High school softball: Baltimore City preview


Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1992 record: 7-0. Coach: Dawn Giesler.

Top players: Jen Michael, Sr., 1B; Nikki Bock, Sr., C; Adrienne Van den Beemt, CF.

Outlook: The Mawrtians lost only two people from last season and are looking forward to another strong showing this year with nine veterans returning. Freshman Marcie Nitzberg will help with pitching and junior DH Ami Carneal will key the offense.

Carver Bears

1992 record: 2-3. Coach: William Seaton.

Top players: Antoinette Parrish, Jr., 3B; April Ridgeway, Jr., SS; Cassandra Miller, Soph., P.

Outlook: The Bears return with eight players from last season, including Miller on the mound, who saw a lot of playing time. Sophomores Shawntrise Lyons (RF), Jacquetta Hammond (1B) and Tanesha Williams (CF-P) will supply the offense for the Bears.

Catholic Cubs

1992 record: 9-9. Coach: Charles Hofferbert.

Top players: Amy Beall, Sr., P-1B-LF; Gidget Frey, Sr., 1B-3B; Stacey Simpson, Sr., 1B-OF.

Outlook: Beall, an All-Catholic League selection last year, batted .456 at the cleanup spot and tied for second in RBI for the Cubs, who finished third in the league and tournament last year. Contributing speed to the cause are juniors Val Argentina (IF) and Marie Morrow (IF-OF), who was second on the team in stolen bases.

City Knights

1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Julio Fernandez.

Top players: Marisol McMacken, Sr., SS; Bonita Hensley, Sr., C; Kelly Franklin, Sr., 1B; Arunda Quickly, Sr., CF-OF.

Outlook: The Knights, coming off a first-place finish in last year's City-Wide B Conference, lost five starters but have 10 players returning. Junior Julie Friedman will do some pitching, and Hensley, Franklin and Adrienne Mullikin will provide some power hitting.

Douglass Ducks

1992 record: none. Coach: Joseph Buckson.

Outlook: The Ducks return to the diamond after a two-year absence and will compete in the City-Wide C Conference.

Dunbar Poets

1992 record: 3-10. Coach: Diane Williams.

Top players: Kendra Hawes, Jr., C; Kisha Smith, Jr., P-IF.

Outlook: The Poets lost two starters from last year and have a lot of three-year veterans returning. Hawes and Smith will lead the attack as the Poets will try to improve upon their C Conference finish this year.

Edmondson Redskins

1992 record: 15-1. Coach: James James.

Top players: Oprah Holmes, Jr., SS; Peggy Birdsong, Sr., CF; Robin Joyner, Sr., P.

Outlook: The defending City-Wide C Conference Champions return with a strong offense and hopes of repeating last season's success. Holmes is one of the team's top hitters and defensive players and fourth-year pitcher Joyner, 14-1 last season, will return to the mound.

Forest Park Foresters

1992 record: 6-9. Coach: Sonia Bailey.

Top players: Keesha Powell, Sr., C; Shannon Beasley, Soph., OF; Sherri Anderson, Jr., P.

Outlook: The Foresters have 10 players back and will be tough to beat at the plate with sophomores Beasley and Trina Savage pacing the offense. Anderson will return to the mound, and senior Tonya Pearsall and sophomore Carmen Reavis will add some speed. Freshman Felicia Smith will add depth to the infield defense.

IND Indians

1992 record: 14-5. Coach: Sandy Altadonna.

Top players: Christa Engleman, Sr., P; Tiffany Wilkinson, Sr., 2B; Angie Novak, Sr., CF.

Outlook: The Indians have seven players returning from last year's Catholic League runner-up team that finished the season No. 11 in The Sun's final poll. Engleman, one of the top pitchers in the league, will return to the mound for her fourth season. Junior C Bobbi Tyree and freshman LF Robin Johnson also will help with the offense this season.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1992 record: 4-5. Coach: James Monroe.

Top players: April Brodegen, Sr., SS; Erika Montgomery, Sr., P.

Outlook: Montgomery, who pitched the second half of the season last year, will return to the mound. Brodegen, the team's top home run hitter, will lead the offense. Freshman Demetrius Coleman (2B) and sophomore Teakwon Gardner (1B) are strong fielders and solid hitters.

Mercy Sharpshooters

1992 record: 8-7. Coach: Bob Doerfler.

Top players: Jen Kisnick, Sr., P-OF-1B; Maria Karalius, Sr., P-OF; Meg Kline, Soph., 3B.

Outlook: Kisnick, Karalius and Kline are heavy hitters for the Sharpshooters, who have a young squad this year featuring six sophomores and only three seniors. Coach Doerfler thinks hitting and defense will be Mercy's strengths this season.

