BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY SOFTBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: no team. Coach: Elizabeth Byers.

Top players: Kelly Bibrey, Soph., P/OF; Leah Clelland, eighth grade, P/SS; Tina Olson, Sr., IF; Rebecca Ritter, Soph., IF; Kate Bisset, Sr., IF; Mindy Smith, Soph., IF.

Outlook: This will be a building year for the Eagles although they return 11 players from last year's team. Bilbrey should lead the team offensively and Clelland will be the ace of the pitching staff.

Beth Tfiloh Panthers

1994 record: 0-9. Coach: John Grap.

Top players: Marlene Hollander, Soph., P/IF; Mara Levin, Soph., IF; Lauren Birendaum, Soph., OF; Lily Dahan, Soph., IF; Rachel Roffman, Fresh., SS/P; Dodie Vogel, Fresh., IF.

Outlook: This season looks to be a rebuilding year for Beth Tfiloh. The team possesses some good hitters and Roffman looks to provide some power, which has been lacking from the team in the past. Hollander will anchor the pitching staff and also return as the top hitter.

Carver A&T; Wildcats

1994 record: no team. Coach: Stuart Tarleton.

Top players: Jen Albright, Soph., P/3B; Carole Quigley, Soph., P/1B; Toni Alberto, Soph., IF; Annie McMahon, Soph., C; Renee Keil, Soph., P/SS.

Outlook: The Wildcats will play on the varsity level for the first time and Tarleton expects the season to be a learning experience for a team comprised entirely of sophomores and freshmen. Carver A&T; has three pitchers who have impressed Tarleton, but he said he doesn't have any unrealistic expectations. "We're just looking to enjoy the game and if we pick up a win or two that will be great," he said. "If we can win a third to half our games, that would be fantastic."

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 8-7. Coach: Steve Miller.

Top players: Angelique McDonald, Sr., P; Kelly Chavis, Sr., 1B; Shannin Rexrode, Jr., SS; Krista Bayne, Jr., CF.

Outlook: The Comets have eight starters back and figure to be one of the favorites in the 1A-2A Division. Catonsville is strong defensively and has a solid pitcher in McDonald (8-5). Junior Lindsay Denton gives the Comets a second dependable pitcher and freshman Jen Johnson is expected to be an impact player at third base. Catcher is the position that is a question after the graduation of Krista Cantafio, who was an All-County selection and the team's best hitter.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 7-8. Coach: Jon Fadely.

Top players: Christine Flora, Jr., C; Kristin Evans, Soph., P; Jummy Bullock, Jr., 3B; Chesna Selway, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have five returning players -- including four starters -- and should be able to at least duplicate last season's record. Chesapeake has a young team and Fadely said it's difficult to judge how successful it will be. "We basically have a mediocre team, but our goal is to put it together and be a contender," Fadely said.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 16-2. Coach: Elaine Lindsay.

Top players: Melissa Krawczyk, Sr., C; Katherine Cook, Sr., 1B; Jill Duerbeck, Sr., LF.

Outlook: Pitcher Julie Green, last season's All-City/County Player the Year has graduated, but the defending county champions should again be strong. The Lions, who return six starters, have three pitchers -- senior Laura Ausy, junior Leeann Huber and sophomore Kim Curran. "When you lose a pitcher of Julie's quality, you expect to have a down year, but we have three quality varsity pitchers. It's not a long shot to again be in the county championship game," Lindsay said.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 11-5. Coach: Pat Mongan.

Top players: Katie Marsheck, Sr., P; Chantelle Ricko, Sr., 1B; Jennifer Stahl, Jr., SS.

Outlook: With Marsheck (11-5, 1.70 ERA, 152 Ks in 99 IP) on the mound, the Owls should be in every game. But the graduation of five starters might have left Marsheck's supporting cast a bit thin. "If pitching is 90 percent of the game, we have the 90 percent," Mongan said. "I'm worried about the other 10 percent. Katie does her job." Marsheck (.420 average, 14 RBIs) also is the top hitter on a team that could have difficulty producing runs.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 8-8. Coach: Marian Klein.

Top players: Brandi Anselmi, Sr., OF; Valerie Pfefdeort, Sr., SS; Brandy Howell, Sr., OF; Christy Cole, Sr., 2B/OF.

