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Washington Co. prep softball previews

March 17, 1997

Boonsboro Warriors

Coach: Steve Lemonakis

Returning Starters: Rossann Smith, Jr., pitcher; Kim Wines, Sr., outfield; Jesse Martin, Sr., outfield and second base; Jessie Weaver, Sr., third base and first base; Maggie Beard, So., shortstop; Samantha Smith, Jr., third base and second base; Brandy Castle, Jr., infield.

Other Probable Starters: Jackie Brown, So., catcher; Tiffany Gray, So., pitcher and first base; Jessie Hahn, So., outfield; Candace Ridenour, Sr., outfield and infield.

Outlook: "I look for us to improve as the season goes on," Lemonakis said. "We have good pitching. The team chemistry is real positive and the kids are together. We have some good hitters and some team speed. We are solid on defense. We just have to plug in a few players here and there. Since we have an open playoff system, it gives us a chance to experiment during the regular season. It gives us an opportunity to learn and develop. I look for us to be successful."

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Clear Spring Blazers

Coach: Drew Michael

Returning Starters: Jackie Chaney, Sr., first base; Rachel Lynch, Sr., second base and third base; Katie Baker, Jr., second base; Andrea Fridinger, Jr., pitcher and outfield; Jocyln Price, Jr., pitcher; Amy Shirk, Sr., catcher and outfield; Tara Mongold, Sr., outfield; Mary Snyder, Sr., outfield.

Other Probable Starters: Missy South, Jr., catcher; Kara South, Jr., second base and third base; Suzie Ernst, So., shortstop; Mandy Timmons, Jr., outfield; Erica Shirley, Jr., outfield; Beth McCusker, Jr., outfield; Kate Kallas, Jr., third base.

Outlook: "We played five sophomores a lot last year," Michael said. "That experience should make them even better. If our pitching comes through, we will be good. It looks like that our defense will be above average. Hopefully, we'll be able to produce enough runs on offense. Once again, we will be playing a tough schedule to help us prepare for the playoffs."

Hancock Panthers

Coach: Kim Horvath

Returning Starters: Jenny Spade, Sr., center field; Jodie Ross, Sr., pitcher and first base; Amanda Fleming, Jr., shortstop, Amanda Bingaman, So., third base.

Other Probable Starters: Janelle Creek, Sr., pitcher and right field; Carrie Demory, Sr., left field; Heidi Moats, Fr., catcher; Erica Winn, Fr., right field and first base; Lee Ann Manning, Sr., second base; Christi Barnard, Fr., pitcher and second base; Becky McCarty, Jr., outfield.

Outlook: "Despite losing four seniors and having half of this year's team being freshmen, I still have a positive outlook for the upcoming season," Horvath said. "I believe that we should still be competitive. Our infield looks pretty strong. Our pitching is inexperienced, but it still has the potential to do a nice job for us. We should be good offensively. As of now, everybody seems to be hitting pretty well. It looks like that we have the potential to have a good team this year. The girls have been working really hard. The key for us is to keep learning and to keep improving."

North Hagerstown Hubs

Coach: Tonya Houser

Returning Starters: Terry Nokes, Sr., third base; Dana Wolfe, Sr., first base; Rebecca McGhee, Jr., left field; Chris Scott, Sr., pitcher and outfield; Stacy Hott, Sr., center field and pitcher; Heather Danley, So., shortstop and second base; Becky Holmes, So., catcher and outfield.

Other Probable Starters: Kristin Sherwood, Jr., first base and outfield; Naomi Mason, So., second base and shortstop; Amanda Cunningham, Jr., second base.

Outlook: "It is going to be a young team and we are going to have a lot to learn," Houser said. "Everybody has been working hard and we have a positive outlook towards the upcoming season. Quite a bit of our players got some experience last year. That should help them to prepare for this year. Right now, I am hoping that our pitching is going to be one of our strengths. Our infield is very strong. We need to improve a little bit with our outfield."

Smithsburg Leopards

Coach: Archie Graff

Returning Starters: Tera Martin, Sr., third base; Tracey Leather, Sr., shortstop; Alexis Nogle, Sr., center field; Rachel Bachtell, So., second base; Kelli Martin, So., left field; Stacie Remsburg, So., catcher.

Other Probable Starters: Amber Biser, Fr., first base and outfield; Krista Meredith, Jr., first base and outfield; Emily Crunkleton, Fr., pitcher and outfield; Kim Fitzgerald, Fr., pitcher and outfield; Jasmine Runkles, Fr., pitcher and outfield; Kelly Ashley, So., infield; Heather Blickenstaff, So., infield and outfield.

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