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Baseball: Players to Watch
Sander BeckSevern, pitcher // Beck, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior right-hander who has signed with the University of Maryland, went 6-1 with a 2.00 ERA .
Patrick BlairCalvert Hall, shortstop // The All-Metro junior is considered by area pro scouts and college coaches as the best at his position. Blair led the unbeaten Cardinals in batting (.534), slugging percentage (.874), hits (55) and stolen bases (28) and scored a state-record 58 runs.
Jack CareySt. Paul's, third base // One of the top three sophomore hitters in the metro area last spring, the second-team All-Metro pick batted .445 with a .782 slugging percentage, six homers, 15 doubles and 31 runs.
Paul DeVitoArchbishop Spalding, pitcher // Back for his fourth varsity season as a starter, the left-hander went 4-2 last spring with three saves and a 1.91 ERA. An injury to his throwing hand caused him to miss most of the second half of the season.
Mike DillonCalvert Hall, pitcher // This right-hander was a second-team All-Metro pick as a junior last spring after posting a 2.05 ERA. He has signed with Ohio University. .
Kieran FlannerySt. Vincent Pallotti, catcher-pitcher // The first Pallotti baseball player to be named to the All-Metro first team, Flannery had a fine fall season with the Oriolelanders showcase team and is headed to Indian River (Fla.) Community College.
Alex FrederickDulaney, shortstop-pitcher // A four-year varsity starter for the Lions, Frederick is a team captain for the second straight year and has signed with UNC-Greensboro.
Kevin LingermanCalvert Hall, pitcher-third base // The returning Metro Player of the Year led the Cardinals to a 33-0 season and third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title as a junior. Lingerman, who has committed to George Mason, batted .390 with an area-leading 47 RBIs.
Austin PoretzSt. Mary's, pitcher-infield // An All-Anne Arundel County pick as a junior last year, Poretz led the Saints to the MIAA B Conference title with his arm and bat.
Ben WinterCentennial, pitcher-outfield // The Howard County Player of the Year and an All-Metro pick last season as a junior, the left-handed Winter was 7-1, with his only loss coming in the Class 3A state final to Westminster.
Other notables // Nick Benges, North County; Steve Blucher, Marriotts Ridge; Chris Boynton, Dunbar; Nick Caddick, Calvert Hall; Tom Carroll, Loyola; Norm Cushing, Curley; Dan Druzgala, Mount St. Joseph; Keith Fritz, Archbishop Curley; Josh Futter, Wilde Lake; Chase Green, Arundel; Andrew Hahn, Loyola; Jordan Heller, Loch Raven; Dean Hicks, Kenwood; Matt Hillsinger, Archbishop Spalding; Kody Hines, Archbishop Spalding; John Hodges, Northeast; Will Hoffman, Dulaney; Devon Jerrard, Boys' Latin; Jeff Kemp, Spalding; Ryan Kemp, Mount St. Joseph; Bobby Kirby, Loyola; Austin Knight, Boys' Latin; Brad Markey, C. Milton Wright; Shane Mattingly, Centennial; Tom Miller, Mount St. Joseph; Ed Palmer, Archbishop Spalding Jason Patten, Archbishop Spalding; Elliott Poehlman, Loyola; Alex Ramsay, Severna Park; Fred Ramsey, Dunbar; Mike Rappazzo, C. Milton Wright; Justin Robey, Chesapeake-AA; Phil Ruzbarsky, Westminster; Matt Skrenchuk, Arundel; Jon Stewart, St. Mary's; Brian Taaffe, St. Paul's; Kevin Taylor, Mount St. Joseph; Sean Thompson, Curley; Vince Tiburzi, Patapsco; Garrett Weinhold, Fallston; Ed Wiese, Gilman; Dwight Wilcox, St. Mary's; Josh Winter, Boys' Latin; Jordan Wlodarczyk, C. Milton Wright.