Outlook: The Mavericks graduated six starters but that doesn't necessarily signal a rebuilding season. Klein said she has been pleasantly surprised by a freshman battery combination -- pitcher Sandy Birchfield and catcher Jessi Maffei -- that could make an immediate impact. Tara Dolly (.447 average, .586 on-base percentage), an All-County utility player, also will pitch and play third base. Anselmi is a fine defensive outfielder who combined with Pfefdeort to steal 32 bases.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 16-3. Coach: Rick Wiscott.

Top players: Staci Lotterer, Sr., SS; Kara Wingate, Soph., P; Jessie McGraw, Soph., C.

Outlook: The Indians rebounded from a 4-11 season in 1993 to become the surprise of the county in their first season under longtime baseball coach Wiscott. Franklin returns seven starters and again should be one of the top teams in the 3A-4A Division. Wingate and McGraw form a solid battery and defense also should be a strength. The Indians lost long-ball threat Cindy Coleman to graduation so they might not be able to score runs in bunches as they did last season.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1994 record: 0-5. Coach: Gabriel Mercier.

Top players: Melissa Monfried , Jr., P/IF; Eleanor Brooks, Sr., IF/OF.

Outlook: Garrison Forest returns eight players from last season's squad for what appears to be a rebuilding year. Many of the Grizzlies are first-time players who look to improve throughout the season. Brooks returns to softball after playing lacrosse last year.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 9-9. Coach: Sam Bowen.

Top players: Nancy Zentz, Jr., 1B/P; Stacy Zahner, Jr., OF; Erin Meisel, Sr., SS /3B; Missy Brown, Sr., C/OF.

Outlook: The Bulls lost both of last season's pitchers to graduation and that is a point of concern for Bowen, who has no pitchers with varsity experience. "We will hit the ball and play reasonably well in the field, but until the pitching proves itself I have no idea how we'll do," Bowen said. "I hope we'd be somewhere in the middle of the [1A-2A] division."

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 5-11. Coach: Mourine White.

Top players: Kelly Bess, Jr., P; Maggie Travers, Soph., C.

Outlook: The Bluebirds are rebuilding after losing seven starters to graduation. The team is comprised mostly of sophomores who competed on the junior varsity last season. White has had to move some people out of position, specifically Travers, who is being converted from a shortstop and backup pitcher to a catcher. Sophomore Toni Godack, who was to be the starting catcher, broke her thumb and is not expected to return until next month.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 5-13. Coach: Debbie Henkel.

Top players: Tara Doyle, Sr., P/3B/OF; Aimee Harold, Sr., C/OF; April Loomis, Sr., 3B/OF/C; Kim Galloway, Jr., 1B.

Outlook: The Vikings return five starters and could be competitive if their pitching comes around. Doyle is the top candidate to be the No. 1 pitcher and also was the team's best hitter last season (.389 average, .515 on-base percentage). Although Lansdowne does not have above-average speed, expect it to be aggressive on the bases. The Vikings were hurt by the transfer of capable shortstop Sara Nunnally to Howard.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 5-8. Coach: Sheri Billings.

Top players: Terry Hendricks, Jr., P; Danielle Brewer, Soph., 3B; Stacy Bowersock, Jr., SS; Elizabeth Elliott, Soph., C; Karen Fulker, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: The Raiders have a solid pitcher in four-year starter Hendricks and six returning starters, so a winning season is not out of the question. Several players that were expected to return, however, have opted to play lacrosse. Loch Raven, which has just one senior, figures to be strong defensively, especially in

the infield.

Lutheran Saints

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Gary Barth.

Top players: Jen McGuire, Soph., P; Jen Baker, Sr., IF; Rachel Seaborn, Sr., OF/IF; Sara Cole, Jr., IF; Holly Faruol, Soph., IF.

Outlook: The Saints are better overall this year, although their schedule might be tougher in the AIS. The starting lineup returns intact everywhere except catcher. Cole looks to lead the team offensively again after hitting .400 last season. McGuire, who compiled a 7-2 record last year, will anchor the pitching staff.

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 5-8. Coach: Mickey Deegan.

Top players: Theresa Zile, Sr. P; Alaina Lawson, Sr., OF; Lauren ++ Mishner, Sr., IF; Jen Egge, Sr., IF.

Outlook: This could be the year for McDonogh to capture the Catholic League title. The Eagles return eight starting seniors and add three outstanding freshmen to the roster. Jen Egge returns as the big offensive threat after hitting .325, and Theresa Zile will lead the pitching staff.

