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Maryvale fifth-year softball coach Terri Moeser lost seven key seniors from a team that finished second in its league last season. This year, freshmen are getting it done.

Moeser has added five freshmen: outfielder/catcher Kelly Heslen, outfielder Elisa Rodriguez, outfielder/pitcher Alee Chios and outfielders Julia Harman and Laura Marisco, and the results have been encouraging -- Maryvale is in third place in Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference with a 4-2 record and is 5-4 overall.

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"I will tell you the freshmen are really stepping up," Moeser said. "They are learning and growing with each game. They are seeing a lot of playing time. They definitely have a softball background. They have played before high school."

With five freshmen and five sophomores — shortstop Maggie Welling, pitcher Gina Liberto, first baseman Lucy Yezulinas, third baseman Mya Buschman and outfielder Brooke Franklin — Moeser is excited about the prospects for this season and beyond.

The Lions will graduate only one senior starter, outstanding catcher Madison Vicendese.

"I can't wait until my freshmen and sophomore classes are seniors," Moeser said. "I think in the next year or two, we are going to be (championship) contenders in the conference. Not that I don't think we can be contenders this year. They come out every day ready go win. They practice and play very hard."

Vicendese is Maryvale's leader as a two-year captain. The three-time all-conference player ranks first on the Lions in batting average (.700), home runs (2), triples (5), doubles and RBI (19).

She'll play next season at the University of Delaware on a softball scholarship.

"It will be a hard position to fill," Moeser said. "We don't see catchers like her much. She does everything well, and the girls really look up to her. She calls a great game."

Franklin (.600, 3 triples, 18 RBIs), Welling (.464) and Bushman (.334) help make the Lions a dangerous offensive teamm averaging nearly eigh runs per game.

Maryvale had two of its best offensive performances against St. Paul's School for Girls, 14-1, and Concordia Prep, 10-0. Both games lasted five innings because of the 10-run Mercy rule.

Vicendese went 4-for-4 with a home run and 5 RBIs against St. Paul's.

Liberto picked up the victory in both games. She allowed two hits and one run in five innings against St. Paul's and gave up five hits and struck out five against Concordia Prep.

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