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SPRING PREVIEWS: SOFTBALL CAPSULES
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SPRING PREVIEWS: SOFTBALL CAPSULES

McKay

Coach: Dave Smalley, second year

2012 record: 0-14 CVC, 0-21 overall, lost in play-in round.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Alexis Wolf, soph., C: The team's big bat in the lineup thus far this season.

Maggie Mink, jr., IF: A returning starter who can play many different spots in the infield.

Joanna Fields, jr., P: The starting pitcher for the Scots.

Outlook: The Royal Scots have potential at the plate and with solid starting pitching should be much improved.

McNary

Coach: Kevin Wise, first year

2012 record: 11-4 CVC, 19-5 overall, lost in first round of state playoffs.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Paige Bouska, sr., IF: A second-team all-state infielder last year, the speedy leadoff hitter has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Seattle.

Jordyn Hanson, sr., P/IF: The team's returning starting pitcher, she was has signed to play in college at St. Andrews.

Dani Saunders, jr., OF: A first-team all-league selection as a sophomore last season, she is one of the state's best players.

Outlook: Wise, formerly the program's JV coach, takes over as head coach and has six returning varsity players. The team's young players, three sophomore and three freshmen, will be important in the team's success.

North Salem

Coach: Santos Lingmai, first year

2012 record: 3-12 CVC, 3-19 overall, lost in play-in round.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Savanna Zarate, sr., 1B: A skilled player with a big bat.

Maggie Rust, sr., IF/P: She has strong offensive and defensive skills and will spend some time at pitcher.

Shae Smotherman, sr., SS: An experienced utility player who has been a varsity starter since her sophomore year.

Outlook: The Vikings have an experienced senior class and a host of talented younger players - including sophomore pitcher Allie Kammerman - and should be improved this year.

South Salem

Coach: Scott McCormick, 18th year

2012 record: 14-1 CVC, 27-3 overall, lost in state title game.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Raina Reece, sr., C/1B: A first-team all-state selection as a junior last year, the Concordia signee is being looked at to fill a key role behind the plate.

Kelsie Gardner, sr., SS: An honorable mention all-state selection last year, she is a multi-year starter up the middle and has signed to play softball at Portland State.

Kelly Burdick, jr., 2B: A second-team all-state player as a sophomore, she has committed to play softball at Washington.

Outlook: The Saxons have been the state runner-up the past two seasons and with an experienced roster and the pitching of senior Katie Donovan will be one of the state's top teams again.

Sprague

Coach: Rachelle Knuth, second year

2012 record: 5-9 CVC, 9-14 overall, lost in first round of state playoffs.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Janie Carr, sr., SS/2B: A starter for South Salem last year in the outfield, she has signed to play in college at Chemeketa.

Jessie Isham, soph., SS/C: Showed great promise as a freshman last year when she was second-team all-league and will be the team's leader again.

Outlook: The Olympians are young this season, but have the athletes to improve significantly and the potential to be in the top half of the league.

West Salem

Coach: Patrick Dutcher, second year

2012 record: 11-4 CVC, 20-7 overall, lost in first round of state playoffs.

ATHLETES TO WATCH

Allina Haven, sr., P: A first-team all-league player last year, she also is one of the team's top hitters and is one of the top players in the state.

Kirsten Bugni, jr., SS: A two-time all-league infielder, she has a great arm and will be key for the team.

Tori Childs, sr., P: A second-team all-league pitcher last year, she will be a key for the team.

Outlook: The Titans will have some youth - including freshmen Taylor Gunesch and Maddy Hopper - but have the talent to compete with South Salem for the top spot in the league.

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Dylan Davison 4/8/13

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