1994 record: 0-18. Coach: Gloria Day.
Top players: Emily Nugent, Sr., 3B; Kristen Penix, Jr., P; Kenya Tyler, Jr., OF; Meredith Stewart, Soph., 1B; Alison Gardiner, Jr., 1B; Hunter Hammond, Jr., 3B; Danielle Verdugo, Soph., C.
Outlook: Most of the Panthers return from last year and are looking to get back into the win column after a tough 1994 season. Nugent, the lone senior, batted around .300, and Day said she has been "building around Emily for years, since she's been there." Penix returns to the mound, but newcomers Darla Stafford, Jackie Edwards and Kammie Cottrell will challenge her. Edwards and Cottrell both stand more than 6-foot, so if nothing else, they will at least tower over hitters. Both are freshmen who played on the basketball team. "I'll train them all to be pitchers," Day said, laughing. She isn't expecting miracles but is encouraged by her team's attitude. "They want to learn, they're energetic," she said. "We'll be in most games. We're looking for competitiveness. It will be a learning experience for them."
Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers
1994 record: 18-0. Coach: Linda Taylor.
Top players: Crystal Henderson, Jr., SS; Crystal Ray, Soph., P; Kathleen O'Hara, Soph., P; Nicki Trumpler, Sr., 1B; Maria Drury, Soph., OF; Jacqui King, Sr., OF; Venat Marfani, Jr., 3B/2B.
Outlook: Despite losing three vastly talented players, including All-Metro pick Rachael Synowski (5-0, 0 earned runs, .467, 16 RBIs) and All-County outfielder Kari Thompson (.509, 25 RBIs, 28 runs), Spalding still is loaded and should be the favorite to repeat as Catholic League champions. Henderson batted .552 with 31 runs, 32 steals, 13 RBIs and only three errors. Trumpler batted over .300. Ray and O'Hara will do most of the pitching, and though they're young, they're also proven. Ray tossed a couple of no-hitters last year and O'Hara had a perfect game. "I know what they can do. Both have power and are very controlled," Taylor said. Freshman Julie Janyska could start in place of Thompson. King and Drury also will patrol the outfield, and Marfani, a transfer from Glen Burnie who attended Spalding two years ago, will start in the infield. "I know we'll do real well in the league," Taylor said.
1994 record: 10-8. Coach: Paul Yannuzzi.
Top players: Kara Kitchen, Jr., P; Jen Skolochenko, Sr., OF; Kim Gonski, Jr., 1B; Shannon Noon, Jr., SS; Marcia Lavin, Jr., 3B; Ruth Wilson, Jr., CF; Kristen Daffin, Soph., 2B.
Outlook: If the Wildcats find an adequate catcher, they will challenge for a playoff berth. For now, Yannuzzi will go with sophomore Julie Sanalitro, who is up from the JV. "She'll be OK. She's a good, hard-working kid," Yannuzzi said. If that doesn't work, another option is Noon (.387, 10 RBIs), a second-team All-Metro utility player last year who caught the last couple of games. Kitchen is coming off a strong season, and Wilson is another of Arundel's "mainstays," Yannuzzi said. Freshman Mary Paxton can pitch and play third base and shortstop. She will be here for only one season because her parents are in the military, and Yannuzzi will give her plenty of at-bats. "Position-wise, we're a strong as anybody in the county," he said. Yannuzzi, who won a state championship with Severna Park in 1987, is one of the area's most respected coaches.
1994 record: 6-11. Coach: Dave Conrad.
Top players: Joy Banaras, Sr., 3B; Angie Shuttleworth, Jr., C/P; Susie Conrad, Soph., SS/P, Karie Klakring, Sr., C; Heather Bonner, Jr., 1B; Caitlin Senkel, Soph., 2B; Jennifer Kirby, Soph., CF.
Outlook: Conrad is playing musical positions with his players because of graduation and the decision of four Bruins not to return. Three starters are back: Banaras, who is moving from shortstop to third; Conrad, who is moving from center field to shortstop; and Shuttleworth, who is both the No. 1 pitcher and catcher. Conrad, freshman Courtney Wagner and junior Dana Weller also can pitch, and together will help replace last year's starter, Kristen Butner, who graduated. When Shuttleworth isn't behind the plate, Klakring will be. "Our goal is to play as competitively as possible," Conrad said. That would have been easier if Jill Smith (2B), Jessica Marshall (1B), Stacy Cronin (3B) and Michelle Trudeau (C) had come out. Instead, Conrad is turning to unproven players like Kirby, a speedster whom he says will be "one of the standouts." Two freshmen should start in the outfield: Wagner in left and Laura Shay in right.
1994 record: 17-3. Coach: Dennis Thiele.
