(Edit: As pointed out in the comments section, this is basically a look at the top single-season performances in Washington County prep softball since 2000. If I have time later this summer, I will go back and compile another list (a “version 2.0″ if you will) that looks at each player’s overall career to the best of my ability (which is to say, using the information I have). Stay tuned.)
Now that the 2010-11 high school sports year is in the books, I find myself — like the rest of The Herald-Mail sports staff — with a little extra free time on my hands, at least until various District 1 Little League tournaments kick off beginning Friday with the start of the 9-10 tournament.
To help fill the time, I decided to take a look back at one of my high school beats — softball. Having just completed the 2011 All-Washington County teams, I was more than a little curious to see how today’s stars compare to those of yesteryear — or at least, those who have graduated since 2000.
I took over the softball beat in 2003, which is the first year I had a reasonable set of statistics at my fingertips (and even those were incomplete … it seems I’ve gotten better at keeping more detailed records over the years). I made use of The Herald-Mail’s microfilm archives to get information for 2000 through 2002. I wish I could say I found complete statistics for every All-County First Team honoree in the last 12 seasons, but the truth is I didn’t, and someone may very well have slipped through the cracks.
Please keep that in mind as I unveil my (completely unofficial, mostly for entertainment purposes as well as a trip down Memory Lane) All-21st-Century All-County Softball teams.
You just never know when prep athletes are going to mesh together and even exceed the prospectus in the minds of their coaches.
On Tuesday, got my first look at our No. 1 girls softball team as Hedgesville took on Martinsburg and won 3-2.
After the game, which was the 20th win for the Eagles, I asked coach Larry Laing if he thought this kind of season were possible at the beginning of the year.
“I thought maybe we’d be a year away. We had a goal of winning the Apple Valley and 20 games, but I really didn’t know. They have really come together,” said Laing, who broke the 20-win barrier for the first time in his 5th year at Hedgesville.
And, another team that has come together is one that falls into the same category.
Saw the South Hagerstown boys baseball team on Wednesday for the first time and the Rebels beat back a Smithsburg effort to win 6-3 and go to 9-0 in the MVAL and 11-1 overall.
“I think we were picked pretty far down down in the pre-season,” said coach Ralph Stottlemyre. “I wouldn’t have guessed at the beginning of the year we would be unbeaten in the league but we have a lot of players that have played as a team.”
South has some pitching front-to-back and they’ve got some lumber in the lineup.
It will be interesting to see what the Rebels do in the remaining weeks.