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2012 Softball Preview: 20 Teams to Watch
February 15, 2012VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
20 TEAMS TO WATCH
7-5A Pitcher of Year Suzette Palmer, Kennedy Been, Kaitlyn Thomas and Megan Washam lead deep lineup
8-5A Newcomer of Year Emilee Burkhardt, Texas Tech commit Ashley Fultz, Houston commit Katie St. Pierre and Baylor commit Christy Lisenby are back
Danie Warne returns to last year’s highly ranked 8-5A runners-up
All-State ace Heather Sterns – a Baylor signee – led Hawks to ’10 state semifinals
Autumn Suydam, Bailee Kaderka, Texas Tech commit Brittany Lee, Tori Charters and Kristin Watkins are back for state’s fifth-ranked team that also adds transfer and Texas A&M commit April Ryan
Defending 11-5A champs welcome back co-MVP Victoria Bice, Victoria Hunter and Bailey Stokes
Lots of young talent including 11-5A Newcomer of the Year Miranda Dupree and sophomore pitcher Ashley Moore
Key members Kat Batey and Kristen Miles return from last season’s state semifinals team.
East begins the season ranked No. 2 in state 5A poll with Texas signee Holly Kern, Rachel Scott and Chandler Cink
10-5A co-Off. Player of the Year and Texas A&M signee Breanna Dozier returns to district champs
Featuring 7-5A Newcomer of the Year Alex Schneider and Katelyn Vinson
Pitcherof the Year Susan Welborn, Mele Hufanga will be key to 5-4A runners-up
Defending 7-4A champs return MVP Erika Menchaca and Pitcher of the Year Samantha Montes, a Baylor commit.
Ranked No. 3 following last year’s state tournament appearance, returning 15-4A MVP Brooke McCarroll and Laura Mabary.
Begins the season ranked No. 1 in 4A state poll behind 9-4A MVP Hannah Newcomb, Houston signee Tess Soefje and Darian Dunn.
Ranked No. 8 in state despite losing 13-4A Alicia Pille to Kansas
3A & 2A
Last year’s 3A state champs are ranked No. 1 in 3A state poll with tournament MVP and All-State shortstop Shelby Carter and All-State outfielder Lindsie Knowles returning
Defending 11-3A champs ranked No. 5 in 3A state poll behind All-State pitcher Brittany Lewis and freshman Danielle Brochu
Last year’s 13-3A winner ranked No. 14 in 3A state poll behind All-State pick and North Texas signee Taylor Schoblocher
Defending 9-3A champs start the season ranked No. 10 in 3A state poll