OUTLOOK: Everyone will be chasing North Reading, not only in the Cape Ann League but likely from throughout Eastern Mass. The Hornets return everyone from last year’s 18-3 squad and have a superb pitcher in Terri Ferrazzani.
North Reading will be the team to beat in the CAL Division 1. In Division 2, Amesbury is the favorite, although defending champion Rockport and possibly Georgetown could contend.
2012 season: 4-15, didn’t make state tourney
Returning starters (6): Jane Erlandson, Sr., P; Shannon O’Brien, Sr., SS; Jennifer Nutter, Soph., 1B; Devin Cudmore, Sr., CF; Ali Newbury, Sr., C; Maddy Crateau, Jr., RF
Returning lettermen: Danielle Quercia, Soph., P
Promising newcomers: Katie Terban, Frosh., 2B; Emily Fraser, Frosh., C; Lauren Popielski, Sr., LF; Hannah Jannell, 3B, Jr.
Captains: Erlandson, O’Brien, Newbury, Cudmore
Returning honorees: Shannon O’Brien, All-CAL
Returning leaders: Shannon O’Brien .472 average
Fast facts: Katie Terban played on the Masconomet co-op ice hockey team this winter. ... Jane Erlandson is the younger sister of former ace Sarah Erlandson. This will be the seventh straight year that an Erlandson has started on the mound. ... There are eight 8th graders in the program. ... Lauren Popielski took last year off but has rejoined the team.
Assistants: Ted Schruender, JV
Coach David Tullgren (2nd year, 4-15): “We’re a much stronger team all the way around. The infield got stronger and we’ll score more runs. We have three goals — improve upon last year, qualify for the tournament and go as far as we can.”
2012 season: 18-3, lost in Division 2 North first round
Returning starters (10): Meghan Reilly, Sr., LF; Alicia McCauley, Sr., 3B; Merri Moise, Sr., SS; Terri Ferrazzani, Sr., P; Shelby Carney, Sr., CF; Jessica Eisenhaure, Sr., 1B; Courtney Brosnan, Sr., RF; Nicole Eisenhaure, Sr., C; Tarah Reilly, Jr., 2B
Returning lettermen: Emma Thompson, Sr., 3B; Leslie Zewey, Sr., P; Jill Plough, Sr., C; Jenn Castro, Jr., OF; Kendra Carroll, Soph.. P/1B; Brianne Reilly, Soph., C; Monica Ferrazzani, Soph., OF
Captains: Carney, Moise, McCauley, T. Ferrazzani, Brosnan
Returning honorees: Terri Ferrazzani, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Merri Moise and Tarah Reilly, All-CAL; Shelby Carney and Alicia McCauley, CAL All-Stars
Returning leaders: Terri Ferrazzani 15-2, 0.77 ERA, 117 Ks, 25 walks, 109 innings and batted .375; Tarah Reilly .429, Merri Moise .411
Fast facts: There were no seniors on the varsity last year. ... The No. 2 Hornets were stunned by No. 15 Saugus in the state tourney despite leading 5-1 in the seventh. ... Tarah Reilly is the only non-senior starter. ... Courtney Brosnan is switching from catcher to right field with Nicole Eisenhaure taking over behind the plate.
Assistants: Nicole Zimmerman, JV; Michelle Frongillo, freshmen
Coach Rusty Russell (28th year, 427-181): “We won 18 games last year but we had such an empty feeling after losing in the tournament. The girls have worked hard and want redemption. Terri (Ferrazzani) should have another great year and we’ve got the hitting to go a long way.”
2012 season: 5-15, didn’t make state tourney
Returning starters (6): Megan Haley, Sr., 3B; Angelica Arredondo, Sr., OF; Mary Kate Corrado, Jr., IB; Carley Desjardins, Jr., P; Sydney Snow, Jr., INF/OF; Tyler Feeney, Soph., INF
Returning lettermen: Madison Newton, Sr., OF
Promising newcomers: Kali Sullivan, Sr., INF; Kassidy Kennefick, Soph., INF; Nicolette Kent, Soph., OF; Maddy Ammon, Soph., OF; Lisa Hopkins, Soph., INF/OF; Nikki O’Rourke, Frosh., INF; Emmy Desjardins, Frosh., P/C
Captains: Megan Haley, Sydney Snow, Mary Kate Corrado, Carly Desjardins,
Returning honorees: Megan Haley and Mary Kate Corrado, All-CAL; Sydney Snow, CAL All-Star
Returning leaders: Mary Kate Corrado .456 average
Fast facts: Kali Sullivan has returned to the team after taking last year off and should start. ... Carley and Emmy Desjardins are sisters. ... Mary Kate Corrado is moving from catcher to first base with Sydney Snow taking over behind the plate. ... There are an impressive 20 freshmen in the program.
Assistants: Carolyn Fichera; John Walsh, JV, Jule Gerraughty, JV
Coach Danielle Mason (3rd year, 15-23): “I’m feeling confident about our versatility and the way the kids have bought into the program. I think we’ll be stronger than last year.”