Senior pitcher Ashley Woodall is making life easier for Laurel High softball coach Jennifer McGillin, and not just because she¿s the most prominent of a slew of returning seniors hoping to guide the Spartans to a regional title this spring.
Gloves are oiled, spikes are tightened and the weather has been cooperative for the county's girls softball teams. Regular season play for most gets underway early next week. Here's a look at the clubs.
Unlike baseball, the mechanics of fast-pitch softball allows teams to ride their best arm almost exclusively through their schedule's more challenging games. And for top-end talent, the demands of big games for their schools rarely exceeds what they regularly encounter on the travel circuit.