PLAYER OF THE YEAR
* Rob Mister, Edgewood, senior, shortstop -- In providing Edgewood with a third successive Player of the Year, Mister brought the full package to the game. As a batter, he was the county's runaway statistical leader: 42-for-75 for .560 and 39 runs batted in. He was second in runs with 24 and home runs with eight, and among the leaders in stolen bases, 17. As a pitcher, he was 8-1 for the 15-6 Rams with an ERA of 1.98, with 46 strikeouts in 46 innings during 11 appearances. He was the only county player chosen for Team Maryland, which will play this summer.
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Al Ward, John Carroll -- Ward, in his sixth season with the Patriots, had as young a team (just three seniors) as he had ever had, and only two returning starters. The team won six games in its last at-bat, and in four of them it was losing going into the last inning. The opposition was limited to two runs or fewer in 14 of the team's 24 games (19-5), and at the end the Patriots had allowed an average of 2.8 runs a game. Two pitchers combined for 17-3 with earned run averages under 1.00. Ward went to a running game (two players stole 33 bases apiece) because no batter hit higher than .338.
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Sam Button, Joppatowne, pitcher, junior -- He pitched the most innings (65) and was 7-2 with an ERA of 1.72 and 76 strikeouts, second only to two-time county strikeout leader Pete Surette of Harford Tech. A first baseman when not pitching, he was second to Mister in the county in batting with a .462 average.
* John Cephalis, Edgewood, designated hitter, senior -- The Rams' catcher, he was second to Mister in hits with 31, and hit .397, with a county-high nine home runs (one off the state record) and 21 RBIs.
* Tim DeCapite, John Carroll, pitcher, junior -- He led the county in wins in a 9-2 season, where he finished with an ERA of 0.97 for 64 2/3 innings and 59 strikeouts. He had a team-high 26 hits and had 18 RBIs.* Phil Gilotte, North Harford, outfield, junior -- One of four underclassmen on the first team a year ago, he hit .419, with 16 runs and 12 RBIs, and used his speed to be one of the metro area leaders in triples with seven, and added 15 stolen bases. In the field, he had 44 putouts and seven assists.
* Mike Giuffrida, Fallston, utility, senior -- Another of the holdovers, he did a little bit of everything. He had 27 hits, batted .409 and stole 13 bases. As a pitcher, he had an ERA of 3.00, working 49 innings in 10 of the team's 20 games (7-13) and getting 58 strikeouts.
* Matt Gradishar, John Carroll, pitcher, senior -- He compiled an 8-1 record, with a county-leading ERA of 0.87, plus 48 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.
* Bill Greenwell, Bel Air, second base, junior -- Another returnee to the first team, he was a .391 hitter with 19 runs, 27 hits (10 of them for extra bases, including six homers) and 32 RBIs. A tough hitter, he struck out only twice in 69 at-bats. As a pitcher, he was 4-2 in seven games and an ERA of 2.87.
* Chris Holdaway, Edgewood, first base, senior -- He hit .407 with 24 hits, the biggest of which was a seventh-inning two-out, run-scoring single that beat John Carroll, 2-1, and gave the Rams a share of the county title at 8-1. He had seven doubles and 18 RBIs and made only one error.
* Chad Sommers, Bel Air, catcher, junior -- He combined solid defensive work with a .328 batting average. His 21 hits included seven doubles and his 12 walks helped him in scoring 20 runs.
* Scott Taylor, Edgewood, third base, senior -- He was one of a "Murderers' Row" that also had Cephalis, Mister and Tim Hamulack. They totaled 30 home runs, 92 RBIs and a combined batting average of .433. He was third in the county in hitting (.433), had seven homers and was an especially tough out hitting in the eighth spot. His other numbers included 27 hits, 22 runs and 20 RBIs.
* David Thompson, Aberdeen, outfield, senior -- Another holdover, he coupled excellent defense with a strong bat. He hit .396, with 21 hits, including four homers.
* Pete Troilo, C. Milton Wright, outfield, junior -- A dependable player, in the field and at the plate, he had 24 hits and batted .414, with 10 stolen bases. This marks his third first-team All-County award of the year, as he had previously been cited in soccer and basketball.
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Harford County Softball and Baseball Teams were chosen by John W. Stewart. The All-Harford County Boys Lacrosse Teams were chosen by Steven Kivinski and the All-Harford County Track and Field Teams were chosen by Bill Blewett. Each team was selected after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.