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NOTE: Softball information was supplied by coaches. Any team not appearing did not have information returned by Lima News deadline.


Division: IV

Coach: Ken Jochims

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 13-7, 6-3 Northwest Conference

Returning Letterwinners: Kendra Paul (Sr, SS, out for the season), Trista Douce (Sr, OF), Cozy Brodeur (Sr, OF), Sam Wildman (Sr, 1B), Alexis Gonzaga (Jr, OF), Katelyn Guagenti (Jr, 3B), Ashlie Windle (Jr, C), Alexis Amburgey (So, P/Utility).

Promising Newcomers: Jessica Hill (Jr, OF), Madison Pinks (Jr, OF), Tessa Coulson (Soph., 2B/P), Quinn High (Soph., 2B/P), Ashley Sumner (Fr, P/SS), Kaylee Spangler (Soph., 1B).

Outlook: Ada returns five starters from a lineup that led it to a winning record last season. The issue will be up the middle, where it will be looking to fill two key positions lost to graduation, including a four-year starting pitcher and NWC player of the year at second base. The Bulldogs also lost Kendra Paul, their starting shortstop, for the season with a broken foot. If a few role players step up, Ada has a great chance for another successful season.

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Bill Mattevi

Years, record at school: Ninth, 107-105

Last year’s record: 10-15, 2-7 NWC

Returning Letterwinners: Marci Meeker (Sr, RF/P), Alex Mertz (Sr, LF), Taylor Richardson (Sr, 2B), Madison Schantz (Sr, 3B/P), Erin Conkle (Jr, C), Aubren Davis (Jr, P/OF), Kennedy Rex (Jr, 1B), Sierra Sizemore (Jr, CF), Taylor Lloyd (So, C/OF), Audrey Rodriguez (So, SS/C).

Promising Newcomers: Hannah Kramer (Jr, C/2B), Kaycee Rowe (Jr, SS/P), Katelyn Twining (Jr, OF), Alcianna Schmiedebusch (So, 3B).

Outlook: With a letterman returning at each position, Allen East shouldn’t have a problem duplicating its prolific offense from a year ago that saw six players hit over .300 and the group as a whole steal a total of 117 bases. While the Mustangs shouldn’t have a problem scoring runs, time will tell if they have a problem preventing them. One of the few graduates from last year’s team included the ace of the pitching staff, who will be difficult to replace. If the pitching adjusts, Allen East could be a very difficult opponent for the rest of the NWC.


Division: II

Coach: Laura Ford

Years, record at school: 30, 602-140

Last year’s record: 21-6, 8-1 Co-WBL champions

Returning Letterwinners: Jenna Houston (Sr, 2B), Camille Martin (Sr, SS/P), Abbi Price (Sr, C), Kimmy Reynolds (Jr, P), Heather Miller (Jr, OF), Jenna Hollar (Jr, CF), Alyssa Manley (So, LF), Julia Miller (So, C).

Promising Newcomers: Ellie Dackin (Soph., 1B), Cassie Best (Soph., SS), Aries Riley (Soph., 1B), Kara Dienstberger (Soph., 3B).

Outlook: Bath has no shortage of star power going into this season, with offensive juggernaut Camille Martin and pitching authority Kimmy Reynolds leading the team into the season. Bath will also look for Alyssa Manley to be a big threat after a very impressive freshman season that saw her turn in a .449 batting average. With Reynolds and Martin at the top of the rotation and a loaded offense, Bath has every reason to believe the season should be a memorable one.


Division: III

Coach: Tony Rumer

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 14-7, 7-2 NWC

Returning Letterwinners: Lauren Parkins (Soph, 2B), Mackayla Wilson (Soph, C), Olivia Hunt (Jr, OF), Alexis Lugibihl (Sr, OF), Adrian Rumer (Sr, 3B), Katie Palte (Sr, SS), Tori Halcomb (Sr, 1B), Cheyenne Treen (Jr, OF), Kylee Barnett (Sr, OF), McKenna Reneker (Sr, OF).

Promising Newcomers: Sami Fruchey (Fr, P/1B), Taylor Monday (Fr., Utility).

Outlook: Bluffton has a solid mix of players in all skill and age ranges.


