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Howard County baseball 2015 season recap

Howard County Times baseball reporter Andrew Conrad gives a recap of the 2015 season, which culminated with an appearance by Mt. Hebron in the state championship game. (Jon Sham/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)

While no team was able to duplicate Reservoir's memorable 2014 state championship run, the 2015 Howard County baseball season was certainly one to remember.

Led by Pitcher of the Year Mark Smith, Mt. Hebron won its first county championship in more than a decade by winning 10 games by only one run, and its first regional title and state championship game since 1980. He will pitch for Towson University next year, while rising junior Jack Schroeder will try to lead the Vikings to another successful season.

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Reservoir's state title defense hit a snag when three-time Pitcher of the Year Cody Morris (South Carolina) went down with tendinitis in his right arm before undergoing successful Tommy John surgery with Dr. James Andrews in late May. Seniors Jack Barry and Jon Mierzwa stepped up in Morris' absence to lead the Gators all the way back to the regional finals, where they lost to Mt. Hebron, 1-0.

Howard — led by Player of the Year Jimmy Cain (Millersville University) and a talented junior class led by Casey Crawford — got off to its best start in many years and led the county until the first week of May.

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Glenelg, led by catcher Garrett Southern (York College) and pitcher Carter Mullinix, played some of its best baseball in May, losing a close playoff game to Reservoir.

Wilde Lake was represented in the Brooks Robinson All Star game by outfielder Cuinn Mullins, who was the county's top power hitter this season. Lefty Michael Palasits delivered quality innings for the Wildecats, including an emotional 3-0 playoff win over River Hill and ace Rohan Tilva.

Southern, Smith and Barry also played in the Brooks Robinson game, while Mierzwa and Long Reach outfielder Chris Wessels were selected as alternates.

Atholton and Marriotts Ridge got off to rocky starts this season, but finished the spring strong with high hopes for next year.

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Watch the video above for reporter Andrew Conrad's complete season recap.

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