PLAYER OF THE YEAR
* April Lynch, John Carroll, junior, pitcher -- Lynch attracted attention during one week in April when she pitched a no-hitter with 19 strikeouts against Harford Tech, and pitched the Patriots to the championship of Patterson's one-day tournament with wins over Mercy, McDonogh and Catholic. Her week's totals included allowing three earned runs, with 44 strikeouts in 28 innings. For the year, she had all her team's decisions (18-2), winning the last 16 in a row, with a 1.42 earned-run average, and 182 strikeouts in 133 innings. She walked 24, an average of 1.2 per seven-inning game. A year ago, her record was 5-4.
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Neal Drexel, John Carroll -- Using a combination of five seniors, three jun- iors and a sophomore, Drexel, in his 15th season, turned a 10-7 squad of a year ago into an 18-2 team that went unbeaten in the county. The losses were to No. 1 Spalding and Catholic, and the latter was beaten later. In recent years, Drexel has conducted a winter clinic for pitchers and catchers, with Lynch a prize product of the program. The Patriots were ranked No. 4 in the Baltimore Sun's final poll.
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Lisa Chrismer, John Carroll, senior, second base -- She batted .300, with 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases, 22 runs and 23 RBIs.
* Jen Collins, Edgewood, senior, shortstop -- She hit .466, with 11 hits for extra bases, including four home runs, and had 30 RBIs and a county-high 30 stolen bases.
* Kelly Dehne, Joppatowne, sophomore, utility -- A .385 hitter with seven extra-base hits and owner of a very strong, accurate arm, she was one of the key reasons for the Mariners' turnaround from 1-17 of last year to 7-11. She played first base and shortstop.
* Kim Ditmer, C. Milton Wright, senior, third base -- She batted .305, with 21 stolen bases, and contributed seven sacrifices. She struck out three times in 59 at-bats.
* Alischa Page, John Carroll, sophomore, outfield -- She led the team in hits (25), runs (23) and average (.357), with 20 RBIs and a .968 fielding percentage with one error.
* Heather Ruleau, C. Milton Wright, sophomore, catcher -- An unheralded transfer student, she topped the 15-4 Class 3A North semifinal entry with 25 hits (including four triples and four homers), 22 runs and a .424 batting average, with a county-high 32 RBIs. She provided outstanding guidance in handling freshman pitcher Melissa Siler.
* Melissa Siler, C. Milton Wright, freshman, pitcher -- She finished 14-4 with 116 strikeouts and 40 walks in 129 innings. Opponents batted .217 against her and she ended with an ERA of 2.88. She batted .304 and fielded .952.
* Billie Jo Sills, Aberdeen, senior, designated hitter -- The Eagles' shortstop, she batted .492, good for a share of second in the county. Her numbers included 25 hits and 20 RBIs. Among her hits were 11 for extra bases, including a county-high five triples.
* Lynn Wilkinson, Bel Air, senior, outfield -- She batted .492 with 29 hits and a county-high 27 runs. Her on-base percentage was .544, and her slugging percentage .695. She drove in 18 runs and stole 16 bases. Afield, she had a .903 mark with three errors.
* Carrie Wirth, Fallston, freshman, outfield -- She had county highs of 33 hits, 13 extra-base hits and a .500 batting average, plus 20 RBIs.
* Katie Wirth, Fallston, junior, first base -- She had five home runs among her 28 hits, drove in a team-high 22 runs, and batted .424, in gaining a place on the first team for a second straight year.
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.