Milford Mill Millers

1994 record: 0-13. Coach: Charlene Diamond.

Top players: Chawdell Shipley, Sr., P/SS; Kenya Slaughter, Soph., C/P; Lynette Mellerson, Sr., OF; Jamie Massey, Sr., OF.

Outlook: After going winless for the second consecutive season under Diamond, the Millers fortunes might be changing. "Most games only went five innings last season because of the 10-run rule. We're looking to make most games go seven innings and win one or more," Diamond said. With their entire starting lineup back, the Millers could exceed those expectations. Mellerson, who missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and Massey are strong defensive outfielders.

Mount Carmel Lions

1994 record: 3-4. Coach: Lee Knox.

Top players: Stephanie Spangler, Jr., P; Angie Rose, Sr., IF; Crystal Fontes, Sr., IF; Jenny Cosgrave, Fresh., IF; Michelle Straub, Jr., IF.

Outlook: Mount Carmel returns half its team and looks to be real competitive. The Lions will play as an independent with Spangler heading the pitching staff again and Cosgrave providing a good bat and glove in the infield.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1994 record: 0-13. Coach: Pete Waskiewicz.

Top players: Danielle Peterson, Sr., IF; Angelia Sniffington, Soph., IF; Suzanne Smith, Fresh., OF; Jessica Hemelt, Jr., P, Lori Jarvo, Soph., CF.

Outlook: The Sailors are rebuilding and will have a young team this year. Mount de Sales will be led by the hitting of Peterson and Jarvo who hit .380 and .350, respectively.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1994 record: no team. Coaches: Ed Donnells and Cathy Naughton.

Top players: Allison Pettis, Sr. IF; Ann Mongeli, Soph., IF; Michelle Garvey, Soph., P; Kris Carbonic, Sr., IF; Marian Morton, Fresh., OF.

Outlook: This is the first season for the Pirates who will play in the AIS. The Pirates look to be competitive and have many players with recreational league experience.

Oldfields

1994 record: 8-2. Coach: Sue Austin.

Top players: Page Scully, Sr., P; Wini Lyons, Sr., IF; Corbett Plaxico, Sr., OF.

Outlook: Oldfields lost a lot of players from last year's squad, which could make this a rebuilding year. Scully, who compiled a 7-1 record with two shutouts, returns as the ace pitcher. Lyons hit over .400 last season. Oldfields will play in the AIS.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 11-8. Coach: Donna Harrold.

Top players: Erin Bockstie, Sr., P; Carrie Parker, Sr., 2B/OF; Amie Palm, Sr., CF; Kelly George, Soph., 1B/OF; Karen Haak, Jr., SS.

Outlook: The Falcons just missed the regional playoffs last season, and with five starters back and a deeper bench, they might get there this season. "Overall balance is our strength," Harrold said. "I'm comfortable putting people in at different positions." George was Overlea's leading hitter last season (.485) and is also a capable fielder either at first base or in the outfield. Harrold is still looking for a second pitcher to complement Bockstie.

Owings Mills Eagles

1994 record: 19-4. Coach: Lisa Meyer.

Top players: Nikki Winik, Jr., C; Alison Kleiner, Soph, P; Kim Kraus, Soph., 2B.

Outlook: The Eagles -- coming off the most successful season in the school's history -- finished as the Class 1A state runners-up last year and again should challenge for a state title. Despite losing six senior seniors, the strong battery of Kleiner (13-4, 1.08 ERA) and Winik return. Owings Mills is strong up the middle with four-year starter Allie Coufal at shortstop, Kraus at second base and promising freshman Jen Miller taking over in center field.

Park Bruins

1994 record: no team. Coach: Larry Lichtig.

Top players: Marni Schlenker, Fresh., IF; Casey Zubrin, Fresh., IF; Morgan Milner, Fresh., P; Lauri Ginsberg, Fresh., P; Lindsey Buchman, Fresh., IF.

Outlook: The Bruins make their debut in softball with a young, inexperienced team. Milner will be the ace pitcher. Some players have played in recreational leagues.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 10-5. Coach: Karen Locke.

Top players: Stacey Comins, Sr., SS; Katie Greenwood, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Knights lost to Franklin in the first round of the regional playoffs last season and should have the talent to get at least that far this season. Parkville has eight returning players, five of whom were starters. Comins batted .483 last season and is a strong defensive shortstop. The outfield, comprised of all new players, could be a weakness.

