PLAYER OF THE YEAR
At times, the savvy, 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-hander was a one-man show for the Bobcats, who rode the arm and bat of their senior ace to a surprising 13-5 season and the inaugural Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship.
For the season, Eliason, who is bound for Delaware Tech Junior College, was 6-2 with a 1.70 ERA, chalking up 57 strikeouts (eight per game), while allowing just 12 earned runs, 32 hits, 12 walks and one home run. Opponents hit .164 against him.
Mixing his pitches well and using pinpoint control and unwavering composure, Eliason was at his best in big games, beating Fallston once and C. Milton Wright twice to lead his team to the UCBAC championship game, where he registered a complete-game win over Harford Tech.
Eliason hit .288 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
COACH OF THE YEAR
The fifth-year coach guided the Mustangs to a 17-6 record, second place in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division, a Class 3A North regional championship and a berth in the state final, where C. Milton Wright fell to Centennial.
With a deep and talented group of seniors, whom Linz entrusted to produce on the field and provide leadership both on and off of it, the Mustangs won their first six games. Linz, however, made his biggest impact later in the season.
As it has in previous seasons, C. Milton Wright hit a late season swoon, dropping four of eight games at one point, but Linz kept his team focused and confident and juggled the lineup to increase production.
The result was four straight wins and the Mustangs' second state title game appearance in the past 15 seasons.
First team Pitchers: Brandon Hart, Fallston, Sr.; Cody Holliday, Havre de Grace, Jr.; Mike Roberts, C.M. Wright, Jr. Catcher: Caleb Cole, C.M. Wright, Sr. 1B: Dan Bosley, Edgewood, Sr. 2B: Randy Boyle, John Carroll, Sr.; Dan Przybylski, Fallston, Sr. SS: Scott Tolliver, Fallston, Jr. 3B: Jimmy Plantholt, North Harford, Soph. Outfielders: Andrew Berry, Bel Air, Jr.; Eric Reedy, Fallston, Sr.; John Thurston, C.M. Wright, Sr. Utility: Dustin Culver, Harford Tech, Sr. DH: Justin Quinn, North Harford, Sr.
Second team Pitchers: Jake Brown, North Harford, Jr.; Rob Fox, John Carroll, Jr. Catcher: Jon Hart, Edgewood, Sr. 1B: Brett Spivey, Bel Air, Sr. 2B: Zach Grubb, Aberdeen, Sr. SS: J.T. Maguire, North Harford, Sr. 3B: Ryan Kent, Fallston, Jr. Outfielders: Dino DeAngelo, Harford Tech, Jr.; Fred Dimpfel, Fallston, Sr.; Ryan Farrell, C.M. Wright, Jr.; Justin Lloyd, Havre de Grace, Jr. Utility: Kevin Lipple, Harford Tech, Jr.; Shane West, Havre de Grace, Sr. DH: Dan Blewett, Bel Air, Sr.; Eddie Scarborough, C.M. Wright, Sr.
The Sun's 2004 All-Harford County teams were selected by Jeff Zrebiec (lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis) and Edward Lee (track and field) after consultation with area coaches. Special thanks to Matt Button of The Aegis for providing photos.