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Softball: Previewing Glenbard South, Glenbard West, St. Francis, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South

Glenbard South's Daniella Little fires a pitch May 27 during a Class 3A regional final against Wheaton Acdemy at Glenbard South. Little flirted with a no-hitter and surrendered just one hit in Raiders' 6-1 win.
Glenbard South's Daniella Little fires a pitch May 27 during a Class 3A regional final against Wheaton Acdemy at Glenbard South. Little flirted with a no-hitter and surrendered just one hit in Raiders' 6-1 win.

The prep softball season has begun, as teams begin their quest toward the state finals in East Peoria. Here is a preview of area teams:


Coach: Julie Fonda

2017 record: 19-15

Top Players

Name Year Pos.

Mady Carli sr. 2B

Bailee Flanagan sr. 1B

Kate Moran sr. 3B

Amaya Coval sr. 3B/DP

Daniella Little jr. P

Elizabeth Cizek jr. OF

Jocelyn Leerschen jr. C

Elena Karr jr. OF

Grace Wallner so. SS

Katherine Karr fr. C/SS

Outlook: The Raiders, who won their 13th straight regional title last spring, return three seniors – Carli, Moran and Flanagan – who have been on varsity since they were freshmen. Carli, Flanagan and Little were all-conference players last year, three of nine total girls back. Carli was a starter on the Glenbard South basketball team that just took third in Class 3A.

Combined with some hungry juniors and sophomores and a couple talented freshmen, the Raiders are looking to make another deep playoff run.

"The Raiders have solid pitching, some great hitting," Fonda said, "and will always look to push the envelope on the bases."


Coach: Mary McGrane

2017 record: 7-21

Top Players

Name Year Pos.

Lexi Gregule sr. 3B

Haley Walker sr. P

Eliza Pasterik sr. SS

Jessica Bongiorno sr. OF

Isabel Hermanson sr. 1B

Alize Aranda jr. C/3B

Mallory Small jr. P

Kaitlyn DuMerer jr. U

Outlook: The Hilltoppers return a solid core looking to build upon the growth from last year's team. It starts with Gregule, who will play collegiately at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Calvin recruit Bongiorno.

"Our seniors have grown into strong leaders," McGrane said, "and as a team our hope is to stay healty and compete every game."


Coach: Ralph Remus

2017 record: 33-5

Top Players

Name, year, pos.

Caroline Ceasar jr. C

Carlee Clark jr. 1B

Becca Imbrogno sr. OF

Shelby Winkelman sr. P/1B

Outlook: Remus considers this his most experienced team ever – bad news for St. Francis opponents.

Fresh off a Girls Catholic Athletic Conference championship and sectional final appearance, the Spartans boast a roster ripe with experience to potentially repeat last year's success.

Winkelman is 33-5 over the last two seasons, and at the plate hit .476 with seven homers and 49 RBIs last year. Clark was 14-1 with a 1.02 ERA, Caesar hit .418 with seven homers and 37 RBIs and Imbrogno hit .466.

"We are an experienced team, as we have the entire team from last year returning," Remus said. "Our pitching will be strong, while being backed up by a solid offense and defense. We are working hard and planning to be better in June than we are right now."


Coach: Zach Peterselli

2017 record: 13-17

Top Players

Name Year Pos.

Maddy Campbell sr. 3B

Rachel Alexander jr. OF

Bella Como jr. C

Danielle Quealy sr. SS

Lexie Reynolds sr. 1B

Outlook: Peterselli, last year's varsity assistant, takes over as Falcons' head coach, and that's not all that's new. Returning starter Campbell is the lone varsity player back off a team that went 7-8 in the DuPage Valley Conference.

"The key to success will be team chemistry," Peterselli said. "Many of these girls have not played together before and need to play together as a team. We have a lot of young talent and look forward to proving ourselves on the field."


Coach: Jeffrey Pawlak

2017 record: 16-11

Top Players

Name Year Pos.

Kaitlyn Bresingham jr. 1B/P

Aerin Moberg sr. OF

Carly Briggs so. 2B/SS/3B

Sami Carr sr. C

Kacie Vlach sr. P

Abby Struebing so. 2B/SS/3B

Shaye Arwood sr. OF/P

Outlook: With seven returning starters, led by all-conference pick Bresingham and honorable mention all-conference selection Moberg, the Tigers boast athleticism that should be able to put pressure on opposing teams. Bresingham hit .357 with eight doubles and 21 RBIs, Moberg .348 with 20 stolen bases. Carr hit .358 and Vlach went 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 37.2 innings.

"We'll need to throw strikes consistently and allow our defense to make plays," Pawlak said, "and we'll need our on-base players to reach base and allow our following hitters opportunities for RBI situations. We'll have some bumps early on and we're looking forward to meshing this group and growing as the season moves forward."

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