Coach: Maryann Musselman, 15th year
Last year: 19-2
Key losses: Sydney Matzko, All-State p; Nicole Jamieson, 2b; Alexa Potter, lf; Sara Heath, 1b; Sam Pelow, ss; Aunchlee Reily, of.
Key returners: Marissa Morris, cpt, sr. c; Brittany Young, cpt, sr. of; Brittany Anderson, cpt, sr of; Alexis Tyrrell, soph, inf; Lauren Jamieson, soph, inf; Ali Dubois, soph, p; Ashley Dowd, of; Cierra McGowen, of.
Outlook: Young and maybe underestimated.
Teams to beat: Seymour, Oxford, Wolcott, Woodland, Watertown.
Outlook: The Red Raiders plan bigger and better things after last year’s undefeated regular season.
Coach: Scooter Zappone, 1st year
Last year: 6-14
Key losses: Jaime Lachance; Amanda Root.
Key returners: Alyssa Jamieson, cpt, sr. p/1b; Shelly De La Paz, cpt, sr. of/c; Isabelle Rein, jr. of; Shelby Gumpper, jr. inf/of; Sidney Fracasso, jr. 1b/of; Ali Brocu, soph. ss (knee surgery); Rachel Aiudi, soph. c; Kayla Lombardo, soph. inf; Alexis Johnson-Blue, soph. inf/of.
Newcomer: Elizabeth Wexler, ss/3b.
Outlook: New coach Zappone is a veteran with years of success at Nonnewaug. Here’s a new challenge. Seventeen girls came out for the team, mostly sophomores still learning the game.
Coach: Rene Boardman, 2nd year
Last year: 6-13
Key losses: Ashley Bosio, of; Tori Christiansen, 2b; Amber Ovitt, jr. inf, injured.
Key returners: Savannah Martin, cpt, second-team All-BL sr. p; Taylor Dowd, cpt, second-team All-BL sr. 1b; Chloe Dakers, soph. ss, Housatonic Outstanding Freshman Award; Nicole Robarge, sr. c; Maggie Bristow, sr. inf/c; Ann Bosio, jr. of.
Newcomers: Molly Dowd, fresh. inf/c; Autumn Freudenberg, fresh. inf; Lauren Murtagh, fresh. inf; Cameron Foley, fresh. p/inf.
Outlook: A mix of solid returners and promising newcomers give the Mountaineers hopes for a top five league finish and a berth in the state tournament.
Teams to beat: Northwestern; Thomaston; Lewis Mills.
Coach: Dave Bohmer
Last year: 14-7, Class M first round
Key losses: Alyssa Halpin, All-BL; Gina Daniele, 2nd team All-BL; Amy Powers; Jennifer DeLorenzo.
Key returners: Karlie Neuhausser, sr; Taylor Driscoll, sr; Paige Reid, sr; Jordan Perezan, soph; Jillian Mazon, jr; Emma Kryzanski, jr.
Outlook: The Spartans have senior leadership and a winning tradition.
Coach: Susan Leigh, 3rd year
Last year: 0-20, Ted Alex Sportsmanship Award
Key loss: Brittany Tompkins, p; Sarah DeMatteis, cf; Marissa Cosgrove.
Key returners: Kate Maclaren, cpt, sr. ss/2b; Teairra Manuel, cpt, sr. p/inf; Maddie O’Neill, jr. c/3b; Tori Tompkins, soph. ss/of; Mary Spierto, soph. lf; Sam foley, soph. p/1b; Zoe Weik, sr. 1b/of; Lexie Dian, jr. of; Lydia Hanlon, soph. 3b; Megan McGrady, soph. of; Melissa Brodeur, soph. 2b/of.
Newcomers: victoria Menervino, sr; Madi Donnelly, sr; Arielle Brandt, sr.
Outlook: A little more experience, but not at pitching.
Coach: Kat Parlato
Last year: 13-8, Class M first round
Key losses: Shannon Kimberly; Lindsay Hilpertshauer.
Key returners: Kaylee Rasmussen, sr; Leah Geraci, sr; Kaylynn Harmann, sr; Marisa Valente, jr; Sarah Ciarcia, jr; Amanda LoRusso, sr. Victoria Heavens, jr.
