Dorsey is brightest Owl Westminster


No one knows if the Westminster baseball team is good enough this season to end South Carroll's three-year reign at the top of the county standings.

But one thing is certain, the Owls will have one of the most exciting and all-around talented players in the state on their side.

His name is Todd Dorsey and his game is winning, whether it be on the baseball field, the basketball court or the golf course.

Dorsey, a senior center fielder, was one of the main reasons Westminster posted a 14-6 record last season, and he just might take the Owls to greater heights this year.

"The kid is amazing," said Westminster coach Carl Rihard. "He's an athlete. I don't care what the sport is, he'll excel. He gets a quick read on the ball in center field and knows just how hard to run on balls over his head. It just doesn't look like he's running hard but he always gets to the ball."

Rihard said Dorsey is also adept at making the right decisions on balls hit in front of him.

"You know those tricky line drives that you never know whether to charge or play it safe," said Rihard. "Todd always makes the right decisions on them."

There is speculation that Dorsey will go fairly high in June's major-league baseball draft, and he is being courted by Georgia Tech.

Dorsey's zest for baseball continues into the summer months when he plays for two sandlot teams -- the Oriolelanders and a Liberty Road 17-18 team.

In addition to Dorsey, Westminster will have a top-flight catcher in senior Adam Pfieffer, who hit .335 last season, and three pitchers with a lot of potential.

Seniors Chris Archembault and Brian Dayton and junior Jeremy Robinson are being counted on to fill the void left by the graduation of Mike Hastings, Rob Ruhlman and Kirk Engel.

Rihard is especially high on Archembault, a left-hander, who was used in spot relief last season after posting a 4-1 record on the junior varsity two years ago.

"He has a strong arm, a good fastball, curve and changeup," said Rihard. "And he has the advantage of being a left-hander. Kids just aren't used to seeing many lefties. Chris and Brian Dayton will do the bulk of the pitching for us this season."

Robinson has good control and a decent fastball to show opponents this season on the varsity after going 5-0 last season on the junior varsity.

In the outfield, Dorsey most likely will be joined by junior Jason Magrin in left and Dayton or Archembault in right, depending on who is pitching that day.

The infield appears set with four seniors, including three-sport standout Brad Gibson at shortstop. Gibson was slowed by back problems last season but has stayed healthy through the football and basketball seasons.

Brett Haines will be at third, Todd Dickensheets at second and Jeff Ibex at first.

"Guy Stull [assistant coach] is working with the infield," said Rihard. "He does a tremendous job for us. Guy's a talker and keeps everybody in the game. He does the hollering during the games, which is exactly what I need since I'm quiet most of the time. I consider Guy and I co-coaches."

Stull was the head baseball coach at Westminster from 1972-79 before giving it up to coach football.

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