---- — OUTLOOK: North Reading and Georgetown had excellent 2013 seasons but suffered heavy graduation losses. Both still believe they’ll be contenders. Masconomet is a likely challenger to the Hornets in the large school division. Lynnfield and Rockport will battle the Royals in the small.
2013 season: 14-6, lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals
Returning starters (4): Maddy Crateau, Sr., 2B; Hannah Jannell, Sr., 3B; Jennifer Nutter, Jr., 1B; Maggie Noelk, Soph., CF
Returning lettermen: Danielle Quercia, Jr., P; Emily Fraser, Soph., C
Promising newcomers: Kaylie Sapienza, Jr., 2B/C; Christina MacArthur, Soph., P; Kylie Hayward, Frosh., SS/P; Samantha Newbury, Frosh., LF/1B; Dana Edwards, Frosh., RF; Julia Traponi, Frosh., 1B/3B; Gianna Faragi, Frosh., OF
Captains: Maddy Crateau, Jennifer Nutter, Hannah Jannell
Fast facts: This will be first time in eight years an Erlandson sister hasn’t been on the mound . ... Katie Terban, who is an excellent hockey player, transferred to St. Mary’s of Lynn. ... Samantha Newbury is the younger sister of graduated Ali Newbury. ... Georgetown has temporarily scratched the JV team and added a freshman team consisting of seventh and eighth graders. All five freshmen in the program are on the varsity.
Assistants: Ted Schruender
Coach David Tullgren (3rd year, 18-21): “I entered the season thinking we would be rebuilding. But we have some good freshmen who make me think that we’ll lock and reload. We set a goal of 10-10 and qualify for state. We’re lucky to have quality pitching. I think (new pitcher) Danielle Quercia can rival Jane Erlandson at this point.”
2013 season: 17-5, lost in Division 2 North first round
Returning starters (2): Tarah Reilly, Sr., SS; Jenn Castro, Sr., CF
Returning lettermen: Jill Plourde, Sr., C; Emma Santosuosso, Sr., OF; Kendra Butner, Jr., P/1B; Bryanne Reilly, Jr., C; Monica Ferrazzani, Jr., OF; Kelsey DeMild, Jr., 2B; Sophie Warren, Jr. C/INF
Newcomers: Taylor Connor, Soph., 3B; Lily Malloy, Soph., OF; Sarah Sabella, Soph., C; Carly Swartz, Soph., INF; Cassidy Gaeta, Frosh., 1B; Julia Perrone, Frosh., P
Captains: Jenn Castro, Tarah Reilly
Fast facts: The Hornets graduated nine seniors who were starters. ... Tarah Reilly is recovering from a winter car accident that ended her basketball season. ... A promising freshman class includes Cassidy Gaeta and Julia Perrone, who made varsity. ... Kendra Butner moves up as the No. 1 pitcher.
Assistants: Caroline Gattuso, Nicole Zimmerman (JV), Michelle Tighe (freshmen)
Coach Rusty Russell (29th year, 444-186): “I feel we’ll be good and not take a step back. It looks like a rebuilding year but we’ve had girls sitting on the bench waiting for their chance. There’s a lot of talent. If we get the pitching, we’ll be up there.”
2013 season: 5-14, didn’t make state tourney
Returning starters (7): Mary Kate Corrado, Sr., IB; Carley Desjardins, Sr., P; Sydney Snow, Sr., C; Tyler Feeney, Jr., CF; Kassidy Kennefick, Jr., SS; Nicolette Kent, Jr., OF; Nikki O’Rourke, Soph., 2B
Returning lettermen: Allison Knowles, Sr., OF; Amy McDonnell, Sr., INF; Maddy Ammon, Jr., 2B
Promising newcomers: Maddie Binding, Soph., C/OF; Corie Lussier, Soph., INF/OF; Jenny Nelson, Soph., P/INF; Sarah Stewart, Soph., P/INF
Captains: Mary Kate Corrado, Sydney Snow, Carley Desjardins
Fast facts: John Walsh, who was the JV coach last year, replaces Danielle Mason, who was 20-37 in three years and is now an assistant at UMass Lowell. He also coaches AAU softball. ... New assistant Deb Smith has been the director of the West Newbury Softball League. ... Starting pitcher Carley Desjardins missed most of last year with a concussion. ... The Sachems have some proven hitters returning, led by Sydney Snow (.481), Tyler Feeney (.439) and Mary Kate Corrado (.421). ... For the first time, Pentucket is playing three home games at night at its Groveland Pines field.
Assistants: Jule Gerraughty (JV), Deb Smith (Freshmen)
Coach John Walsh (1st year): “They had a rough season last year and there were some key injuries but the girls have put in a lot of work in the offseason and have high expectations. I’m excited and, if we stay healthy, I think we can make the tournament.”