Division: II

Coach: Nicole Driggs

Years, record at school: Eighth, 112-59

Last year’s record: 21-10, 8-1 Co-WBL champions

Returning Letterwinners: Kylee Bader (Sr, SS), Cassidy Freeman (Sr, OF), Katie Kerr (Sr, P), Lea Rose (Sr, 3B), Kassandra Williams (Sr, 1B), Kaity Kuhn (Jr, 2B), Shelby Barga (Jr, OF), Mikayla Rauch (Jr, Utility), Lydia Cron (So, OF), Alexis Zacharias (Soph, OF).

Promising Newcomers: Calie Vogel (Fr, Utility).

Outlook: Celina will certainly be a team to beat in the WBL, coming off of a season in which it tied for the conference title. Many key players return from that team, giving the team stability in several role positions. If the lineup can remain consistent and healthy throughout the season, Celina will be a dangerous team.


Division: III

Coach: Ken Fisher

Years, record at school: Third, 24-25

Last year’s record: 13-12, 3-4 Midwest Athletic Conference

Returning Letterwinners: Kelsey Koesters (Jr, SS), Karla Borgerding (Jr, OF), Angie Klosterman (Jr, C), Brittany Gillis (Jr, OF/P).

Promising Newcomers: Ali Dues (Jr, 1B), Joelle Hemmelgarn (Jr, 2B), Kim Hosbach (Soph, 3B), Ashley Backs (Jr, CF), Jenna Black (Jr, Utility), Brittney Unsteno (Sr, P), Rachel Klenke (Soph, OF).

Outlook: Coldwater has a positive outlook going into this spring. With a healthy mix of experience and underclassmen, this team should continue to grow as a unit and progress toward being one of the top teams in the MAC. One of the bigger challenges will be finding hitters to step and replace the successful players who graduated after last year’s sectional title.

Columbus Grove

Division: IV

Coach: Brian Schroeder

Years, record at school: N/A, 31-21

Last year’s record: 17-11, 6-3 NWC, 5-1 PCL

Returning Letterwinners: Haley Grigsby (Sr, OF), Bobbi Heckel (Sr, P), Micah Stechschulte (Jr, OF), Deanna Kleman (Jr, OF), Katie Roose (Jr, C/SS), Kara Birkemeier (Jr, 1B), Hope Schroeder (Soph, 3B/P), Brianna Glass (Soph, 2B).

Promising Newcomers: Monica Delgado (Soph, 3B).

Outlook: Columbus Grove must rebuild its infield after its first baseman, second baseman and shortstop all graduated following last season’s sectional title. Position battles will help the overall competitiveness over the course of the season, as it looks to repeat as PCL champs and move toward a first-place NWC finish.


Division: IV

Coach: Jordan Streicher

Years, record at school: N/A, 79-85

Last year’s record: 9-11, 5-1 Putnam County League (first place)

Returning Letterwinners: Leva Weller (Sr, P), Taylor Williamson (Sr, SS), Sara Dekin (Sr, C), Krystle Prowant (Sr, CF), Erica Fitzwater (Jr, RF), Kiana Warnement (Jr, LF), Sloane Zachrich (Jr, 1B), Cailah Rickard (Jr, 3B), McKenna Scott (So, 2B), Casse Averesche (Sr, OF), Emma Recker (So, INF).

Promising Newcomers: Alex Quisley (Fr, Utility), Jasmin Moats (Soph., 1B), Amelia Weller (Fr, Utility), Vanessa Koppenhofer (Sr, OF).

Outlook: Continental is coming off of its fifth consecutive PCL title, a trend that could continue with an experienced group returning. The most important thing is getting its lineup hot early in the season to complement solid pitching and defensive performances.


Division: IV

Coach: Owen Pugh

Years, record at school: 23rd, 393-138

Last year’s record: 28-5, 9-0 NWC, Division IV State Champions

Returning Letterwinners: Kirstin Hicks (Jr, P/1B), Terra Crowle (Soph, P/1B), Mackenzie Riggenbach (Soph, SS).

Promising Newcomers: Brittany Helt (Sr, OF), Riley Guest (Jr, C), Haley Helm (Fr, IF/OF), Bailey Bergman (Soph, C/OF), Brooke Bowen (Jr, IF).

Outlook: Crestview experienced an outstanding season in 2012, running the table in the NWC and eventually going on to win the state championship. Unfortunately for the Knights, the team that takes the field this spring won’t bare much resemblance to their state championship predecessors. Crestview lost nine players to graduation, including seven starters. Consequently, this should be a rebuilding year. Even with the lack of experience all over the field, the talent and coaching is there to possibly keep the Knights at the top of the NWC.


