The following is a synopsis of the 2012 Belfast Area High School softball team:

Coach/years coached current team: Chris Bartlett, eighth season.

Last year’s record: 9-7, No. 9 in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Lions fell to No. 8 Caribou 2-0 in the preliminary round.

Roster: Seniors Becca Leonard (shortstop), Britt Mellor (center field), MaKayla Cummings (third base), Callie Merrifield (first base), Savannah Mitchell (first base) and Brooke Stanley (outfield); juniors Killyan Richards (pitcher), Katrina Lapham (catcher) and Alexis Porter (right field); and sophomores Hannah Bailey (left field), Maddie Cummings (second base), Ashley Littlefield (left field, pitcher) and Dakota Black (utility).

Graduation losses: Vicki Overlock, Hayley Rae, Chrissy Kelly, Ashland Hall and Morgan Mansfield.

Team goals: To come out and work hard every day and to be in the mix for a playoff spot at the end of the season.

Strengths: Senior leadership and team speed.

Top league opponents: Medomak Valley, Winslow, Oceanside, Oak Hill of Sabattus and Maranacook of Readfield.

Outlook: The Lions lost talented players last season, most notably Overlock, who was a four-year starter in the pitcher’s circle. Richards looks to step in where Overlock left off and coach Bartlett is confident in her abilities, along with many of the team’s seniors. Cummings and Lapham look to be strong for Belfast as the Lions eye a berth in the Eastern Class B playoffs.

Schedule

4/18/12 – Lincoln Academy 12, Belfast 1.

4/20/12 – Maranacook 16, Belfast 6.

4/24/12 – Medomak Valley at Belfast – 4:15 p.m.

4/25/12 – Belfast at Oceanside – 4:15 p.m.

4/27/12 – Camden Hills at Belfast – 4:15 p.m.

4/30/12 – Belfast at Waterville – 4:15 p.m.

5/1/12 – Oak Hill at Belfast – 4:15 p.m.

5/4/12 – Belfast at Morse – 4:15 p.m.

5/7/12 – Belfast at Leavitt – 4:15 p.m.

5/9/12 – Winslow at Belfast – 4:15 p.m.

5/14/12 – Belfast at Gardiner – 4:15 p.m.

5/18/12 – Belfast at Maine Central Institute – 4:15 p.m.

5/21/12 – Mount View at Belfast – 4:15 p.m

5/23/12 – Belfast at Lincoln Academy – 4:15 p.m.

5/25/12 – Nokomis at Belfast – 4:15 p.m.

5/29/12 – Belfast at Camden Hills – 4:15 p.m.

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