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1995 ALL-METRO BASEBALL TEAMS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, sr., outfield -- The No. 4 Eagles' cleanup hitter, Badham socked four homers and knocked in a club-leading 30 RBIs. Over the last two seasons, Badham drove in 55 runs as the Eagles' left fielder. His .415 batting clip included seven doubles, four triples and 22 runs scored. Badham, who is headed to Troy State in Alabama, also walked 16 times and stole nine bases as McDonogh (21-5) finished runner-up to Calvert Hall in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

* Brian Burden, Arundel, sr., first base -- The young, inexperienced Arundel team got better as Burden asserted himself at the plate. Headed for Salisbury State, Burden committed only one error in 197 chances and led Anne Arundel County in RBIs (37) as the Wildcats won a record seventh state 4A championship. Burden hit .426 (43-for-101) with 10 doubles, two homers and 21 runs scored. "Brian may be the best defensive first baseman we've ever had," said coach Bernie Walter.

* Mike Deming, Glenelg, sr., catcher -- Howard County's Player ++ of the Year, Deming was like a coach on the field in handling the 2A state champion Gladiators' pitching staff. Deming's strong arm kept stolen base attempts at a minimum, and he had no peers on the high school level blocking pitches. That instilled confidence in the Glenelg pitchers who had no fear throwing breaking pitches with Deming back there. Deming also contributed offensively to the team's banner 21-3 season, batting .438 (32-for-73) with 20 RBIs, 25 runs scored, three homers and six doubles. He will attend Montgomery-Rockville Community College.

* Brandon Eierman, Atholton, sr., outfield -- A line-drive-hitting outfielder, Eierman has a lot of pop in his bat as indicated by his .443 (31-for-70) batting average that included 11 doubles and five homers. Eierman, who will attend East Tennessee State, knocked in 27 runs while scoring 29. His 11 doubles left him with a school career record of 25 (14 as a junior). Eierman's slugging percentage was .814. Eierman was also superb defensively with range and a very good arm for the Howard County and region runner-up.

* Mike Goldberg, Glenelg, sr., infield/pitcher -- An All-Metro shortstop as a sophomore on a state champion, Goldberg was a second-team All-Metro pitcher last year. Graduating in style, he played a major role in the team's 2A state championship. Goldberg has a baseball scholarship to national JuCo power Indian River (Fla.) Community College and hit .354 with seven homers, 26 runs scored and 27 RBIs. He finished his career with a state record 92 RBIs and his 17 career homers left him one short of the state record. As the Glenelg closer, Goldberg was 1-0 with four saves, a 1.65 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 17 innings.

* Matt Griswold, Severna Park, sr., outfield -- Recruited by Clemson, this left-handed hitter accepted a baseball scholarship Virginia Tech after leading the Falcons in hitting at .458 (27-for-59) with six homers, 11 doubles and 25 RBIs. After sparkling in center field in the fall for the Oriolelanders select Mid-Atlantic area team, Griswold manned right field for the Falcons in his third varsity season and was one of Anne Arundel's best all-around players.

* Jeremy Hancock, South Carroll, sr., designated hitter/catcher -- A converted infielder, Hancock moved behind the plate two years ago and led the Cavaliers to the 3A state final this season. Named Carroll County's Player of the Year, Hancock broke several school records set by 1992 All-Metro choice Joe Goodwin who hit .509. Hancock hit .532 (.427 career) and also owns school records for hits in a season (39) and career (82), RBIs (31), career RBIs (66) and had 20 doubles. Hancock had two homers, five triples and nine doubles.

* Kurt Light, Arundel, soph., pitcher -- The lone sophomore on this year's team, Light emerged as the ace of the 4A state champion Wildcats (18-6), going 8-1 including victories in the region and state finals. Possessing a heavy fastball, Light developed a nasty slider under coach Bernie Walter and struck out 64 in 64 1/3 innings. A right-hander, he gave up only 46 hits and 20 walks while posting a 1.92 ERA. He pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts to shut out defending state champion Perry Hall, 11-0, in the 4A final.

* Chuck Manns, Old Mill, jr., outfield -- A Division I prospect in football (quarterback-punter) and baseball, Manns is a smooth outfielder who combines power and speed. Manns, who suffered an injury-riddled sophomore season, put it all together this spring establishing himself as one of Anne Arundel County's top hitters. Leading the Patriots in hitting (.479), doubles (12) and RBIs (23), Manns, the No. 3 hitter in the order, also scored 20 runs and stole 10 bases. Defensively, he was outstanding.

* John McKay, Calvert Hall, sr., pitcher -- McKay closed out his incredi7p,14l ble senior season by firing a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and hitting a homer to blank Mount St. Joseph, 2-0, for the Cardinals' third straight MIAA A Conference title. McKay, headed to UNC-Charlotte on a baseball scholarship, was 10-1 for the top-ranked 29-2 Cardinals. Mixing a fastball and one of the metro area's best sliders, McKay struck out 97 in 56 innings, gave up just 24 hits and walked 19 while posting an 0.99 ERA. "John throws harder than people realize and I haven't seen anyone stroke his slider," said coach Joe Binder. McKay also played shortstop and batted .368 with 13 RBIs and seven doubles.

* Rob Mister, Edgewood, sr., infield/pitcher -- Mister, a pitcher-shortstop, did it all for the No. 15 Rams (15-6), batting .560 (42-for-75)and going 8-1. Harford County's Player of the Year hit eight homers, tied for the metro area lead in RBIs (39), scored 24 times, and stole 16 bases. In 46 innings on the mound, Mister struck out 46 and posted an ERA of 2.04.