Division: II

Coach: Hans Zipfel

Years, record at school: Second, 4-10

Last year’s record: 14-14, 4-5 WBL

Returning Letterwinners: Bry Perez (Sr, P), Kierstin Emerson (Jr, SS), Hayley Burnett (So, OF), Emily Gallant (Sr, C), Emily Spencer (Sr, 2B), Elisa Garza (Sr, OF), Kara Schudel (Sr, OF), Shy Johnson (Jr, OF/C), Ryn Riehle (Soph, INF/OF), Trista Guyton (Soph, 3B), Caitlin Manon (Soph, P).

Promising Newcomers: Adrianna Flores (Soph, OF/INF), Kylie Casavez (Sr, OF/INF).

Outlook: In order to contend, Defiance will need a better showing out of a lineup that struggled last season. The bright side is, many of those hitters happened to be young last season, and should improve a great deal this spring. Another positive for this offense is the return of slugging catcher Emily Gallant, who is coming off of a breakout .355, five home run junior season. Pitching should not be an issue for Defiance, which has a lot of depth at the position.

Delphos Jefferson

Division: IV

Coach: Josiah Stober

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 4-16, 1-8 Northwest Conference

Returning Letterwinners: Taylor Branham (Sr, P), Alexis Cook (Sr, IF), Fallon Van Dyke (Sr, OF), Kimber Kill (Jr, OF), Shayla Rice (So, IF).

Promising Newcomers: Kayla Kill (Sr, C/IF), Kamie Pulford (Jr, IF), Hannah Sensibaugh (Jr, IF), Claire Thompson (Fr, P/IF).

Outlook: Delphos Jefferson’s lineup does a solid job of being aggressive and attacking opposing pitchers. In order to be successful in the coming season, however, the Wildcats will need to clean up a defense that was plagued by messy games throughout the 2012 season.


Division: II

Coach: Mike Eilerman

Years, record at school: Fourth, N/A

Last year’s record: 7-17, 1-8 Western Buckeye League

Returning Letterwinners: Aryanna Brown (Sr, P/1B), Ericka Smith (Sr, OF), Tanesha Manley (Sr, OF), Erika Kiel (Jr, 2B), Caitie Shroyer (Jr, P/3B/1B), Sabrina Kline (Soph., SS), Jenna Halpern (Soph., C), Taylor Thompson (Soph., OF).

Promising Newcomers: Michaela Black (Fr, 3B), Cathy Jenks (Soph., 1B).

Outlook: With almost three quarters of its roster comprised of sophomores and freshmen, Elida is young. Despite that, the Bulldogs have some pitching depth that should help considerably down the stretch. Elida will also look to avoid the injury bug that has plagued them in recent seasons.

Jackson Center

Division: IV

Coach: Isaac Klopfenstein

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 2-17

Returning Letterwinners: Hannah Meyer (Sr, SS), Anna Wagner (Sr, OF), Emma Regula (Sr, 1B), Tabatha Myers (Sr, OF), Erin Poppe (Jr, OF), Tiffany Bayhan (Jr, C/IF/DH), Morgan Dickman (So, P), Gabby Fogt (So, Utility), Meredith Himmeger (So, 3B).

Promising Newcomers: Courtney Gies (Jr, P), Abby Meyer (Fr, C).

Outlook: Jackson Center shouldn’t have any problem getting offensive production out of its senior leaders. Where it could struggle is in role positions, where young and inexperienced players will be forced to eat up a significant amount of innings.


Division: IV

Coach: Kelly Coble

Years, record at school: Fifth, 30-42

Last year’s record: 11-10, 4-2 PCL

Returning Letterwinners: Summer Holtkamp (Sr, 2B), Kaylyn Verhoff (Sr, IF/C), Emily Schnipke (Sr, P), Amy Smith (Sr, 2B/OF), Andrea Bellmann (Sr, 1B), Skylar Basinger (Sr, OF), Kayla Siefker (Sr, OF/3B), Whitney Smith (Jr, P/3B), Paige Wurth (Jr, OF),Mariah Doepker (So, SS), Nicki Spicer (Jr, C/3B).

