The Williamsport Wildcats baseball team came from out of nowhere in 2011.
But that should have not been a major surprise, considering the new man on the block calling the shots.
With a Williamsport baseball background, David Warrenfeltz took over the program and immediately put the Wildcats back on the map, sharing an MVAL Antietam Conference championship and reaching the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals.
For his efforts, Warrenfeltz is the 2011 Herald-Mail Washington County Coach of the Year.
“There are a lot of good coaches around here and I consider this a high honor,” said Warrenfeltz, who guided the ’Cats to a 17-5 record.
Williamsport picked up the 1A West title with a victory over Catoctin before losing to eventual state champion St. Michaels in the state semifinals.
Warrenfeltz played for Williamsport in 2003-04 as a catcher and has lived on the baseball field ever since his younger days at Halfway Little League and Hagerstown PONY League.
“When I played, I had confidence every day I walked onto the field,” Warrenfeltz said.
He is honest in his diagnosis of the 2011 campaign.
“I didn’t expect to reach where we did,” he said. “I wanted my players to have high goals. We set the bar high and we came out and expected to win.”
The Wildcats started with a 1-2 record before going on a seven-game win streak. After two losses, another win streak reached nine games before the final loss.
“I got a lot of hard work from my players and was lucky to have them,” Warrenfeltz said. “I think during the early part of the season I was learning them and they were learning me.”
“Every day was a grind facing new challenges.”