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All-County Baseball-Jamison, Kane each catch county honors

June 10, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

It's only fitting that Boonsboro senior Kyle Kane and Williamsport junior A.J. Jamison wound up sharing 2007 Washington County Baseball Player of the Year honors, decided by voting by county coaches.

When comparing the two catchers, one thing becomes clear - there's nothing clear about who is better. They're both deserving of the honor, and they're perfectly happy to share it.

"I really like A.J. He and I get to play together every now and then and we ask how each other is doing and support one another," Kane said. "We knew each of us would have great years."

"He's been a great friend throughout high school, always giving me tips," said Jamison of Kane. "He tells me stuff I never knew about and helps me with my game."

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Kane - who was asked to play several other positions in addition to his catching duties - hit .574 with four doubles, four homers, 27 RBI, 17 runs scored and nine steals.

"I actually looked at that challenge in a positive way," said Kane, who will play college ball at Mount St. Mary's. "I got to not only prove what I can do behind the plate, but also what I can do as a more complete player. I got to play at short and third and only had two or three errors."

"He can play anywhere," Warriors coach Max Shaffer said. "The basic thing that happened to us is we had to get rid of some players because of disciplinary problems. He volunteered to play anywhere, and he didn't miss a beat hitting the ball."

Jamison hit .541 with eight doubles, five homers, 14 RBI, 23 runs scored and nine steals. In addition to his hitting prowess, Jamison is a solid defender who also calls pitches.

"Every sport I play in - basketball coach Scott Mowbray would rather see me play 'D' than 'O' - defense wins championships and is the building block for every successful team," Jamison said. "It's fun to be a catcher, you're in the middle of every play. It's fun that the pitcher gives me enough trust to let me call the game and have confidence that I'll make the right call."

"He has all the tools," Wildcats coach Larnie Vickers said. "He has the ability to play any position, he has a great work ethic, he loves the game and has that competitive drive to win. ... He can do the little things, like block the ball in the dirt that gives a pitcher so much confidence. It's one less thing you have to worry about as a coach and as a player."

South Hagerstown's Ralph Stottlemyer is the Washington County Coach of the Year for leading the Rebels to a 13-4 record and the MVAL Antietam title.

"I knew we had senior pitching. I just didn't know how well we'd hit," Stottlemyer said. "A couple juniors really came through big for us. They were the ones who filled the holes for me."

All-County First Team:

Brock Jamison, South Hagerstown, Sr., P - Jamison went 5-1 with a 4.05 ERA, allowing 28 hits and 12 walks while striking out 33 in 27 2/3 innings.

Kenneth Feigley, South Hagerstown, Sr., P - Feigley went 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, allowing 19 hits and three walks while striking out 18 in 26 innings.

Kevin Kocsis, Smithsburg, Jr., P - Kocsis went 6-1 with a with a 4.37 ERA, allowing 44 hits and 25 walks while striking out 21 in 41 2/3 innings.

Tim Leather, South Hagerstown, Jr., IF - Leather hit .439 with five doubles and 12 RBI, scored 21 runs and walked 19 times.

Jordan Thurber, Clear Spring, So., IF - Thurber hit .435 with two homers, 17 RBI and 18 walks.

Josh Conway, Smithsburg, So., IF - Conway hit .442 with three doubles, three homers and 19 RBI, and scored 16 runs.

Chad Bikle, Williamsport, Sr., IF - Bikle hit .443 with seven doubles and 23 RBI, and scored 12 runs.

Nick Bodnar, Williamsport, Sr., IF - Bodnar hit .413 with three doubles, three homers and 17 RBI, scored 23 runs and added 15 walks.

Marcellus Sumlin, North Hagers-town, Sr., OF - Sumlin hit .500 with eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBI, scored 19 runs and stole seven bases.

Aaron Mills, Clear Spring, Jr., OF - Mills hit .475 with eight doubles and stole 14 bases.

Aaron Dixon, Boonsboro, Sr., OF - Dixon hit .466 with five doubles and 10 RBI and scored 24 runs.

Mark Dattilio, North Hagerstown, Sr., OF - Dattilio hit .371 with two homers and 17 RBI and scored 16 runs.

Kevin Tyler, Smithsburg, Sr., OF - Tyler hit .348 with three doubles, scored 19 runs, walked 14 times and stole nine bases.

Paul Merson, Broadfording Christian, Util. - Merson hit .543 with five doubles and 13 RBI and stole 10 bases.

ALL-COUNTY BASEBALL SECOND TEAM

P, Nathan Mills, Sr., Clear Spring

P, John Kehr, Jr., Clear Spring

P, Spencer Cromer, Sr., South Hagerstown

C, Tommy Evans, Sr., North Hagerstown

IF, Adam Chambers, Jr., Boonsboro

IF, Zeke Ricketts, Sr., South Hagerstown

IF, Tim Hamilton, Jr., South Hagerstown

IF, Cody Nelling, Jr., North Hagerstown

IF, Tim Cole, Sr., Boonsboro

OF, Aaron Hershberger, Jr., Williamsport

OF, David Plank, Sr., St. Maria Goretti

OF, Jimmy Sutch, Sr., St. James

OF, Andrew Duff, Jr., Williamsport

DH, Andrew Dagenhart, So., Williamsport

Util, J.J. O'Neill, So., St. Maria Goretti

HONORABLE MENTION

Boonsboro - Josh Anders, Jake Pendergraft, Brad Rohrer, Chris Selby. Broadfording - Devin Gourdine. Clear Spring - John Mason, Corey Morgan, Josh Kehr. Grace Academy - Matt Couch, Kenny Frederickson, Brandon Hess, Zach Koontz, Jake Reese. Hancock - Jake Foreman, Kaelob Norris. North Hagerstown - Kyle Hoffman, Cadyn Robinson, Mike Twigg. Smithsburg - Josh Bodine, Steve Hines, Matt Shriver. South Hagerstown - Dustin Boward, Derreck Hendershot, Tim Jacobson, Todd Jacobson, Brandon Knight, Patrick Mertz. St. James - Ben Farquhar, Brad Kretzer, Colin McWilliams, Andrew Twigg. St. Maria Goretti - David Bowen, Will Murray, Alex Zoretich. Williamsport - Tim McCartney, Travis Sluger.

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