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.”