Promising Newcomers: Katelyn Kortokrax (Jr, 2B), Nicole Recker (So, Utility), Makenna Vorst (So, 3B).

Outlook: Seven returning starters offer plenty of leadership and stability as this Kalida squad looks to build on a winning season one year ago. Despite its biggest bat, Julia Vandemarke, being lost for the season due to injury, the rest of the lineup appears poised to step up and deliver the offense that directed this team in 2012.


Division: III

Coach: Bill Lawrence

Years, record at school: Ninth, 91-86.

Last year’s record: 16-11 overall, 5-4 WBL

Returning Letterwinners: Morgan Goecke (Sr, P), Gwen Downing (Sr, SS), Sam Kuhlman (Sr, 3B), Taylor Ludwig (Jr, C), Kaylee Burd (So, P), C.J. Clum (So, OF), Jessica Boone (Jr, OF).

Promising Newcomers: Celeste White (Sr, OF), Shea Wright (Soph., 2B), Brittany Shepherd (Soph., OF).

Outlook: Kenton’s lineup struggled to come up with the clutch hitting it needed to complement its solid defensive play in 2012. If the lineup turns around, this team is tournament-ready.


Coach: Dennis Warnecke

Years, record at school: Fourth, 20-48

Last year’s record: 7-16, 4-3 Blanchard Valley Conference, 2-4 Putnam County League

Returning Letterwinners: Kendra Gerten (Sr., 1B), Brooke Kreinbrink (Sr., P), Haley Gerten (Jr., 3B), Maddie Steffen (Jr., LF), Emily Ellerbrock (Soph., SS).?

Promising Newcomers: Alexis Escamilla (Soph., C), Chloe Kaufman (Soph., CF), Bryce Knisley (Sr., INF), Jada Lopez (Fr., P,/2B), Paige Sickmiller (Soph., 1B/OF), Michaella Gerdeman (Fr., C).

Outlook: Leipsic will field a young team this season, but has solid leadership in the upper classes. The Vikings hope to compete near the top of both the BVC and PCL this season.

Lima Central Catholic

Division: III

Coach: Kevin Wilkerson

Years, record at school: N/A, 93-157

Last year’s record: 6-15 overall

Returning Letterwinners: Molly Clements (Sr, 1B), Mary Stoll (Sr, 2B), Sydney Santaguida (So, SS), Tatum Wise (So, 3B), Casey Clark (So, C), Meredith Niese (Jr, CF), Meredith Shepard (Jr, P), Frankie Bowersock (So, RF), Kayla Verhoff (So, 1B).

Promising Newcomers: Alexis Moore (Fr, OF), Abby Tabler (Fr, OF), Gabby O’Dowd (Fr, 3B), Alicia Baker (Fr, OF).

Outlook: LCC will look to surprise following a disappointing 2012 season. The team’s combination of youth and varsity experience gives it eight returning starters from last season. The T-Birds should continue to grow in the coming season into a team that is a potential contender.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: David Lawrence

Years, record at school: Fourth, N/A

Last year’s record: 1-22, 0-10 Three Rivers Athletic Conference

Returning Letterwinners: Kyra Allen (Sr, 1B), Kara Beggin (Sr, P/SS), Makaela Chiles (Sr, 3B), Amanda Daglio (Jr, P/OF), Kristen Nuckles (Jr, 2B), Kayleigh Twining (So, SS/P), Kiaysha Wood (Jr, SS/3B), Summer Miller (Sr, C).

Promising Newcomers: Morgan Marchel (Jr, P/C), Sierra Lawler-Page (Fr, 3B).

Outlook: Lima Senior struggled through last season because of a lack of experience and impact players. This season, the Spartans return eight letterwinners, offering some stability to a lineup and pitching core that will continue to grow.

Marion Local

Division: IV

Coach: Russ Puthoff

Years, record at school: Fifth, N/A

Last year’s record: 9-12, 2-5 MAC

Returning Letterwinners: Megan Kuether (Sr, SS/OF), Brandi Rethman (Sr, OF), Brianna Brage (Jr, 3B), Katie Elking (Jr, C), Kristi Moorman (Jr, 1B), Mindy Puthoff (Jr, 2B), Allison Rosenbeck (Jr, P), Megan Wendel (Jr, SS), Heather Mescher (Jr, OF).

