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* Kelly Butler, Centennial, Sr., SS -- A four-year starter, Butler already is one of the league's best. She hit .432 and scored 23 runs last year, while recording 27 assists and 24 putouts at shortstop.

* Keri Chichester, Centennial, Sr., C -- Chichester is the best receiver in the county, and the Eagles' season will be dictated largely by how well she and new pitcher Kim May work together. Last year, she hit .411 and had a team-high 24 RBI, while throwing out five base stealers and committing one error in 20 games.

* Karyn Duff, Glenelg, Jr., 2B -- When Duff took over at second last year, she was expected to be most valuable on defense, and she didn't disappoint. But the Gladiators got quite a bonus when Duff became the league's toughest out. She had a batting average of .510, an on-base average of .625.

* Sharon Ford, Howard, Sr., CF -- Ford is a four-year starter who might be the league's top outfielder. No one patrols the outfield better, and Ford hit .360 during an All-County season last spring. If the Lions rebound into contention this year, Ford will lead the way.

* Jodi Kielman, Glenelg, Jr., 1B -- The league's most dangerous hitter, Kielman brings back memories of Mount Hebron slugger Dawn Thomas. Kielman batted .466 last year, while driving in a team-high 30 runs. No hitter alters a coach's strategy more frequently.

* Sandy Lewis, Mount Hebron, Sr., SS -- She has started at a middle infield position for the past three years. This spring, Lewis will anchor the Vikings' infield. She hit .450 last year.

* Kelly Stewart, Atholton, Soph., RF -- Normally, first-year players aren't mentioned here, but Stewart deserves to be an exception. If the Raiders leap from the middle of the pack into contention, she likely will play a key role. She hit .640 and drove in 35 runs for the junior varsity last year. Coach Dave Vitagliano also raves about her strong arm.

* Lory Wineman, Glenelg, Sr., SS -- Wineman, a four-year starter, might be the county's top player. She batted .534, scored 32 runs and stole 37 bases last year, all team-highs, to lead the Gladiators to the county title and a 15-3 record. She also committed only three errors in 72 chances.

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