A year ago, Westminster's Brett Harman said he had no idea that he was closing in on the Monocacy Valley Athletic League record for career wins.
Now, after picking up career victory No. 23 earlier this month against Dulaney, the Maryland-bound pitcher has one more distinction to add to his already impressive resume.
"It just came to my attention last year when the MVAL was updating all their records," Harman said. " I knew I had broken some season records, and then I looked at the career records and started thinking, 'Wow, next year I probably could do it.'"
He first attempted to break the mark against Liberty, but wound up losing a 1-0 decision. A week later, on April 17, he achieved the milestone against Dulaney, pitching a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 12 and walking none in a 2-0 win to eclipse the mark held by 1992 Brunswick graduate Scott Frye.
Harman, who has since defeated Linganore to extend his record, already had held season marks in the league's Chesapeake Conference for most RBIs (33) and walks (17), as well as most wins against conference opponents (six).
The MVAL was formed in the late 1960s, and in 1993 merged with the Central Maryland Conference to create a 22-team conference.
North Carroll junior Jeremy Ritz was the unanimous choice for last week's Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference Player of the Week in baseball after leading the Panthers to key wins over Westminster and Tuscarora.
Ritz began the week by pitching an entire game against Westminster, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out four in a 4-2 win. On Friday, Ritz went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in a 12-5 win over Tuscarora.
Three other county players - South Carroll's Matt Greene and Evan Dayhoff and Winters Mill's Tyler Witte -were finalists for the award in the Piedmont Conference.
The weekly awards are picked by nine media members who cover the league.
Letters of intent
Dan Cremens, a senior lacrosse defenseman at Westminster, will sign a national letter of intent tomorrow to attend St. John's University.
Owls coach Jeff Doolan said that Cremens, a first-team all-county selection last season, drew interest from several Division I schools.
Another Westminster senior, midfielder Jamie Dougherty, is planning to sign with Robert Morris tomorrow.
No more ties?
Ties in state championship soccer games could be a thing of the past if the state governing body has its way.
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's Board of Control was scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal to use penalty kicks to decide state title games. The state soccer committee approved the measure at an earlier meeting.
Penalty kicks had been used by the MPSSAA to resolve ties in title games until 1983, when the organization began recognizing co-champions. This past season, both the Class 4A and Class 1A title games ended in ties.
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