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 5-11. Coach: Pat Poletynski.

Top players: Samantha Porter, Sr., CF; Maureen Fairley, Sr., P/OF; Danette Edwards, Sr., 2B.

Outlook: With All-City/County center fielder Porter back, the Patriots are hoping to at least reach .500. Porter (.379, six home runs, 22 RBIs, 17 stolen bases) covered a lot of ground in the

outfield and batted .583 with runners in scoring position. Defense and hitting are the Patriots' strengths, but pitching is again a question mark. Patapsco's playoff aspirations were --ed last season when its senior starting pitcher suffered a torn rotator cuff. Fairley, last season's backup pitcher, looks to have improved, Poletynski said.

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 14-4. Coach: Emily Thon.

Top players: Jessica Loehr, Sr., SS; Krisan Pfeifer, Sr., 2B; Andrea Capitano, Sr., 1B/OF/C; Kerri Siess, Jr., OF; Keri Scrivani, Jr., 3B; Stephanie Koman, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Gators return eight starters from last season's team that lost to Northern-Calvert in the Class 4A state championship game. The one player who graduated, however, might be difficult to replace -- All-County pitcher Beckie Baker. Thon will use Kelly O'Sullivan on the mound, a sophomore who has good velocity but questionable control. Perry Hall is solid defensively and could be a bit stronger than last year at the plate.

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 7-8. Coach: Marlene Honkofsky.

Top players: Jesse Lehman, Sr., SS; Carly Gordon, Sr., 2B; Allison Silverstein, Sr., 3B; Allison Weitzman, Sr., 1B; Jami Kotik, Sr., LF.

Outlook: With a good nucleus of players up from the junior varsity combined with six returning senior starters, the Panthers figure to improve upon last season's record. Pikesville has a solid infield and more speed than last year. If the pitching -- which will likely be comprised of players with no varsity experience -- falls into place, the Panthers could be a team to watch in the 1A-2A Division.

Randallstown Rams

1994 record: 3-12. Coach: Mike Gelman.

Top players: LaTonya Chambers, Jr., 3B/C/OF; Katie Webster, Sr., P; Kristin Sette, Sr., OF; Melissa Miranda, Sr., 1B/OF; Syeda Shah, Sr., SS.

Outlook: First-year coach Gelman is committed to turning the program around and will be using this season as a building block. Gelman, who coached many of these players in the Liberty Road recreation program, believes a .500 record is a realistic goal. Randallstown has seven returning players and a promising group of underclassmen.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 10-9. Coach: Duke Vickery.

Top players: Colleen Dillon, Sr., OF; Amy Eagan, Sr., 2B; Tiffany Otremba, Jr., 3B/1B; Tiffany Bradds, Jr., SS/P; Heather Lucas, Fresh., OF.

Outlook: After an 0-5 start last season, the Pointers won 10 of their last 14 games and Vickery is hoping that success will carry over into this season. Sparrows Point, which lost to Owings Mills in the region final, has four starters returning, but pitching could be a problem. Bradds and sisters Kim and Bev Swiger are competing for time on the mound. The status of Eagan -- a solid hitter with good speed -- is in question as she recovers from a torn knee ligament sustained during the basketball season.

Towson Generals

1994 record: 13-5. Coach: Paul Becker.

Top players: Katie Walker, Sr., 1B; Katherine Bevins, Sr., P/SS; Jessica Clerkin, Sr., 3B.

Outlook: The Generals were hit hard by graduation, but they still figure to be a contender in the 1A-2A Division. Among the key players who graduated were ace pitcher Jessica Owens and All-County third baseman Nicole Walker, who was the Generals' top hitter. Overall, Towson lost five starters and has just three seniors. Bevins (4-3, 3.11 ERA) should be a capable replacement on the mound, however, and Towson's younger players possess plenty of recreation league experience. Team speed is a strength.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 0-14. Coach: Teri Brauer.

Top players: Kelly Cocoran, Sr., P; Laurie Smith, Jr., C; Nicki Martin, Jr., SS; Jenny Crabb, Soph., 1B; Melissa Brisueno, Jr., OF.

Outlook: Brauer, last season's junior varsity coach, is taking an optimistic approach and believes a .500 record is an attainable goal. Cocoran appears to have improved on the mound and the offense should be stronger as well. "We only lose one or two seniors next year, so this is a building year," Brauer said.

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