Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 at 5:00 am in Uncategorized.
Not much separates the top six teams in the BSAL this season. That can’t be said for many leagues in any sport, but any of these six teams could finish in first.
I picked St. Patrick-St. Vincent for a couple main reasons. The Bruins have two pitchers back who combined for 21 wins and only two losses last season and they have six starters returning, including three first-team all-leaguers. That’s a powerful combination, in my opinion.
Piedmont also has a couple of pitchers that will give opponents problems in the heat-throwing Mina Duffy and the off-speed pitcher Jessica Bixby. The Highlanders’ 16-1 win over Campolindo in a scrimmage this season also caught my eye.
St. Mary’s has a veteran pitcher returning in Bijou Felder and a good foundation with Paige Freiberger, Courtney Moore and others. Albany has nine starters back from last year, and the Cougars have shown they can score runs this season with 11 in a win against Acalanes and four in a 5-4 loss to Campolindo.
John Swett has a pitching ace back in Kelli Bailey, but just three returning starters. Salesian is a mystery team, as the Chieftains have not played yet this season. Allison Donnelly logged a lot of innings on the mound for Salesian in the past four years, so it will be interesting to see how the team does without her this season. They do have six returning starters and a coach in Dolores Bonds who has had a winning program year in and year out.
What do you think of this order? How do you see the BSAL title race shaping up?