Glenelg's Anna Turvin is one of the returning pitchers to watch in Howard County this spring
Glenelg's Anna Turvin is one of the returning pitchers to watch in Howard County this spring (Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

2015 record: 11-6 county, 13-8 overall

Coach: Ray Gerstner

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Key players: Senior Paige Hoeflich (OF); juniors Gabriel Browne (P), Katie Grimm (2B), Emily Michelski (1B) and Anna Turvin (P); sophomore Katie Dustin (C).

What you need to know: The Gladiators are young, with the team's top five hitters in terms of average from last year gone and only three starters overall returning. In fact, there is only one senior — Hoeflich — on the roster.

But youth should not be confused with a lack of talent. Glenelg has quality players all over the field, including six players that were on varsity last year, that are ready for their turn in the spotlight.

"All of these (returning) girls are extremely experienced softball players, which should provide us with a solid foundation for the rest of the team," coach Ray Gerstner said.

Early on the strength of the team appears to be behind the plate with Dustin and the pitching combination of Turvin and Brownie.

"The one area that I feel is a strength for our team is our battery. We have two returning pitchers and one returning catcher who are all leaders," Gerstner said. "As soon as the battery learns how to sync, they will be extremely powerful."

At the plate, Dustin hit .373 a season ago, with six extra-base hits, and Grimm was right behind her at .353.

Glenelg will be tested in its spring break tournament, where it will play against Northern and Mount De Sales.

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