CENTURY

Coach: Jay Seaborg, 9th year

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Last year's record: 11-11, 7-7 county

First game: Monday vs. Franklin, 4:30

Key losses: Erin Stephey.

Key returners: Calin Mitchell, senior 1B; Gillian Sinnott, sophomore catcher; Jenn Vintz, senior 2B; Allyson Windell, sophomore P.

Outlook: A large group of underclassmen make up the Knights' roster this season, with nine freshmen and sophomores. Coach Jay Seaborg has high expectations for the Knights, and said he hopes they will be playing their best softball by May. "We have a very young team," Seaborg said via email. "As they transition to the demands of varsity softball we hope to see a steady improvement as we move towards May and the playoffs."

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Coach: Thom Vickery, 2nd year

Last year's record: 8-11, 5-9 county

First game: March 30 at Liberty, 4

Key losses: Makenzie Blocher, Rebecca Marr, Lindsey VanderMeulen

Key returners: Ashley Altvater, senior P/SS; Jenna Brown, P/1B; Morgan Engel, C/1B; Julie Goodman, senior 2B: Amber Kreimer, senior LF; Maddie Russell, senior CF.

Outlook: Vickery said the Eagles should go as far as his six senior leaders take them. Altaver and Brown should split the pitching duties, and FSK's outfield has veteran experience with Russell and Kreimer patrolling.

LIBERTY

Coach: Chris Szocik, 8th year

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Last year's record: 20-3, 13-1 county

First game: Today at North Hagerstown, 4:45

Key losses: Kayla Maggio.

Key returners: Kasey Bost, senior OF; Brooke Fowlkes, junior SS; Meghan Jacobs, C; Lexi Jones, junior IF; Lexi Trail, junior P.

Outlook: The Lions advanced to the Class 2A West region final last season and will return five seniors and four juniors, including Lexi Jones and Lexi Trail. Trail was one of only three sophomores to make All-Metro first team last spring and Jones, a Murray State commit, led the county in triples and home runs last year. "We have brought up several juniors who will be competing for playing time and I forsee another great year," Czocik said via email. "We hope to go further than the regional championship this year."

MANCHESTER VALLEY

Coach: Mike Hernandez, 7th year

Last year's record: 19-4, 11-3 county

First game: Today at Boonsboro, 4:45

Key losses: Katie Cullum, Madison Grimm, Kimran Randhawa, Karina Robinson.

Key returners: Taylor Brown, Kayla Geho, Sarah Ruiz, Storm Smith, Jessie Swistock, Lauren Vogel.

Outlook: The two-time reigning Class 1A state champions are returning six starters from last year's championship team. The Mavericks will be without Madison Grimm, the 2015 Times Softball Player of the Year but shortstop Jessie Swistock and catcher Kayla Geho are expected to lead the Mavs in 2016. "The team will contend for the county championship with hopes of defending it's state championship," Hernandez said via email.

NORTH CARROLL

Coach: Heather Abell, 2nd year

Last year's record: 8-11, 5-9 county

First game: Today at Brunswick, 4:30

Key losses: Ashley Lawson.

Key returners: Alicia Badra, senior P/OF; Lauren McGuire, junior IF; Lexy Richards, senior C/1B; Alyssa Rink, senior utility; Katie Watts, junior SS.

Outlook: The Panthers will have a collective amount of upperclassmen on their 2016 roster and Abell said she expects the leadership to be top-notch this season. "We have a great squad this year full of energy, knowledge and love for the game," Abell said via email. "Team chemistry has a fantastic vibe early on and we can only anticipate that it will grow as the season continues."

SOUTH CARROLL

Coach: Matt Cannistraci, 9th year

Last year's record: 10-9, 7-7 county

First game: Today vs. South Hagerstown, 4:30

Key losses: Taylor Hoff, Sam Magee, Cindy Sheckels.

Key returners: Sam Amateau, junior IF; Alex Cisar, senior P/IF; Taylor Dauer, senior IF; Chloe Sharman, sophomore P/IF.

Outlook: The Cavaliers split their county record with seven wins and seven losses last season, finishing 10-9 overall. Just three seniors will return to the pitch for the Cavs in 2016. "We are a young team with only three seniors but we have varsity experience at several key positions," Cannistraci said via email. "I believe we will be competitive in the county and work towards improving each day to take our game to the next level and be prepared for a strong playoff run."

WESTMINSTER

Coach: Ashley Harford, 5th year

Last year's record: 10-7, 7-7 county

First game: Tuesday at C. Milton Wright, 4;30

Key losses: Amelia Price, Lizzie Sexton.

Key returners: Nicole Barrett, junior P/IF; Jillian Howell, senior IF; Emily Maseth, senior, P/IF.

Outlook: The Owls have a large number of players returning from 2015 to improve last season's record, including junior pitcher/infielder Nicole Barrett, senior infielder Jillian Howell and senior pitcher/infielder Emily Maseth. "We are looking to make a strong showing again this season and into the playoffs," Harford said via email.

WINTERS MILL

Coach: Felicia Knill, 1st year

Last year's record: 2-17, 1-13 county

First game: Today vs. Dulaney, 4:30

Key losses: n/a

Key returners: Rachel Engle, senior.

Outlook: Felicia Knill takes over coaching duties for Winters Mill this year. The Falcons captured just one county victory in 2015 and will look to improve that record this season. "We are a young team looking to compete this year," Knill said via email. "We are looking to rebuild the program after a few down years."

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