Records are from last season.
Rk. Team Rec.
1. Avon Grove 20-5
With junior pitcher Maggie Balint and senior catcher Alyssa Herron returning, the defending District 1 AAAA champs are the team to beat. The dynamic duo helped the Red Devils to a berth in the state quarterfinals.
2. Pennsbury 14-8
Last year, a young Falcons team was one win away from the state tournament. A good senior nucleus returns in pitcher Casey Boltersdorf, outfielder Fiona Link, and multipurpose player Dani Litwin, all seniors.
3. Springfield (D) 23-4
The defending PIAA Class AAA state champs should contend in the Central League, District 1, and again at the state level, thanks to a wealth of returning talent. Courtney Scarpato, Taylor Winkelman and Tori DePietro are just three of the big pieces the Cougars have back.
4. Neshaminy 15-6
With an offensive lineup most teams will envy, look for the Suburban One League American powerhouse to once again be a contender. Sam Offenback, Nikki Wild, Sarah Snider-Leonhauser, and Mackensie Compton will lead this group of sluggers.
5. North Penn 17-8
Year in and year out, the Maidens have proven to be around come postseason - both the district and state tournaments. Expect nothing less from this squad, led by senior pitcher Jackie Bilotti.
6. Downingtown E. 14-8
Over the last couple of seasons the Cougars have been on the cusp of contention in District 1. With junior pitcher Paige Warfel, they should be a team to watch not only in the Ches-Mont, but also come playoffs.
7. Episcopal Acad. 15-2
Senior pitcher Alex Viscusi helped the team to several program firsts last year. The Churchwomen won their first Inter-Ac title and Independent Schools state titles. With eight starters back from that team, EA will be tough to beat., EL2>
8. Chichester 19-4
District 1 Class AAA semifinalists a year ago, the Eagles return pitcher Meghan Wimmer, a senior headed to Brown. Shortstop Alex Maher and catcher Maddie Thornton are also back.
9. Hatboro-Horsham 11-9
The Hatters have senior outfielder Jen Cader and are a strong program in a very strong conference. That should add up for Hatboro, a team that likes to play small ball.
10. Archbishop Ryan 22-3
A quarterfinal berth in the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament and a Catholic League championship highlighted a special season for the Ragdolls last year. With five starters back,they have the pieces in place to defend their title.
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Central Bucks East (10-9), Conwell-Egan (15-9), Methacton (17-5), Spring-Ford (20-5).