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BSAL softball predictions

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?

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  • softball fan

    there is no doubt that Salesian will miss Allison Donnelly.However the Lady Chiefs have a new force in the circle in Jr. Sami Bond.She has pitched eight innings so far this year and has given up only one hit and no runs while striking out twenty one and walking only two.

  • softball fan

    there is no doubt that Salesian will miss Allison Donnelly.However the Lady Chiefs have a new force in the circle in Jr. Sami Bond.She has pitched eight innings so far this year and has given up only one hit and no runs while striking out twenty one and walking only two.

  • SoftballFanatic

    I don’t like to make predictions, however, the top three teams will most likely be Piedmont, Salesian, and St. Patrick/St. Vincent. With talented pitching on each of these teams and skilled players, the winner of the BSAL will probably come down to who can out coach who! However, look out for Holy Names battery Arzine Lee, a hard-throwing freshman and Leah Belzer, an experienced sophomore catcher to keep their team in the top four! If Holy Names defense improves they just might be a tough team to beat towards the end of the season. It will definitely be exciting to watch the BSAL towards the end of the season!