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HARVARD — Veteran Bromfield softball coach Sue Silver is spending the pre-season evaluating a number of new faces. As the start of the season approaches, four starting positions are still wide open, with opporunities existing for younger players to step up.

Leading the Lady Trojans into battle this season will be a pair of captains, junior Kailey Nelson, a third baseman-outfielder, and sophomore Julia Vasta, a shortstop.

“Kailey is a versatile player who provides a lot of experience,” said Silver. “She played a lot of softball in the off-season. She has a strong arm, she understands the game and is a solid, line drive hitter. She will hit leadoff for us.

“Julia was a league all-star last season and has shown a strong arm this season,” said Silver. “She is a fundamentally sound defensive player who can make all the plays. Offensively, she hits line drives and should bat third.”

Freshman Brittany Lee has made a strong impression and will be the starting catcher.

“Brittany is quick, aggressive and versatile and has the capability of doing anything we need,” said Silver. “She brings plenty of team spirit and a positive attitude, and she will bat clean-up.”

The two surefire starters will be eighth-grader Janet Sorrells, a pitcher, and sophomore Madison Pesa, a second baseman-third baseman. Sorrells will be replacing Casey Silver, who pitched for the past six seasons.

“Janet really worked hard in the off-season and has a lot of upside on the mound,” said Silver. “She has also looked good swinging the bat.

“Madison came off the bench last season and is a hard working player who wants to improve,” said Silver. “She brings experience and a positive attitude. She will start at second base if Kailey Nelson plays third base or third base if Kailey plays left field.”

After that the auditioning has begun for the remaining starting berths. Freshman Nicole Messcher has good size and has the inside track to be the first baseman, but the rest of the starting lineup is up for grabs among sophomore Ruby Metz, and freshmen Rachel Strathdee, Myjorie Philippe, Stephanie Reeves, Erin Byrne and Karen Shaw.

“We are working every day to try to determine who will be on the field in the first game of the season,” said Silver. “We will be very young and this team consists of few constants and many variables. We will be a work in progress and we will need to improve as the season progresses. We will need the younger players to follow the example set by the captains. We will enter the season with an air of mystery surrounding us, and how hard we work on a daily basis, and how we adjust to playing at the varsity level will determine our fate.”