* Kevin Olkowski, Calvert Hall, sr., third base -- Olkowski was the MIAA A Conference champion Cardinals' No. 3 hitter and big gun offensively. The left-handed hitter led his team in batting (.440, 44-for-100), RBIs (39, tied for metro lead) and doubles (14) while scoring 31 runs (second on team) and hitting two homers and two triples. "Late in the season, we wanted opposing teams to hit the ball to him because he was so outstanding defensively," said coach Binder. Olkowski, who will attend Xavier or West Virginia, committed only five errors in 31 games.

* Jerry Vecchioni, Patapsco, sr., infield -- A slick-fielding shortstop with a strong arm who committed only four errors, Vecchioni was the metro area's highest drafted high school player, being taken on the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves. Vecchioni signed with Atlanta last week at his high school where the Patriots retired his No. 9. Vecchioni, who batted .525 with four homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored, gave up a baseball scholarship to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas to turn pro and fulfill "a lifelong dream." His father, Jerry Sr., played briefly in the Chicago White Sox minor league chain.

* Mike Wooden, North County, sr., pitcher -- The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year in his fourth varsity season, Wooden led the Knights to their first county baseball title with a 9-1 record. A right-hander with a great curveball and a three-time All-Anne Arundel pick, Wooden owns all the North County pitching records, including his county-leading 96 strikeouts in 64 innings this year. He owns state records for consecutive scoreless innings (30 1/3 ) and career shutouts (seven), and tied state records for shutouts in a season (four) and consecutive shutouts (three). His 280 career strikeouts is a county record, and he had two no-hitters, including a perfect game. He also played third base. He hit .367 with eight doubles, 18 runs and 10 RBIs. Drafted on the 44th round by the Orioles, he is expected to attend the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Andy Bair, Calvert Hall

Coach of the Year: Mark Stover, Broadneck

FIRST TEAM

Name .... .... .... School ..... ..... .... Year .... .... Position

Andy Bair ..... ... Calvert Hall .... ..... Senior .... .. Pitcher

John McKay .... ... Calvert Hall .... ..... Senior .... .. Pitcher

Kurt Light .... ... Arundel .... .... ..... Sophomore .... Pitcher

Mike Wooden .... .. North County .... ..... Senior .... .. Pitcher

Mike Deming .... .. Glenelg .... .... ..... Senior .... .. Catcher

Brian Burden ... .. Arundel .... ..... .... Senior .... .. First base

Rob Mister .... ... Edgewood .... .... .... Senior .... .. Infield-pitcher

Kevin Olkowski .... Calvert Hall ..... .... Senior .... .. Infield

Jerry Vecchioni ... Patapsco .... .... .... Senior .... .. Infield

Mike Goldberg ..... Glenelg ..... .... .... Senior .... .. Infield-pitcher

Dennis Badham ..... McDonogh .... .... .... Senior .... .. Outfield

Brandon Eierman ... Atholton ..... .... ... Senior .... .. Outfield

Matt Griswold ..... Severna Park ..... .... Senior .... .. Outfield

Chuck Manns .... .. Old Mill ..... ..... .. Junior .... .. Outfield

Jeremy Hancock .... South Carroll ..... ... Senior .... .. DH

SECOND TEAM

NDName .... .... .... School ..... ..... .... Year .... .... Position

Brian Ash .... .... Perry Hall ..... ...... Senior .... .. Pitcher

Mike Huller .... .. North Carroll ..... ... Senior .... .. Pitcher

Mike Trott ..... .. Franklin ..... .... ... Junior .... .. Pitcher

Jared Vogt .... ... Chesapeake-AA .... .... Sophomore .... Pitcher

Brian Ward .... ... Randallstown .... ..... Senior .... .. Pitcher

John Cephalis ..... Edgewood .... .... .... Senior .... .. Catcher

Steve Tomshack .... North County .... ..... Senior .... .. Catcher

James Benton ... .. Southern-BC ..... ..... Senior .... .. Infield-pitcher

Mike Ginsberg ..... McDonogh .... .... .... Senior .... .. Infield-pitcher

Guy Robertson ..... McDonogh ..... .... ... Senior .... .. Infield

Casey Trout ..... ..Arundel ..... ..... ... Senior .... .. Infield

Joe Barnes .... ... Old Mill ..... .... ... Junior .... .. Outfield

Shannon Butler .... Sparrows Point .... ... Senior .... .. Outfield

Scott Neuberger ... Severna Park .... ..... Senior .... .. Outfield

Ra'mie Ray .... ... Randallstown .... ..... Senior .... .. Outfield

Kile Maxcy .... ... South Carroll .... .... Senior .... .. DH-pitcher

FINAL POLL

1. Calvert Hall .... .... (29-2)

2. Glenelg .... .... .... (21-3)

3. Arundel .... .... .... (18-6)

4. McDonogh .... .... ... (21-5)

5. Mount St. Joseph ..... (24-6)

6. Broadneck ..... ...... (18-6)

7. North County .... .... (15-5)

8. Perry Hall ..... ..... (19-3)

9. Westminster .... ..... (20-3)

10. South Carroll .... .. (17-7)

11. Franklin .... .... .. (17-3)

12. Southern-BC ..... ... (18-4)

13. Randallstown .... ... (15-3)

14. Atholton .... .... .. (14-8)

15. Edgewood .... .... .. (15-6)

16. Chesapeake-AA .... .. (15-6)

17. John Carroll .... ... (19-5)

18. Patterson ..... ..... (16-6)

19. Glen Burnie .... .... (12-6)

18. Patapsco .... .... .. (12-6)

20. Owings Mills ..... .. (16-3)

Other teams considered: Overlea (15-4), Hereford (14-5), Francis Scott Key (13-6), Centennial (13-7), Sparrows Point (14-4), St. Paul's (15-6), Liberty (11-8).

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