The Oakland Mills infield huddles up in the pitcher's circle during a game against Long Reach last spring.
The Oakland Mills infield huddles up in the pitcher's circle during a game against Long Reach last spring. (Photo courtesy of Israel Carunungan)

2015 record: 2-15 county, 2-17 overall

Coach: Skip Yarn

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Key players: Seniors Emily Yarn (P/1B) and Megan Threatte (2B/SS/P); juniors Zoey Smith (SS) and Lizzie Yu (C).

What you need to know: The Scorpions were a veteran team a season ago and with the graduation of nine seniors, this year's squad is incredibly young. There are just four returners overall, but all have starting experience so that provides a base to build on.

"Our success, not measured in wins in losses, will be measured by commitment to each other and commitment to the team," coach Skip Yarn said. We are trying to ensure that at the end of the season, players have a greater understanding, love and appreciation for the game. On the field, we hope to minimize errors, get on base more often score against some of the top teams and compete with some of the teams more on our level of play."

The battery combo of Emily Yarn and Lizzie Yu, a field hockey standout at goalie, got some experience working together last year and will be hoping to build on that.

Yarn is also the team's top returning hitter, finishing with a batting average of .333, nine runs scored and nine RBI. She also had four doubles and eight stolen bases.

Threatte and Smith will provide some versatility up the middle of the infield on defense.

Traditionally, the match-up between Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake is one of the season's most competitive games. This year, though, the two programs meet only once — at Oakland Mills on April 18.

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