Junior shortstop Jalyn Cox is the lone returning full-time starter for River Hill this spring.
Junior shortstop Jalyn Cox is the lone returning full-time starter for River Hill this spring. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

2015 record: 17-0 county, 22-2 overall

Coach: Marni Rosenbaum

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Key players: Seniors Janine Abate (3B/OF), Aarthi Ambrosi (C/INF) and Mycah Berson (OF); juniors Hannah Brown (2B/C), Jalyn Cox (SS/C) and Sara Miller (CF).

What you need to know: It's a new chapter for the program after graduating a nine-member senior class that left quite the legacy, winning last year's county championship and making it to the state final four two of the last three years.

This year's team will now be trying to establish its own identity and, the good news is, there is some talent in place to do just that.

"We are a different team than the team of the past," coach Marni Rosenbaum said. "We need to not worry about living up to that expectation and grow each and every day and leave it all out on the field."

Jalyn Cox is the lone returning full-time starter, serving as a terrific defender at shortstop for last year's regional championship team. Hannah Brown also saw a few spot starts a season ago and is poised for a bigger role. Overall, Rosenbaum says roughly half the team has travel-ball experience and expects everyone to contribute in one way or another.

"While no one area of our game stands out at this point, we are a well-rounded team," Rosenbaum said. "Our pitchers will give us a chance to win and our offense is capable of manufacturing runs."

There isn't much varsity experience at pitcher, but among those who will contribute in the circle is freshman Delanie Vintz.

River Hill has a tough opening week with games against Centennial and Howard.

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