County softball teams ready to get season started

Gloves are oiled, spikes are tightened and the weather has been cooperative for the county's girls softball teams. Regular season play for most gets started early next week. Here's a look at the clubs.



Head coach: Bill Lewis (fifth year)

2015 record: 9-9

Top returning players: Raechel Bowman, Jr. (INF); Mackense Greico, So. (INF/P).

Key newcomers: N/A

Outlook: The Eagles are young, but return some key starters from last year's team, according to Lewis.

Bel Air

Head coach: Kathleen Donaldson (fourth year)

2015 record: 16-4


Top returning players: Gwen Markowski, So. (3B/P); Morgan Dvorak, Jr. (SS); Sarah Fleischmann, Sr. (OF); Brianna Fleischmann, Jr. (OF); Amanda Criss, So. (2B/OF/P); Katrina Theilhorn, So. (C).

Key newcomers: Kat Perea, Fr. (P/INF); Jill Kozak, Fr. (C); Ari Dramis, Fr. (OF).

Outlook: "We are optimistic about our outlook for this year. With hard work both offensively and defensively we should be a competitor in every game we play," Donaldson said.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Russell Kovach (ninth year)

2015 record: 21-4


Top returning players: Danielle DeAgostino, Sr. (C); Morghan Fulton, Sr. (P); Megan Kuhn, Sr. (OF); Quinn Ursprung, Sr. (OF); Emily Kim, So. (SS); Katie Murphy, So. (3B/P).

Key newcomers: Paige Allender, Fr. (2B); Alyssa Barnes, Jr. (OF); Lexi Childress, Fr. (C/UT); Cassidy Cochran, Fr. (OF); Arianna Gallamoza, Jr. (P/OF); Meg Godwin, Fr. (2B); Lauren Meyers, Fr. (1B); Jill Petee, Jr. (OF); Maddie Ward, Jr. (C/3B).

Outlook: Coming off a stellar 2015 season that landed the Mustangs in the state finals, C. Milton Wright softball graduated 10 players (seven starters). The 2016 team will be as young as last year's team was experienced with five freshmen on the varsity team and nine players overall new to varsity. The team comes together with considerable talent and looks to continue its winning ways. Returning seniors Fulton, Ursprung, DeAgostino and Kuhn, along with fellow returning players Kim and Murphy, all had a taste of going deep in states. "They want more and are focused on leading the Mustangs team back to states again in 2016," Kovach said.


Head coach: Sarah Friedman (first year)

2015 record: 4-14

Top returning players: Amanda Sullivan, Jr. (P); Julia Gatch, Sr. (LF); Melanie Parncutt, Jr. (SS); Alivia Warren, Jr. (3B/P); Alex VanGraafaland, Sr. (CF).

Key newcomers: Bethany Oliver, So. (2B); Lexi Jo Buchanan, So. (3B/P/SS); Julia Spinner, Fr. (C); Jada Stump, Fr. (CF/2B); Emily Logue, Fr. (1B).

Outlook: "We are a very young team with a lot of potential and heart. Our overall record will be determined by how quickly we develop team cohesion and confidence," Friedman said.


Head coach: Carlie Andrews (first year)

2015 record: 9-10

Top returning players: Maggie Deckelman, Sr. (SS); Issy Newkirk, Jr. (2B); Allisyn Evans, Jr. (P); Danielle Romberger, So. (C); Clara Stewart, Jr. (3B).

Key newcomers: Taylor Brown, Jr. (1B); Kaitlyn Dulaney, So. (OF).

Outlook: "Our girls look to pick up where we left off last season. After a tough start our team rebounded well, winning eight of the last eleven games," Cougars Coach Andrews said. "With strong leadership in multiple positions, our expectations are set high."

Harford Christian

Preview information was not received from the Eagles coaching staff for this preview.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Nicole McClaskey (first year)

2015 record: 15-5

Top returning players: Emily Bowler, Sr. (P); Lindsay Bowler, Sr. (CF); Madison Forsythe, So. (OF); Trinitee Grant, Jr. (INF); Molly Mioduszewski, Jr. (INF); Tori Siler, So. (UT); Marley Winnicki, Jr. (INF).

