All-Metro Baseball Coach of the Year: Matt Roseland, Patterson Mill

For The Baltimore Sun

Despite being one of the smallest schools in Harford County, Patterson Mill came up huge all season long, finishing 21-4, including an 18-game winning streak, and advancing to the Class 1A title game.

Coach Matt Roseland, who is 115-59 in his eight seasons at the helm, led the Huskies to a title in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's power-packed Chesapeake Division, where, as the lone 1A team, they consistently faced and beat Class 4A, 3A and 2A opponents. Along the way, they scored two wins each over Class 4A state champion Bel Air and 2015 3A semifinalist North Harford, as well as a regional final win over 2015 state finalist McDonough of Charles County.

Despite being picked to finish in the middle of the pack in Harford County, Patterson Mill won its fourth regional title in six years and posted the best statistical season in school history.

Roseland, 34, said the key was outstanding team chemistry, which took root last winter when a large number of players took part in the team's offseason training program. The result was profound. Despite graduating their top two pitchers from a year ago, the Huskies time and again found ways to pull out close games, winning eight by one or two runs.

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