Co-coaches of the Year
Scott Tobias and Jimmy Rodriguez, Westminster: Tobias moved from coaching softball for five years (three as head coach) to co-coach baseball with Rodriguez and came in with three goals for his players -- to have fun, to learn some baseball, and to win some games. "I believe we accomplished those goals," he said. A graduate of Millersville University, he has taught technology education the last six years. Rodriguez played at Liberty and went to Western Maryland but did not play baseball. He has taught at the school seven years. He was the JV baseball coach for five years and with the varsity one season before this year. Complementing Tobias, he says, "First and foremost, we wanted them to be good young men. Then, we wanted to bring out their skills, and to help them mature physically as players." As for the two coaches working together, "Our expectations are the same."
Player of the Year
Chris Matthias, Westminster, senior, shortstop: He hit for average and power, and defensively showed good ability and range, making some outstanding plays. As a hitter, he batted .400, with nearly half of his 26 hits going for extra bases. He had four doubles, two triples, and a county-high six home runs, with a county-leading 24 runs batted in. A three-year varsity regular on successful teams, he had one year at third base between two seasons as a shortstop. "It was tough getting used to a new coach. He worked us hard, and I think made us better than we thought we could be."
The first team
Nick Farver, Westminster, junior, pitcher: He was 5-1, winning his first five decisions. His 4.71 earned run average was the best on his 13-6 team. An outfielder when not pitching, he hit .453.
Brandon Woodward, South Carroll, junior, pitcher: His 1.60 was the lowest ERA in the county to go with a 4-1 record. He struck out 36 and walked 13. As a hitter, he had an average of .269.
Jesse Martin, South Carroll, senior, catcher: er: A strong defensive catcher, he made three errors in 154 chances for .981. Offensively, he hit .415, with 22 hits and 14 runs. His four homers tied him for second in the county.
Shaun Rausch, Liberty, senior, catcher: He topped the county with a .489 batting average on 22-for-45. Along the way, he scored 17 runs and had 18 RBIs. Defensively, he made only one error in 17 games.
Vince Stonesifer, Francis Scott Key, senior, first base: nior, first base: The most versatile player on the honor squad, he saw duty at third base, outfield and as a pitcher, in addition to first base. He hit a team-leading .429, with half his hits going for extra bases, and his on-base percentage was .561. He shared the team lead with 16 RBIs, and his 24 hits included seven doubles (tied for county lead) and four home runs (tied for runnerup). Afield, he committed four errors in 89 chances (.955), and in his second season of spot pitching, he was 2-2, with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings.
Justin Raynor, North Carroll, junior, second base: ond base: A solid fielder, he contributed a .348 batting average, with five doubles and 20 RBIs.
Danny Johnson, Francis Scott Key, senior, third base: He batted .381, with an on-base percentage of .517). He was five-for-five in stolen bases, and his 16 RBIs shared the team lead. In the last half of the season, he got in some pitching, and ended with a 3.88 ERA. He was expected to be a run-producer but has a good eye and drew 15 walks (15).
Bryan Bandy, Liberty, junior, outfield: After missing the first six games recovering from two broken hands, he came on to excel at bat and in the field. A .471 hitter, with 20 runs scored, he tied for the county high in doubles with seven, and nine of his 16 hits were for extra bases. He showed speed on the bases (four-for-four stealing) and afield (no errors), with good range.
Mike Taylor, Westminster, senior, outfield: A domminating offensive and defensive threat, he has good size and speed. He had county highs in hits (27), runs (23), and triples (3), and was second in batting average (.474). As a pitcher, he had 45 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings.
Scott Young, North Carroll, senior, outfield: field: The .368 hitter was first in the county in stolen bases (9), tied for the lead in doubles (7), and was among the leaders in runs scored (20). In the field, he was among the county outfield leaders in putouts (36).
Mark Campbell, North Carroll, sophomore, designated hitter: In his first varsity season, he batted .455, and was behind only Taylor and Matthias in hits with 25. He scored 17 runs and stole seven bases. Primarily a shortstop with a good glove, he is also able to play elsewhere in the infield.
Kevin Damiano, South Carroll, junior, utility: ity: As an outfielder-pitcher, he hit .426 in 16 games, collecting 20 hits, seven for extra bases, and walked 16 times. On the mound, he started six games, and finished with a 3-1 won-lost record, a 2.36 ERA for 35 1/3 innings, and a county-high 51 strikeouts.
The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Carroll County baseball and softball teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/28/98