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Aberdeen

Head coach: Marc Manzo (sixth season)

2009 record: 6-9

Top returners: Alyssa Anderson, Sr. (LF); Rebecca Baldwin, Jr. (P, C); Payton Malloy Sr. (CF)

Key newcomers: Krystin Druyor, Fr. (RF, 2B); Rebecca Roberts, So. (SS)

Outlook: “This season we are in the process of filling six positions due to graduation,” coach Manzo said. “The team is very young. I am excited to see how this team handles the success of last year’s playoff run, and how they bounced back from a tough loss to end last year’s season.”

Bel Air

Head coach: Becky Will (third season)

2009 record: 13-5

Top returners: Chrissy Mendiola, Sr. (C, OF); Erin Morrissey, So. (P); Laura Porter, Jr. (IF); Meghan Punko, Jr. (IF); Emily Rosenberger, So. (IF); Janai Sherrell, Sr. (Util.)

Key newcomers: Alexis Phillips, Jr. (Util.); Hope Schofield, Jr. (P, Util.): Jen Schofield, Fr. (IF)

Outlook: “After a competitive season last year, we are ready to pick up where we left off,” coach Will said. “As always, executing fundamentals will be a key factor in our game, and we will take one game at a time. The girls have been working hard, have been building team unity, and are looking forward to a fun and successful season.”

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Russell Kovach (third season)

2009 record: 14-7

Top returners: Emmie Burke, Jr. (2B); Jessica Canami, So. (OF); Lindsay Kuczak, Sr. (CF); Nicole McClaskey, Sr. (3B); Olivia Meadowcroft, Jr. (RF); Lindsay Resnik, So. (SS); Stephanie Staniforth, So. (Util.); Katie Weimer, Jr. (1B)

Key newcomers: Amanda Ator, So. (C); Mackenzie Fitzgerald, Fr. (Util., C): Kaitlin Kimmel, Jr. (P); Jessica Lucas, So. (Util., P); Alycia McMahon, So. (1B, 3B, RF); Shelby Stange, So. (OF); Brittany Stein, So. (P)

Outlook: “The Mustangs look to be a strong contender in the Chesapeake (upper) Division of the UCBAC,” coach Kovach said. “In addition, we have moved down to [Class] 3A this year, and we are looking forward to a run to the [state tournament] in our new region. Look for a revamped offensive attack along with a strong defense. We are very excited about our new pitcher, Brittany Stein, along with an experienced group of players at every position.”

Edgewood

Head coach: Kathleen Donaldson (sixth season)

2009 record: 3-12

Top returners: L’Chaun Banks, Jr. (OF, 3B); Elissa Dzambasow, So. (1B, OF); Kebrina Johnson, Jr. (SS); Sam Koehler, Jr. (3B); Ceara Scanlon, So. (P); Sam Sullivan, So. (2B)

Key newcomers: Molly Gallagher, Jr. (OF); Erica Johnson, So. (OF); Morgan Kaseman, Fr. (C)

Outlook: “Edgewood softball will experience a season of rebuilding after losing eight seniors last year,” coach Donaldson said. “Thus far, the enthusiasm and hard work of the players has already led to the steady progression of improvements in both fundamentals, as well as understanding [of the] game.”

Fallston

Head coach: Spike Updegrove (fifth season)

2009 record: 12-9

Top returners: Elizabeth Deckelman, Jr. (3B); Lauryn Evans, Sr. (1B); Jess Fleming, Sr. (IF); Stephanie Hill, So. (C); Trudy Hudson, Sr. (OF); Nikki Williams, Sr. (CF)

Key newcomers: Erica Green, Jr. (OF); Allison Heisey, Jr. (IF); Heather Lane, Jr. (IF); Jess Lee, So. (OF); Jess Moore, Fr. (P); Alli Rothwell, Sr. (IF); Alexandra Zorbach, Fr. (C)

Outlook: Coach Updegrove explained that it may be a taxing year for Fallston, as the Cougars come into the season without much varsity experience, and will be relying on an untested freshman pitcher.

“Hopefully the team will grow as the season progresses,” Updegrove said. “[Our] defense should be excellent, and don’t even try to bunt against us with Deckelman at third.”

