Last season: 16-7, unranked
Postseason: Class 2A South regional quarterfinalist
Outlook: The Gladiators have their sights on a Class 2A state championship with a talented group of returning players. Shortstop Leah Allen leads Glenelg, which also brings back Marisa Saglimbeni, Morgan Perry and Colleen Regan.
14. South Carroll
Coach: Matt Cannistraci
Last season: 15-5, No. 9
Postseason: Class 2A West regional semifinalist
Outlook: An experienced squad, the Cavaliers return junior pitcher Kristen Griffith, one of the top players in Carroll County. She had a 15-5 record with a 1.79 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 133 innings last season.
Coach: Laura Blama
Last season: 12-5, unranked
Postseason: Class 3A North regional semifinalist
Outlook: The Bulls will be one of the stronger teams in Baltimore County with the return of LeAnne Collins, Maddie Crowley, Melissa Wallace and Caprice Roche. Blama said Hereford hopes to "gain experience by playing more competitive teams."
Other teams considered: Lansdowne (14-8, No. 15), Mercy (11-5, unranked), Mount de Sales (12-12, unranked), Mount Hebron (12-4, unranked), North Carroll (18-6, unranked), North Harford (15-5, No. 11), River Hill (9-11, unranked), Severna Park (17-5, No. 8)