Mervo Mustangs

1992 record: 9-4. Coach: Daryl Wade.

Top players: LaKeita Carter, Jr., SS; Latanya Harris, Jr., 1B; Heather Quarles, Sr., P.

Outlook: The Mustangs return with a deep, experienced squad that will by led by Carter and Quarles' hitting. Donita Blackwell, Cheryl Evans and Crystal Straus also should help the offense. Quarles, who pitched three shutouts last year, is the ace of the staff.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1992 record: 3-10. Coach: Tim Jordan.

Top players: Angela Jordan, Sr., CF; Mick Kelley, Sr., SS; Tracey Coleman, Sr., P.

Outlook: Four-year players Jordan, Kelley and Coleman each batted close to .350 last season. Coleman will return to the mound this year. Sophomores Danielle Peterson and Amy Koslowski have a lot of speed and will be expected to steal some bases and cover the field on defense.

Northern Vikings

1992 record: 5-8. Coach: Sharon McClain.

Top players: Karri Lynn Dakon, Sr., P; Kim Robinson, Jr., C-1B.

Outlook: The Vikings return with a young squad and are hoping to improve from last season. Dakon, who had a 5-8 record on the mound last season, will start at pitcher and also will pace the offense at the plate with the help of Robinson.

Mount Carmel Lions

1992 record: No team. Coach: Michele O'Brien.

Top players: Missy Anderson, Sr., P; Denise Nee, Sr., 1B; Amy Adams, Jr., 3B-IF.

Outlook: After a year away from the diamond, the Lions return with a young squad of freshmen and sophomores. Anderson and Adams will key the offense. Up and coming sophomore SS Larissa Paulino should contribute offensively and defensively.

Northwestern Wildcats

1992 record: 0-4. Coach: Lillian Brown.

Top players: Patricia Ferrante, Sr., C; Larriesh Jones, Sr., CF; Tamara Woods, Jr., OF.

Outlook: The Wildcats have a young team this year with a lot of freshmen and are hoping to gain experience throughout the season.

Patterson Clippers

1992 record: 11-7. Coach: Derek Maki.

Top players: Michelle Geho, Sr., 1B-P; Tracy Conner, Sr., SS-OF; Jaime Locklear, Soph., C.

Outlook: The Clippers have six starters back from last year, including All City-Wide League selection Geho, who Maki hopes will do more pitching. Patterson lost All-league selection Regina Metzer to graduation, but look for Shannon Delaney and Tishina Lacy along with Conner to key the offense.

Poly Engineers

1992 record: 4-5. Coach: Norman Perry.

Top players: Danielle Addington, Sr., C; Lisa Keller, Soph., P.

Outlook: The Engineers lost eight to graduation, but return with cleanup hitter Addington, a four-year veteran behind the plate. Keller will see a lot of time on the mound.

Seton Keough Gators

1992 record: 9-7. Coach: Charles Chellis.

Top players: Celia Ashton, Soph., CF-C; Amanda Jackson, Jr., P.

Outlook: Ashton, a Catholic League All-Star who batted .420 last season, will provide some punch in the Gators' bats this year. Jackson will return to the mound. Despite losing seven to graduation, Chellis thinks the Gators will prove to be a competitive team.

Southern Bulldogs

1992 record: 10-10. Coach: Jack Nehsmann.

Top players: Jennifer Cadden, Sr., SS; Kim Thomas, Sr., IF-3B-C; Michelle Liggett, Jr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs enter the season hoping to qualify for their fourth straight City-Wide Tournament. After losing standouts Chris Cavanaugh, Kristie Brunner and Joy Leisey, Liggett and sophomore Kristi Triplett will share pitching duties, and Thomas and Cadden should drive in some runs.

Southwestern Sabres

1992 record: 3-9. Coach: Bernie Leneau.

Top players: Lisa Watford, Sr., C-CF-P; Frances Hunt, Sr., 1B; Angela Kaline, Jr., LF-SS.

Outlook: Watford, a left-hander, is versatile enough to pitch as well as play behind the plate and in the outfield. Freshman Diana Locklear will add speed, and sophomore Jackie Johnson will add some power hitting. Junior Quay Gallaway will take over at 3B.

Western Doves

1992 record: 14-1. Coach: Diane Lawton.

Top players: Tracy Gruzs, Sr., P; Kim Osborne, Jr., RF; Ann Phillips, Jr., LF; Kim Aviles, Soph., C.

Outlook: The Doves lost two top players from last season, Sonya Jones and Di Di Cotton, but return with Gruzs, who led the team to a City-Wide championship. Gruzs led the team with a .517 average last season and is expected to pace the offense this year.

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