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Player of the Year

Marianne Johnson

In only her second season of pitching at any level, Johnson dominated the 4A South Region and came within one game of helping Bowie to the state semifinals for a second straight year. Johnson completed her senior year 20-1 with 252 strikeouts and a 0.30 earned run average in 114 innings. She tossed 13 shutouts and 13 no-hitters in 21 starts and limited the 408 batters she faced to 20 hits. Johnson, who also batted in the cleanup spot for the Bulldogs, hit .494 (38 for 77) with three doubles, four triples and four home runs with 54 runs batted in. Johnson plans to attend a community college for two years before transferring to Catholic University.

Coach of the Year

Billy HunterHunter entered 2007 with one of the youngest squads he’s had in his20-year tenure at Eleanor Roosevelt. Few expected the Raiders to be a contender in the 4A South Region. After getting thumped by High Point and Bowie during the first half of the season, the Raiders didn’t lose another game until they reached the state semifinals. The highlight of the season came in the 4A South Region final, as Roosevelt upset previously unbeaten Bowie, 6-5. Hunter had only one senior on the roster this spring and should return a vast majority of his starters next year.

First Team

Jennifer Swieczkowski, pitcher, Henry A. Wise: After missing the first three weeks of the season due to health concerns, Swieczkowski emerged as a prominent force in the 4A South region. The sophomore went 8-2 with a 0.93 earned run average and 138 strikeouts in 60 innings. In five varsity seasons, including four at Grace Brethren Christian School, where she was permitted to play varsity starting in sixth grade, she is 68-7 with 939 strikeouts. Swieczkowski hit .629 with nine doubles, five triples and four home runs.

Kelly Smith, infielder, St. Vincent Pallotti: Making her third appearance on the Star/Gazette first team, the senior shortstop overcame a slow start to post solid numbers for the 10-13 Panthers. She hit .290 with two doubles and one triple and 21 runs scored. She committed only four errors in 101 chances and was named to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference first team for the second straight season. Heading to York (Pa.) College to play softball.

Kelsey Sheehan-Wright, infielder Elizabeth Seton: The versatile senior was instrumental in Seton’s resurgence in the WCAC, batting .407 with eight doubles and two triples, 36 runs and 12 RBI. Selected to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first team as a shortstop twice after being selected to the squad as a catcher. Plans to walk on next spring at the University of Maryland.

Erin Sheehan-Wright, outfielder, Seton: Scrappy junior left-handed batter made a smooth transition to the outfield after two seasons at second base. She hit .352 with one double, 26 runs and 18 RBI and was 14 for 14 on stolen base attempts.

Jordan Reid, infielder, Gwynn Park: The junior was invaluable to the 14-2 Yellow Jackets at the plate and in the field. Reid hit .776 with 14 home runs and 66 runs batted in while scoring 52 times. She committed only three errors in 31 chances at shortstop and had one of the team’s two hits in the 11-0 loss against eventual 3A state champion Huntingtown.

Ashley Williams, outfielder, Largo: Blessed with quick feet and a solid glove, the junior hit .532, had an on-base percentage of .533 and a slugging percentage of .764 thanks to four doubles, four homers and three triples. Williams did not commit an error in 28 chances in center field and will continue her career at Johnson C. Smith University.

Erin Ross, outfielder, Bowie: In her first season as the Bulldogs’ center fielder and leadoff batter, the senior hit .491 with 18 stolen bases, 49 runs scored and 26 RBI. She also displayed superb range and a strong arm in center field. She was Bowie’s senior class salutatorian.

Lauren Decker, catcher, Seton: The junior was among the team leaders in nearly every offensive category for the 15-12 Roadrunners. She hit .397 with 10 doubles and two triples and easily led the team with 28 RBI and a .577 slugging percentage. Decker threw out 21 of 25 baserunners attempting to steal and was named to the WCAC second team.

Sharde Estep, infielder, Gwynn Park: Making her first appearance on the first team, Estep batted .714 with eight doubles, five homers and four triples. She drove in 53 runs and scored another 35 for the 14-2 Yellow Jackets. She committed only two errors in 18 chances at third base.

Megan Lott, outfielder, Pallotti: The senior overcame a slow start to enjoy a solid season. She hit .292 with five doubles, two triples and one home run with 15 RBI. Gettysburg (Pa.) College-bound outfielder collected 27 putouts and added two assists in center field.

Katie Nalley, infielder, Bowie: One of the best all-around players in the county, the junior hit .474 with four doubles, five triples and six home runs with 53 runs and 40 RBI. Nalley also made a smooth transition to shortstop after two seasons at second base, displaying good range and a strong arm.

Sharron Lipford, pitcher, Largo: The senior capped her career by leading the Lions to a share of the County 3A/2A/1A title and their first appearance in the county championship game. Lipford went 16-3 and struck out 99 in 77 innings with a 1.44 ERA. Lipford will play softball at Virginia State University next spring.

Beth Ann Fusco, infielder, Pallotti: Making her second appearance on the Star/Gazette first team, the senior led Pallotti with a .444 batting average with eight doubles, one triple and one homer. She added 18 runs and 10 RBI. Fusco also played superb defense at second base, compiling 49 putouts and 30 assists and will play next spring at McDaniel College.

Erin Snyder, infielder, Eleanor Roosevelt: The junior leadoff batter hit .519 with six home runs, 48 runs and 44 RBI. Her efforts peaked during the playoffs as she homered against Wise in the region semifinals. She went 2 for 4 with a double and triple, three runs scored and three RBI in the Raiders’ 6-5 victory against Bowie in the region final.

Second Team

Erin Cocciaro, Eva Richardson and Olivia Tacconelli, Roosevelt

Anna Duranske, Grace Brethren

Lacey Ennis and Lauren Keim, Laurel

Alice Tintle, Sara Hayden andSam Colein, Seton

Lauren Fusco and Kelly Trimble, St. Vincent Pallotti

Sara Kahler and Shrice Dillard, Gwynn Park

Joanne Coley and Talaya Giles, Largo

Terri Kellaher and ShannonWoolery, Bowie

Candice Fullen, DuVal

Erica Frias and Jackie Chicas, High Point

Krysten Frazier, Northwestern

Lynette Iloh and Julicia Coleman, Frederick Douglass

Megan Williams and Trier Branch, Charles H. Flowers.