Promising Newcomers: Jesse Wynk (Soph, C/OF), Taylor Homon (Soph, P), Kristin Bachman (Soph, 3B/C), Hannah Moeller (Fr, P/OF).

Outlook: Marion Local has a big group of returning letterwinners, hoping to improve itself offensively and be competitors in the MAC.


Division: IV

Coach: Scott Robinson

Years, record at school: Third, 33-25

Last year’s record: 24-7, 6-1 MAC

Returning Letterwinners: Kayla Richard (Jr, P), Marissa Conrad (Jr, 3B), Nicole Brandewie (Jr, Utility), Sara Hosey (Jr, OF), Kathy Prenger (Jr, 1B/OF), Stephanie Albers (Jr, OF), Regan Hahn (Soph, C), Alexis Robinson (Soph, 2B).

Promising Newcomers: Sam Osterfeld (Jr, Utility), Michaela Goettomoeller (Soph, OF), Abby Hausfeld (Soph, Utility).

Outlook: Minster made a strong run in the tournament last year, and looks to build on that. Despite the loss of a few key players, Minster appears to have the young talent necessary to keep up with the rest of the MAC throughout the season. If the transition isn’t overly traumatic on the Wildcats, then its first conference title is certainly within reach.


Coach: Troy Yant

Years, record at school: N/A, 90-110

Last year’s record: 16-11, 2-7 Western Bukeye League.

Returning Letterwinners: Molly Closson (Sr., CF), Kelley Selhorst (Sr., RF), Michelle Sado (Jr., C), Stephanie Hempfling (Jr., SS), Tasha Cass (Jr., 1B), Lindsey Pichard (Jr., LF), Megan Ketchen (Soph., P)

Promising Newcomers: Kayla Leatherman (Soph., 3B), Katelyn Kaufman (Jr., 1B).

Outlook: Closson was an honorable mention selection in the Western Buckeye League.


Division: IV

Coach: Kurt Mullins

Years, record at school: Fifth, 18-87

Last year’s record: 3-17, 2-7 BVC, 1-5 PCL

Returning Letterwinners: Danielle Basinger (Sr, OF), Brianna Kuhlman (Sr, INF), Ashley Alt (Jr, Utility), Joy Duling (Jr, INF), Kayla Gibson (Jr, INF/C), Megan Maag (Jr, P/OF/INF), Viven Nofziger (Jr, OF/P), Jenna Sigler (Jr, C/INF).

Promising Newcomers: Hunter Hermiller (Jr, INF/OF/P), Shea Watkins (Soph, INF/P), Shana Hovest (Fr, INF).

Outlook: With a large group of returning letterwinners, experience won’t be a problem for this team. While it should be strong defensively, a hurdle for P-G will be scoring runs, something it struggled with throughout last season.


Division: IV

Coach: Mark Esselstein

Years, record at school: 27th, 422-139

Last year’s record: 22-7, 7-0 MAC

Returning Letterwinners: Kylie Snyder (Sr, P), Olivia Smith (Sr, OF), Lindsey Walls (Sr, 2B), Sierra Fent (Jr, P), Ashlynn Henderson (Jr, 3B/SS), Rachel King (Jr, OF/1B), Kayla Heckler (Soph, SS/3B/P), Kayla Walls (Soph, CF), Zoey Pond (Soph, C).

Promising Newcomers: Terra Walls (Soph, 3B), Halle Beougher (Soph, OF).

Outlook: Parkway is very deep. The pitching staff is experienced, and the lineup is dangerous from top to bottom. The biggest question for Parkway is how to replace All-Ohio shortstop Taylor Walls’ glove up the middle. Whether or not that question gets answered in a timely manner, this Parkway team is one poised to do a lot of damage in the tournament.


Division: III

Coach: Matt Carr

Years, record at school: Second, 10-14

Last year’s record: 10-14, 5-4 NWC

Returning Letterwinners: Alexis Rue (Sr, OF), Breanna Schmidt (Sr, 1B), Jerika Bland (Jr, IF), Kandee Manson (Jr, OF), Alyssa Shelmadine (Jr, OF), Melissa Durham (Jr, IF), Abby Pease (Jr, Utility), Brooke Combs (Soph., IF).

Promising Newcomers: Emily Farr (Jr, P), Morgan Riley (Soph., IF), Suzanne Reinhart (Soph., Utility), Kelsey Beck (Fr, C), Kristen Schilt (Fr, P/IF).

