ELMHURST — Due to the large number of graduations from last year's team, York enters this spring with a number of question marks.
The Dukes have just two seniors and four returners, meaning a young and inexperienced team will need to learn fast to compete in the West Suburban Silver.
Senior pitcher Elena Schwarz has the biggest shoes to fill with standout pitcher Tessa Kroll now at Columbia. Schwarz logged some innings last spring mostly in doubleheaders and non-conference games, but will now be the top pitcher.
Sophomores Brook Bandy and Audrey Kosman will also see some time in the circle.
Junior center fielder Angela Scalzitti has verbally committed to play at DePaul and will be a key bat at the top of the order. Coach Drew McGuire said she will be looked upon as one of the leaders on the team.
"She's one of the fastest girls in the conference, if not the area," McGuire said. "I think the strength of our team is going to be our speed. We have a lot of fast kids."
Gracie Sullivan, a senior left fielder, and Sarah Milkowski, a sophomore catcher, are the other returners.
That leaves the infield to be made up of all varsity newcomers. Sophomore first baseman/outfielder Isabella Jaeger saw a few innings with the varsity team last year.
McGuire also called up a freshman, catcher Abby Solem, to join the varsity team.
"I think it's been really good because the girls are stepping up to the challenge they have," McGuire said. "People are geared up for spots knowing they have an opportunity.
"There's a lot of unanswered questions that are only going to pan out as the season goes along."
Meet the Dukes
Coach: Drew McGuire
2012 record: 18-19 (8-4 West Suburban Silver)
Sarah Milkowski so. C
Angela Scalzitti jr. CF
Elena Schwarz sr. P
Gracie Sullivan sr. LF
First game: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hinsdale South
2: Seniors on the young York roster