Player of the Year

Chris Crum, Severna Park

A two-time All-Metro choice, Crum led the No. 3 Falcons (22-4) to their second Class 3A state championship in three years.

Headed to Virginia Tech to play third base, Crum batted .486 with a .634 on-base percentage. Crum led the Falcons in RBIs (26), runs (30), doubles (11) and homers (four).

On the mound, Crum was 7-0 with two saves and a 1.15 ERA. In 54 2/3 innings, he struck out 57 and walked 21.

Coach of the Year

Bernie Walter, Arundel

Walter's 32nd season proved to be one of his most satisfying and surprising, as his No. 11 Wildcats rebounded from a 9-8 start -- including four straight losses -- to finish 14-9 and win a state record 14th regional title.

With three seniors in the starting lineup and an inexperienced pitching staff that ended up being led by freshman Tyler Hibbs, the Wildcats made it to the Class 4A state championship game, which they lost to Quince Orchard, 10-9.

First team

Name School Cl Pos

Jason Baumler Old Mill Sr. P

Tyler Hibbs Arundel Fr. P

Josh Ries Chesapeake Sr. C Jake Shibilsky Chesapeake Sr. 1B

Nick Palmer Arundel Sr. 2B

Chris Crum Severna Park Jr. 3B

Alex Buchholz Old Mill Sr. SS

Dan Palumbo Spalding Jr. SS Dave Ferris Severna Park Sr. OF

Derek Goughenour Old Mill Sr. OF

Corey Overholtzer Arundel Jr. OF

Ryan Joy Severna Park Fr. DH

Second team

Name School Cl. Pos.

Brendan McGowan Arch. Spalding Jr. P

Ken Misal Southern Sr. P

Sammy Sheckells Severna Park Sr. P

Harrison Taylor Severna Park Sr. P

Nick Espinosa Broadneck Jr. C

Shawn Pleffner Arundel So. 1B

Tim McMullen Old Mill Sr. 2B

Brian Woolford Northeast Jr. 3B

Gary Helmick Northeast Sr. SS

Derek Harrs Old Mill Jr. OF

Zach Moore Chesapeake Jr. OF

Evan Richter Severna Park Sr. OF

Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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