Other key returners include pitchers Morgan Bear and Hannah Kelly.
“Both pitchers will have more experience and confidence going into this season,” Chasteen said.
Haleigh Kelly and Adrianne Glaser are also expected to be main contributors this season. Freshman Bella Truran is expected to contribute immediately in the outfield for Danville.
The Warriors are balanced well with four freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors, and three seniors.
Coming off her first year of coaching at Danville, Chasteen believes last year’s experience will help this season.
“I learned about the other teams that we play in our schedule,” she said. “I’ve learned what their strengths and weaknesses are and how we need to play against them this season. I feel like this will help me the most as we enter this upcoming season.”
Chasteen has connected well with her team and is excited for the season ahead.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls and how far they’ve come over the last year,” she said. “They’re truly an inspiration to me and all of the young girls in Danville hoping to one day play high school ball. They’re paving the way one game at a time.”
Tri-West’s softball team features eight returning starters from a squad that went 17-11 and won its sectional last season.
The outlook for 2013 is highly positive considering last season’s success and returning athletes.
“This year can only get better with all the experience and dedication with this group of girls,” Tri-West coach Stacey Rogers said. “They continue to surprise me every day with their willingness to work hard and their love for the game of softball.”
After starting the first six games on junior varsity for the Bruins before making the jump to varsity last year, sophomore Claire Johnson looks to lead Tri-West after a superb freshman season.