Outlook: Paulding’s biggest asset in the coming season will be its speed, something that will help its offense threaten on the base paths and should lead to solid defense. The baserunning threats will be crucial to a team that struggled to score runs for a good part of last season. If Paulding’s contact improves, especially with runners on, the Panthers should be contenders again.


Division: IV

Coach: Paul Patton

Years, record at school: Seventh, 75-39

Last year’s record: 16-4

Returning Letterwinners: Abbie Patton (Sr, P), Lexie Turman (Sr, C), Haley King (Sr, 1B), Corney Trent (Jr, 2B), Kaylee Petway (Soph, 3B), Courtland Fowler (So, CF).

Promising Newcomers: Halie Schinson (Sr, SS), Kimberly Dove (Fr, OF), Imia Watson (Soph, OF).

Outlook: The battle for the top spot in the Northwest Central Conference will likely be a difficult one again, and Perry should be in the mix once again. The biggest name on the list of returning starters is Abbie Patton, who should stand out as one of the league’s better pitchers.


Division: IV

Coach: Erica Marquis

Years, record at school: Second, 4-13

Last year’s record: 4-13

Returning Letterwinners: Whitney Arseneau (Sr, SS), Keysten Creamer (Jr, Utility), Katie Furer (Jr, 1B/P), Bailey Wagner (C/1B), Samantha Hardin (Jr, CF), Taylor Knapp (Jr, 3B), Blaize Billenstein (Jr, OF), Mackenzie Totten (Soph, 2B), Kenzie Ray (Soph, OF), Shelby Christian (Soph, 1B).

Promising Newcomers: Toshia VanBuskirk (Sr, 2B/OF), Destinee Webb (So, OF), Sara McFadden (Fr, P), Kenzie Reel (Fr, 2B/SS), Nicole Sutherland (Fr, P/OF), Aislinn (McCullough (Fr, C), Taylor Hardin (Fr, 3B), Cierra Jackson (Fr, OF), Brooke Stewart (Fr, 2B/OF).

Outlook: Ridgemont has a lot of room to improve after a down year in 2012, and with 10 returning letterwinners, it has a strong opportunity to do just that. The team is young with just two seniors and a huge crop of incoming freshmen, so time will tell as to just how much untapped potential is in this group.


Division: II

Coach: Eric Truxal, John Young

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 22-7, 6-3 WBL, regional runner-up

Returning Letterwinners: Britt Lauck (Sr, C), Shelby Lucas (Sr, SS), Taylor Lucas (Sr, OF/INF), Rebekah Rader (Sr, 1B), Tori Runneals (Sr, INF/OF), Kay Shick (Jr, P), Kierstan Courtney (Soph, INF).

Promising Newcomers: Lindsey Roberts (Sr, Utility), Courtney Young (Jr, Utility), Hannah Taylor (Jr, C/INF), Abby Hall (Jr, Utility), Amanda Lucas (Jr, Utility), Claire Dahlke (Jr, Utility), Rachel Evans (Soph, Utility), Shannon Simpson (Soph, Utility).

Outlook: Shawnee lost four four-year starters to graduation, a group that enjoyed deep tournament runs each of the last three years. However, this Shawnee team is not without experience. It does have five impressive seniors, with two All-Ohio players in that group. Still, for the Indians to remain in top form, it will likely need a couple of new faces to step up.


Division: IV

Coach: Jeff Johnston

Years, record at school: First

Last year’s record: 4-15, 2-7 NWC

Returning Letterwinners: Alyssa Mulholland (Sr, SS), Shelby Mulholland (Sr, 1B/OF), Jennifer Burnett (OF), Abbie Lee (Sr, OF), Alli Gilroy (Sr, 2B), Hanna Keller (Sr, OF/P), Haley Calvelage (Sr, OF), Tori Johnston (Jr, P/3B), Haleigh Mull (Jr, C/OF), Mackenzie Ringwald (Soph., SS/OF), Maddy Hollar (Soph., 2B/OF).

Promising Newcomers: Alex Shumate (Fr, P/OF), Caitlyn Propst (Fr, 1B), Amber Hallard (Soph., OF), Jalyn Picksimer (Fr, OF).

