2011 Softball Preview

March 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

The 2011 season began last week for the six local prep softball teams. Below is a capsule look at each.


Brethren Christian Warriors

League: Academy

Head coach: Jennifer Winford (second year)

Staff: Mike McGinnis (assistant)

2010 record: 9-9


League record/finish: 3-6 (third)

CIF results: Did not qualify

Number of returning starters: 2

Returning players: Kelsey McGinnis (P/IF, first-team all-league, Sr.); Kelsey Bartlett (SS/P, second-team all-league, Jr.); Emily Janio (utility, Jr.); Rachel Swanson (utility, Soph.).

Coach's outlook: "This year will be a rebuilding season," Winford said. "We are relying on our pitchers to keep us in games and our returning players to inspire our new athletes."

Season opener: lost to Huntington Beach, 11-1, Saturday (Costa Mesa Tournament)


Edison Chargers

League: Sunset

Head coach: Kendra Rosales (sixth year)

Coaching staff: Andrea Harrell; Brittany Hyams

2010 record: 21-8

League record/finish: 7-3 (third)

CIF results: Lost in first round

Returning players: Casey Africano (C/OF, Jr.); Samantha Cordova (P, Sr.); Allyson Hecht (P, second-team all-league, Sr.); Jordan Herman (OF, Sr.); Maddy Hickman (1B, Sr.); Mercedes O'Connor (3B/1B, Sr.); Jessica Plaza (C/1B, first-team all-league, Jr.); Carissa Sherman (OF, Soph.); Katie Shinrock (2B, Sr.); Rachel Vitali (3B/C, second-team all-league, Jr.); Karley Wester, (OF/2B, league rookie of the year, Soph.); Nicole Zapotoczny (SS/OF, Jr.).

Coach's outlook: The roster is "loaded with talent," Rosales said, and includes an outstanding duo of Hecht and Cordova. Three seniors, Hecht, Herman and Shinrock, have signed to play college ball next year. "This team's ability to 'do work,' while maintaining great attitudes and smiling faces, is truly remarkable."

Season opener: def. Yorba Linda, 5-0, Tuesday


Fountain Valley Barons

League: Sunset

Head coach: Rick Aldridge (first year)

Staff: Tim Rivera

2010 record: 10-15

League record/finish: 2-8 (fifth)

CIF results: Did not qualify

Returning players: Allison Lang (P/1B, Sr.); Cami Khalil (OF, Sr.); Carissa Rivera (P/OF/IB, Jr.); Brenda Bott (C, Jr.); Keegan Saffell (C/1B, Jr.); Mercedes Brito (IF, Jr.); Emily Brucelas (IF, Soph.); Jesse Giese (IF/OF, Soph.); Jordan Aavala (OF, Soph.); Khailey Campos (3B, Soph.); Madi Perez (OF1B/P, Soph.).

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