Note: Coaches were asked to return preseason report forms by Friday, March 20. Here are the reports that have received to date.
CLASS 4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Ashley Trump, c, sr.; Jordyn Peltzer, p, sr.; Kelsey Locke, p, jr.
Outlook: Coach Steve Taylor reports having a young squad with some great talent.
Key players: Britney Sorenson, p-of, sr.; Alexis Huss, p, sr.
Outlook: Sorenson was a first-team all-league outfielder in 2008 and 2009. … Huss earned second-team all-league honors in 2009 after gaining honorable mention in 2008.
Key players: Kristin Morgan, c, sr.; Kristen Webb, 3b, fr.; Maddie Anthony, ss, fr.
Outlook: Morgan is a four-year varsity player who will play college softball next year at Purdue. … The Storm will be light on experience this season, but coach Todd Marquiss is very high on freshmen Webb and Anthony. … Other young players will need to step up for the Storm this season.
No reports: Evergreen, Kelso, Mountain View.
CLASS 3A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Erin Carson, ss, jr.; Mariah Jimenez, 3b, jr.; Makaela Searight, c-of, so.; Ashley Melton, 3b-1b, sr.; Kelsi Krill, p-1b, sr.; Ali Kruger, c, sr.
Outlook: Carson, Melton and Kruger are returning all-league players. … Coaches Ken Nidick and Ted Buck expect improvement from power hitter Jimenez. … Krill and sophomore Sarah Nidick will handle the pitching for the Papermakers.
Key players: Lauren Lefebvre, ss, sr.; Sara Erager, c, jr.; Mason Smith, cf, fr.
Outlook: The Trappers, who haven’t won a game in more than three years, look for a fresh start with first-year coach Ben Jatos. Jatos has been coaching baseball for the past 20 years, so there will be learning curve for coach and players. … Jatos has had success in one area: player participation. Fort has 13 players last season and couldn’t field a JV team. This year, the Trappers have 40 players in the program and are field JV and C squad teams.
Key players: Jessi Duncan, p, sr.; Grace Middelstadt, of, jr.; Brittany Guest, of, jr.; Chantal Paradis, 3b, jr.; Chelsea Creech, of-p, so.; Jessica McDonald, 1b, so.; Alyssa Nance, ss, so.
Outlook: The Falcons have a young, but talented lineup that will allow them to compete for the league title. … Duncan is the top pitching and one of team’s top hitters. …. Paradis provides a big bat
Key players: Mariah Dawson, p, sr.; Kadi Henderson, if, sr.; Alexis Cline, c, sr.; Katie Hertenstein, of, jr.; Brittney Dawson, ut., jr.
Outlook: The Titans bring back two college signees to the roster: Mariah Dawson and Henderson … Dawson was The Columbian’s All-Region player of the year in 2009. … Henderson is a two-team all-league pick and was All-Region last year. … Cline and Hertenstein also were first-team all-league players. … With Dawson on the mound and four all-league players in the field returns, the Titans have to favored to win the league title.
No reports: Columbia River, Hudson’s Bay.
CLASS 2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Megan Flattum, 3b, sr.; Haley Wooster, of, jr.; Taylor Jackson, p, jr.
Outlook: The Hawks have a young roster that consists four freshmen and three sophomores. … But first-year coach Stephanie Robey sees a lot of potential in her young squad. … Team captain Flattum is the lone senior on the roster.
Key players: Jessica Johnston, p-of, jr.; Shayla Lane, of, sr.; Alesha Schulz, of, sr.; Meaghan House, 3b, sr.
Outlook: With four returning all-league performers, the Monarchs look to improve off their 2009 campaign … Adding to high hopes at Mark Morris are two dynamic freshmen in Majerle Reeves and Raimee Sluder. … Reeves is the daughter of the principal at crosstown rival, R.A. Long.
Key players: Sydney Ferryman, of, sr.; Al James, c, sr.; Erin Bate, ss, jr.; Carley Estes, ut., fr.
Outlook: Ferryman is a first-team all-league outfielder who will also play some 1B … James, in her fourth season on varsity, will split pitching duties when she isn’t catching. … Bate was a second-team all-league pick in 2009. … The Spudders are taking aim at their third consecutive trip to the district playoffs.
No reports: R.A. Long, Washougal, Woodland.
CLASS 1A TRICO LEAGUE
Key players: Ashley Mate, c, sr.; Kiley Monson, p, jr.; Sebrina Mills, ss, jr.; Olivia Davis, 3b, jr.
Outlook: The Wildcats return four all-league performers in Mate, Monson, Mills and Davis. … Beyond the aforementioned players, the roster will have only one other senior. Rest of the team is comprised by freshmen and sophomores. … Coach Randy Martinez reports having talent players, but not a lot of depth.
Key players: Katie Cain, p, sr.; Emily Risley, 2b, so.; Abi Reisch, c, so.; Ciara Griffee, 3b, sr.; Taylor Robinson, cf, sr.; Kendra Rowe, of, sr.
Outlook: The Bulldogs return eight starters off a team that league coaches voted as the most improved. … Stevenson missed the district playoffs by one game despite featuring a lineup that started five freshmen. … Six of the eight returning players earned all-league honors … Bulldogs aiming for first postseason appearance in school history.
No reports: Castle Rock, Ilwaco, Kalama, White Salmon.