Coach: Janie Robinson, 22nd season.
Assistants: Lynette Shelley, Pam Young, Elaine Bennett.
Last year's record: 14-4, Class 2A regional finalists.
Starters lost: 4.
Returnees: Rachel Cassady, sr., P; Kelly Eakin, sr., SS; Beth Oates, sr., OF; Jenny Cohen, sr., IF/DH; Lisa Williamson, jr., OF; Jackie Elliot, so., C; Melody Doran, jr., 3B.
Newcomers: Bridget Walters, jr., IF; Michelle Bennett, jr., 1B; Deanna Johnson, jr., OF; SandyDavis, so., 2B/OF; Roshella Brown, so., OF; Krista Matherly, jr., RF.
Coach's outlook: "Hitting is going to be the biggest question. If we can get hits or get on base, we'll be OK. Defensively, I'm not worried. We have to have some hitting, and I don't have the hitting power I used to have."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Eagles' goal last year was to make it to the regional playoffs, and they did -- falling in the title game to Stephen Decatur, 5-1. The Eagles, rankedNo. 14 in the Metro area by The Baltimore Sun, want to go one step further this year. They want to make it all the way to the state finalfour. The jump up to Class 3A improves their chances, since the Eagles' new region contains only Harford and Baltimore county teams. Cassady, a windmiller who's been clocked close to 60 mph, gives the Eagles a tremendous edge. But they will have to get some hits to back up their ace. The Eagles lost their sluggers to graduation, but Cassady, Bennett and Doran should be the most consistent hitters. Robinson will need a contribution from the rest of her lineup as well. The Eagleshave plenty of speed on the base paths, but they have to get on to use it.
BEL AIR BOBCATS
Coach: Val Cooper, sixth season.
Assistants: Marlene Campbell, Sherry Weaver.
Last year's record: 5-13.
Starters lost: 4.
Returnees: Maria Poggioli, sr., 2B; Amy Finlayson, so., P; Amy Dagilas, sr., LF; Christine Liberatore, sr., SS; Jennifer McGlothan, sr., 1B; Beth Wieners, 1B/3A; Serena Maines, sr., 3B;Michelle Bowen, sr., CF; Kim Melchoir, sr., RF; Chris Fleckenstein, jr., C.
Newcomers: Dana Enlow, jr., OF; Sara Daniel, jr., OF; Tasha Rice, jr., OF; Ann Marie Linett, jr., DH/OF; Danielle Rhode, so., SS.
Coach's outlook: "Our chemistry is so much better than last year. This team already seems to kind of jell better than last year's team. It isn't a team of individuals. Last year, we had good ability --we just never came together as a team. The thing I've noticed this year is that there's a better attitude. That helps us out a lot."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Bobcats are determined to improve onlast year's record, but Cooper has rebuilding to do. Only Maines andPoggioli return to the infield, with Dagilas back in the outfield. Finlayson, who was sidelined on and off last season with injuries, will do most of the pitching. Last year, her control earned her the starting spot, but she has added some speed and become more effective. Fleckenstein returns behind the plate. McGlothan and Rhode should startin the infield, while Bowen and Melchoir will battle a host of juniors for their outfield spots.
C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS
Coach: JohnSeaman, third season.
Assistant: Ken Dawson.
Last year's record: 11-7, Class 3A regional semifinalists.
Starters lost: 1.
Returnees: Danielle Rivas, sr., 1B; Abby Walls, sr., C; Jenny Lewis, so., P; Jennie Stagnoli, sr., SS; Kim Haker, sr., OF; Becky Walters, sr., 2B; Heather Huffman, sr., OF; Laura Rice, jr., 3B; Melisa Billings,so., OF.
Newcomers: Jen Eller, jr., OF; Beth Burns, jr., 1B; Erika Dedrich, jr., C/OF; Amy Gould, jr., IF; Janet Crouch, so., IF.
Coach's outlook: "I think we'll be a very similar team to last year's team. We should have the pitching and I hope we can play as well defensively. Last year, we were just a poor hitting team. For us to win consistently, we are going to need people to get a lot more hits."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Like the other three teams in the preseason top four -- John Carroll, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace -- the Mustangs have pitching. Lewis (3.46 ERA) is solid and has improved over last year. But like the other contenders, the Mustangs don't return much offense. As a team, the Mustangs hit .282 last year. If they don't improve at the plate, they might drop from the top four. Rivas, Walls and Stagnoli all hit between .365 and .395 last year, but the restof the lineup didn't contribute much. Defensively, Seaman doesn't have a lot to worry about. Rivas, Stagnoli and Walters return to the starting lineup along with Walls. Rice will take over at third. Three outfielders, Haker, Huffman and Billings, are also back in the starting rotation.
Coach: Phil Everett, second season.
Assistants: Greg Long, Julio Ortega.
Last year's record: 6-12.
Starters lost: 2.
Returnees: Monica Santana, jr., SS; Erin Young, so., C; Chrissy King, sr., P; Amy Hetzel, sr., 2B; Ginger Duke, sr., OF; Ann Collins, jr., 3B; Kelly Rider, jr., P; Kim Clark, jr., LF; Jamie Kozub, jr., 1B; Heather Sexton, jr., CF.