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March 30, 2013

Commonwealth Conference Softball: Sanchez, Jordan power Whittier

OUTLOOK: Defending champion Shawsheen graduated only one starter and is a huge favorite to repeat. Greater Lowell is the most likely challenger. Whittier, if its pitching comes around, could be a darkhorse.

Greater Lawrence

2012 season: 14-8, lost in Division 3 North first round

Returning starters (4): Maggie Santomassino, Sr., P; Kasandra Ayala, Soph., OF; Alyssa Melendez, Soph., OF; Samantha Smerdon, Soph., C

Returning lettermen: Desiray Caracoglia, Sr., 2B; Veronica Sheehan, Jr., OF/DH

Promising newcomers: Lillian Arroyo, Sr., INF; Emily Taveras, Sr., INF; Janice Guzman, Jr., OF; Courtney Michaud, Jr., INF; Arianny Rodriguez, Jr., INF; Soni Rodriguez, Jr., INF; Jhosselyn Roa, Soph., P; Olivia Michaud, Frosh., 1B; Alyssa Goulet, Frosh., INF; Pamela Castro, Frosh., INF

Captains: Maggie Santomassino, Desiray Caracoglia

Candidates: 75

Returning honorees: Alyssa Melendez, All-CAC Large

Returning leaders: Alyssa Melendez .557, 27 RBIs, 42 runs

Fast facts: The Reggies made the state tourney last spring for the first time since 2006 and their win in the North prelims was their second tourney win in at least 25 years. The 13 wins were the most since 1995. ... All three freshmen on the varsity could start.

Assistants: Don Mason; Ken Henrick, JV

Coach Jay Santomassino (12th year, 88-110): “We snuck up on some teams last year and it’ll be tougher to get 10 wins, especially losing (to graduation) our entire infield. But we have some good freshmen and with Maggie (Santomassino) back pitching, we can have a good season.”

Presentation OF MARY

2012 season: 1-17, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (1): Mary-Alice Griffin, Sr., 2B

Returning lettermen: None

Promising newcomers: Delaney Bradley, Jr., P; Victoria Calcagno, Jr., C; Lindsay Hajjar, Jr., 1B; Chanelle Garcia, Jr., DH; Katie Britner, Jr., SS; Kelly Veloso, Jr., OF; Anna Durkin, Soph., OF; Gabby Salerno, Frosh., INF; Catie Griffin, Frosh., INF

Captains: Game captains

Candidates: 19

Fast facts: Two seniors opted to work and shortstop Waleska Velez switched to track. ... Catie Griffin is the younger sister of Mary-Alice Griffin. ... Delaney Bradley, who is up from the JVs, is the starting pitcher.

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