Outlook: Three all-NWC players will lead Spencerville onto the field this spring, including hitting machine Tori Johnston (.450, 11 doubles in 2012). Outside of those three players, the competition for starting spots in the roster is at a much higher level than it was last season, which should translate to better results than their disappointing finish a year ago. The Bearcats are hoping to see a big improvement in pitching performance.

St. Henry

Division: IV

Coach: Melissa Starkey

Years, record at school: Seventh, 113-62

Last year’s record: 17-7, 6-2 MAC

Returning Letterwinners: McKinzie Kessen (Sr, OF), Ally Mikesell (Jr, 2B/SS), Sidney Rindler (Jr, P), Liz Uhlenhake (So, Utility), Darcy Orick (Sr, Utility).

Promising Newcomers: Shelby Lefeld (Jr, OF), Cara Brockman (Fr, C), Kenisa Post (Soph, SS/2B), Danielle Uhlenhake (Sr, Utility).

Outlook: St. Henry’s team is somewhat young, but carries a lot of upside. It returns two starting pitchers, a duo that should continue to improve with a year of varsity experience under their belts. The most daunting task will be replacing its three most prolific hitters of 2012, a group that each hit well over .400. It’s hard to imagine anyone stepping up to fill that big of a gap in the lineup, but it will be a challenge St. Henry will be ready to handle.

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Sue Grothause

Years, record at school: 25th, 308-190

Last year’s record: 5-14, 2-7 NWC

Returning Letterwinners: Katlyn Brown (Sr, SS), Paige Decus (Sr, C), Colleen Magee (Sr, OF), Tannar Rutschilling (Jr, 1B/3B), Mallory Kill (Jr, P/OF).

Promising Newcomers: Aleisha Hesse (Jr, 3B/SS), Abby Smith (Jr, OF/3B), Sarah Mabry (Sr, OF), Amy Wicker (Soph., 2B).

Outlook: With just four starters returning from a poor finish in 2012, St. Marys will look to bounce back with fresh faces. In order to be competitive, however, it will need underclassmen to step up. Fortunately for the Riders, Grothause is just about as good of a coach as you could ask for to develop young newcomers into impactful varsity players.

Upper Scioto Valley

Division: IV

Coach: Alexis Krummrey

Years, record at school: Third, N/A

Last year’s record: 0-16

Returning Letterwinners: Darci Henderson (Sr, P/3B), Bri Gentry (Sr, C), Abbie Culver (Jr, P/1B), Megan Dunifon (Jr, OF).

Promising Newcomers: Brooke Worthington (Jr, OF), Jade Maybrey (Fr, OF), Crystal Brown (Fr, OF), Maddison Lowery (Fr, SS/3B), Cecily Preston (Fr, 1B), Chelsey Harsh (Fr, 2B/OF), Makayla Gayheart (Fr, OF), Payton Sanders (Fr, P/1B).

Outlook: USV will look at the coming spring as a chance to watch its program experience a significant amount of growth. With just four letterwinners and a large group of freshmen, the vast majority of this team is here to stay.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Mike McClure

Years, record at school: Third, 35-27

Last year’s record: 12-11, 1-8 WBL

Returning Letterwinners: Brittany Bigham (Sr., 1B), Maggie Almandinger (Sr., CF), Melissa Roop (Sr., RF), Jessica Klausing (Sr., P), Emily Bair (Soph., 3B), Tiffany Rickets (Soph., SS), Sage Royer (Soph., OF/C).

Promising Newcomers: Lisa Roop (Jr., C), Claire White (Jr., OF/3B), Sydney Dull (Jr., 2B), Hannah Hulbert (Jr., OF), Amanda Coplin (Soph., SS/2B).

Outlook: The Cougars should be very offensive minded. The team has good hitting, good pitching and great defense and McClure believes the team will be fun to watch.


Division: II

Coach: Bill Sammons

Years, record at school: N/A

Last year’s record: N/A

Returning Letterwinners: Carli Sammons (Sr, P/2B), Kati Sawmiller (Sr, C/1B), Elizabeth Martin (Sr, CF), Kristi Bailey (Sr, LF), Amy Hume (Sr, SS), Ashlie Cox (Sr, 3B), Stacy Miller (Sr, 1B), Renee Lovett (Jr, P/2B).

Promising Newcomers: N/A

Outlook: Wapakoneta is light on experience and is focusing on fundamentals. However, the team does have a solid upper class and works very hard at improving each game.

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