Coach of the Year
Charles Pickard, Friendly, 1st year
Before the season began, the Friendly High baseball program was in need of a boost and Pickard brought discipline and invigorating passion. Pickard took over a middle-of-the-pack Patriots team and guided it to the County 3A/2A/1A League title, marking the end of Gwynn Park’s 11-season stranglehold on the league crown. Friendly went on to advance to the county championship game. Pickard’s emphasis on fundamentals took the Patriots from average to 13-2 in a short time.
Player of the Year
Tommy Winegardner, Riverdale Baptist, Sr., P/SS
On the mound, Winegardner went 7-3 with a 3.28 earned run average, striking out 131 and walking 38 in 47 innings. At the plate, he tied for the team lead in home runs with 13 and hit .475 with 51 RBI. Twenty-four of his 58 hits went for extra bases and he added 13 stolen bases. Winegardner will continue his career at Coastal Carolina.
Carl Travers, Riverdale Baptist, Sr., C
Led the Crusaders in batting average (.533), RBI (54) and average with runners in scoring position (.393) and tied for the team lead in homers (13). He struck out just eight times in 134 plate appearances, hitting safely in 35 of 38 games. He’ll continue his baseball career at Radford University.
Jeremy Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr., P
Saw little time on the mound as a junior, when seniors led the Raiders to the state Class 4A title. Embraced the ace role this year for the regional champs while picking up a tricky sidearm pitch that helped him go 8-0 with a 2.67 ERA. He will play for Alabama State.
Andrew Felter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr., OF
The Raiders’ most consistent producer at the plate, leading them in nearly every offensive category. He only struck out twice and his .444 batting average was second on the squad, while his 17 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 30 runs were a team best.
Raynel Gibson, Laurel, Sr., OF
Gibson was everything the Spartans and coach Bryan Harris needed in a captain. As a leadoff batter, he hit .424 with 36 runs scored and 19 RBI. Gibson also stole a base in all but one game, becoming the state’s all-time career stolen base leader.
Kieran Flannery, St. Vincent Pallotti, Sr., P/C
A future college catcher, Flannery also was strong as a pitcher for the Panthers, who won the MIAA B Conference’s Black Division. He hit .518 and had six home runs, while going 7-4 with 63 strikeouts. He will play for Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Ernest Baldwin, Largo, Fr., P
Baldwin had the best season of any freshman in the county as he helped lead the Lions to near the top of the County 3A/2A/1A League standings. At the plate, Baldwin batted .605, scoring 44 runs with 43 RBI and an amazing 1.083 slugging percentage during the regular season. On the mound, Baldwin went 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA and 66 strikeouts.
Brendan Lozupone, DeMatha, Sr., P
A two-time first-team selection, Lozupone went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA and walked just four batters for the Stags, who won their first WCAC title in four years. Lozupone, whose last high school win was a 20-6 upset of St. John’s (D.C.), will play for Tennessee-Martin.
Nick Rivers, DeMatha, Sr., C
Rivers organized the defense and added punch to a lineup that scored 39 runs in the WCAC tournament. The clean-up hitter batted .364 with 13 RBI and a team-best three home runs, including a 400-foot shot to punctuate a win in the title game. He will play for Delaware.
Kenneth Minor Jr., Surrattsville, Sr., P
The senior put the Hornets on his back and was a big part of Surrattsville’s solid season in the County 3A/2A/1A League. Minor hit .574 with 16 extra base hits and 45 RBI and was the Hornets’ ace as he went 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA.
Jeff Cheney, High Point, Sr.,P
Bouncing back from two injury-riddled years, the senior yielded only seven earned runs in 31 1/3 innings this past season, finishing with a 1.56 ERA and 43 strikeouts. At the plate, Cheney had a .615 on base percentage with a .647 slugging percentage.
Corey Altiere, Bowie, Sr., P
The senior pitcher got all the big starts for the Bulldogs, the County 4A League runner=ups, and was the only pitcher in the county and one of two in the state to beat South Region champion Eleanor Roosevelt. Altiere went 9-2 with a 1.16 ERA and struck out 54 while walking eight. At the plate, he hit .396 and had 10 RBI.
Ramsey Williams, Friendly, Sr., P/3B
The versatile senior ended his career by leading the Patriots to the County 3A/2A/1A League title. Williams was the Patriots’ top hitter with an impressive .610 batting average with 36 hits, 31 runs and 11 RBI. He also pitched, going 3-0 and recording four saves.
Tommy Haines, Parkdale, Sr., P
The senior again proved to be one of the best pitchers in the County 4A League and one of the most productive hitters. Haines went 5-1 and batted .448 with four doubles, five homers and 23 RBI.
Kevin Fink, Bowie, Sr., C
The Bulldogs’ big stopper behind the plate also was one of the county’s best hitters. The senior, who occupied the cleanup spot, batted .609 and drove in 27 runs. Thirteen of his hits — nearly half his total — were for extra bases. He will play for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Mike Grzeskiewicz and Adam Scherer, Bowie
Chris Cook and Daniel Dragos, DeMatha
Danny Herron and Brian Robison, Laurel
Kevin Hughes, Sam Stefanelli and P.J. Martindale, Pallotti
Junior Burrell, Henry A. Wise
Abdiel Hernandez and Anthony Ponafala, Oxon Hill
Casey Conrad and Mike Kerdock, Roosevelt
Troy Davis and Freddie Curtis, Frederick Douglass
Jayson Barnes, Alexander Perry and Tim Sultzer, Friendly
Charlie Rymers, High Point
Johan Knee, C.J. Poad and Anthony Wilson, Riverdale Baptist
The Gazette-Star All-County Baseball Team was selected by our staff based on players’ performances and nominations from coaches. Staff Writers Kevin Hilgers, Terron Hampton and Ted Black compiled the information on this page.