Harford Christian

Head coach: Not available

2009 record: NA

Top returners: NA

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The Harford Christian coaching staff did not provide information for this preview.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Fred Mongan

2009 record: Not available

Top returners: NA

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The Harford Tech coaching staff did not provide information for this preview.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Ed Yodris (fourth season)

2009 record: 11-4

Top returners: Megan Appold, Sr. (SS, P); Ashley Crowe, Sr. (2B); Brooke Foley, Jr. (CF, 3B); Meredith Grady, Sr. (1B); Jade McDonnell, So. (LF); Kelsey McRoberts, So. (RF); Stephanie Pollack, Jr. (CF, C)

Key newcomers: Not available

Outlook: “Having graduated five senior starters, including a [pitcher and catcher] battery, we are starting the season with a lot of questions,” Coach Yodris said. “We will rely heavily on our three seniors to provide leadership to our young squad. [We] start the season with two freshman and four sophomores, who will benefit from the experience that comes with playing at the varsity level, but who will certainly need to play beyond their years.”

John Carroll

Head coach: Sherry Hudson (eighth season)

2009 record: 8-10

Top returners: Jill Ebner, Sr. (1B); Maria Edwards, So. (OF); Alex Jeddry, Sr. (2B); Rebecca Miles, Jr. (C); Clare Puopolo, So. (P); Kayla Rolek, Sr. (OF); Taylor Schafer, Jr. (1B); Emily Soller, So. (SS); Shayna Stoots, Sr. (3B)

Key newcomers: Rebekah Alban, Sr. (P); Kayleigh Allender, Fr. (2B); Darien Exter, Fr. (OF); Jenna Fiamingo, Fr. (OF); Casey Knell, Jr. (3B); Amanda Norris, So. (3B); Leah Polakoff, Jr. (OF); Danielle Ryan, Jr. (SS)

Outlook: “Last year our [pitcher and catcher] battery was very young,” coach Hudson said. “We were led by freshman pitcher Clare Puopolo and sophomore catcher Becca Miles, [and a] year of experience should help both feel more comfortable and improve performance. Puopolo will receive help from senior pitcher, and Towson Catholic transfer, Rebekah Alban. Defensively, we should be strong, with 2009 returners Emily Soller at shortstop, Alex Jeddry at second base, and Taylor Schafer at first base. They will be challenged by freshman Kayleigh Allender, Danielle Ryan, and Shayna Stoots. The outfield will be anchored by sophomore Maria Edwards. Other key players in the outfield will be Kayla Rolek, and freshmen Darien Exter and Jenna Fiamingo. Offensively, we have high expectations from Allender, Soller, Schafer, Alban, and Miles, [who was] one of our leaders in RBI’s and batting average [last season]. Overall, we have a handful of returners that need to step up and lead this team. I expect key contributions from our underclassmen. Our defense should be solid, while our biggest question mark will be what we can do with the bats.”

Joppatowne

Head coach: Amber Wilson (first season)

2009 record: Not available

Top returners: Lauren Deel, Sr. (P)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: “We are a very young team, and this is my first year working with the girls,” coach Wilson said. “Assistant coach Jarrett Deel and I are in the process of building a solid, fundamental foundation for the girls, but we expect [our] underclassmen to be performing like seasoned veterans by the end of the season.”

North Harford

Head coach: Robert Ott

2009 record: 3-13

Top returners: Kelsey Hangeland, Sr. (C, P); Samantha Stiles, Sr. (P, SS)

Key newcomers: Not available

Outlook: The Hawks enter the 2010 season with a youthful roster, as they have six sophomores and one freshman all playing at the varsity level for the first time. “We are a very young, and trying to gain respect for a North Harford program that has struggled the last few years,” coach Ott said.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: George Harcarik (third season)

2009 record: Not available

Top returners: Carlie Andrews, Sr. (SS, P); Hanna Ayestas, Jr. (3B, C, SS); Brianna James, Jr. (2B, SS); Brooke Olszewski, Sr. (OF, C, 3B)

Key newcomers: Deanna Butler, Jr. (OF, P)

Outlook: “We are anticipating our best season yet as a developing program,” coach Harcarik said. “We have a strong nucleus of returning three-year starters with a great compliment of new and younger players. We are proud to put such a dedicated and hard working group of student athletes on the field. As a coaching staff, we are setting the bar high, and we are positive our athletes will meet or exceed the challenges of the 2010 season.”


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