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April 16, 2013

CVAC softball teams boast strong arms

Editor’s Note: Coaching forms from Northern Adirondack, Beekmantown and Lake Placid were not received by press time.

The Saranac softball team finished first in Division I of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference last year, and the Chiefs lost some key players from that team. But they’ve returned two pitchers and several other contributors and hope to be back in the hunt.



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Peru, which finished right behind Saranac, has a number of returning players, and an experienced Plattsburgh team will look to challenge both of them.

In Division II, defending champion Ticonderoga boasts strong pitching and will look to repeat.

AuSable Valley

The Patriots have talent in the pitching circle in returning sophomore Madison Rondeau, and they also have two of their top hitters back — Logan Snow and Miranda Sheffer. Snow has moved from second base to first, and Sheffer is a shortstop; both are strong defensive players.

AuSable Valley has just two seniors with varsity experience — Sumra Sikandar and Marissa Prentiss — and five returning players overall. Some of the 11 new players will have to make significant contributions in order for the Patriots to contend.

Players lost

Alexis Facteau, Emily Plumadore, Christine Darrah, Jessica Baker.

Returning players

Sumra Sikandar, Marissa Prentiss, Logan Snow, Miranda Sheffer, Madison Rondeau.

Newcomers

Alyssa Baughn, Tiffany Evens, Lindsay Christian, Deanna Dashnaw, Nichole Pulsifer, Mirassa O’Neill, Miranda O’Neill, Bryce Douglass, Haley Sprague, Kendra Niemann, Pricilla Coates.

Moriah

Pitcher Taylor Sprague, catcher Lauren Brace and shortstop Madison Stahl will be looked to for leadership on a young team. The Vikings have just one other returning player, outfielder Tori Fleury.

Moriah has 10 new faces on the roster. Sophomores Caitlin Pelkey, Sadie Fosco and Lauren Cross are expected to start in the infield, while classmate Shelby MacDougal will likely play in the outfield.

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