Mount de Sales returns seven starters from last year's team that lost to Archbishop Spalding in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland softball tournament finals.
Senior Emily Fitzsimmons is back on the mound after posting a 2.40 earned run average and 12-4 record.
She also batted .350 on a solid hitting squad that should be better offensively this season.
Other senior starters back from last year's 14-6 squad are Hannah Cimerola (3B) and Kellie Schinzel (2B), and they are accustomed to playing in big games like last year's IAAM tournament semifinals, where they defeated rival Seton Keough, 10-5.
"I like the senior leadership of this team. They won it [title] as freshmen and went to the finals the last two years," coach Pete Waskiewicz said. "Hopefully we can get over the hump and we can win it again."
"I'm looking for a pretty good year," Waskiewicz said. "We'll go away and play five games and come back and play four games the next week and we're pretty heavily loaded on quality ballclubs at the beginning."