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All-County Softball: Baker led Clear Spring to best record in county

June 14, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • 2013 Washington County Softball Coach of the Year
2013 Washington County Softball Coach of the Year

CLEAR SPRING —
Ron Baker is a student of the game. He knows it takes some good players and good assistant coaches to help bring it all together.

Having just completed his ninth season as Clear Spring’s softball coach, Baker now has a string of six seasons with records above .500.

While there was no Antietam Conference championship for Baker, or for any other Washington County school this season, the Blazers did fashion the top county record at 14-5.

Baker is the Herald-Mail Softball Coach of the Year.

“Our record this year is a tribute to the girls and my assistants,” said Baker, winner of the award for a second time. “Sometimes there were situations that didn’t allow us to win, but most of the time they were able to do the things to come out on the winning end.

“There was still tremendous success,” he said. “At times, people stepped up.”

Baker was Coach of the Year in 2010 when the Blazers finished 17-5, lead by then-sophomore Heather Schlotterbeck. His 9-year mark at Clear Spring is 92-80.

He is quick to point out the other minds he relies on, assistants Scott Forrest and Bill McIntire.

“Rarely do you have two people like them,” Baker said.
Baker spent 12 years with the Blazers as an assistant under Drew Michael.

On somewhat of a whim, Baker’s daughters — Stacy and Katie — wanted to play softball, so Baker took them to a summer league registration in the early 90s.

“It was like, if you show up, you end up staying and coaching them,” Baker said. “The league needed an expansion team with a sponsor, we got one and that was the beginning (of coaching softball).”

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