Player of the Year
Casey Brengle, Westminster: It's not very often that a sophomore gains the attention of a senior, but that's what happened on April 11. After the Owls lost a 5-1 decision to C. Milton Wright, Mustangs senior and Oklahoma University-bound Megan Hube, one of the most heavily recruited catchers in the country, complimented Brengle as a rising star. Her performance this season would seem to verify that. Brengle batted a lofty .453, which was the third-best mark in the county. She also had nine RBIs, three triples, a home run, and a double. But her biggest contribution may have come behind the plate where Brengle threw out 27 of 29 runners attempting to steal. She also picked off 10 runners at first base and didn't allow a passed ball all season. Her coach, Lisa Harford, said Brengle's presence on the field helped stabilize a potent Westminster team that finished 13-5. North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford said of Brengle: "She's the kind of kid you can build a team around."
Coach of the Year
Lisa Harford, Westminster: In only three years at the helm, Harford has completed an astounding reversal for an Owls program that had struggled in previous seasons. After a mediocre 7-10 mark last year, Harford entered this season with high expectations. She introduced batting and defensive drills and frequently used live pitching and running during practice. Instead of requiring laps around the diamond for mental miscues, Harford ordered her players to do pushups to increase their upper-body strength. The result? An outright county title and a share of the Central Maryland Conference championship. And Harford said she has no intentions of slowing down or lowering expectations. "I'm an impatient person," she conceded, adding that she expects a better showing than the Owls' quarterfinal exit from the Class 4A East regionals. "I'm going to expect a lot of things next year."
The first team
Jenny Amass, Francis Scott Key: The senior first baseman was a critical member of an Eagles team that finished 13-7 and made it to the Class 2A West regional semifinals. Amass tied for the county lead in doubles with six. She led the team in steals with 13 and was second in batting average (.345) and hits (20). She also drove in 13 runs and scored 14 times. A two-year varsity starter who was one of two team captains, Amass plans to continue her softball career at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Trish Brown, North Carroll: The junior second baseman was a force for a Panthers squad that went 13-7 and advanced to the Class 3A West regional semifinals. Brown batted .357 with five doubles and led the team in RBIs with seven. A steady fielder, she emerged as the most intimidating bat in the lineup. A two-year varsity starter and a first-team All-County choice for the second consecutive year, Brown can also play the shortstop position.
Danielle Caballero, South Carroll: Statistics fail to paint an accurate picture of the senior's worth to the Cavaliers. Although she batted only .234 with seven RBIs, Caballero proved to be most adept in the field. With an .857 fielding percentage, she played third base, designated hitter, and all three outfield positions for coach Debbie Eaton. Caballero will play basketball and volleyball at either Salisbury State or Mitchell College in Connecticut.
Meredith Carter, Francis Scott Key: The junior was the undisputed leader of the Eagles. Carter went 10-4 on the mound, garnered a 1.09 ERA, and struck out a county-best 125 of the 378 batters she faced in 89 2/3 innings. At the plate, she led all county players in hitting with a .500 average. She drove in 15 runs, scored 21 times, and owned a .634 on-base percentage. A third-year varsity starter, Carter is a first-team All-County selection for the second straight season.
Casey Henry, Francis Scott Key: The senior was a consistent presence at the plate and in center field. Henry batted .292, drove in 14 runs, scored 13 times, and stole seven bases. In the field, she committed only one error and enjoyed a .935 fielding percentage. A team captain and four-year varsity starter, Henry was a second-team All-County pick last season. She plans on playing softball and volleyball at Western Maryland College.
Jamie Janowich, South Carroll: The sophomore sparkled in her first season as a varsity starter. As the leadoff hitter, Janowich batted .285 and led the Cavaliers in runs scored with 13. As the centerfielder, she made only one error on her way to owning a .938 fielding percentage. With two more years of eligibility, Janowich will likely be an important cog in the future of South Carroll softball.
Theresea Jason, Liberty: The senior was the best centerfielder in the county. A rangy player with a cannon-like right arm, Jason frequently made diving catches and was responsible for three assists. Although she batted about .250, Jason did have three doubles. A team captain and two-year varsity starter, Jason will attend Villa Julie College, where she plans to play volleyball and softball.
JoAnnah Jennings, Westminster: The senior shortstop continued to demonstrate her importance to the Owls. Jennings, a second-team All-County selection last year, batted .340, while driving in seven runs and stealing 12 bases. In the field, she allowed only three errors. An excellent contact hitter who developed a knack for bunting, Jennings was one of two team captains and a three-year varsity starter.
Robyn McCormick, Liberty: The senior third baseman batted .404 with 10 RBIs, two home runs and six doubles. McCormick, responsible for two game-winning runs, was tied for the county lead in doubles (6) and home runs (2). She made only seven errors in the field and played every inning except when she sat out against Frederick. After playing catcher, shortstop, and right field, the four-year varsity starter learned how to pitch over the summer and earned a win against Towson. McCormick plans to play softball at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Nichol Moeller, Westminster: Along with Brengle, the sophomore pitcher provided the one-two punch for the Owls. Moeller went 7-3 with a 1.56 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and only nine walks in 72 innings. With the bat, she hit .313, drove in five runs, and smacked a triple and a double. A fierce competitor, Moeller's signature grunts while releasing the ball towards the plate only seemed to get stronger and louder as she continued to pitch.
Carrie Myers, Westminster: The senior centerfielder provided much of the firepower in the Owls lineup. As the leadoff hitter, Myers batted .454 - second-best in the county - and stole 14 bases. In the outfield, she committed only one error. A two-year varsity starter, Myers will attend James Madison University, where she is undecided about continuing her softball career.
Lisa Tunney, North Carroll: The senior pitcher once again was the ace for the Panthers. Despite finishing with a 7-5 mark, Tunney owned a county-best 0.93 ERA and struck out 60 opponents in 75 2/3 innings of work. All five of her losses were by a single run. A two-year varsity starter and a first-team All-County pick for the second consecutive year, Tunney will play softball at Frostburg State University.
Stephanie Wilder, Liberty: The senior's defensive skills are worthy of copying. Wilder, whose 5-foot-10 frame gave her tremendous flexibility at first base, enjoyed a .973 fielding percentage. Although she batted about .250, Wilder was a threat on the basepads, where she led the Lions in steals with seven. Wilder spent all four years as a varsity starter and was a second-team All-County choice last season. She plans to play volleyball at Catonsville Community College.
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.