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land (Fr. pitcher/in­field).

“We hope to be strong up the mid­dle with our catcher, short­stop, and pitcher re­turn­ing,” head coach Brett Ire­land said. “We need to con­tinue to work hard and im­prove through­out the sea­son. Hope­fully we are play­ing our best when the play­offs come around. Our play­off re­gion got tougher this year with Bo Manor and Per­ryville com­ing into it, so we want to be play­ing our best when the play­offs come around.”

Eas­ton

Eas­ton, led by Joy Ko­lakowski on the mound, went 15-4 over­all last sea­son and 10-2 in the North.

The War­riors may be start­ing as many as five freshmen, but they also may have a for­mi­da­ble se­nior on the mound in left-han­der Pey­ton Elzey.

In 2016, Elzey only al­lowed 45 hits in 47.6 in­nings for a 2.79 earned-run av­er­age, while strik­ing out 47 bat­ters. Her time was lim­ited last sea­son due to in­jury, but she played with a travel team, the Gold Coast Hur­ri­canes 18U Na­tional Team, last sum­mer. In 65 in­nings pitched, she al­lowed just 45 hits and 22 earned runs for a 2.36 ERA.

Ninth-grader Udairi Jack­son will play catcher. The in­field looks like Jess Mil­lard (Fr.) at first, Olivia Ball (So.) at se­cond, Chloe Briner (Fr.) at third, and Olivia Brown (Fr.) at short­stop. Start­ing out­field­ers will likely be Me­gan Ko­lakowski (Jr.) in left, Kate Chap­ple (Fr.) in center, and Char­lotte Frase (Sr.) in right. Me­gan Ket­ter­ing (So.) will DH.

“We have a young team this year but look to be com­pet­i­tive,” War­riors head coach Jen Pow­ell said. “This team is very close and more of a fam­ily al­ready. Ex­cited for the sea­son with a won­der­ful group girls that are ea­ger to learn and com­pete.”

Kent Is­land

The Buc­ca­neers fin­ished above .500 last sea­son, which is not an easy task in the Bay­side Con­fer­ence.

“The girls have worked ex­tremely hard this off­sea­son,” Bucs head coach Bryon Sofi­nowski said. “We are hop­ing to build off of our record of 9-8. This was KI’s best record since 2007. Try­ing to stay com­pet­i­tive with pow­er­house teams on the Shore.”

On the mound for the Bucs will be sopho­more Katie Son­n­eveldt and ju­nior Ju­lia Fitz­patrick. Round­ing out the prob­a­ble start­ing lineup are: Jess Balder­son (Fr., C), Mag­gie Brown (Sr., 1B), Alyssa Sofi­nowski (So., 2B), Kim­mie Palace (Sr., SS), Kennedy War­ren (So., 3B), Emily Blum (So., CF), Lily Golbe­m­bowski (So., LF), and Al­lie Curry (Jr., RF).

North Caro­line

The Bull­dogs aren’t rest­ing on their lau­rels.

“We had a great sea­son last year, but that is done with and this is a new sea­son,” head coach Andrea Ward said. “We know that we have to come out this year and put in a lot of time and hard work ev­ery day be­cause there is a lot of great com­pe­ti­tion in our di­vi­sion and in the Bay­side. Our motto last year was ‘One game at a time’ and that still holds true this year; we are just hop­ing to be com­pet­i­tive with all of the strong teams that we are about to face. We are lucky enough to have a great group of girls that love each other and love putting in the time and they are ready to play the game that they know and love.”

Se­niors Emily Ward, Macken­zie Werner, and Me­gan Rob­bins, and sopho­more Sarah Kin­top all may see time on the mound when they’re not play­ing in the field. Se­nior Sarah Mast re­turns be­hind the plate. Ken­dall Dixon (Sr.) plays se­cond and ei­ther Hay­den Smith (Jr.) or Lau­ren Wil­liamson (So.) will play third. Out­field­ers are se­niors Abi­gail Trice in left, Ali­son Ward in center, and Aza­lie Haro in right.

Dixon home­red in the first in­ning for North Caro­line in the state fi­nal last sea­son, and Rob­bins knocked in all three Bull­dog runs in the state semi­fi­nal and three runs in the fi­nal.

Queen Anne’s

Nine play­ers re­turn with varsity ex­pe­ri­ence for the Lions who look to bat­tle this year. Bol­ster­ing the ros­ter will be four freshmen and a trans­fer stu­dent.

“With the ex­pe­ri­ence of key re­turn­ers and the ver­sa­til­ity of un­der­class­men, the Lions are re­build­ing for a com­pet­i­tive sea­son and bright fu­ture,” head coach Kim Betts said.

Queen Anne’s hurlers are Leah Bradley (Sr.), Cam­ryn Win­gate (So.), and Cameron White­ford (Fr). Ninth-grader Kam­ryn Brandt will play catcher. In­field­ers are Lind­say Ray (Jr.) at first, Syd­ney Par­sons (Sr.) at se­cond, White­ford or Mad­die Tisher (So.) at third, and Tay­lor Walls (So.) at short­stop.

Out­fieders are Ju­lia Smith (So.), Bre­anna Athey (Fr.), and Alyson Hall (Jr.).

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