Outlook: Despite losing four outstanding players, Salem will be strong again. They’ve gone 41-3 over the last two years without a state title to show for it.
Among the teams battling the Devils will be Merrimack, Dover and Concord. Timberlane could be a sleeper.
2012 season: 18-4, lost in Division 1 semifinals
Returning starters (2): Leah Hunt, Jr., P/OF; Julie Hamilton, Jr., OF
Returning lettermen: Sirena Paiva, Sr., INF; Colleen Lewis, Jr., 1B
Promising newcomers: Brooke Tulley, Jr., C; Shannon Crowley, Jr., OF; Sam Harris, Jr., OF; Aly Leone, Jr., 1B; Cassidy Litch, Jr., INF; Lauren Reinhold, Jr., OF; Taylor Wood, Jr., INF; Melissa Sprague, Soph., P; Summer Vose, Soph., OF; Emily Saulnier, Soph., C
Captains: Sirena Paiva, Leah Hunt
Returning leaders: Leah Hunt .410 average
Fast facts: Londonderry’s annual preseason trip to Florida was far less successful than usual. The Lancers won only one of six games. ... Promising Emily Saulnier suffered a high ankle sprain in the first preseason game and is out for a month. ... Last year’s pitcher, Sam Corey, is playing for Philadelphia University. ... New assistant Sami Tatu (St. A’s ‘12) as a standout for the St. Anselm women’s hockey team. ... Two players will miss a week while in Florida with the school band.
Assistants: Crystal Rich; Sami Tatu, JV; Bill Duffy, freshmen
Coach Wayne MacDougall (16th year, 192-117): “We’re definitely in rebuilding mode. This is the first time in a long time we haven’t had a dominating pitcher. We’ve made the final four teams four years in a row, but it’ll be a stretch to make it this year.”
2012 season: 12-7, lost in Division 1 first round
Returning starters (3): Sam Hennequin, Sr., P/2B/OF; Rachel Byrd, Jr., C; Natalie Fabrizio, Jr., P/OF
Returning lettermen: Kelly Fitzsimmons, Jr., OF
Promising newcomers: Courtney Collins, Jr., INF; Amanda Joncas, Jr., INF; Kinsey Manchester, Jr., OF; Candace Moore, Jr., SS/2B; Sam Comeau, Soph., 2B/OF; Kaylie DeCosmo, Soph., INF/OF; Lauren Phillips, Soph., 3B/C/OF; Olivia Tracy, Soph., INF/OF