IND veterans should experience success again 1994 CITY/COUNTY SOFTBALL PREVIEW

March 17, 1994

Carver Bears

1993 record: 2-1. Coach: William Seaton.

Top players: Antoinette Parrish, Sr., C; April Ridgeway, Sr., 3B; Jaqectta Hammond, Jr., 1B.

Outlook: The Bears had to forfeit most of the season because of not being able to field a complete team after two players became ill. Carver returns with a sound team and four more players for a total of 14 players. Hammond, a switch-hitter, is the power source in the lineup. Parrish switches from third base to catcher. Juniors Latasha Marshall and Sherria Prioleau will handle the pitching chores and both have good control.

Catholic Cubs

1993 record: 8-4. Coach: Charles Hofferbert.

Top players: Marie Morrow, Sr., CF; Valarie Argentino, Sr., 3B; Jen Dirubbo, Sr., C Outlook: Morrow, the all-Catholic League and all-City center fielder, returns and supplies instant offense and defense. She batted .532 and had 26 RBIs, while throwing out seven runners at home plate. Argentino is a contact hitter and a defensive specialist. Dirubbo is a strong-armed catcher, who will be the backstop for a questionable pitching staff.

City Knights 1993 record: 10-6. Coach: Julio Fernandez.

Top players: Lisa Smith, Soph., 3B-SS; Andrea Seymoure, Soph., P-C; Tori Friedman, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Knights will once again rely on youth as only two senior starters return. Last year, the Knights tied for second in the City-Wide 2A-4A Division with the loss of five starters. To start the season, the strength is pitching. Pitchers Seymoure and Friedman don't possess overpowering speed, but have good control. The infield should be solid except for third base.

Douglass Ducks 1993 record: 5-4. Coach: Joseph Buckson.

9Outlook: The Ducks will be looking to build on its better-than-.500 mark from last season. They are only in their second season after a two-year absence from softball.

Dunbar Poets 1993 record: 8-2. Coach: Kevin Furlow.

Top players: Qutanna Carter, Sr., P; Kendra Hawes, Sr., C; Kisha Smith, Sr., CF.

Outlook: The Poets enter this season with a mix of veterans and rookies under first-year coach Furlow. They return all their infielders, but have only one experienced outfielder. The majority of the offense should be supplied by Hawes, Smith and Carter, who is also the club's top pitcher.

Edmondson Redskins 1993 record: 1-13. Coach: James James.

Top players: Keshawn Moore, Jr., 2B-SS-P; Nikita Pope, Jr., SS-LF; Lucy Edwards, Jr., 3B-P.

Outlook: Moore is the most versatile player on the squad, and will anchor the middle of the infield as well as pitch. The infield defense is solid, but the major weakness will be the ability to score runs. The offense should dictate how much the team improves from last year's squad.

Forest Park Foresters 1993 record: 0-14. Coach: Sonia Bailey.

Top players: Valerie Medlin, Jr., OF; Christina Savage, Jr., OF-P; Trina Savage, Jr., P. Carmen Reavis, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Foresters continue to rebuild with a balance of freshmen and juniors. With the large influx of youth, the offense ,, should be sporadic throughout the year. The pitching should revolve around Trina and Christina Savage, who are not related.

Mount Carmel Lions 1993 record: 6-2. Coach: Michele O'Brien.

Top players: Amy Adams, Sr., 3B-P; Larissa Paulino, Jr., C; Stephanie Spangler, Soph., P.Outlook: Adams and Paulino should spark a much-improved lineup, according to O'Brien. Spangler is the ace of the staff. She uses a windmill-style pitching motion and has moderate speed and extremely good control.

Northwestern Wildcats 1993 record: 1-2. Coach: Lillian Brown.

Top players: Tamara Woods, Sr., OF.Outlook: The Wildcats once again have a large supply of underclassmen and will look to improve throughout the season.

Patterson Clippers 1993 record: 13-6. Coach: Derek Maki.

Top players: Shannon Delaney, Jr., P-IF; Jaime Locklear, Jr., C; Michelle Martin, Sr., 2B; Dawn Glass, Sr., OF, Valerie Koso, Jr., SS.

Outlook: The Clippers, the only team to defeat Western, return seven of 20 players and enter the season with a balanced but unproven squad. All-City center fielder Delaney batted .575 and stole 53 bases and scored 39 runs as one of the area's best leadoff hitters. She also recorded three wins in 18 innings of work. Jennifer Preston, a freshman, will share pitching duties with Delaney.

Poly Engineers 1993 record: 5-7. Coach: Norman Perry.

Top players: Lisa Keller, Jr., P.

Outlook: The Engineers' big question mark will be their ability to compensate for the graduation of Danielle Addington, a three-year cleanup hitter, who had the area's second-leading batting average (.651) last year.

`Seton Keough Gators 1993 record: 2-10. Coach: Charles Chellis.

Top players: Celia Ashton, Jr., CF-C; Amanda Jackson, Sr., P.

Outlook: Ashton and Jackson return as the one-two punch for the Gators. Ashton, a .400-plus hitter, supplies the offense and Jackson is a capable pitcher.

Southern Bulldogs 1993 record: 16-2. Coach: Jack Nehsmann.

Top players: Tabitha Goss, Soph., P-OF; Tracey Schlitching, Jr., P-OF; Larae Arminger, Jr., SS.

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