Top players: Michele Singer, Sr., OF/1B; Katie Ochs, Sr., OF/P; Maggie Dziuban, Sr., OF; Jen Fowlkes, Jr., C/1B; Tami Barrington, Jr., OF; Nicole Carpenter, Soph., P; Missy Silvers, Soph., SS/P.
Outlook: This is one of Thiele's youngest teams in recent years, but it also could develop into one of his better hitting squads. Barrington replaces Michelle Manner at leadoff, and the Nos. 3 through 7 spots are filled by "heavy hitters," Thiele said. Silvers replaces All-Metro selection Jaime Long at shortstop, and she is one of four capable pitchers on the staff. Carpenter is the ace, for now, because junior Shelley Congdon elected not to play, but "I wouldn't hesitate using two or three pitchers a game," Thiele said, adding that Silvers and sophomore Theresa Clifford have been throwing hard. "The team looks really good. I don't think we'll break stride from last year. We'll be as strong as we've ever been," Thiele said. Infielders Lauren Watson (junior) and Angie Zittle (sophomore), who spent most of their time on the JV last year, also will get a long look.
Glen Burnie Gophers
1994 record: 14-5. Coach: Bob Broccolino.
Top players: Denise Warren, Sr., P/SS; Samantha Miller, Sr., P/SS; Coral Brandenburg, Sr., 2B; Stacey Ellenberger, Jr., LF; Mandy Farlow, Jr., 1B; Susan Kroedel, Sr., CF; Chris Napora, Sr., 3B/RF; Jen Stapler, Sr., C.
Outlook: Broccolino lost five players from last season, including four who started at various times. But this still could be the county's best team if the offense provides enough runs, something it struggled to do last spring. Warren and Miller are exceptional players, and Napora (.382, four doubles, four triples, three home runs, 20 RBIs, .764 slugging percentage) is one of the strongest hitters in the metro area. Her defense has improved enough that Broccolino won't use her much at DH. Stapler also is coming off a solid season. This group is experienced -- five of the six seniors have been there for four years -- and Broccolino said, "It looks good, but everybody is strong. We could be better than last year and not have as good a record." Defense and pitching, like last year, will win games for
1994 record: 3-15. Coach: Sam Pandullo.
Top players: Jen Pittman, Jr., P; Lisa Becker, Sr., P; Julie Brandenburg, Sr., 1B; Jocelyn Frobish, Sr., SS; Donna Remy, Sr., utility; Stephanie Goodman, Sr., OF; Lisa Boehm, Sr., 2B; Tammy Bruhn, Jr., OF.
Outlook: Meade won three more games than it had the previous year, and the Mustangs will take progress wherever they can find it. Many coaches in the county expect Meade to be much better. Pittman and Becker are vying for the No. 1 job, and both have worked hard during the off-season. Frobish was Meade's leading hitter last season with an average above .400. Remy is valuable because of her versatility. And among the newcomers expected to contribute is sophomore outfielder Anansa Jenkins, whose speed could create a few more runs. Pandullo is keeping three freshmen on the varsity: catchers Taylor Holmgren and Tai Bruton and third baseman/pitcher Christina McCusker. "The county is so tough," Pandullo said. "I could have a good team and still finish sixth or seventh. But it's an exciting situation for us. We've got real possibilities. You'll be seeing a better kind of ball from us."
1994 record: 10-8. Coach: Marianne Shultz.
Top players: Jen Johansen, Sr., 3B; Beth Benner, Sr., 2B; Donna Gorman, Sr., C/DH; Kellie Frashure, Sr., OF; Desiree Jahnigen, Jr., 1B; Shana McKinney, Jr., OF; Tara Cope, Soph., 1B; Lisa Gordon, P, Soph.
Outlook: Like many other coaches, Shultz's primary worry is offense. Defensively, the Eagles are quick and blessed with strong arms, so "we're not going to have too much of a problem there," Shultz said. Lisa Gordon replaces Loren Bailey on the mound. "I think she'll be ready to go," Shultz said. "She's played enough recreational ball to be fine on the mound." The Eagles will be faster with the addition of players like junior shortstop Kristin Briggs and senior outfielder Marcia Gaskins, both off the basketball team. And senior Kelly Marshall, another basketball player, provides depth in the outfield. Expect another big season from Johansen, who can win games with her bat and glove.
North County Knights
1994 record: 11-7. Coach: Brian Love.
Top players: T.C. Horney, Sr., C; Renee Rhinehart, Sr., P; Jamie ++ Yewell, Sr., P; Jennifer Bilheimer, Sr., 2B/3B; Jessica Gibson, Jr., CF/C; Tracy Mrazeck, Jr., SS; Megan Bouchelle, Soph., 1B/C.
