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Spring Sports Preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions

Jennifer McGinn makes a diving catch behind the plate.

Jennifer McGinn makes a diving catch behind the plate.

Lady Lion softball

The roster:

The Lady Lions will look to return to the Section VII/Class D finals with a roster that includes Kaylee Cross, Kylee Cassavaugh, Jessica Spaulding, Sierra Wimett, Clare Harwood, Kaitlin Coats, Emily Morris, Crystal Grady, Jasmine Barnes, Kearstin Ashline, Andrea Le Vien, Cheyenne Sousis, Jenn McGinn and Shonna Brooks.

What the coach says:

“Our team strength is our pitching, speed and plate discipline. We return the last two Division I MVP’s in Andrea Le Vien and Kylee Cassavaugh. I am expecting big things from Kearstin Ashline as well as Jen McGinn. Emily Morris has improved each year she has played and looks to build on her success from last year. Jasmine Barnes could become a very valuable asset as she gets comfortable playing varsity, she’s fast and coachable. Shonna Brooks is also looking good, she hasn’t played softball in three years, but is coming around.

“We will be competitive in our conference with eight returning starters. With good pitching and defense we should be fine as long as we keep our focus.” - head coach Jim Monty.

Lions baseball

The roster:

The Lions will take to the field in 2012 with a roster that includes seniors Spencer Crowningshield, Ezekiel Diemand, Brad Egglefield, Zach LaPier, Tim LaRock, Andy Mitchell, Hunter Mowery, Patrick Phillips, Nate Rock and Joe Sullivan; junior Cody Gowdy and sophomores Nate Bessette, Owen Denton, Hugh Harwood, Justin LaPier and Austin Morris.

What the coach says:

“The Lions did not lose any players to graduation and are returning a core group of players as well as welcoming four new players. The Lions will also get back senior Hunter Mowery returning to the field after a year off. The roster is heavily a senior based team but the Lions will be looking for the underclassmen to step up and challenge for starting spots in the lineup. The team is looking to play competitively with every team. Playing smart baseball and cutting down on giving other teams extra outs are two main goals the Lions have this year.” - head coach Colby Pulsifer.

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