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  1999 All-Met Baseball Team

  • Player of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Honorable Mention

  • First Team
  • Second Team

  • 1997-98 All-Met Baseball Team

    Front row (from left to right): Jeff Palumbo, St. John's; Chip Grawey, Paul VI; Evan Howard, O'Connell; Kennard Jones, High Point; Matt Crater, ST. Stephen's/SA; Kenny Nelson, Riverdale Baptist. Back row: Joe Saunders, West Springfield; Nick Vitielliss, Thomas Stone; Alexander Starr, Maret; Danny Lopaze, Potomac (Va.); Jeff Baker, Gar-Field; Carlton Bragg, Eleanor Roosevelt; Jose Pabon, Potomac (Va.). Not pictured: Ryan Childs, Damascus.

    Player of the Year
    Jeff Baker
    Infielder and shortstop
    Four-year starter hit .533 with 12 home runs, 29 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Led the Dale City school to a 15-5 record and the finals of the Virginia AAA Cardinal District tournament. ... Went 7-0 with 90 strikeouts in 56 innings and walked 13. ... Had a 0.49 ERA. ... Member of 1997 Youth National Team ... Committed to Clemson.

    Coach of the Year
    Dan Griel
    Lake Braddock
    Directed the Burke school to a 11-1 record and the Virginia AAA Patriot District regular season championship.
    Over the past 15 years, his teams have compiled a record of 227-118. Led his team to three Virginia AAA championship games (1988, '93, '97) and four state tournament appearances ('88, '93, '95, '97). ... Named Patriot District coach of the year this season.

    First Team
    P Ryan Childs | Damascus
    3-0 - 27IP - 2.0 ERA - 36K
    Righthanded senior spent two weeks near the start of the season with the 18-and-under U.S. junior national team in Venezuela and still led Damascus – a team that went undefeated in Montgomery County – in innings pitched. Committed to Clemson.

    3B Matt Crater | St. Stephen's/SA
    .680 Avg. - 5 HR - 39 RBI - 36 SB
    Senior pitcher and infielder finished the season as the area's leading hitter. From the mound, Crater went 7-1 with 81 strikeouts in 45 innings with an 0.78 ERA.

    OF Carlton Bragg | Eleanor Roosevelt
    .441 Avg. - 2 HR - 24 RBI - 17 SB
    Led the Greenbelt school to the Prince George's County 4A championship. The senior centerfielder had an on-base percentage of .566 and scored 28 runs this season. Committed to Indiana.

    C Chip Grawey | Paul VI
    .473 Avg. - 5 HR - 18 RBI - 12 SB
    The senior leadoff hitter was the key to the Fairfax school earning a share of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference South Division championship. In addition to scoring 35 runs this season, Grawey compiled a regular-season record of 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA as a pitcher. Defensively, he allowed no passed balls, threw out 12 runners and picked off eight. Committed to UNC Wilmington.

    DH Evan Howard | O'Connell
    .490 Avg. 11 HR - 19 RBI
    The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year helped the Arlington school to a share of the conference's South Division championship. Three of the senior shortstop's 11 home runs this season were grand slams. He had a slugging percentage of 1.041 (101 total bases in 100 at bats). Committed to James Madison.

    OF Kennard Jones | High Point
    .644 Avg. - 7 HR - 38 RBI - 25 SB
    Had an astonishing on-base percentage of .714 for the Beltsville school, which was runner-up for the Prince George's County 4A championship. The senior had 23 extra-base hits, including seven triples and in 59 at-bats. He struck out only four times.

    UT Danny Lopaze | Potomac (Va.)
    .382 Avg. - 8 HR - 30 RBI
    Did a little bit of everything this season for the Virginia AAA Cardinal District champion. He caught and was the team's top starting pitcher and shortstop, and did not make an error at any position. The senior became the Dumfries school's all-time home run leader with 18. He went 4-0 as a pitcher this season with five saves, 60 strikeouts in 34 innings and a 0.21 ERA. Committed to Virginia Commonwealth.

    1B Kenny Nelson | Riverdale Baptist
    .410 Avg. - 14 HR - 56 RBI

    Two-time All-Met. The junior led the top-ranked Upper Marlboro school with a Maryland record 14 home runs – hit in seven different states. From the mound, Nelson went 7-2 with four saves, 91 strikeouts in 57 innings and a 1.97 ERA. Committed to Arizona State.

    2B Jose Pabon | Potomac (Va.)
    .500 Avg. - 8 HR - 33 RBI
    Repeat All-Met. The senior is the Dumfries school's career leader in RBI (91) and doubles (32). Also is second all-time in stolen bases (61), third in home runs (14) and fourth in hits (105). The four-year starter has been on three Virginia AAA Cardinal District championship teams ('96, '98, '99) and a state finalist in '96. Committed to Virginia Commonwealth.

    SS Jeff Palumbo | St. John's
    .495 Avg. - 2 HR - 17 RBI - 25 SB
    The junior led the Northwest Washington school to its first-ever Washington Catholic Athletic Conference baseball title. The leadoff hitter and defensive specialist led off five games with triples this season. Eighteen of his hits were for extra bases. He also had 25 stolen bases.

    P Joe Saunders | West Springfield
    6-3 W-L - 60 IP - 1.70 ERA - 79K
    Two-time All-Met. The senior went 15 decisions without a loss. Led the Spartans in the Virginia AAA championship game with a complete-game victory. The lefthander helped his team to a second-place regular-season finish in the AAA Patriot District. Committed to Virginia Tech.

