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Springfield High School "The Cosmos"

Baseball:

Division II

Head coach - Larry Partridge, seventh season as varsity coach.

After losing a few key players to graduation including four-year starter Tyler Albee, outfielder Ben Cox and pitcher Grant White, the Cosmos will look to their returning players to pick up where they left off last year including seniors Derek Osbourne and senior Brandon Boyle, who played golf last year, and juniors Billy Wheeler and Matt Mitchell.

Other Cosmos pitchers who will be counted on include Jeremy Currie and the aforementioned Wheeler and Mitchell.

In the season, home-opener against Burr & Burton Academy, the Cosmos got their offense going with nine runs but couldn't could stop the Bulldogs offense either, however the game was called because of darkness with BBA leading, 15-9.

Springfield starter Derek Osbourne started off well, striking out four batters in the first two innings, before the BBA bats started connecting in the third.

With all pitchers available on opening day, Jeremy Currie took over in the third inning, with Mitchell and Wheeler also throwing in the game.

Springfield senior Boyle, who will spark the Cosmos offense from the lead off spot, led the way with two hits, a walk, three RBI's and two runs scored.

Softball:

Division II

Head coach - Andy Bladyka, 12th season as varsity coach.

After losing four seniors to graduation, the Lady Cosmos bring back plenty of varsity experience at key positions, including senior pitcher Ashley Richardson, junior shortstop Sara Vredenburgh, junior first baseman Jessie Haskell, center fielder Alexis Locke and catcher Amanda Farnsworth.

The number-one starter Richardson will be a key component, who has good speed, good control and is coming off a strong junior season, while sophomore Jenna Paul shows good promise and will be a good number-two pitcher.

Offensively the Cosmos possess some good bats - Richardson, Haskell, Locke, Amanda Farnsworth, Kristen Cook - but they have to be aggressive at the plate and on the base paths in order to manufacture runs.

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