Here are 25 CIAC players to watch this softball season:
Laura Anderson, East Haven, Sr., P: Was the winning pitcher in the Class L state championship game victory over Fitch. Also closing in on 100 career hits.
Gabby Diaz, Coginchaug, Sr., P: Won 17 games and batted .379 while earning all-Shoreline Conference honors.
Ali Dubois, Torrington, Jr., P: Led Red Raiders to Class L quarterfinals. Has committed to play at Boston University.
Raeanne Geffert, Seymour, Sr., P: Went 21-3 with an ERA of 0.89 and hit .376 with 32 RBIs. Has committed to play at Bucknell.
Lindsay Golia, North Branford, Sr., P: Went 21-4 with an ERA of 1.51 and struck out 208 batters. Reigning Shoreline Conference pitcher of the year.
Natalia Hart, Foran, Sr., CF: Hit over .500 and had five home runs while being named a coaches all-state selection.
Raven Houck, Wheeler, Sr., C: Has committed to play at UPenn.
Mallory Kane, Stonington, Sr., CF: Has committed to play at Lafayette.
Katie Koshes, Amity, Sr., P: Won 12 games, had an earned run average of 0.95 and struck out 184 batters in 117 innings. Has committed to play at UConn.
Katie Laaksonen, Newtown, Sr., 3B: Guided Nighthawks to the SWC title and to the Class LL quarterfinals.
Sarah Lawton, Holy Cross, Jr., P: Led Crusaders to Class S title. Was MVP of Class S final, and named team MVP.
Sabrina LeMere, North Branford, Sr., C: Hit .506 with six home runs and 40 RBIs. Reigning Shoreline Conference player of the year.
Allie Luzzi, East Haven, Sr., SS: Led Easties to Class L title. Already the program’s all-time hits leader.
Briana Marcelino, Barlow, Jr., SS: Hit .520 with 36 runs and 35 RBIs.
Ireland Miessau, Lauralton Hall, Sr., P: Won 15 games, had an ERA of 1.64 and struck out 152.
Emily Popp, Morgan, Sr., P: Won 18 games, struck out 148 and also batted .435 with 26 RBIs.
Kaira Ramon, Westhill, Jr., 1B: Leadoff hitter is one of the top offensive threats in the state.
Bri Sawicki, Mercy, Sr., P: Returns as one of the more experienced pitchers in the SCC. Has committed to Assumption.
Peyton Silverman, South Windsor, Sr., P: Led Bobcats to Class LL semifinals. Has committed to play at North Carolina State.
Julie Slavin, Rocky Hill, Sr., SS: Team leader in home runs. Has Terriers poised to be a threat in CCC and in Class M.
Sara Staley, Stamford, Jr., P: Guided the Black Knights to an appearance in the FCIAC championship game and the Class LL quarterfinals.
Caroline Taber, Fitch, Sr., P: Reigning Gatorade state player of year led Falcons to Class L state championship game.
Natalie Wadolowski, Southington, Sr., 3B: Hit .366 with 24 runs and 19 RBIs. Has committed to play at Boston College.
Taylor Wolfgang, Fitch, Jr., C: Started since her freshman season, when the Falcons won the state championship. Has committed to play at Bucknell.
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph, Sr., P: Went 23-1 with an ERA of 0.82 for defending FCIAC champions and Class M finalist. Has committed to play at Manhattan.