had confidence in him calling pitches, and most teams did not try to run on his strong arm.
He led Anne Arundel County in batting (.547), doubles (13) and hits (52), which is a county record. Perry also had 34 RBIs, 29 runs scored, a triple, five homers and a .863 slugging percentage.
Drew Poiter, Archbishop Spalding
Poiter hit third ahead of cleanup batter Justin Perry and gave the Cavaliers a 1-2 punch that rivaled Calvert Hall's Scott Krieger-Gavin Swanson and simply wore out opposing pitchers.
Leading Anne Arundel County in RBIs (41) and tying for the lead in homers with seven, Poiter batted .456 (41-for-90).
The versatile Poiter, who has a baseball scholarship to Richmond, played second, third, shortstop and left field for the MIAA A Conference runner-up.
Jake Shibilsky, Chesapeake-AA
Shibilsky was more than a welcome addition to the Cougars this season when he transferred from Granite Baptist to study Russian at Chesapeake. The junior left-hander, who bats right, became the ace of the pitching staff and gave the Anne Arundel County and Region 4A East runner-up another big bat.
With a 1.75 ERA, Shibilsky was 8-1, the only loss by 8-4 to No. 4 Old Mill in the county championship game after he had beaten the Patriots earlier in the season on a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts.
In 64 innings pitched, Shibilsky, who specializes in location and first-pitch strikes with his fastball, curve and change, struck out 80, walked 20 and gave up 40 hits.
As a leadoff hitter, Shibilsky showed some power. He hit seven homers, had five doubles, two triples, 21 RBIs and 29 runs scored on his .411 and .822 batting and slugging averages.
Shawn Summers, Old Mill
Summers emerged in his senior year as one of the most dangerous hitters in the metro area, leading the Anne Arundel County champion Patriots in batting at .457 with 32 hits in 70 at-bats.
Summers, who drove in 29 runs and scored 22, had an .814 slugging percentage with seven doubles, three triples and four homers.
Summers will play at CCBC-Catonsville with teammate and All-County pitcher Jeff Koscielniak.
Gavin Swanson, Calvert Hall
The promise Swanson showed as a junior blossomed in his senior year as the Cardinals' cleanup batter and first baseman. Swanson, who throws and bats right-handed and has a picture swing, batted a robust .462 with 42 hits in 91 trips to the plate.
Swanson, who was walked 23 times, also ripped nine homers, nine doubles and a club-leading five triples to amass 88 total bases for a .967 slugging percentage.
Willing to try shortstop to fill a team need early in the season, the athletic and solidly built 6-foot-1, 205-pounder soon moved back to his regular position of first base and was outstanding.
Swanson will play first base next year at George Washington University and has a chance to start as a freshman.
John Thurston, C. Milton Wright
Unquestionably one of the most feared hitters and fierce competitors in Harford County over the last three seasons, Thurston was a prominent figure in the Mustangs' run to the Class 3A state final.
The senior, who plays center field with abandon and also pitches, led the metro area in triples with eight. He also had seven doubles and a homer while batting a club-leading .500 (34-for-68).
His 32 RBIs and 25 runs scored also led the No. 9 Mustangs as did his .585 on-base and .882 slugging percentages.
As a pitcher, Thurston was 5-2 with a 4.86 ERA.
Travis White, McDonogh
White was one of the top two-way players in the metro area as a pitcher/first baseman in leading the Eagles into the MIAA A Conference playoffs.
A left-handed hitter who throws right, White led his team in most offensive categories. The three-year starter, who is headed to Bucknell, led in batting (.430, 40-for-93), slugging percentage (.731), RBIs (30), doubles (9) and homers (5). He also scored 23 runs and had two triples.
White was 6-3 with two saves and two shutouts. His ERA was 1.66 in 54 2/3 innings pitched. The senior struck out 42 and walked only 12.
Name School Class Position
Jorgen Eliason Bel Air Senior Pitcher
Brandon Erbe McDonogh Junior Pitcher
Ryan Harrison South Carroll Senior Pitcher
Jon Kibler Calvert Hall Senior Pitcher
Gerard Sokolis Eastern Tech Junior Pitcher
Brett Caplan Liberty Senior Catcher
Brian McCormick Arundel Senior Catcher
Aaron Gabrielian Century Junior First base
Brad Rifkin Park Junior First base
Dan Przybylski Fallston Senior Second base
Cameron Loeschke Chesapeake-AA Senior Third base
Greg Phelps Old Mill Senior Shortstop
David Walters River Hill Junior Shortstop
Mike Newton Calvert Hall Junior Outfield
Jeff Poff Mt. St. Joseph Senior Outfield
Steve Seh Centennial Senior Outfield
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.