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It's safe to say a pipeline has been established between the softball programs at Mount Hebron High School and nearby Catonsville Community College. This year, four former Hebron players played major roles in Catonsville's 13-4 finish.
Dawn Thomas, The Howard County Sun's Player of the Year last spring, made immediate impact by winning the team's MVP award. She led Catonsville with a .368 average and was second with 15 RBI. On the mound, she was 12-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 111 innings. Thomas also won two doubleheaders and did not commit an error.
JoAnn Liberto, also a freshman and a teammate of Thomas' at Hebron, hit .267 with 10 RBI. She also led the team with 33 assists at third base, where she committed just two errors.
Then there were the Griffith sisters, Sherry and Shelly, who patrolled the outfield.
Shelly committed only two errors in left field, while hitting .311 with 11 RBI and playing every inning of every game. Sherry hit .340 with 14 RBI and did not commit an error in center and right field.
"I call it the Hebron connection," said Catonsville coach John Sparrow. "It's the backbone of our team."
Add one more name to the pipeline. Angie Kress, Hebron's standout senior catcher, is leaning toward Catonsville next year.
Former Glenelg star Angie Beech, the Player of the Year two years ago and arguably the best defensive second baseman the county has ever produced, struggled at the plate this spring but still made a significant contribution at Campbell College (N.C.), where she is playing on a softball scholarship.
Beech got off to a great start by making the Campbell Softball Classic All-Tournament Team in March. She went on to start in 50 of 52 games, as Campbell finished with a 25-27 record, including 13 one-run losses.
Beech batted only .169 with nine RBI, but as the Campbell's No. 2 hitter, she led the team with 14 sacrifice bunts and struck out only 10 times in 174 at-bats. As usual, she excelled in the field. She committed 12 errors in 223 chances for a .946 fielding percentage.
Chris Grubb and Chris Tressler, former baseball stars at Mount Hebron and Atholton, had fine junior seasons at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The Blue Jays finished with a 22-10-1 record, their sixth consecutive 20-win season.
Grubb started 24 games in center field and led the team with a .386 average with seven doubles and 20 RBI. He also started nine games on the mound, and earned a 5-2 record with a team-high six complete games and a 2.09 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.
Tressler finished with a 5-3 record and a team-high 53 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. He threw three complete games and a shutout.
Some lacrosse notes in passing:
Former Mount Hebron goalie Linda Ohrin wound up her sophomore season at Loyola the way she began it -- superbly. Ohrin earned Colonia Athletic Association Goalie of the Year honors by sparking Loyola to an 11-4 record. She started all 15 games, averaged 10.3 saves and allowed only 7.3 goals per game.
Hammond High quietly had its best season ever. The Golden Bears finished 7-7, and would have had their first winning season had Howard not edged them in double overtime, 19-18, in the final regular-season game.
Hammond coach Gay Petrlik had to watch her daughter, Emily, score 10 goals for Howard, including the goal that tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Emily, who completed an outstanding four-year career, is headed to UMBC on a lacrosse scholarship.
"My husband tried to talk about dinner with me to lighten the situation, but it didn't work," said Gay, recalling the overtime loss to Howard.
"We're both kind of relieved that it [Emily's high school career] is over. Now we can both enjoy watching her play in college. It will be nice for him not having to choose sides."
Autumn Barbosa's 60 goals and 15 assists led Hammond.