PLAYER OF THE YEAR
* Kristan Ehrman, IND, senior, infielder -- It makes perfect sense that Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken is one of Ehrman's idols. Like Ripken, Ehrman is described by coaches as a cerebral player with terrific instincts and a strong work ethic. Also, like her idol, she is not considered to have outstanding range at shortstop, but she always seems to be positioned perfectly and rarely makes an error. Moreover, Ehrman is a quiet leader who has earned the respect of her peers. And she played in every inning of every game during her four-year career. "The ability is there. There's no question about it," IND coach Sandy Altadonna said. "But just her presence made a big difference because the girls respect her so much and they have so much faith in her ability and leadership." This season, Ehrman (who batted fourth) hit .435 with six home runs and she led the metro area with 36 RBIs. She had an .812 slugging percentage and three triples and scored 24 runs. Ehrman helped IND win a share of the Catholic League regular-season title and advance to the Catholic League Tournament championship game for the seventh consecutive season. She completed her career with a .430 average, 12 home runs, 15 triples and 100 RBIs, and led the Indians in average, home runs and RBIs each of the past three seasons. Ehrman, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average, will attend Notre Dame next fall, where she hopes to make the Fighting Irish softball team as a walk-on.
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Elaine Lindsay, Dulaney -- Even though the Lions had lost pitcher Julie Green, The Baltimore Sun's 1994 Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, to graduation, Lindsay believed her team could repeat as county champions. Without an overpowering pitcher, however, the ever-optimistic Lindsay knew winning another title would not be easy. But she alternated three pitchers (senior Laura Ausy, junior Leeann Huber and sophomore Kim Curran) and stressed defense and aggressive hitting to lead the Lions to a 13-4 record and their second straight county championship (3A-4A champion Dulaney beat 1A-2A champion Towson, 3-2, in 10 innings in the title game). "All three pitchers were competent, although none were the caliber of Green," Lindsay said. "So we had to play really good defense and make sure we scored enough runs. Normally, I start every game telling the players to take at least one strike, but this year I told them to just start moving the bat right away." It took a while for Dulaney to make the adjustment. The Lions split their first four games and were 4-3 before winning nine of their last 10. The one setback in that 10-game stretch (a one-run loss to Dundalk ace Katie Marsheck) cost Dulaney a berth in the state playoffs. "It was still one of my most gratifying seasons," said Lindsay, who has spent 25 years at Dulaney. "Not a whole lot was expected of us, but we took things one step at a time and made tremendous strides."
THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Brandi Anselmi, Eastern Tech, senior, outfielder -- During her first three years at Eastern Tech, Anselmi was known more for her outstanding defense than her batting. That changed this season. Anselmi continued to be a standout in center field, but she also became one of the area's most productive hitters. She led the surprising Mavericks -- who went 15-4 and advanced to the state semifinals after an 8-8 finish last season -- in batting (.476), doubles (eight), home runs (seven) and RBIs (31). Anselmi also had three triples, a .600 on-base percentage and 33 stolen bases.
* Kim Aviles, Western, senior, catcher -- Aviles capped a brilliant four-year career at Western with her best season. She was among the area's leaders in batting (.596), doubles (eight) and RBIs (33). Aviles also had two triples and two home runs and was above-average defensively. Apart from her impressive statistics, Aviles provided leadership on a team laden with underclassmen, and for the second straight season she helped an inexperienced pitcher develop into a solid performer. Aviles will play at Susquehanna next season.
* Katherine Bevans, Towson, senior, utility -- Bevans' versatility helped to lead the Generals to the Baltimore County 1A-2A Division championship. As a pitcher, she went 9-2 with a 1.76 ERA, allowing 43 hits and striking out 111 in 71 2/3 innings. Bevans, who pitched against all of Towson's toughest opponents, split two decisions against Owings Mills standout Alison Kleiner. She also played shortstop, committing just one error in 32 chances. Bevans batted .322 with a .417 on-base percentage.
* Jill Duerbeck, Dulaney, senior, outfielder -- Lions coach Elaine Lindsay described left fielder Duerbeck as a consistent player who always made the right decision: in the field, on the base paths or at the plate. Duerbeck, who batted .328 with a .554 slugging percentage, led the Baltimore County 3A-4A Division champion Lions in RBIs (23) and was the team co-leader in triples (three) and home runs (two). She also had a 1.000 fielding percentage. "She got to everything that was there," Lindsay said. "It wasn't diving or rolling catches, but she played every ball confidently."
* Alison Kleiner, Owings Mills, sophomore, pitcher -- Kleiner solidified her status as one of Baltimore County's top pitchers and helped the Eagles earn their fourth consecutive berth in the Class 1A state semifinals. A hard thrower who also possesses a repertoire of off-speed pitches, Kleiner went 18-2 with a 0.76 ERA to raise her career record to 31-6. Kleiner struck out 191 in 139 innings, yielding 75 hits and 42 walks. She was especially tough on Baltimore County 1A-2A foes, going 9-1 with a 0.49 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 71 innings. Kleiner pitched her first no-hitter against Overlea on April 28.
* Jamie Locklear, Patterson, senior, designated hitter -- Locklear almost always hit the ball hard and usually deep. She batted .614 with a .733 on-base percentage and 27 RBIs. Locklear, who struck out just twice, hit 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Speed is not one of her assets, or several of her doubles and triples may have been homers. She also was a fine defensive catcher with a strong arm. Patterson coach Derek Maki credits Locklear as a big factor in the development of pitcher Jen Preston.