Coach: Stacey Zematis, 12th year
Last year: 17-1, Berkshire League champions, Class M Quarterfinals
Key losses: Liz Newkirk, All-State, All-BL 3B; Jess Seymour, All-BL cf; Jackie Colombie; Kara Deming, lf; Hannah Yabrosky, c; Alyssa Castellani, p/of.
Key returners: Monica Swartly, sr. All-BL p; Kelsi Hodgkin, sr 2b/1b; Amanda Soltis, sr ss; Michaela Cisowski, jr. 1b/3b/of.
Outlook: Graduated five starters, but still expect to challenge the top teams.
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Lewis Mills, Nonnewaug, Wamogo, Shepaug.
Coach: Steve Pickett
Last year: 11-10, Class S first round
Key losses: Summer Mercier; Kailee Munson; Mairead Rosa; Bria Noone; Olga Pavlova.
Key returners: Maribeth Seeger, jr; Kelsey Johnson, sr; Giana Johnson, jr; Shannon Miller, jr; Brianna Miller, sr.
Coach: Stephanie Konopaske, 5th year, 53-31 career
Last year: 2-16
19-4, Berkshire League Co-champions, Class S runner-up
Key loss: Jenn Luba, All-BL, All-State c.
Key returners: Molly Northrop, cpt, sr. of; Emma Caisse, cpt, sr. 1b; Marion Bongiovanni, sr. of; Ariana Katiewicz, jr. 3b; Alyssa Iris, soph. of; Alycia Calabrese, soph. p; Ashley Suarez, sr. inf; Emmilena Russo, jr. inf; Lexie Gonska, soph. c.
Newcomers: Maisie Festa, fresh. ss; Amy Ieronimo, fresh. c; Sam Stone, fresh. util; Olivia Christiana, fresh. util.
Outlook: The team’s numbers have almost doubled, but they’re young and rebuilding.
Teams to beat: Defending Class S Champion Thomaston leads a strong league.
Coach: Kelly Finlay, 4th year (48-16 career)
Last year: 20-2, Berkshire League second, Class S State Champions
Key losses: Abby Hurlbert, ss/p; Erin O’Neill, of.
Key returners: Nina Barone, sr. 3b; Jensyn Cleveland, sr. of; Danielle Genest, jr. 2b; Gabby Hurlbert, jr. 1b; Morgan Sanson, jr. p; Nicole Schaefer, jr. c; Julia Romaniello, jr. of; Sam Brostek, jr. of.
Newcomers: Alexa Milius, fresh. inf/c; Katie Everett, fresh. of; Kaitlyn Root, fresh. of; Alexa Sanson, fresh. inf.
Outlook: Only 13 players, but seven of them started for last year’s state champions. Promising freshmen add to the mixture contending for the league title again.
Coach: Dave Sylvester, 1st year (13 years as Crosby head coach)
Last year: 11-9, Class S first round
Key losses: Haley Bergs, 1b; Jade Christensen, 2b; Caroline Hill, cf, Senior All-Star.
Key returners: Sydney Bado, All-BL, All-State jr. c; Malia Rebot, second team All-BL sr. p; Cyrena Zemaitis, soph. p; Mariah Squires, sr. of; Maggy Ellis, sr. of.
Newcomers: Courtney Schullery, fresh; Caitlyn Maliszewski, fresh.
Outlook: Seven-year veteran coach Scott Marcucio left a solid foundation for veteran coach Sylvester.
Teams to beat: Defending BL Champion Northwestern; defending Class S Champion Thomaston.
Coach: Jenn Stango, 2nd year
Key losses: Kimmie Stack, All-Constitution State Conference; Brianna Genest, 2nd team All-CSC; Sarah Morey.
Key returners: Emily Andrews, second-team All-CSC sr. p; Courtney Wassik, sr. of; Jenna Lemanquais, jr. p (.319 batting average); Abigail Armstrong, soph. 1b.
Outlook: The Wildcats lost key players, but the concept of football coaches Stango and Jamie Coty coaching softball in the spring already has the Wildcats just one game short of qualifying for the state tournament last year. When and if they make it this year, it will be the first time in school history for softball.