Key newcomers: Kendall Henderson, Jr. (INF); Kayla Hobbs, Jr. (UT); Allison Hoover, Jr. (INF); Kelcy Morgan, Jr. (UT); Jessica Smith, Fr. (INF); Kieran Turner, Fr. (INF).

Outlook: "I am pleased to say that this year's team is composed of many talented and versatile players," McClaskey said. "We definitely have a tough schedule ahead of us, moving into the Chesapeake Division, but it is going to make us better as a program."

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Mariah Ripken (second year)

2015 record: 8-12

Top returning players: Olivia DuBois, Sr. (C); Kennan Glassman, Sr. (3B); Hailey Emerson, Jr. (CF); Leah DuBois, So. (P/3B); Sara Crawford, So. (1B).

Key newcomers: Kateri Connors, So. (SS/P); Mackenzie Ellis, Fr. (UT).

Outlook: The Warriors will look to make large strides forward this year after a rebuilding year in 2015, according to Ripken. "Some key injuries have set us back to start the season, but we are optimistic about our offensive abilities and strong pitching," Ripken said.

John Carroll

Head coach: Sherry Hudson (first year)

2015 record: N/A

Top returning players: Sara Dieter, Jr. (P/2B); Gabriela Centi, Jr. (SS/OF); Erica James, Jr. (C/INF); Sarah Meryl, Jr. (1B/ 2B); Meghan Sheehan, So. (SS/OF); Alyssa Ryerson, So. (2B); Erin Disney, So. (1B/OF); Katie Mills, So. (C/OF); Lily Liu, Sr. (OF); Jayla Ferguson, So. (OF); Suky Pei, So. (OF).

Key newcomers: Sarah Spaeth, Fr. (3B); Emma Kropkowski, Fr. (P/1B); Shannon Sweeney, Fr. (OF).

Outlook: The 2016 John Carroll softball team has a strong core of returning players that are young, but gained valuable playing experience last year. The Patriots will primarily rely on the pitching arms of Dieter and incoming freshman Kropkowski. Receiving their pitches will be strong defensive catcher James, who also supplies a powerful bat in the lineup. The team's greatest defensive strength is up the middle with shortstop Sheehan and centerfielder Centi. Centi will provide power in the lineup while Sheehan provides a versatile bat as a bunter/slapper and as a consistent offensive threat. Meryl will anchor first base and provide an effective bat offensively. Freshmen Spaeth and Sweeney are expected to contribute significantly right away. "The team does not have a lot of depth so will have to rely on many players with little varsity experience in order to be successful," Hudson, who was head coach at John Carroll from 2007 to 2011, said.


Preview information was not received from the Mariners coaching staff for this preview.


North Harford

Head coach: Glenn Doering (first year)

2015 record: N/A

Top returning players: Hunter Harbaugh, Sr. (P/1B); Kristin Stiles, Jr. (2B); Kelly Harkins, Sr. (C); Ada Hienze, Jr. (3B); Krista Hiser, Jr. (P/1B).

Key newcomers: Hannah Garrett, Fr. (OF/SS); Kaylin Johnson, Fr. (2B/SS/OF).

Outlook: "Looking forward to being one of the top contenders in Harford County," Doering said. Doering has served seven years as an assistant with the Hawks.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Jeff Horton (first year)

2015 record: 12-8

Top returning players: Megan Olszewski, Sr. (OF); Deanna Young, Jr. (OF); Lauren Rossi, Jr. (SS); Nayai Gilbert, Jr. (OF); Abby Laurentius, So. (1B); Katie Williams, So. (P); Lacey Breeden, So. (C).

Key newcomers: Mia Godbey, Sr. (OF); Jenna Staton, Sr. (OF); Sarah DiNatale, So. (2B); Megan Hall, So. (3B).

Outlook: "We will field a very young team this year, returning only one senior and two juniors with starting experience. Our goal this year will be to develop fundamentals and knowledge of the game," Horton said. "Last year saw a pretty competitive team set a standard of direction for this young group of athletic girls to strive for. With overall team speed that may be unrivaled, we'll see if that can translate into an asset on the field. One thing's for sure, this fun-loving, hard-working group of girls are going to have fun."