Player of the Year
Mark Campbell, North Carroll: The senior was the heart and soul of the Panthers' attack, batting .436 with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 25 RBIs, and also scoring 23 runs. Often pitched around, Campbell drew a team-high 21walks, helping give him a lofty on-base percentage of .603 and slugging percentage of .818. In an 8-3 playoff win over county champion Liberty, the shortstop had two hits and lent a hand on four double plays, all of which squelched rallies, as the Panthers advanced to the Class 3A West regional semifinals. A four-year varsity starter, Campbell has been consistent throughout his prep career, hitting .410 as a junior and .455 as a sophomore, when he once had two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored vs. Liberty. In the field, he's a natural outfielder who stepped in at shortstop to fill a need on the team. He's received high praise from coaches for his selflessness, as well as the inordinate amount of time he's spent both in the batting cage and on the field taking grounders. "His dedication is far and beyond a lot of his peers," said Panthers coach Denny Snyder. "He leads by example, on and off the field."
Coach of the Year
Erik Barnes, Liberty: In his second year as varsity coach following a six-year stint at the junior varsity level, Barnes took a collection of talent and molded it into the area's dominant team. With a combination of strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Lions finished the year 16-3, winning the Carroll County title and sharing the Central Maryland Conference championship with Urbana. "It was a combination of quality players and character," said Barnes. "This was a group of really hard-working, focused, mature young men, and that coupled with good baseball skills was why we were so successful." Barnes compares this year's squad favorably to the J.V. team he coached his second year on the job that went 10-2 and went on to win a state title in 1997. The team enjoyed numerous big wins this season, including an 7-6 victory against North Carroll in which the Lions fell behind by two in the top of the ninth before coming up with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. His team also defeated eventual Class 2A state champion Towson, 11-2, as Perry Sartain threw a no-hitter.
The first team
Nate Miller, North Carroll: The Panthers' ace seldom missed a beat this season, going 5-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings. An all-county honorable mention pick a year ago, the right-hander did some of his best work in his team's biggest win of the season, going the distance in an 8-3 victory over Liberty in the regionals.
Perry Sartain, Liberty: The third-year varsity standout had a season to remember, batting .492 with 25 RBIs and 25 runs scored out of the cleanup spot, and winning all five decisions on the mound with a 1.01 ERA and 32 strikeouts against just 13 walks. Getting stronger as the season progressed, he threw a no-hitter against eventual Class 2A state champion Towson, played error-free in the outfield and finished with a .535 on-base percentage.
Jesse Stank, Liberty: Stank filled a key role for the Carroll County and co-Central Maryland Conference champions, pitching a team-best 40 innings and going 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .245 batting average, consistently keeping batters off balance. He also provided the Lions with senior leadership.
Andy Lindner, North Carroll: Lindner played the role of professional hitter for the Panthers, batting .328 with a Carroll County best 27 RBIs. He also had three doubles, three home runs, 16 runs scored and a slugging percentage of .525, playing an instrumental role at the plate as North Carroll finished third in the county.
Mike McFeeley, Westminster: The first baseman was a key ingredient for the Owls all season, batting .413 with six doubles and 16 RBIs out of the cleanup spot. After gaining valuable varsity experience as a junior, McFeeley came into his own as a senior to led Westminster to a county title, as well as a share of the Central Maryland Conference crown.
Chris Vasse, South Carroll: A master at getting on base, Vasse hit .383 and led the team with 19 walks, giving him a lofty on-base percentage of .630. The three-year varsity starter also had six doubles and a grand slam. After spending last year as a designated hitter because of arm troubles, he switched to second base and excelled this season.
Jon Bruce, Liberty: Playing most of the season with an injured left shoulder, the sophomore batted .383 with 21 runs scored and 11 RBIs, also drawing a school-record 22 walks to give him a .592 on-base percentage. Despite just three innings of J.V. pitching experience, he went 2-0 on the mound with a 3.59 ERA. Called upon to make an emergency start against Linganore, he threw a complete-game three-hitter.
Sam Chamelin, Westminster: Originally looked upon as a spot-starter, Chamelin quickly showed he was much more, winning four of his six decisions with a 3.39 ERA. The senior also was a standout outfielder for the Owls, batting .388 with five doubles to lead his team to a second-place finish in Carroll County
David Doarnberger, North Carroll: The junior was the consummate leadoff hitter for the Panthers this season, hitting .382 with four doubles, a triple and a home run, and scoring a team-high 26 runs. The outfielder had a lofty on-base percentage of .481, also driving in 13 runs and stealing bases on eight of nine attempts.
Alex Moore, Liberty: The area's premier No. 2 hitter, the junior batted .467 with 25 runs scored and 26 RBIs. He had seven doubles, two triples and three home runs, helping him to a slugging percentage of .733. Moore also used his speed and strong arm to excel in left field, helping the Lions to a share of the Central Maryland Conference title with Urbana.
Gary Harrison, South Carroll: The county's premier catcher hit .328, and led the team with 19 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Often pitched around in the Cavaliers' lineup, Harrison still managed six extra-base hits, including two home runs, and had 11 assists behind the plate. He's committed just eight errors in three years, and has a career fielding percentage of .981.
Ron Abigill, South Carroll: Abigill capped his stellar career in Winfield by batting .424 with a team-leading 28 hits, including five doubles and a home run. He made a habit of reaching base, compiling a .545 on-base percentage. A switch hitter, the natural left-hander also made great strides hitting from the right side this season.
Jim Miller, Liberty: The versatile junior played five different positions for the Lions, including pitcher, where he went 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA with two complete games. At the plate, Miller hit .373 with 20 runs scored and 15 RBIs. He did all this despite missing four games and playing several more with a broken right foot.
The Baltimore Sun 2000 All-Carroll County baseball and softball teams were selected by Rich Scherr and Edward Lee, respectively, after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.