1993 high school softball preview

March 23, 1993|By Tara Finnegan and Jeff Seidel

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1992 record: 2-3. Coach: Lou Clelland.

Top players: Lori Clelland, Sr., P; Lynn Abraham, Sr., 2B-P, Elizabeth Ritter, Sr., 1B; Jennifer Peterson, Sr., P-SS.

Outlook: The Eagles return four starters from last season. Clelland and Peterson batted around .600 last year. This year's team has some strong hitters and good fielders. Freshman Rebekah Ritter and sophomore Kate Bisset likely will see starting time in the outfield.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1992 record: 3-2. Coach: Cindy LoPata.

Top players: Tali Rombro, Jr., SS-P; Leslie Brenner, Sr., 2B-3B; Piper Hendin, Soph., C; Rachel Glosovoko, Sr., C-OF.

Outlook: The youthful "aggressive and focused" Warriors will be playing a full 11-game season this year. Seven players are returning, including P Allyson Sereboff, 3B-P Elana Genut and 1B Rachel Weiner.

Catonsville Comets

1992 record: 8-4. Coach: Steve Miller.

Top players: JoAnn Richardson, Sr., SS; Krista Cantafio, Jr., C; Gwen Robinson, Sr., 2B; Angelique McDonald, So., P.

Outlook: Miller, in his first year, inherits a good team that lost some key players. Richardson, Robinson and Cantafio will anchor the strong infield. The hitting should be strong, but there are questions about the pitching, and the Comets lack experience in spots.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1992 record: 13-3. Coach: Randi Manfredi.

Top players: Amy Lohrig, Sr., C; Angie Martin, Sr., SS; Dawn Simmons, Jr., CF; Dawn Reynolds, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: Graduation hit the Bayhawks hard, but lots of talent remains. Lohrig will spark the team from behind the plate -- she's the top defensive catcher in the county. The hitting, paced by Lohrig and Reynolds, should do well, and defense will be effective. Inexperience could hurt, however, and speed in pitching is another question.

Dundalk Owls

1992 record: 12-3. Coach: Helen Mongan.

Top players: Katie Marsheck, So., P; Kristen Stulich, Sr., SS; Laura King, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Owls have lots of questions. The team, which lost twice to rival Perry Hall last year, needs its infield to develop in order to challenge for top spots. Marsheck, a first-team All-County pitcher, should carry much of the load. She averaged approximately 10 strikeouts per game, and Dundalk needs some more of that for success this year.

Dulaney Lions

1992 record: 8-3. Coach: Elaine Lindsay.

Top players: Julie Green, Jr., P; Jen Jones, Sr., CF; Megan Truxel, Sr., SS.

Outlook: Pitching should be strong again, as Green is one of the top in the county. The team has experience -- only one outfielder and just two infielders are new. Lindsay, back again to coach, said her main concern is the possible lack of a backup pitcher and power hitting.

Eastern Vo-Tech Mavericks

1992 record: 11-4. Coach: Marian Klein.

Top players: Tina Lotz, Sr., 3B; Angie Nichols, Jr., SS/C; Kerri Hedrick, Jr., P; Brandi Alsemi, So., CF/SS.

Outlook: The Mavericks have lots of talent coming back. Lotz (.367) and Nichols should anchor the infield. Hedrick (.432) will help on the mound and at bat. Alsemi proved a surprise last year, coming out of the blue and establishing herself as a strong player. Klein said she likes the team's attitude and work ethic. EVT should find success.

Franklin Indians

1992 record: 6-8. Coach: Joe Noto.

Top players: Nikki Black, Sr., C; Cindy Coleman, Jr., P; Staci Letterer, So., SS; Julie Heploms, Jr., 1B.

Outlook: The Indians' biggest problem will be experience. Only four players return to the varsity, and Noto needs some of the new players to come through. Coleman is going to be a key. The third-year varsity player is a good pitcher and hitter, and Franklin will need her. Overall, the team should hit well.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1992 record: 3-5. Coach: John Yankee.

Top players: Amy Kellerman, Sr., OF-IF; Allison Whittle, Sr., OF-IF; Meredith Given, Sr., P; Elisa Gladstone, Sr., 1B.

Outlook: Coaches Y and Z (Yankee and Pete Zavitz) have six seniors returning from last year. Senior third baseman Kate Joyce will provide some punch at the plate and C Nikkia Rowe will be a threat to run. Kellerman and Gladstone batted close to .500 last year.

Hereford Bulls

1992 record: 6-12. Coach: Sam Bowen.

Top players: Lori Harris, Jr., P; Charlene Lee, Sr., C; Jessie Gill, Sr., LF; Jennifer Bender, Jr., RF.

Outlook: The pitching of Harris and the team's hitting could mean a good season. Gill is a good leadoff hitter, Bender is a good contact hitter, and Lee and Harris have power. The defense struggled last year, and Bowen hopes it will improve this year. There are some holes to fill on defense, however, and those are Bowen's biggest preseason worries.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1992 record: 2-10. Coach: Mourine White.

Top players: Mary Beth Miller, Sr., P; Caryn Cramer, Sr., 3B; Tara Cody, Sr., OF; Stacey Hanson, Sr., SS.

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