All-Metro baseball teams
Originally published June 6, 2007
Player of the Year
Kevin Lingerman, Calvert Hall
Playing third base and pitching, Lingerman led the Cardinals to a record-setting 33-0 season that included a third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.
A 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior, he batted .390 with an area-leading 47 RBIs, which ranks fourth in state history for a season. On the mound, Lingerman was 7-0 with four saves and a 1.49 ERA in 47 innings, striking out 53, walking 15 and giving up 36 hits.
"Kevin was very consistent in everything he did for us, " coach Lou Eckerl said. "There is no question that he played a major part in our going 33-0. He's the only player who was also on the 2005 team that went 31-1. He started at shortstop as a freshman."
Batting third in the Cardinals' powerful lineup, Lingerman had 39 hits in 100 at-bats, scored 26 runs, was second on the team in doubles with 11, and had two triples and three homers. He also had a team-leading five sacrifice flies.
In a nonleague contest with one of Northern Virginia's top teams, Notre Dame Academy, Lingerman pitched a no-hitter with five strikeouts and had an RBI single in the fifth for a 1-0 victory that kept the team's winning streak intact.
Lingerman, whose father, Nemo Lingerman, pitched at Patterson High and later in the Minnesota Twins organization, notched a save in the Cardinals' 9-6 victory over Archbishop Spalding in the MIAA A Conference playoffs. He then stopped Mount St. Joseph, 9-2, on a six-hitter in another playoff game.
Coach of the Year
Lou Eckerl, Calvert Hall
After leading the Cardinals to a Maryland-record 31-1 season in 2005, it didn't seem likely that Eckerl could top that. This season, however, Eckerl guided the Cardinals to a 33-0 season, setting state records for most wins and most consecutive wins in a single season. Top-ranked Calvert Hall won its third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.
Also, the entire baseball program that Eckerl oversees went an unprecedented 75-0, as the junior varsity (26-0) and the freshman team (16-0) both won MIAA titles, too.
"I feel really blessed and humble," said Eckerl, who has led the Cardinals to a 91-8 record over the past three seasons and has been named Metro Coach of the Year twice during that span. "This team was really dedicated to winning. I am amazed we have accomplished this feat. We have great kids and great coaches here. We've also been lucky in a lot of senses."
The Cardinals hit every morning at 7 a.m. before the start of school at 8:30, and after school, they were back on the baseball field. The players lauded Eckerl, who has also been the school's athletic director for 25 years, and the coaching staff.
Eckerl is 151-40 (.791) in six seasons at Calvert Hall and also coached his alma mater, Cardinal Gibbons, in the early 1980s, winning the 1982 A Conference title and going 49-14 (.778). That gives him an overall record of 200-54 (.787).
A two-year starter as a sophomore, Blair possesses the poise and skills of a seasoned senior. He set the table for the hard-hitting Cardinals as their leadoff man, while anchoring the infield at shortstop.
Blair led the area's top team in batting with a .534 average, with a state-record 58 runs scored. His 55 hits are the second-highest total for a single-season in state history, trailing the 62 by Archbishop Curley's Mike Costello in 1999.
In addition, Blair, who only struck out five times, led the team in slugging percentage (.874) and had 15 doubles, four triples, four homers and 31 RBIs. Blair also led the Cardinals in stolen bases with 28 in 34 attempts. His on-base percentage was .606. Defensively, Blair had a .917 fielding percentage, making six errors in 73 chances while showing a lot of range and a strong arm.
Headed to the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship, Chenworth closed his varsity career in strong fashion, batting .483 while making only one error in 30 chances in center field.
Chenworth, a sweet-swinging left-hander who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, had 43 hits in 89 at-bats while drawing a club-leading 31 walks. The No. 2 hitter in the batting order, Chenworth scored 49 runs, drove in 34 and had eight doubles, two triples, four homers and 25 stolen bases in 26 attempts. His knack for clutch hits kept the Cardinals' run to an unprecedented 33-0 season going on several occasions. One of his most notable hits was a grand slam against Mount St. Joseph in a 10-4 regular-season victory.
Guthridge emerged as one of the metro area's most feared cleanup batters with his .432 average, eight doubles, five triples, four homers and 39 RBIs. The Hofstra-bound right-hander also scored 36 runs and stole 12 bases while drawing 22 walks.
His consistent power-hitting prevented opponents from pitching around No. 3 hitter and Player of the Year Kevin Lingerman. Guthridge completed what was the area's top hitting foursome, which produced 151 RBIs, 42 doubles, 13 triples and 15 homers.
The slick-fielding first baseman committed only three errors in 169 chances for a .982 fielding percentage. He was adept at digging throws out of the dirt and used his 6-foot-3 frame and long arms to stretch close plays.