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Maddie Penta struck out 13 as Bohemia Manor defeated Brunswick 4-2 in the 1A State softball semifinals at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie. 

Coach of the Year

Ed Abshagen, Bohemia Manor

Despite heavy expectations, succeeded three-time Coach of the Year Russ Morgan and guided Bo Manor to College Park, helping team become first Cecil County softball program to win three consecutive state championships … produced 22-1 record, including another undefeated run in the Chesapeake Division … topped reigning two-time Delaware State Champion Smyrna 2-0 on April 20 … ended campaign with 8-0 win over Sparrows Point in 1A State Championship at University of Maryland … garnered 6-0 mark against Cecil County opponents.

Player of the Year

Madison Penta

Bohemia Manor, Jr., P

Produced arguably the best season in Cecil County softball history en route to Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year honors, given annually to the best player in the state … Auburn University commit shined at the plate and in the circle, helping lead Eagles to third consecutive state championship … turned in best campaign yet on the mound, ending year 21-0 with 299 strikeouts, 38 walks and 0.11 ERA over 123 innings … twirled 20-strikeout, perfect game in regular season finale against eventual 2A East Region Finalist North East … produced three no-hitters during postseason run, including in 1A State title game against Sparrows Point … tied MPSSAA state tournament record with 19 strikeouts in state championship game … nearly as strong with a bat in her hand, registering gaudy .586 batting average and 1.143 slugging percentage despite challenging schedule … clubbed UCBAC-best nine home runs … finished with 41 hits, 34 RBIs and 25 runs scored … labeled a 2019 preseason high School All-American by USA Today … ranked as the nation’s No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2020 by Softball America … three-time All-County Player of the Year.

Morgan Sargent

North East, Sr., P

Ace for Susquehanna Division champion Indians … in final year, posted 9-3 record with 1.83 ERA … fired three no-hitters … piled up 83 strikeouts ... 2017 honorable mention.

Olivia Wheel

Elkton, Jr., P

Strikeout pitcher who piled up 82 punch outs in 62 innings … ace for Golden Elks squad that produced second-best record in Susquehanna Division and advanced to 2A East Region Section I Final … 2018 honorable mention.

Delaney McDilda

North East, Jr., C

Junior leader who swung heavy bat throughout season … clubbed .462 batting average, .837 slugging percentage and 1.388 OPS … powered five home runs and totaled 14 extra-base hits … ended with team-high 29 RBIs … scored 27 runs … helped guide Indians to 17 wins and Susquehanna Division title … hit go-ahead, two-run homer to help lift North East over rival Elkton in section final on May 15, sending team to 2A East Region Championship … strong-armed, intelligent catcher who registered just three errors against 119 total chances.

Ally Bradford

Rising Sun, Sr., IF

Senior leader for Rising Sun … led team with .410 batting average on Tigers squad that competed in Chesapeake Division … presence atop lineup … recorded team-high 16 hits …leader defensively … 2017 honorable mention … back-to-back All-County selection.

Jess Choplinsky

North East, Sr., IF

NCAA Division I-bound talent played key role in Indians’ run to Susquehanna Division crown and 2A East Region title game … middle-of-the-order hitter who tallied .424 batting average … placed second on team with 26 RBIs … registered 11 extra-base hits … scored 23 runs … two-time All-County selection.

Aubrey Heath

Bohemia Manor, Sr., IF

Constant in Eagles’ state championship lineup, recording 25 hits en route to .338 batting average … scored 19 runs … added 11 RBIs … senior leader who helped Bo Manor become first Cecil County softball program to win three-straight state championships … 2018 honorable mention.

Maddie Husfelt

North East, Jr., IF

Registered robust .474 batting average … tallied two home runs and 19 RBIs … scored 19 runs … led Indians with 1.179 OPS … first baseman who garnered .986 fielding percentage.

Reagan Goldsmith

Bohemia Manor, Jr., OF

Earned .333 batting average … clubbed eight RBIs and scored 23 runs … strong hitter for Bo Manor team that won third consecutive state championship.

Megan Harris

North East, Fr., OF

Freshman hitter who played big part in Indians’ push to Susquehanna Division championship … tallied .431 batting average … produced eight extra-base hits, including one homer … recorded 14 RBIs … scored 18 runs … drew 11 walks.

Abby Riley

North East, Jr., OF

Once again stood out for Indians, registering .358 batting average from atop the lineup … ended year with eight extra-base hits … finished with 13 RBIs … second on team with 25 runs … went deep in back-to-back playoff games to help North East reach 2A East Region Championship for first time since 2016 … back-to-back All-County selection.

Jillian Holmes

Elkton, So., UTL

At the plate, hit .385 … produced four homers and three doubles … added 12 RBIs … scored 23 runs … in the circle, posted 45 strikeouts and 3.91 ERA … key piece for Golden Elks team that won a playoff game for the first time since 2012 … 2018 honorable mention.

Autumn Simpson

Elkton, Fr., UTL

Talented hitter who recorded .619 batting average and registered 39 hits to lead Golden Elks … clubbed four home runs, three triples and 10 doubles for 17 extra-base hits and robust 1.063 slugging percentage … scored team-high 26 runs and 15 RBIs … helped team win first playoff game since 2012.

Honorable Mention

Lexie Bolton, Bohemia Manor

Carlee Ferguson, Bohemia Manor

Lexie Bailey, Bohemia Manor

Anna Wilson, Bohemia Manor

Ainsley Jackson, Elkton

Alesia Doctor, North East

Kristyn Gardner, Perryville

Hanna Gordon, Perryville

Jordyn Reese, Perryville

Molly Dill, Rising Sun

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