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Baseball: Players to watch

Kory Britton

Atholton, pitcher-infielder, senior

Already signed with Maryland, Britton plays infield and anchors the pitching staff. He was second-team All-Metro last season and has worked hard to develop his skills further.

Shane Campbell

Kenwood, pitcher, senior

As a first-team All-Metro choice last season, the left-hander had an 0.58 ERA and a 5-1 record. Campbell held opposing hitters to a .129 batting average, while he hit .509 with five home runs, six triples and had a 1.038 slugging percentage. He has signed with Maryland.

Joseph Dorsey

Franklin, shortstopinfielder, senior

Dorsey batted .538, drove in 36 runs and had 20stolen bases last season. The All-County shortstop is given high marks on and off the field as a humble team leader. The captain of his team, Dorsey has signed with La Salle.

K.J. Hockaday

John Carroll, shortstopinfielder, senior

A four-year varsity starter, Hockaday is going to Maryland if he isn't picked in June's first-year player draft. As a junior, he batted .475, with 19 of his 39hits for extra bases, including seven home runs. Hockaday is a preseason pick for the coaches' All-State team.

Brent Jones

Severna Park, third basemaninfielder, senior

An infielder and team leader, he drove in a team-leading 35 runs while batting .459 last season. His on-base percentage was .628, and he was 8-for-8 in stolen bases. Jones was a first-team All-Metro selection.

Nick McElfish

Eastern Tech, outfielder, senior

Coach Spike McElfish is a little shy about mentioning his son for fear of seeming partial. But when the kid is a four-year starter and has been named to the coaches' preseason All-State team, the coach doesn't have to worry. "He's our center fielder, and he leads the team in [hitting] average and RBIs," McElfish said.

Austin Neary

Archbishop Spalding, infielder, senior

He's going to be the team's primary third baseman but can also get behind the plate or fill a need at first base. Neary hits for power and can steal bases if he needs to.

TJ Pipik

Reservoir, pitcher, senior

A four-year starter, Pipik has been his team's ace since the 10th grade. "He's the best pitcher in the county," Reservoir coach Adam Leader said. As a junior, Pipik had a 2.20 ERA with 85 strikeouts — the most in Howard County. He also batted .500.

Ryan Ripken

Gilman, pitcher-infielder, junior

The son of Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., Ryan Ripken is earning attention all on his own. As a freshman, Ripken helped his team win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. The first baseman and pitcher was a second-team All-Metro selection last season.

Bobby Ruse

C. Milton Wright, pitcher, senior

The right-handed pitcher was 8-0 a year ago with a 0.92 ERA.In 531/32/3rdsinnings, he had 70 strikeouts to help his team to a 23-0 record and No. 1 ranking in The Baltimore Sun poll. He was a first-team All-Metro selection and has signed with Maryland.

Other notabales

Other notables

RJ Angermier, Southern

•Ian Baker, Catonsville

•Matt Bosse, Calvert Hall

•Alex Brown, Meade

•Raymond Carroll, Woodlawn

•Antoine Crawford, St. Frances

•Sheridan Doan, Dulaney

•Dalton Durocher, Arundel

•Brandon Estrain, River Hill

•Trevor Freeman, Severna Park

•Andrew Giuliani, Mount Hebron

•Cody Harman, Westminster

•A.J. Lardo, Loyola

•Scott Mackall, Towson

•David Menker, Marriotts Ridge

•Sam Myers, Old Mill

•Nick Naumann, John Carroll

•Scott Nickerson, Broadneck

•Tete Obot, Pikesville

•Brandon O'Malley, Northeast

•Patrick Rogers, Mount St. Joseph

•Joe Roman, Patterson Mill

•Bobby Sanzone, Mount Carmel

•Josh Schildwachter, Baltimore Lutheran

•Ryan Schoenbauer, South River

•Matt Shifflet, Hammond

•Matt Sweitzer, Bel Air

•Dennis Thomas, Archbishop Curley

•Danny Usewick, St. Mary's

•Sam Wachs, Severn

•LaMonte Wade, St. Paul's

•Jose Welsh, Dundalk

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