THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Brandi Anselmi, Eastern Tech, Sr., OF -- A center fielder known more for her defense the past three seasons, Anselmi enjoyed a breakthrough season at the plate, batting .476 with eight doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 31 RBIs. She had a .600 on-base percentage and stole 33 bases for a team that won 16 games and made the 3A state semifinals.
* Kim Brown, Glenelg, Sr., OF -- A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Brown had another outstanding season, especially in center field, where she didn't make an error and had 15 putouts and two assists. She also batted .388 with 13 RBIs, and her 33 steals led the Gladiators. She will attend St. Mary's College.
* Kristan Ehrman, IND, Sr., DH -- Ehrman repeats as first-team All-Metro. She led the Indians in average (.435), home runs (six) and RBIs (36) for the third consecutive season, and added three triples, 24 runs scored and an .812 slugging percentage as IND's cleanup hitter. She also exhibited sound defensive skills at shortstop. She will attend Notre Dame.
* Chrissy Gavin, Atholton, Sr., IF -- Gavin set a Howard County record for career steals with 116, including 41 this year. But that was only part of her offensive production. She also batted .530 with eight doubles, four triples and 39 runs scored. Known for her terrific range at shortstop, Gavin didn't commit an error over the last 11 games. She will attend Furman.
* Crystal Henderson, Spalding, Jr., IF -- Henderson led the Cavaliers in batting for the third straight year, this time with a .619 average (39-for-63) with three doubles, four triples, four home runs and 21 RBIs. A leadoff hitter who returns to the All-Metro first team, Henderson also stole 33 bases, as Spalding won the Catholic League Tournament. And she was just as good in the field, committing only one error at shortstop.
* Teresa Horney, North County, Sr., C -- Horney moves up from the All-Metro second team after batting .390 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 runs scored. She had a .471 on-base percentage and stole 11 bases. She enhanced her reputation as an outstanding defensive catcher, allowing just one runner to steal against her.
* Christy Huber, Severna Park, Jr., P -- Huber was the Falcons' ace for the third consecutive season. She went 14-4 with five shutouts and a 0.73 ERA, walked 30 and struck out 175 in 114 innings. She made great strides offensively, raising her average to .317 with four doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs. Her fielding percentage of .981 also was an improvement over the previous spring when she was second-team All-Metro.
* Kandi Lippy, North Carroll, Sr., P -- Lippy went 15-6 with 35 walks and 134 strikeouts, leading North Carroll into the 2A state final. Carroll County's Player of the Year, Lippy posted six shutouts and allowed two runs or fewer in 10 other games. Batting third, she hit .464 with 15 RBIs, including a 3-for-3 performance in the state final when she scored a run and knocked in another. She will attend Messiah College.
* April Lynch, John Carroll, Jr., P -- Lynch was Harford County's Player of the Year, and part of a surprising John Carroll team that won 18 games. She was involved in every decision, and threw a no-hitter, three one-hitters and three two-hitters. The most hits she surrendered in a game were eight, and she tossed three shutouts and allowed just one run in four other games.
In 133 innings, she gave up 86 hits, 27 earned runs and 24 walks and struck out 182. She also made just one error and batted .273 with one double, two triples, 10 RBIs and two steals.
* Kim May, Centennial, Sr., P -- May led the Eagles to the Howard County championship, going 19-3 with a 0.64 ERA and a school-record 217 strikeouts in 153 innings. Among her highlights was a five-inning no-hitter in the region semifinals. She threw four no-hitters, four one-hitters and two two-hitters. Howard County's Player of the Year, May also batted .320 with four doubles and 14 RBIs, and committed just one error. She will attend Maryland.
* Amanda Melgaard, Severna Park, Sr., IF -- Melgaard, headed to Georgia Tech, batted .458 (27-for-59) with eight doubles, seven triples and 16 RBIs, helping the Falcons into the region playoffs. A catcher/third baseman last year, she moved to first base this spring and made just one error.
* Chris Napora, Glen Burnie, Sr., IF -- Napora was one of the more feared power hitters in Anne Arundel County, and coaches often pitched around her. She batted .456 (26-for-57) with two doubles, four triples, two home runs, 13 RBIs, a .544 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .737. A second-team All-Metro DH last year, Napora played third base this spring and committed just two errors. Northern-Calvert coach Mike Johnson called her "the best third baseman in the state."
* Melissa Snyder, Severna Park, Sr., OF -- Snyder, who will play at Towson State next spring, returns to the All-Metro first team after batting .400 (22-for-55) with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs. She walked 13 times and stole six bases. Snyder also excelled in center field, where her speed and instincts allowed her to post a fielding percentage of .946. She also threw out three runners at home.
* Nicki Trumpler, Spalding, Sr., IF -- Trumpler, who is heading to Mount St. Mary's, was part of a potent offensive attack. Batting third, she had a .448 average (29-for-64) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and 28 RBIs. Being a good contact hitter wasn't her only strength, though. She didn't make an error at first base, and was a big reason the Cavaliers repeated as the No. 1 team in the metro area.
* Denise Warren, Glen Burnie, Sr., IF -- A slick fielder who could pitch and play shortstop Warren returns to the All-Metro first team. This year, she batted .466 (34-for-73) from the leadoff spot with three doubles, two triples, five home runs and a team-leading 21 RBIs. She also stole nine bases and had an on-base percentage of .589 and a slugging percentage of .769.
On the mound, she was 6-3 (including one no-hitter) with a 0.91 ERA, 28 walks and 63 strikeouts. Her fielding percentage was .918. She will play at UMBC.