Varsity Kansas

Area softball notes

Andale won Class 4A last season and returns much of its nucleus, including five senior starters in P Sydnee Eck, OF Erin Tice, 1B Kelsey Harlow, P Molly Hein and 2B Julie Lies.

Andover has three starters back in Camille Hantla, Paige Ellison and Hayliegh Rider and expects to have contributions from impact freshmen.

Arkansas City will be young, so it will lean on returners OF Kelcey O’Daniel, IF Breanna Leake, 1B Marissa Leake and 3B Courtney Saia.

Belle Plaine returns seven starters, including all-leaguers 1B Morgan Crenshaw, SS Annemarie Hamersky, 3B Mallorie Thurman and OF Danielle Balzer.

Campus will rely on all-league pitcher Kyndel Shelburn to keep it in games, while the offense, led by Audrey Zogelmann, comes together.

Chaparral continues its rebuilding efforts around three returners in P Lauren Hatfield, SS Sierra Smith and Taylor Masters.

Clearwater is looking to make a push to win its division, returning 10 with experience that include all-league selections OF Gabby Diffenbaugh, C Allie Palmer and P Logan Davis.

Derby expects to return to state with P Haley Hume, SS Kennedy Long, IF Tori Miller, OF Alyssa Gustafson and 3B Britney Wimberly.

Douglass has most of its team returning from last season and will be led by all-league selections SS Megan Castlebury, P Lacy Sanborn and C Courtney Childres.

Finding reliable pitching will be crucial for El Dorado, which has starters returning in Kayla Joyce, Danni McFadden, MacLaren Stewart, Logan Morrow and Laryen Brickley.

Goddard finished third in 6A last season, but returns one starter in sophomore SS Morgan Bohanan, who was a second-team all-state selection.

Haven returns the majority of a winning team from last season, including seniors OF Hannah Jeffery, P Kristen Hatchel, 2B Katie Branting and OF Elizabeth Preisser.

Hillsboro reached state last season and returns four seniors that were key pieces in P Courtney Weber, IF Stephanie Sanders, IF Sammy Koons and OF Amy Bartel.

Maize qualified for 6A last season and has key pieces back in C Kate James, P Lauren Grimes, Kelsey Stewart, P Bailey spencer and 2B Emily Griggs.

Every starter returns at Maize South, which has high hopes and is led by all-league selections SS Maty McKay, 1B Ali Mapes, P Jody Larson, 2B Annika Bray and DH Aubrey Henderson.

McPherson has five returners in Emily Davis, Tiffany Snyder, Kassee Tully, Morgan Swisher, Paige Regnier.

Medicine Lodge wants to repeat as league champions behind five returning starters, including seniors 2B Ali Rogeri and P Montana Bailey.

Mulvane returns seniors 3B Taylor Hatfield, OF Madison Bish and SS Kellyn Nolt.

Newton lost six seniors and play a rigorous schedule, so it will rely heavily on C Alexis Southern and senior Kylie Bass.

Pratt reached state last season and returns much of the same team, led by seniors Avery Neumann, Whitney Amaro and Sam Kettering, and sophomore P Brittnee Hill.

Sedgwick will look to regroup after graduating a deep senior class and will be led by seniors Chelsea Crowl and Chelsea Grandstaff.

Smoky Valley returns SS Sarah Crouse, P Eryn Stockman and its outfield of Sam Aeschliman, Emma Flynn and Emily Norberg.

Udall lost five starts from its state championship team, but returns top players in P Victoria Benvin, SS Sami Loos, C Abby Hoffman and 1B Daylan Holmes.

Wellington has one senior starter in Callie Mauche, but a strong junior class featuring Kailey Jenkins, Shahlyn Hefley, Ashley Collins and Savannah Cornejo.

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