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.
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
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
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.
Assistants: Sarah Foley, JV
Coach Steve Stankus (31st year): “It’ll be a struggle, but we have some kids who can play defense and they’ve got good attitudes.”
2012 season: 14-8, lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals
Returning starters (6): Cassey Glode, Sr., SS; Destiny Jordan, Sr., 3B/P; Josie Sanchez, Sr., 1B; Kristina Moszka, Sr., C; Kayla Riley, Soph., P/SS; Dominique Ortiz, Soph., 2B/DH
Returning lettermen: Andrea Terranova, Soph., OF; Michaela Martin, Soph., OF
Promising newcomers: Lia Zaino, Jr., OF; Toni Mariano, Jr., OF; Katrina Gallagher, Jr., 1B; Christina Boutin, Frosh., P/OF Brynn Gaiser, Frosh., INF; Lena Faranna, Frosh., INF; Ashley Wilson, Frosh., C
Captains: Glode, Jordan, Sanchez, Moszka
Returning honorees: Josie Sanchez, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Destiny Jordan, All-CAC Large
Returning leaders: Josie Sanchez .441, 15 homers, 27 RBIs; Destiny Jordan .459, 23 RBIs; Dominique Ortiz .408
Fast facts: Whittier’s first-round win over Greater Lawrence was its first tourney win since 2000. ... Cassey Glode (knee) missed half of last year but still has 128 career hits. ... From last year’s team, Taylor Miller (Rivier), Kailah Goulet (Fisher) and Kendra Brasil (Eastern Nazarene) are playing in college. ... Josie Sanchez plans on walking on at Merrimack and Destiny Jordan will be playing at Bridgewater State. ... Long-time assistant coach Jim Carlson has retired and has been replaced by Dan Whittier.
Assistants: Dan Whittier; Paul Bonasoro, JV
Coach Cheryl Begin (7th year, 69-55): “I think with Kayla (Riley) and Destiny (Jordan), our pitching will be OK. We’re still a power-hitting team and we’ll score runs. We have come to expect making the state tournament and we should this year.”