S.J. softball teams to watch
South Jersey Softball Teams to Watch Buena (21-5 last season): The defending South Jersey Group 2 champions will be led by the senior battery of pitcher San Fiocchi and catcher Lynnsie Collins. Fiocchi struck out 138 last season while Collins had 42 hits.
South Jersey Softball Teams to Watch
Buena (21-5 last season): The defending South Jersey Group 2 champions will be led by the senior battery of pitcher San Fiocchi and catcher Lynnsie Collins. Fiocchi struck out 138 last season while Collins had 42 hits.
Cumberland (19-8): Providence recruit Jackie Martin leads the way for the Colts. Martin, a standout senior catcher, batted .438. Sophomore Haley Huitt batted .552 with nine homers.
Delsea (14-7): The Crusaders return ace pitcher Julia Voluntad from the South Jersey Group 3 finalists. Voluntad struck out 175 last season and pitched a shutout against Cumberland in the sectional semifinals.
Eastern (19-6): The Vikings are a team to watch in the Olympic American and in South Jersey Group 4 thanks to a deep, speedy roster led by junior outfielder Madison Morano, a Penn State field hockey recruit who batted .558 last season with five home runs.
Gloucester (17-7): The Lions have a new coach in Megan Mason, who replaces her father, Dave Light. Senior Maddy Chain is one of South Jersey's top pitchers.
Gloucester Catholic (16-9): Senior catcher Angela Antonini leads the way for the Rams. She's a top defensive player and also batted .436 last season.
Kingsway (17-4): The Dragons will have some extra motivation as they were stunned in the first round of last season's South Jersey Group 4 tournament, losing as the No. 1 seed to No. 16 Atlantic City. Junior pitcher Devon Grippe leads the way.
Millville (25-4): Kalia Smith, a transfer from Sacred Heart, made a major impact as a sophomore with the Thunderbolts, batting .511 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs. Now a junior, Smith will try to lead Millville back to the South Jersey Group 4 title game.
Shawnee (15-8): The Renegades have one of South Jersey's top hitters in Taylor Gilligan, a senior catcher who hit 11 home runs last season.
Washington Township (23-5): The defending South Jersey Group 4 champions will be led by one of the state's best players in senior shortstop Jessica Hughes, a Fordham recruit, along with senior infielder Lauren Sandelier.
- Phil Anastasia