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All-Howard County: BASEBALL / SOFTBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Karen Kreis

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Mount Hebron

Any doubts observers may have had about a shoulder injury that sidelined Kreis midway through last season proved unfounded. Opponents batted a scant .179 against the senior right-hander, who compiled a 17-2 record with a 0.86 ERA. The two-year varsity starter struck out 101 batters and walked just 25 in 122 innings.

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Kreis also excelled at the plate, where she led the Vikings with a .578 batting average, .734 slugging percentage and .643 on-base percentage. Kreis had 32 RBIs, 15 runs, seven doubles and a home run. A second-team All-County pick last season, she may try to play softball as a walk-on at UMBC next spring.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Sal Milio

Mount Hebron

Long considered a lacrosse powerhouse, the Vikings opened a new chapter on their softball program, and Milio played a significant role in the team's success. Milio constantly preached defense as the cornerstone of the team's success.

After dropping a 6-5 season opener to Glenelg, Mount Hebron forged a 20-game winning streak that included ending the Gladiators' 23-game unbeaten run against county opponents and clinching a share of the county championship with Glenelg. Not only did the Vikings (20-1) grab their first county title since 1988, but they also won their first regional crown since 1995. Only a 4-0 loss to then-No. 1 Severna Park in the Class 3A state semifinals ended Mount Hebron's bid for its first state championship.

FIRST TEAM

Lauren Chell

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Mount Hebron

The senior was a steadying presence for the Vikings in left field. Chell, who finished the season with no errors in the outfield, batted .333 with three doubles and two home runs. She had a .537 slugging percentage and .400 on-base percentage with 12 RBIs, 13 runs and 11 steals.

Karyn Curley

Glenelg

The McDaniel College-bound senior catcher threw out 11 runners trying to steal second base and picked off two runners at first. She also had just one error and a .993 fielding percentage. She batted .386 with five doubles, four home runs and a triple. Last year's second-team pick finished with 27 RBIs, 27 runs, a .657 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage.

Katherine Davis

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Glenelg

Helping the Gladiators to their second straight county championship, the senior first baseman batted. 362 with four doubles and a triple. She had a .437 slugging percentage and .404 on-base percentage along with 22 RBIs and 20 runs. In 184 plays at first base, the three-year varsity starter committed four errors for a .980 fielding percentage.

Amy Guyton

Long Reach

A repeat first-team pick, the sophomore right-hander went 13-5 with a 1.75 ERA, 90 strikeouts and 17 walks. The two-year varsity starter also batted .349 with 16 RBIs, 13 runs and a team-high 11 stolen bases.

Stephanie Haas

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River Hill

A first-team selection last year as a pitcher, Haas spent much of this spring in the outfield. The senior batted .443, had a .521 on-base percentage, drove in 22 runs and struck out just three times in 74 at-bats. Haas also went 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA.

Shawnda Hebron

Long Reach

Coach Chuck Struhar frequently changed Hebron's role, inserting her at first base one day and moving her to the outfield the next. But the junior's best contributions came as a designated hitter. A junior varsity player last season, Hebron batted .345 with four doubles, three triples and a home run. She set a school RBI record with 21.

Nicole Massarelli

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Atholton

The sophomore was at or near the top of every offensive category for the Raiders. Massarelli batted. 413 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. The two-year varsity starter also drove in 17 runs, scored 14 times, drew 15 walks, and struck out twice. She went 8-7 with a 1.21 ERA and struck out 76 in 87 innings.

Liz Penniman

Glenelg

The senior batted .438 with nine doubles. She also had 22 RBIs, 19 runs, a .562 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base percentage. At third base, Penniman committed six errors for a .922 fielding percentage. Last year's second-team pick will play at Villa Julie.

Kate Schoenen

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Mount Hebron

Few grounders found their way past the senior shortstop, who committed just three errors for a .971 fielding percentage. Schoenen batted .465 with three doubles. The repeat first-team selection scored 22 times, drove in 15 runs, had a .549 slugging percentage and .531 on-base percentage. Schoenen will play at Smith College next year.

Whitney Schrader

Hammond

The senior catcher hit .449 and had a .585 on-base percentage. Schrader, who hit four home runs and two doubles, scored 19 times, drove in 15 runs, and drew 12 walks. The four-year varsity starter will play at Salisbury next season.

Stephanie Sims

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Glenelg

Last spring's Player of the Year went 17-4 with a 1.76 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 131 innings. Sims, who will play at Shepherd College, led the Gladiators to their second consecutive regional title by batting .395 with six home runs, six doubles, 37 RBIs and 27 runs.

Kitty Steger

Atholton

The senior center fielder did not commit an error while helping the Raiders reach the Class 2A South region final. Steger batted .303 with five doubles and four triples. The two-year varsity starter finished with 21 runs, 17 RBIs and 11 walks.

Amanda Yanulevich

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Glenelg

The junior second baseman committed just three errors for a .963 fielding percentage. Her biggest improvement was at the plate, where she batted .434 with 10 doubles, a triple and a home run. The two-year varsity starter had a .632 slugging percentage, .511 on-base percentage, 36 RBIs, 28 runs and 19 steals.

THE SOFTBALL TEAMS

Player of the Year: Karen Kreis, Mount Hebron Coach of the Year: Sal Milio, Mount Hebron First team

Name School Class Position

Amy Guyton Long Reach Sophomore Pitcher

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Karen Kreis Mount Hebron Senior Pitcher

Nicole Massarelli Atholton Sophomore Pitcher

Stephanie Sims Glenelg Senior Pitcher

Karyn Curley Glenelg Senior Catcher

Whitney Schrader Hammond Senior Catcher

Katherine Davis Glenelg Senior First base

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Amanda Yanulevich Glenelg Junior Second base

Liz Penniman Glenelg Senior Third base

Kate Schoenen Mount Hebron Senior Shortstop

Lauren Chell Mount Hebron Senior Outfield

Stephanie Haas River Hill Senior Outfield

Kitty Steger Atholton Senior Outfield

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Shawnda Hebron Long Reach Junior DH

Second team

Name School Class Position

Alona Lawson Centennial Freshman Pitcher

Jessie O'Neill Howard Junior Pitcher

Trisha Snider River Hill Sophomore Pitcher

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Robyn Jackson Mount Hebron Junior Catcher

Nikki Roberts Centennial Junior First base

Michelle Bosserman Centennial Junior Second base

Meaghan Murphy Atholton Senior Second base

Jessica Granek Long Reach Junior Third base

Jessica Oleinik Centennial Freshman Third base

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Leah Cossentino Glenelg Freshman Shortstop

Dana Shepherd Oakland Mills Senior Shortstop

Megan Graydon Glenelg Junior Outfield

Jesse Medairy Howard Senior Outfield

Michelle Sandler Hammond Senior Outfield

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


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