Softball Player of the Year: Maseth gave voice to Owls en route to first state title in 11 years

Softball Player of the Year: Maseth gave voice to Owls en route to first state title in 11 years
Westminster senior Emily Maseth is the 2016 Carroll County Times softball player of the year. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Rob Maseth has thrown a lot of practice pitches with his daughter Emily and has endured plenty of bumps and bruises as a result.

Emily would often return from Westminster softball practice and wouldn't eat dinner until she put in another hour or two of hitting and pitching in the backyard.


"I would come home from a long day at work, pull into the driveway and see her setting up the glove and pitcher's mound," Rob said. "'OK, I guess dinner's going to have to wait.' I've thrown a lot of pitches, taken line drives off the feet, legs, chest, arms — I even got a couple pitching machine burns."

Emily Maseth, the Times Player of the Year, constantly drove to be a better player, not only for herself, but for her teammates.

She started on varsity for the Owls all four years of high school. She was named team captain as a sophomore, a role she graciously accepted despite having just one year of varsity experience.

A team captain is chosen from a combination of votes from the coaches and players, and Owls coach Ashley Harford said the recent graduate led not just with her words, but by example.

"She's been a leader since her freshman year," Harford said. "Even with girls that have been older than her, playing with older girls, she has always taken on that role. This year she took more of a lead when motivating the team. She's always been there to tell the girls 'Come on, let's go out there and do this.' This year she spent a lot of focus on the team huddle and motivational words to try and get the girls to rally.

"She's always been that voice and kind of took that to a bigger scale this year."

That voice led the Owls to a 16-5 record and their first state championship since 2004 in a thrilling 10-5 comeback over Huntingtown in the Class 3A final on May 28.

That voice was Carroll's leading pitcher with 202 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA. She also led the county in batting average (.531), doubles (11) and home runs (7). She was second in Carroll with 29 RBIs.

That voice is a first-time player of the year recipient. Maseth's father said she strived for two things at the start of the season — to win a state championship and earn player of the year.

"Winning a state championship is always in the back of your mind," Maseth said. "You always want to go out and win it but you never believe it's truly going to happen. It's so rare and we thought, well, we could be there but there's a lot of tough teams we'll have to beat. We play a lot of tough teams but we just kept it going and came out on top."

Emily's older sister, Ashton, was also an accomplished pitcher at Westminster. Ashton would practice her hits in the backyard and Emily quickly caught on. She started pitching at 5 years old and entered recreational softball leagues. Travel softball was next, and high school ball shortly followed.

The Owls made appearances in the 3A North Region final in Emily's first three years with the team. They fell short each year.

"We've been a middle-of-the-road team," Maseth said. "We've always made good battles every year I've been here which is awesome but I wouldn't say we've been a terrible team, just middle-of-the-road. This year of course we won states so that's pretty awesome.

"We've had the hitting over the last couple years but just haven't been able to string them together to be that dominant team. This year we really focused on that every practice and really came together."


Maseth is headed to West Chester University in the fall and plans to play softball. She wants to study physical therapy and has aspirations to work with athletes like her one day.

Her father, a former softball coach, told his daughter to always trust what she knows she's capable of.

"Put the work in, take a deep breath and do what you do," Rob Maseth said. "Win, lose or draw, if you put forth your best effort and did the best you could, you have nothing to hang your head on. A game is measured by success, but it's earned in failures. The best hitter will fail more times than they will succeed.

"You have to earn through failures before you find success and what you put in is what you get out."


All-County Softball


Position Name School Year

Pitcher Emily Maseth Westminster Senior

Pitcher Chloe Sharman South Carroll Sophomore

Pitcher Lexi Trail Liberty Junior

Catcher Olivia Herman Westminster Sophomore

Catcher Meghan Jacobs Liberty Senior

Catcher Lexy Richards North Carroll Senior

Catcher Gillian Sinnott Century Sophomore

Infield Lexi Jones Liberty Senior

Infield Jessie Swistock Manchester Valley Senior

Outfield Kasey Bost Liberty Senior

Outfield Marlee Carroll South Carroll Junior

Utility Kayla Geho Manchester Valley Senior

Utility Lauren Vogel Manchester Valley Junior


Century: Abby Cleckner. Francis Scott Key: Ashley Altvater. Liberty: Brooke Fowlkes, Ashlyn Weisgerber. Manchester Valley: Megan Cappadora, Sarah Ruiz. North Carroll: Alicia Badra. South Carroll: Alex Cisar, Devin Scales, Sara White. Westminster: Kaitlyn Nicholson, Sarah Sexton.