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Softball: Players to watch

Gabby Couture

Chesapeake-AA, catcher, senior

Couture was a leader behind the plate, mixing pitches that led to four no-hitters. She was also dominant at the plate, hitting .439 with six doubles and 18 RBIs.

Alyssa Dixon

Century, utility, junior

The versatile Dixon was one of the state's leaders in hitting with a .649 batting average and a .948 slugging percentage. She finished with 50 hits, and, as a pitcher, was 6-2 with a 1.19 ERA and five saves.

Kim Dorsey

Franklin, infield, junior

The third baseman batted .481 with an OBP of .594 and led the team with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She was also walked intentionally four times against Catonsville in the regional tournament, once with the bases loaded.

Kim Federowicz

Chesapeake-AA, infield, junior

The second baseman batted .424 and tied for the team lead of 26 RBIs with six doubles, three triples and two home runs. She also committed just two errors in 26 games at second base.

Adrienne Gebele

Broadneck, catcher, senior

The Ohio University commitment batted .484 with four home runs, 11 doubles and 21 RBIs. She was a steadying force behind the plate and tied a state record with three doubles in the Class 4A state championship game.

Melanie Gunning

Archbishop Spalding, infield, junior

The shortstop led the team in batting with a .409 average and had a team-high 11 RBIs, with five doubles, two triples and one home run. She also had the game-winning hit in the IAAM championship game after taking a hard-hit ball off the face.

Megan Hyson

Chesapeake-AA, pitcher, senior

The Georgetown commitment is one of the most dominant pitchers in the state. She finished last season at 10-2 with a 1.12 ERA and 139 strikeouts. Hyson also batted .508 with six home runs, four doubles and five triples.

Kelli Pease

Lansdowne, outfield, senior

The leadoff hitter batted .500 with five doubles and three triples. She also hit eight home runs with 38RBIs and scored 53 times. Pease will lead a fierce lineup that could make a deep run in the playoffs.

Melanie Slowinski

Glen Burnie, pitcher, junior

Slowinski was not only dominant on the mound, but she was also dynamic at the plate. She finished with a .552 average, 28 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs.

Emily Weiman

Archbishop Spalding, pitcher, senior

The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last season was 17-3 and led the Cavaliers to the IAAM AConference championship. The North Carolina State commitment had 305 strikeouts in 136 innings with four no-hitters.

OTHER NOTABLES

•Paige Briganti, Severna Park

•Holly Buckel, North Carroll

•Emmie Burke, C. Milton Wright

•Kim Federowicz, Cheseapeake-AA

•Ashley Franklin, Westminster

•Bri Freeman, Marriotts Ridge

•Kaci Frick, Howard

•Mary Hartman, Century

•Crystal Heffington, Northeast

•Keirstin Henderson, Northeast

•Clare Hofstedt, Severna Park

Brittany Jones, North County

•Caitlyn Kirby, Glen Burnie

•Rebekah Kiser, Broadneck

•Mickey Kouneski, Seton Keough

•Megan Liebknecht, Francis Scott Key

•Hunter Long, Lansdowne

•Jessica Lucas, C. Milton Wright

•Erica Makar, Atholton

•Selina Matulonis, Northeast

•Maude McCourry, Lansdowne

Sage McGrann, Howard

•Lindsay Meyers, Eastern Tech

•Danielle O'Neill, Southern

•Kensey O'Neill, Howard

•Morgan Rosser, Old Mill

•Jena Ruby, North Carroll

•Kimber Salvas, Broadneck

Amanda Segrist, Glenelg

•Shelby Smith, Glen Burnie

•Mary Sobota, Franklin

•Sam Stitely, North Carroll

•Tyler Thompson, Broadneck

•Kelsie Traylor, Archbishop Spalding

•Robi Zimmerman, Seton Keough

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