Lady Eagles hold slight Division IV edge

BY MARTY MYERS
Times Shamrock Writer

The slightest of edges goes to Mountain View in a division where the three top teams return a combined 27 starters return.

The Lady Eagles lost their pitcher to graduation, but Sam Krisa (.411) moves to the circle and head coach Tom Rudzinski is viewed as a pitching guru in area circles. Megan Stenzhorn hit .429 with three homers and Ariana Gabriel batted .346.

Back after a year’s hiatus is Jenny Molenko, who hit .348 as a sophomore.
Montrose has the most experienced pitcher of the top three, with Lacy Nealy posting an 11-3 mark with a 2.40 ERA a year ago. Katie Warner hit .386 and Julia Amorino batted .345 for the Lady Meteors, who return eight starters for first-year coach A.J. McKennas.

Lackawanna Trail has nine starters back but has questions at the most important spot. Emma Vasky pitched just one game last year for the Lady Lions.

Gabby Truesdale is a potent stick (4.31) and Shelby Croasdale batted .315 a year ago.

Elk Lake is led by a pair of good sticks who also anchor the middle of the infield. Brittany Ruhf (2B) is coming off a .468 season while SS Casey Tyler hit .453.

Susquehanna is looking to improve and is led by Baily Barnes, a returning .321 hitter. Blue Ridge’s Taylor Hall hit .563 for the Lady Raiders and Solana Stratford led Forest City last year with a .350 average.