Wednesday, June 4, 2008

All-Gazette softball

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Naomi Brookner⁄The Gazette
The 2008 All-Gazette softball first team. Kneeling (left to right): Amy Grubic, Kelly Gafner, Erin Bloodgood, Taylor Stockinger, Player of the Year Taylor Wyatt, Amanda Nagy, Allison Gost, Rachel Stream; standing: Erin McMakin, Karah Kuczarski, Kathy Holonich, Kristen Hutchinson, Amanda Ray, Becca Kirshner and Coach of the Year Pat Flanagan. Not pictured: Brittany Merek

Coach of the Year
Pat Flanagan, Sherwood, 12th year
Despite losing last year’s best battery in county to graduation, led Warriors to 18-3 record and first-ever state final.

Player of the Year
Taylor Wyatt, Damascus, Jr., SS
Led Hornets, on and off field, to third state semifinal in four years. Batted team-high .557 and had .942 fielding percentage.

Erin Bloodgood, Clarksburg, Jr., C
Helped lead Coyotes to winning record in second season, with .516 batting average and 22 RBI.

Kelly Gafner, Clarksburg, Sr., 1B
Errorless in field and helped team to first postseason win, batting a team-high .576 with 30 RBI.

Allison Gost, Poolesville, Sr., C
Committed only one error, threw out 11 would-be base stealers and hit .390 with team-high five doubles.

Amy Grubic, Wheaton, Sr., P
Tallied county-high 227 strikeouts en route to 1.90 ERA. Batted team-best .470 with 9 home runs.

Kathy Holonich, Sherwood, Sr., 1B
Batted .333 with 27 RBI, 19 runs, adding solid defense in first season at first base.

Kristen Hutchinson, R. Montgomery, Soph., P
Compiled 13-5 record with 171 strikeouts, batting .400 with 3 home runs.

Becca Kirshner, Gaithersburg, Sr., SS
Combined tremendous range with team-high .571 batting average, 21 RBI.

Karah Kuczarski, Good Counsel, Jr., C
Threw out 18 of 20 runners at second base and batted a team-high .425.

Erin McMakin, Sherwood, Jr., P
Tallied 120 strikeouts and a 18-3 record, leading Warriors to first-ever state final appearance.

Brittany Merek, Gaithersburg, Sr., OF
Top offensive performer with .510 batting average and three home runs.

Amanda Nagy, Damascus, Sr., 2B
Four-year starter boasted .463 batting average, .955 fielding percentage.

Amanda Ray, Damascus, Sr., 1B
Produced .537 batting average, 35 RBI and committed just one error at first base.

Taylor Stockinger, Sherwood, Jr., SS
Three-year starter batted .450 with 25 RBI and 28 runs scored.

Rachel Stream, Poolesville, Sr., SS⁄P
Cornerstone of 15-4 squad, batted .397 with team-best 23 RBI, 3 home runs and 3 triples.

Second Team
Grace Bennett, G. Counsel, Sr., P⁄OF
Compiled 6-3 pitching record and batted .410 with 17 RBI.

Rachel Baron, Wootton, Jr., SS
Batted team-high .403 with 14 RBI and accrued a .971 fielding percentage

Colleen Everett, Gaithersburg, Jr., C
Batted .481 with team-best 6 home runs and committed just two errors.

Emily Forst, Northwest, Fr., C
Threw out 12 of 16 runners at second base; picked off five at first base.

Megan Foy, Poolesville, Jr., SS
Led Falcons with .494 batting average and never struck out.

Stephanie Hudlow, Damascus, Jr., OF
Scored 31 runs on .449 batting for 3A state semifinalists.

Rachel Laufer, Wootton, Soph., OF
Didn’t commit an error in center field and batted .304 with 8 RBI.

Jacquie Lemar, Seneca Valley, Sr., OF
Batted .450 with 4 home runs and stole 16 bases.

Amanda Parker, Northwest, Jr., SS
Turned two double plays and batted .451.

Kelly Morrow, Sherwood, Sr., OF
Batted .327 and scored 20 runs.

Jessica Rinn, Wootton, Sr., 3B
Errorless at third base and batted 319 with 14 RBI.

Emma Schultz, P. Branch, Soph., SS
Drove in team-high 20 runs and batted .463.

Katie Scott, Blair, Sr., OF
Leadoff batter boasted .500 on-base percentage.

Michelle Tabisz, P. Branch, Sr., 1B
Committed two errors in 112 chances and hit team-best .471.

Riley Wilson, Clarksburg, Soph., P
Racked up 117 strikeouts and a 16-2 record.

Honorable Mention
Sara Biron, Wootton, Jr., OF
Kelsey Boyd, R. Montgomery, Soph., 2B
Hilary Bragg, Blair, Sr., 1B
Agnes Lubon, Magruder, Sr., OF⁄SS
Carly Miller, Magruder, Jr., 1B
Elizabeth Owen, Whitman, Jr., 1B
Alli Part, Damascus, Jr., P
Shayna Popkin, Sherwood, Soph., C
Ginna Roach, B-CC, Sr., C
Brooke Supinski, Blake, Sr., OF