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Softball capsules for NIB-12 West, Big Northern West

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT

Dixon Duchesses

Coach: Chris Jones (3rd season)

2013: 9-17 (1-9 NIB-12 West)

Postseason: Lost 6-0 to Rock Falls in 3A Sterling Regional semifinal

Roster

1 Erin Smith Sr. P/1B

2 Kari Wolfe Sr. C/OF

4 Haley Freise Jr. 2B/OF

6 Daytona Geesey Sr. IF/OF

7 Allisha Helfrich Jr. OF

12 Brooke Bailey Sr. 2B/SS

21 Jade Glenn Jr. OF

22 Haley Fitzsimmons Jr. 3B/SS

24 Jessica VanOosten Sr. P/OF

25 Emily Bay Jr. C/OF

32 Kylie Stahl Jr. OF

36 Bre Grobe Sr. 1B/2B

38 Allison Newman Jr. P/1B

40 Beccah Jones Sr. P/3B

Outlook: The return of two main pitchers in Smith and Jones will be a boon to a fairly experienced team. The Duchesses’ record belied their competitiveness in 2013, as several losses came by just a few runs. Solid defense behind that pitching will go a long way toward a successful campaign, and look for some seasoned hitters to provide more run support this spring

Sterling Golden Warriors

Coach: Becki Edmondson (1st season)

2013: 28-5 (9-1 NIB-12 West)

Postseason: Lost 5-4 to Tinley Park in 3A state third-place game

Roster

1 Nadia Trujillo So. C

2 Emily McDonald Jr. OF

3 Abri Hale So. OF

7 Lexy Staples Fr. P

8 Lexi Wolfe Jr. OF

9 Erin Stroup So. 1B

10 Shannon Long So. OF

11 Karlie Mellott Sr. SS

12 Gabby Sandoval Jr. 2B

14 Darien Bardoner Sr. 3B

20 Lauren Fritz Jr. C/IF

21 Hayley Osborn Sr. Util.

Outlook: The Golden Warriors reached the pinnacle last season, making the program’s first trip to the state tournament. And while many of those key pieces have graduated and moved on, there are several younger girls who sat on the bench during that postseason run who are eager to stamp their own names in program history. Sterling will once again boast quality pitching and a strong offense, and the defense will be solid once the new faces mesh as a unit.

Oregon Hawks

Coach: Jay Holley (1st season)

2013: 12-15 (5-7 Big Northern West)

Postseason: Lost 9-0 to Stillman Valley in 2A Byron Regional final

Roster

Ally Bartling So. P/IF

Abby Baker Jr. P/IB

Kaitlin Oltmans Sr. IF

Bella Holley So. IF/C

Sommer Rhea So. SS/OF

Emma Crandall Sr. P/1B

Kasey Lapp Sr. C/IF/OF

Melissa Youngren Sr. IF

Brook Logan Sr. IF/OF

Alli Henson So. IF/OF

Breanna Bicksler So. C/IF

Tayla Smith Jr. IF/OF

Alana Leamanczyk Jr. IF/OF

Holly Phillips Jr. IF/OF

Outlook: Baker will anchor the pitching staff for the Hawks, with Crandall still on the mend from a torn ACL. Bartling will also see time in the circle. Returning sluggers Lapp, Holley and Baker are expected to pace the offense for an Oregon team that will be counting on some younger players to play key roles on the varsity. How the defense performs will be a major factor in the Hawks’ success.

Rock Falls Rockets

Coach: Kris Nunez (8th season)

2013: 25-5 (11-1 Big Northern West)

Postseason: Lost 2-0 to Sterling in

3A Sterling Regional final

Roster

1 Chelsi Blair Jr. IF

3 Julie Dodd Sr. 3B/P

4 Kaylyn Booker Sr. IF

5 Baylie Jansen Sr. C

6 Peyton Milne Jr. UT

7 Michaela Ward Jr. P/IF

8 Taylor Anderson Sr. OF

9 Nicole Tupper Jr. OF

10 Kara Nehrkorn Sr. IF

11 Jenny Lawson Jr. UT

12 Paige Reynolds Sr. OF

14 Destinee Schumaker Sr. P/OF

16 Maurelle Behrens Jr. IF

Outlook: The Rockets lost a trio of 4-year starters in Addesyn Nailor, Linsey Brown and Jordan Giddings, but the cupboard is hardly bare. Leading the way is Ward, one of the area’s top pitchers who should keep Rock Falls in games even when the offense isn’t clicking. The defense behind her and the run rupport from her offense will be key Another conference title isn’t out of the question, if things fall Rock Falls’ way.

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