Frederick and Carroll Counties 2005-2006 All-Gazette: Softball

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Player of the Year

Alecia Brandenburg

Catoctin, Sr., P

Brandenburg was 14-1 leading up to the state tournament, where she was 2-0 including the Cougars’ 4-0 victory over Col. Richardson in the state final that erased 20 years of playoff futility. Her 0.64 ERA overshadowed a .410 average, including 21 RBI, 18 runs and two home runs.

Coach of the Year

Kristy Hinkle

Century, 2nd year

The Knights literally came out of nowhere this year to win the Class 2A West Region. After going 10-10 last year and 9-9 in the regular season this spring, Century put it all together for a strong playoff run, capped by a 10-0 win over FSK for the school’s first softball region championship.

Hillary RemsburgBrunswick, Sr., P

The Railroaders had the bad luck to run into eventual champions Catoctin in the region semifinals, obscuring what was a terrific season for Remsburg, who entered the playoffs with a 0.84 ERA.

Danielle NailleTuscarora, Soph., P

An all-Chespeake First Team selection, Naille went 10-8, frequently striking out batters in the double-digits, before the Titans finally succumbed to Severna Park in the state semifinals.

Kasey StilesCatoctin, Sr., 3B

Stiles hit .400 with two home runs and 24 RBI; she added 22 runs and was an important vocal leader for the Cougars down the stretch.

Cassie ZaleskiThomas Johnson, Sr., IF

This multi-sport star brought experience and an abundance of talent to the Patriots’ roster, helping them beat Southwestern in the first round of the Class 4A North Region tournament.

Alyssa TornatoreTuscarora, Sr., SS

The Titans’ bulwark up the middle, Tornatore (.333) was instrumental in their run to the state tournament—their second in as many years, despite moving from Class 1A to 3A.

Jenn KellyCatoctin, Sr., 1B

Kelly hit .361 with 18 RBI and 15 runs; her coach, Amy Hunt, said of her: ‘‘She was incredibly important to our success; she was one of our steadiest players.”

Stephanie GardnerLiberty, Sr., C

Gardner was invaluable to the Lions as they surprised a lot of watchers by besting No. 3 Walkersville to appear in the Class 2A West Region semifinals after an 8-10 regular season.

Kate FeldmanBrunswick, Jr., OF

Feldman was one of the big bats for Brunswick, helping the Railroaders post a 15-5 record and earn a first-round bye before beating Dunbar in the quarterfinals.

Tara YoungTuscarora, Sr., CF

Young led the Titans with a .380 average as they went 12-10, beating Paint Branch 9-0 in the Class 3A West Region final.

Megan McConnellLiberty, Soph., OF

On a team with six seniors taking up the first six lineup spots, McConnell was the (not so) secret weapon, batting seventh and leading the Lions in hitting and slugging percentage.

Kim AndersLinganore, Fr., OF

Anders hit better than .400 for the Lancers, who went 13-3 before losing to Paint Branch in the Class 3A West semifinals.

Becky SchmidtGlenelg, Jr., UT

Mostly known for her work from the pitching circle, where her 50-mile-per-hour fastballs have stymied batters for two-plus seasons, Schmidt helped the Gladiators in numerous ways, definable and indefinable, this year.

Second team

Shannon Strube (Urbana, Soph., P)

Kristy Witten (Century, Sr., P)

Allison Brambeck (Liberty, Sr., P)

Amy McCormick (Liberty, Sr., IF)

Kendall Blumenthal (Frederick, Sr., SS)

K.C. Geouge (Urbana, Sr., 2B)

Jessica Young (Walkersville, Sr., IF)

Taylor McCarty (Middletown, Jr., C)

Brittany Brown (Catoctin, Sr., OF)

Marie Lindberg (Century, Jr., OF)

Megan Geisbert (Urbana, Sr., CF)

Melanie Kozak (Brunswick, Soph., UT)

Honorable mention

Brunswick: Brandi Lapole, Lucy Shankle.

Catoctin: Ashley Metal.

Century: Jenna Gabrielian, Emily McFarland.

Glenelg: Leah Cossentino, Jen Glascock.

Middletown: Katelyn Coffey.

Liberty: Whitney Miller, Sasha Overton, Kara Taylor.

Linganore: Sarah Fry, Sami Staub.

Middletown: Erinne Warrenfeltz, Casey Burtner.

South Carroll: Melissa Axtell, Felicia Siegrist.

Thomas Johnson: Michelle Bateman, Victoria Linton.

Tuscarora: Amanda Krantz, Emily Wilson.

Walkersville: Erin McNally, Natasha Sheflett, Vanessa Tarver.