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All-Metro softball: First team

Brittany FavazzaC. Milton Wright Favazza had a .940 fielding average at shortstop. The senior led the team in hits with 20 and batted .317 with two doubles and two triples. "Not enough can be said about Brittany Favazza," coach Russell Kovach said. "Her knowledge of the game is second to none, she is a very hard worker and very strong defensively." She has committed to Lock Haven (Pa.).

Avery GabbardBroadneck The senior outfielder batted .396 and played a key role as the Bruins' leadoff hitter. She got on base reliably and scored 15 runs. "She set the table all season," coach Reese Kiple said. Gabbard went 3-for-4 in the Class 4A state title game against North Carroll and won a state championship with the Bruins' volleyball team. She will play volleyball at Stevenson.

Adrienne GebeleBroadneck Gebele was a steady force behind the plate for the top-ranked Bruins. The sophomore batted .490 with two homers and 22 RBIs. She hit a decisive three-run home run in the first inning of the Class 4A state title game against North Carroll. "Going 20-0 was awesome," Gebele said. "We had some tough games along the way, but we worked as a team and always seemed to get through it."

Lauren GibsonChesapeake-AA Gibson finished her career as one of the most accomplished pitchers in Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's history. The senior led Chesapeake to a co-championship in the county and to the regional championship game. She finished 12-3. Gibson had seven shutouts, including a no-hitter, and an ERA of 1.39. She has committed to play at the University of Tennessee.

Amanda HedgepethArundel Hedgepeth had another impressive season, batting .508 with an .803 slugging percentage. The senior outfielder drove in 16 runs and did not commit an error. "Amanda is an amazing leader and has a pure love for just getting to play," coach Alison Grava said.

Kelly HickmanChesapeake-AA Hickman, a four-year starter, was clutch as the cleanup hitter for the Cougars. She batted .429 with 20 RBIs and scored 20 runs. The senior committed only one error at second base all season. "The last two years she has been the most consistent second baseman in the area," coach Don Ellenberger said. Hickman will play at Mount St. Mary's next year.

Megan HysonSeton Keough Hyson, one of the top pitchers in the state, finished 14-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing just nine hits all season while leading Seton Keough to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. The sophomore finished with five no-hitters and two perfect games. She also batted .390, with a team-high four home runs, and was third on the team with 15 RBIs.

Casey SchmidtGlenelg Schmidt was instrumental in helping Glenelg reach the Class 1A state semifinals. The junior first baseman batted .551 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. She was also the Gladiators' No. 2 pitcher and had a 3.44 ERA in eight appearances. Her versatility will be an asset to the Gladiators next season.

Stephanie SpeiermanHammond Speierman, a four-time All-Metro selection, is regarded as one of the best pitchers ever in Maryland high school softball. She became the state's all-time strikeout leader this season with 1,363, eclipsing the old record of 1,345. The senior holds seven other state records. For the season, she was 15-3 with a 0.00 ERA. In April, she pitched two no-hitters at separate locations in a span of four hours. She will play at Michigan next season.

Autumn TaylorSeverna Park The senior outfielder batted .553 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. She also had seven doubles and four triples. "I have no doubt if she continues to excel as she has, she will be an All-American in college," Severna Park coach Meredith McAlister said. Taylor will play at George Washington in the fall.

Ashley ThomasBroadneck Thomas was one of the most important players in the Bruins' state championship run, according to coach Reese Kiple. "She hit when we needed her to hit." The junior utility player batted .300 and also pitched a one-hit shutout in the Class 4A state semifinal, falling just short of a perfect game.

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