    P Alexander Starr | Maret
    5-1 W-L - 45 IP - 1.95 ERA - 61K
    Starr used both his bat and his arm to lead the Northwest Washington school to its best season ever in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. The senior righthander had a .540 batting average, 12 home runs, a slugging percentage of 1.300 (65 total bases in 50 at-bats) and an on-base percentage of .652. Committed to Virginia.

    P Nick Vitielliss | Thomas Stone
    7-1 W-L - 49 IP - 0.85 ERA - 79K
    Senior righthander led the Waldorf school to the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship with a 7-0 conference record. The three-year starter hit .463 with four home runs and 23 RBI. Committed to Indiana.

    Second Team

    Pos. Player            School               Yr.
    1B J.D. Lubenetski Quince Orchard Sr. 2B Luis Pujois High Point Sr. SS Marc Tugwell West Springfield Sr. 3B Norris Roy Arundel Sr. UT Corey Consuegra Damascus Jr. C Jed English West Potomac Sr. C Matt Deucher Centennial Sr. OF Danny Stein Bowie Sr. OF Mike Amos Lake Braddock Sr. DH Jason Maxey Hammond So. P Todd Boessen Paul VI Jr. P Ryan Dulaney Riverdale Baptist Sr. P Joe Goretnburg Washington-Lee Sr. P Jeff Hahn Handley Jr.
    Honorable Mention
    Catcher: Bobby Coleman, Northwest; Steve Delano, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Rusty Dawes, Riverdale Baptist; Tim Hartman, Pallotti; Robert Johnsen, Wilson; Kevin Kepplinger, Paint Branch; Dan Spring, St. Albans; Jeff Starcher, Glenelg; Justin Stephenson, Damascus; Nathan Streigler, Courtland; Adam Tidball, Georgetown Prep, Daryl Turner, Langley; Joey Verdecchia, Richard Montgomery; Dan Wintersteen, DeMatha.

    Infielders: John Allen, Laurel; Jason Allen, Herndon; Matt Barrett, Stuart; Matt Carullo, Paul VI; Jeremy Cleveland, Hayfield; Brady Decker, Oakton; Ryan Dorsey, Riverdale Baptist; Chris Heresign, St. Anselm's; Matt Germroth, Oakton; Mike Haake, Fairfax; Jeff Langley, Mount Vernon; Mike Lentine, Centreville; Aaron Mayhew, St. John's; Brian McKenna, Watkins Mill; Ken Myers, Thomas Stone: Paul Myslinski St. Stephen's/SA; Chris Morris, Bowie; Eric Sebold, Watkins Mill; Marc Severin, South Lakes; Matt Smith, The Heights; Brendan Sullivan, St. Albans; Mike Sweeney, DeMatha; Chad Tornabeni, Langley; Kevin Weschler, Good Counsel; Matt Waite, Ireton.

    Outfielders: Brad Bauder, Broad Run; Adam Beaver, Atholton; Richie Comerford, Oakton; Kevin Davis, Robinson; Richie Dean, Madsion; Derek Dixon, Severna Park; J.D. DuChemin, Courtland; Mike Fox, Arundel; Brian Fraser, Gonzaga; Sal Fratenduono, E. Roosevelt; Jason Galloway, Old Mill; Tim Grant, Lee; James Lee, Rockville; Kevin McCullough, Gonzaga; Mac Mollet, Damascus; Donte Montgomery, Central (Md.); Tim Shea, Gaithersburg; David Sneed, Bethlehem Baptist; Kevin Snowden, E. Roosevelt; Matt Sweeney, St. Anselms; Jesse Thomas, Riverdale Baptist; Mike Vagianos, Lake Braddock.

    Catchers: Bobby Coleman, Northwest; Steve Delano, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Rusty Dawes, Riverdale Baptist; Tim Hartman, Pallotti; Robert Johnsen, Wilson; Kevin Kepplinger, Paint Branch; Dan Spring, St. Albans; Jeff Starcher, Glenelg; Justin Stephenson, Damascus; Nathan Streigler, Courtland; Adam Tidball, Georgetown Prep, Daryl Turner, Langley; Joey Verdecchia, Richard Montgomery; Dan Wintersteen, DeMatha.

    Pitchers: Almonzo Banks, Dunbar; Tom Bell, Marshall; Chris Cochran, South Lakes; Jason Connell, St. John's; Joshua Courage, Washington Waldorf; Chris Davis, Park View; Justin Davis, Riverdale Baptist; Alan Day, Woodbridge; Mike Fratoe, Lee; Adam Gardner, Robinson; Chris Garris, Potomac (Va.); Jake Geiser, Oakton; Steve Gonzalez, Potomac (Va.); Tim Hucker, Glen Burnie; Joe Kemp, Riverdale Baptist; Matt Kleweno, North Stafford; Jonathan Harris, Falls Church; Joe Koshansky, Chantilly; Andy Kostic, Arundel; Todd Lewis, Handley; Danny Maggin, Rockville; Dan McAfee, St. John's; Dan McCullough, Calvert; John Maine, North Stafford; Mitch Maley, DeMatha; Travis Mister, Calvert; Chris Null, Broad Run; Karl Pauli, Riverdale Baptist; Joe Pichler, Wootton; Brendan Reed, Gonzaga; Mike Regan, Manassas Park; Glen Skutnik, Hayfield; Eddie Smith, Wilson; Matt Ryan, Georgetown Prep; Andrew Wells, Hayfield; Griffin Zarbough, Thomas Stone; David Zellers, Bowie.

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