Baseball

First Team

P Adam Hoyt, Northern, Jr.

The ace of Northern's deep, young staff. Won four games with a 0.99 ERA and had 62 strikeouts in 49 innings. Batted .383 and .522 with runners in scoring position.

P Greg Wilson, Great Mills, Sr.

Went 4-2 for the SMAC runner-up with a 1.37 ERA. In 40 innings struck out 43 and walked only 10. Batted .357.

C Ryan Smith, Westlake, Jr.

Batted .453, slugged .717 and reached base 57 percent of the time. Threw out nine of 13 runners attempting to steal.

1B Tony Gagliano, Thomas Stone, Sr.

Hit safely in 18 of the Cougars' 21 games and finished batting .471, slugging .843 with an on-base percentage of .542. Hit four home runs and drove in 27.

2B H.C. Jones, Chopticon, Sr.

Excellent leadoff man, batted .370 with a .521 on-base percentage. Drew 17 walks in 20 games and helped turn 13 double plays.

SS Ben Sobocinski, McDonough, Sr.

Repeat All-Extra batted .450 and slugged .783 with 3 home runs, 11 doubles and 15 RBI. As a pitcher went 5-1 with a 1.07 ERA, striking out 69 in 39 innings. Will play at Hartford.

3B Kurt Bruce, Patuxent, Jr.

Repeat All-Extra batted .454, slugged .722 and was on base 57 percent of the time. Had 22 RBI and scored 23 runs. Won four games, had a 2.12 ERA and struck out 49 in 46 innings.

OF Tommy Dodgson, Great Mills, Sr.

Batted .387 and slugged .581 with nine extra-base hits for the Hornets, who advanced into the semifinals of the Maryland 4A East Region tournament.

OF Jacen Killebrew, La Plata, Jr.

Batted .473 and had an on-base percentage of .524. Was 19 of 21 on stolen base attempts. Scored 23 runs.

OF Eugene Matullo, Northern, Sr.

Terrific all-around athlete batted a team-high .475, slugged .623 with a .515 on-base average for the SMAC champions.

UT Paul Burch, Leonardtown, Sr.

Three-time All-Extra batted .358 and reached base 50 percent of the time. Scored 18 runs, drove in 13. Took over as Raiders' top pitcher and won four games.

UT Ian Schwalenberg, Huntingtown, Jr.

Repeat All-Extra batted .388 with 4 home runs, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored. Overcame injuries to strike out 33 with only 8 walks in 27 innings with a 1.79 ERA.

Honorable Mention

Pitchers: Logan Coker, Northern, Soph.; Jon Kale, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Joe Klein, Patuxent, Sr.

Catchers: Kenny Fusco, Chopticon, Jr.; Jason Murray, Lackey, Sr.

Infielders: Brian Adkins, Leonardtown, Sr.; Ryan Baione, Westlake, Sr.; Josh Fritch, Patuxent, Sr.; John Goudie, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Elliott Pruitt, Patuxent, Sr.; Rob Smoot, Lackey, Sr.

Outfielders: Andy Beckett, Lackey, Sr.; Colin Brown, Northern, Fr.; Joey Kavanaugh, Huntingtown, Soph.; Kyle Starr, Patuxent, Jr.

Baseball

Player of the Year

OF Brandon Short, Chopticon, Jr.

Dynamic all-around player has outstanding bat speed and the ability to hit to all fields. Batted .467 and slugged .867 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI. Had more extra-base hits (15) than singles (13). In his first season pitching posted a 3-1 record. Also a second-team All-Met.

Baseball

Coach of the Year

Carl Smith, Northern

Seventh-year skipper got the most out of a team that did not physically overwhelm opponents but executed the fundamentals and excelled in the clutch better than anyone else. Northern won its second SMAC title in three seasons. Lost, 4-3, to eventual Maryland 3A champion Severna Park in the Maryland 3A South Final.

Front row, from left: Ashley Frederick, Patuxent; Lynn Pronobis, McDonough; Keirstynn Romero, Calvert; Lauren Robison, Calvert; Alex Sita, Huntingtown; Kelli Seger, Huntingtown; Kerry Hickey, Huntingtown; Carrie Higdon, La Plata; Brittney Dyson, Thomas Stone; Kelsea Bullock, Patuxent. Back row, from left: Ian Schwalenberg, Huntingtown; Megan Elliott, Calvert; Paul Burch, Leonardtown; H.C. Jones, Chopticon; Adam Hoyt, Northern; Eugene Matullo, Northern; Tony Gagliano, Thomas Stone; Ryan Smith, Westlake; Brandon Short, Chopticon; Tommy Dodgson, Great Mills; Greg Wilson, Great Mills; Kurt Bruce, Patuxent; Ben Sobocinski, McDonough; Sha Tabor, Thomas Stone; Jacen Killebrew, La Plata. Not pictured: Maggie Donaldson, Thomas Stone.Softball Coaches of the Year Frank Moore, Calvert, and Mike Johnson, Huntingtown, and Baseball Coach of the Year Carl Smith, Northern.