FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Albert has been a force for the Mariners in the field at shortstop and at the plate ever since she started playing varsity softball for Sehome. She helped the Mariners reach the postseason last year and will be a huge contributor once more during the final season of her prep sports career.
Bonsen's work in the circle was a big reason for the Lions' outstanding year last season. The 2012 Northwest Conference MVP returns to the rubber for her final go around and should give batters problems all season. She has good velocity and has a knack for hitting her spots.
Wilson has all the tools a coach looks for in standout catcher. Her defense is top notch, and she's the perfect match for young Ferndale pitchers Scarlett Nyenhuis and Lauren Maley. Wilson is an exceptional hitter, too, and was voted team MVP last season. She will lead the Golden Eagles again this year.
Young was a huge reason Mount Baker enjoyed its success at the end of last season. She sets the tone with her on-base ability batting high in the Mountaineers' order. She's a great defensive shortstop, too, and Baker will need her to be again this year with a reworked infield.
Gardner provided Nooksack Valley a strong bat in the middle of the Pioneers' lineup, and her work in the batter's box will be even more important this year with the loss of Julia Bosscher and Alexus Mattice. Gardner is an athletic center fielder, and will be key again if Nooksack Valley has another good year.
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