Outlook: Word around the county is to watch out for the Knights, who have one of the metro area's top catchers in Horney (.475. eight doubles, three triples, 17 RBIs, 12 steals) and two capable pitchers who will get equal time on the mound. "I'm expecting big things from them," Love said. Horney threw out nine of 10 runners attempting to steal. Bouchelle, who is moving over from third, will take the place of departed first baseman Leanne Jones, the team's leading hitter last season. "She's a very good athlete," Love said. Bouchelle isn't the only Knight who has been tried at a new position during scrimmages and practices. Love has many players he can plug into different vacancies, and the infield benefits most. In the outfield, juniors Christy Comegys and Kim Hoyle, who both were called up from the JV during last season, will play prominent roles. Senior newcomer Amy Ray will patrol left field. Junior Jennifer Lowman can pitch and is a good hitter. "We're certainly excited about this season," Love said.
Old Mill Patriots
1994 record: 12-6. Coach: Lori Darnall.
Top players: Jen Bernard, Soph., P; Christina Nutile, Soph., P; Laura Newcomb, Jr., CF: Cindy Dennsteadt, Sr., 1B; Christy Atchison, Sr., C; Jen Mock, Sr., 2B.
Outlook: The Patriots have two of the better pitchers in the county in Bernard and Nutile. "I'm very confident in our pitching," Darnall said. She can't say the same about the offense, which has been a major weakness the last couple of seasons. "We've had only one or two players who could provide it, and we're looking to improve on that," she said. "The defense looks OK and we've got some speed." Darnall lost eight seniors from last year, and the outfield is most vulnerable. The infield was strengthened with the addition of sophomore third baseman Dawn Faulkner, a good defensive player whose sister, Nicki, was an All-County
outfielder at North County in 1993.
Severna Park Falcons
1994 record: 14-5. Coach: Wayne Mook.
Top players: Melissa Snyder, Sr., CF; Alli Adams, Sr., SS; Amanda Melgaard, Sr., 1B; Christy Huber, Jr., P; Brianna Weidman, Sr., 2B; Lauren McAlister, Jr., C; Jess Miller, Jr, OF, Kristen Carpenter, Soph., P/3B/OF.
Outlook: This is one of the strongest teams in the area, though senior Megan Smith's decision not to play leaves a gap at third base, and the possibility that a sophomore will start. Infielder Angela DeSalvo also didn't return, but there are far more positives than negatives here. There may not be a better pitcher around than Huber, and Snyder already has accepted a scholarship to Towson State. Others, like Adams, Melgaard, Weidman and McAlister, are proven players. Carpenter can help in a lot of areas. Left and right field are mild concerns for Mook, who said, "You always build up the middle and we've done that." The Falcons will be quicker than last year. And they could go farther.
1994 record: 1-17. Coach: Charlie Seibel.
Top players: Stacy Cleek, Sr., OF; Jamie Palermo, Sr., SS; Wendy Staples, Sr., P; Denise Canter, Sr., C/OF; Jackie Rolfes, Soph., C/IF; Katherine Adolph, Jr., P/1B.
Outlook: Southern's only win last year came against Annapolis, 25-20, and the Bulldogs are young. Young, but promising in the eyes of Seibel, who coached the JV last spring. "The future looks real rosey as far as I'm concerned," he said. Last year's No. 1 pitcher, Marcia Emert, didn't come out this season, so Staples will do much of the throwing. Adolph and freshman Crystal Raynor provide depth. "We may not be the fastest pitching group, but you win games with defense, too," Seibel said. Freshman outfielder Leslie Donnelly looks like she will contribute with her speed, power and strong throwing arm. "I don't expect a championship team, but I expect good defense and hard-nosed offense," Seibel said. The biggest loss was third baseman/pitcher Lisa Biederman.
South River Seahawks
1994 record: 13-8. Coach: Steve Rose.
Top players: Tara Andrews, Jr., C; Lauren Evans, Jr., SS; Beth Salley, Jr., 3B; Jessica Rice, Jr., OF; Jen O'Neil, Soph., P; Melissa Stallings, Soph., IF.
Outlook: There are some quality athletes here, but there isn't enough experience to get back into the state playoffs. Rose is down to one senior, outfielder Peggy Callahan, who is new to the varsity. The best players are junior catcher Tara Andrews and junior shortstop Lauren Evans, the leading returning hitters. Sophomore Jen O'Neil will do the pitching, but she's still in the learning stages. In all, only six players return, including juniors Beth Salley (3B) and Jessica Rice (OF) and sophomore Melissa Stallings (IF). "We're rebuilding," Rose said. "We'll win some. We're shooting for .500, hopefully." Four players are up from the JV, and another played on the JV two years ago but took last season off. Freshmen outfielders Jen Evans (Lauren's sister) and
Crystal Basford also made the team.