* Jessica Loehr, Perry Hall, senior, infielder -- Loehr set the standard for shortstops in Baltimore County. She snagged almost everything hit in her vicinity and her strong arm allowed her to throw out runners from deep in the hole. Loehr also handled the bat well, leading the Gators in batting (.491), triples (four), home runs (two), RBIs (26) and slugging percentage (.754). She also hit .575 with runners in scoring position, had a .621 on-base percentage and struck out just three times.
FTC * Katie Marsheck, Dundalk, senior, pitcher -- One of the area's hardest throwers, Marsheck had another outstanding season. She went 9-5 with a 1.43 ERA, although her record is somewhat deceiving. The Owls were not strong offensively and Marsheck lost several close games due to a lack of run support. She pitched three no-hitters and struck out 125 in 88 innings, Marsheck allowed just 51 hits and 20 walks. She batted .374 with two home runs. Marsheck has accepted a scholarship to play softball at Long Island University.
* Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville, junior, infielder -- Like Anselmi, Rexrode was known more for her defense than her offense before this season. This year, however, she was consistent at shortstop and at the plate. Rexrode batted .400 and led the Comets in doubles (six), triples (seven), home runs (two), RBIs (31) and slugging percentage (.940). She also had a .576 on-base percentage. In the field, Rexrode showed a lot of range and had a strong arm. "Her strong arm is really what saves her," Catonsville coach Steve Miller said. "Sometimes it seems like it takes forever for her to throw, but seldom does anyone outrun her throw."
* Jen Trotta, IND, sophomore, outfielder -- Trotta covered a lot of ground in center field for IND, and she also sparked the Indians from the leadoff spot. While she wasn't a power hitter (just one extra-base hit), Trotta found ways to get on base. She batted .324 with a .456 on-base percentage, 28 runs scored, 19 walks, 10 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. When she wasn't scoring runs, she was saving them with her glove. Trotta made all the routine plays in the outfield as well as some spectacular running catches. She also had three assists.
* Katie Walker, Towson, senior, infielder -- Walker led Baltimore County in hitting (.633) and was nearly flawless (one error on 89 chances) at first base. She led the over-achieving Generals in home runs (four), RBIs (27) and on-base percentage (.735). Walker also hit three triples and stole 30 bases in 31 attempts. "She's our team leader," Towson coach Paul Becker said. "We certainly couldn't have done it without her." Also an All-County basketball player, Walker hopes to play both sports at Messiah College.
ALL-BALTIMORE CITY TEAM
Pitcher: Jen Preston, Patterson, Soph. Catcher: Kim Aviles, Western, Sr. Infielders: Shannon Delaney, Patterson, Sr.; Valerie Koso, Patterson, Sr.; Lisa Smith, City, Jr.; Michelle Wilt, Southern, Soph. Outfielders: Danielle Dolley, Western, Sr.; Tracy Schlichting, Southern, Jr.; Cory Schreier, City, Soph.; Designated hitter: Jamie Locklear, Patterson, Sr. Utility: Lisa Keller, Poly, Sr.
* Note: Teams selected by Kevin Eck after consultation with city coaches.
ALL-CATHOLIC LEAGUE TEAM
Pitchers: Crystal Ray, Spalding, Soph.; Amy Cipolloni, IND, Jr. Catcher: Jen Egge, McDonogh, Sr. Infielders: Jen Monaldi, Catholic, Sr.; Kristan Ehrman, IND, Sr.; Nicki Trumpler, Spalding, Sr.; Crystal Henderson, Spalding, Jr. Outfielders: Alaina Lawson, McDonogh, Sr.; Jen Trotta, IND, Soph.; Suzanne Smith, Mount de Sales, Fresh.
B6 * Note: Teams selected by Catholic League coaches.
ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAMS
Pitchers: Katie Marsheck, Dundalk, Sr.; Kara Wingate, Franklin, Soph. Catcher: Melissa Krawczyk, Dulaney, Sr. First baseman: Katherine Cook, Dulaney, Sr. Second basemen: Krisan Pfeifer, Perry Hall, Sr.; Danette Edwards, Patapsco, Sr. Third baseman: Keri Scrivani, Perry Hall, Jr. Shortstop: Jessica Loehr, Perry Hall, Sr. Outfielders: Kerri Siess, Perry Hall, Jr.; Jill Duerbeck, Dulaney, Sr.; Brandi Anselmi, Eastern Tech, Sr; Utility: Tammy Brown, Randallstown, Soph.
Pitchers: Alison Kleiner, Owings Mills, Soph.; Katherine Bevans, Towson, Sr. Catcher: Nikki Winik, Owings Mills, Jr. First baseman: Katie Walker, Towson, Sr. Second basemen: Kim Kraus, Owings Mills, Soph.; Laura Schott, Towson, Jr. Third baseman: Erin Meisel, Hereford, Sr. Shortstop: Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville, Jr. Outfielders: Tiffany Bradds, Sparrows Point, Jr.; Heather Lucas, Sparrows Point, Fresh.; Jennifer Gansert, Towson, Soph. Designated hitter: Alison Rottman, Pikesville, Jr. Utility: Erin Bockstie, Overlea, Sr.
9- * Note: Teams selected by county coaches.
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Baltimore City/County Softball Teams and All-City Softball Teams were selected by Kevin Eck after consultation with staff writers and area coaches. The All-Baltimore County and All-Catholic League teams were selected by the league coaches.