1. Eastern Tech
Coach: Jack Meyers
Last season: 21-1, ranked No. 1
Postseason: Class 3A finalist
Outlook: The Mavericks reached the state finals for the first time in program history and have the talent for another deep run with seven returning starters, including All-Metro Player of the Year Jordan Cargile.
2. Glen Burnie
Coach: Doug Schreiber
Last season: 16-7, ranked No. 3
Postseason: Class 4A finalist
Outlook: The Gophers should be in the hunt for another Class 4A East title with the return of pitcher Ali Moos, who went 12-5 with 1.34 ERA last season.
3. Mount de Sales
Coach: Pete Waskiewicz
Last season: 17-4, ranked No. 2
Postseason: Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champions
Outlook: The Sailors are looking to defend their IAAM championship and will be led by four-year starter and left fielder Emma Mires.
Coach: Raymond Gerstner
Last season: 20-1, ranked No. 5
Postseason: Class 2A South quarterfinal
Outlook: The Gladiators will be in the hunt for a state title with Colleen Regan, who was 14-1 and batted .394, and first baseman Faith Kujawa, who batted .443 with six home runs.
5. River Hill
Coach: Marni Rosenbaum
Last season: 17-5, ranked No. 4
Postseason: Class 3A state semifinal
Outlook: The Hawks had an impressive season, and will look to carry that momentum into this year with eight returning starters. River Hill is led by third baseman Kinsey Johnson, who batted .487 last season and had a .925 fielding percentage.
6. Seton Keough
Coach: Chuck Snee
Last season: 17-3, ranked No. 10
Postseason: IAAM final
Outlook: The Gators have seven returning starters and will be back in the hunt for an IAAM title with the return of pitcher Kelly Lynch, who went 7-0 last season and is one of the top players in the area.
Coach: Chris Szocik
Last season: 18-1, ranked No. 6
Postseason: Class 2A West quarterfinal
Outlook: The Lions surged through the regular season undefeated last year before being upset in the second round of the playoffs by Francis Scott Key. Liberty returns six of nine starters from last season and will be a force once again.
Coach: Joe Hart
Last season: 19-3, ranked No. 7
Postseason: Class 3A East quarterfinal
Outlook: The Eagles were dominant in the regular season last year en route to the Anne Arundel County championship. Northeast has seven returning starters, plus some talented freshmen, and will compete for the regional crown.
9. Archbishop Spalding
Coach: Nicole Trumpler
Last season: 10-8, unranked
Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinal
Outlook: The Cavaliers will challenge for the league title with 10 returning players, including six starters. Pitcher/first baseman Ali Caulkins has established herself as one of the top players in the state.
10. Perry Hall
Coach: Brian Radcliffe
Last season: 15-4, ranked No. 8
Postseason: Class 4A North semifinal
Outlook: The Gators, who have six returning starters, are looking to take the next step after last season’s impressive run. Perry Hall will be led by sophomore center fielder Hannah Lewis, who batted .509 with 33 runs and 11 RBIs last season.
11. Mount Hebron
Coach: Chuck Struhar
Last season: 18-6, ranked No. 11
Postseason: Class 3A East final
Outlook: The Vikings are led by the “Three Killer Bs” sophomore pitcher/outfielder Evvie Buehlman, pitcher/outfielder Maddie Bennett and shortstop Alli Blum, who combined for 71 RBIs last season.
Coach: Deanna Romeo-Hamilton
Last seasons: 14-8, unranked
Postseason: Class 4A East semifinal
Outlook: The Bruins have five returning starters, but coach Romeo-Hamilton expects big things from talented newcomers, including freshman pitcher Ally Thompson.
13. Severna Park
Coach: Meredith McAlister
Last season: 15-7, ranked No. 15
Postseason: Class 4A East quarterfinal
Outlook: The Falcons will be a force in Class 4A East with eight returning players, including senior Grayson Metzger, who can play shortstop, second base and center field an has signed to play at Brown.
14. C. Milton Wright
Coach: Russ Kovach
Last season: 19-3, ranked No. 14
Postseason: Class 3A North semifinal
Outlook: Kovach has put together one of the top programs in the area and the Mustangs will be tough once again. Emily Luzetsky, Caroline Weimer, Catherine Kim and Jenny Lynch lead a powerful lineup.
Coach: Jamie Izdebski
Last season: 12-8, ranked No. 9
Postseason: 2A North semifinal
Outlook: The Vikings have established themselves as one of the top programs in Baltimore County. Even though Lansdowne will start the year with several newcomers to go along with four returning starters, the Vikings should be a force in Class 2A North.
Other teams considered: Atholton (14-6), Chesapeake-AA (15-8), Fallston (14-3), Howard (16-6), North Carroll (18-2), Reservoir (10-13)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun