Player of the Year
Jamie Clingan, IND: In arguably the area's best league, the A Conference of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, Clingan was among the elite. She batted .367 with five doubles, two triples, a homer, 10 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for the Indians, who placed second to No. 1 Spalding during the regular season. A first-team pick by IAAM A coaches, Clingan started all four years on varsity, claiming the school record for hits (105) and stolen bases (72). Considered one of the area's best infielders, Clingan made one error at second base all spring. "She's probably the most knowledgeable players I've ever coached," said IND coach Greg Ehrmann. "She has a great softball background. She was our captain and vocal leader." Clingan, who scored 19 runs, is a repeat All-City/County first-teamer as well as an All-Catholic League pick. A two-time first-team All-Metro selection, Clingan will play at Coker College next season.
Coach of the Year
Bill Nelson, Catonsville: Nelson guided the Baltimore County school to its first state semifinal appearance in 22 years. In the state 2A semifinals, only a tough defensive play by Atholton's second basemen Karen Lee with two outs and the tying run at third finally closed the door on the Comets' season, 1-0. After being county runner-up to Franklin last spring, Nelson had to retool the Comets with his top pitcher and hitter (Lauren Rosenberger) graduated and only four seniors. Though Catonsville didn't get another opportunity at the county championship, it was one of three Baltimore County teams (Franklin in 3A and Parkville in 4A) to advance to Randazzo Park. In four seasons, Nelson has a record of 50-26.
The first team
Cynthia Clark, Mount de Sales: Clark is one of the many talented underclassmen in the IAAM A Conference. The sophomore batted .389 with 23 runs scored, 21 stolen bases and 10 RBIs from the leadoff position, helping Mount de Sales' late-season run to the IAAM A Conference tournament finals. Playing at first, Clark made only one error in 70 chances, while also pitching two games for the Sailors. A second-team All-City/County selection as a freshman last spring, Clark also had a .627 on-base percentage this spring.
Stacy Christie, Catonsville: The senior outfielder was the offensive catalyst for Catonsville's run to the state 2A semifinals. She batted a team-high .547 (29-of-53) with three home runs and 21 RBIs for the Comets, who lost to Atholton, 1-0, at Randazzo Park last week. Christie, who scored 21 runs, was a Baltimore County Division I first-team pick by the coaches.
Heather Delair, Western: As Western (14-3) again ruled the city public league, Delair was overwhelmingly the city's premier performer. The sophomore batted .543 with a team-high 24 RBIs and 34 runs, leading the Doves to the 4A North region semifinals where they lost to Dulaney, 3-2. A second-team All-City/County selection last spring, Delair also added two doubles and one triple, playing mainly as catcher.
Kristin Dulay, Seton Keough: Dulay was a constant in a topsy- turvy spring for Seton Keough. The senior went 12-7 with a 0.83 ERA for Seton Keough, which loss to No. 1 Spalding in the semifinals of the IAAM A Conference tournament and Maryland Private School tournament. In 126 innings, Dulay struck out 162 batters with four shutouts, and batted a team-high .364 (20-for-55). A second-team All-City/County pick last spring, Dulay will attend UMBC this fall.
Amanda Fischer, Perry Hall: In a season which the Gators finished only 9-8 after three 4A state semifinals appearances over the previous four seasons, Fischer was a huge bright spot. Among the area's top hitters, Fischer batted .551 with 19 RBIs and four triples for Perry Hall, which lost to eventual 4A North champ Parkville in the region quarterfinals. Fischer, the Gators' all-time scorer in basketball, will play basketball and field hockey at Hood College.
Jen Fried, Franklin: A first-team All-City/County selection last spring as a pitcher, Fried was again a stalwart for Franklin this season. She was the Indians' leading hitter at .388 and the top defender playing left field. On the mound, Fried was 7-2 with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings as Franklin was co-county champions with Hereford. Fried will attend Franklin & Marshall.
Sarah Galloway, IND: Along with City/County Player of the Year Jamie Clingan, Galloway was a reason IND finished second to No. 1 Spalding during the regular season. The junior went 16-8 with a 1.36 ERA for the Indians, who lost 2-1 to McDonogh in the IAAM A Conference quarterfinals. A second-team All-City/County selection last spring, Galloway struck out 172 batters in 174 innings. Galloway, who has five career no-hitters, also batted .321 with 12 RBIs, six doubles, and four triples this season.
Danielle Goode, Seton Keough: The sophomore assisted Seton Keough in contending in the IAAM A Conference this season. She batted .358 with a team-high four doubles and had a triple as Seton Keough lost to eventual champion Spalding in the IAAM A semifinals. Goode, who drove in nine runs, was a second-team All-City/County selection last spring.
Lisa Lally, Towson: The senior was again the premier backstop in Baltimore County this spring. A repeat All-City/County first-team selection, Lally batted .483 with two home runs and 11 RBIs for the Generals. She made only one error during while throwing out 17 of 23 would-be base stealers. Lally, a four-year starter, also made 61 putouts and had 26 assists.
Kerrie Poisal, Mount de Sales: Regarded as the area's best center fielder, Poisal's leadership helped guide a young Sailor squad to the IAAM A Conference tournament championship game. A two-time first-team All-Metro selection, Poisal batted .369 with 22 runs scored and 19 stolen bases for Mount de Sales, which lost to No. 1 Spalding in the conference title game. A four-year starter, her quickness and strong arm also netted 13 assists from center field this spring. Poisal, a three-time All-City/County first-teamer, will attend Radford University this fall on an academic scholarship.
Kelley Tiesi, Catholic: Tiesi is considered the second-best pitcher in the IAAM A Conference, behind Jessica Saunders of top-ranked Spalding. The sophomore went 10-5 for the Cubs with a 0.68 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 113 innings. Tiesi dueled with Saunders before losing 1-0, and struck out 18 in a win over eventual A Conference tournament runner-up Mount de Sales. An All-IAAM A Conference selection by the league coaches, Tiesi also batted .442 (27-of-52) with 17 RBIs and two home runs.
Sharlisse Tolentino, Seton Keough: The junior infielder has emerged as a consistent performer for Seton Keough this spring. Tolentino batted .321 with eight runs scored for the Gators, who were ranked in the top 15 all season. She was also a first-team All-IAAM A selection.
Jamie Widerman, Franklin: The best pitcher among the Baltimore County public schools, Widerman was the ace of one of the area's top staffs this spring. Widerman went 9-2, striking 89 batters in 58 innings to help the Indians advance to the state 3A semifinals where they lost to Thomas Stone of Charles County. A second-team All-City/County pick last spring, Widerman got Franklin to the state semifinals with a two-hitter to beat Fallston in the 3A North Region championship. She will play for Vilia Julie College next spring.
The Baltimore Sun 2000 All-Baltimore City/County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn, respectively, after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.