Messalonskee won the state title a year ago and has much of its squad returning, including pitcher Amanda Barker. Cony lost to the Eagles in the regional final and should be a threat once again. With Brunswick’s opening win over the Rams, the Dragons appear to be contenders again as well.
Skowhegan and Erskine both lost a wealth of seniors but could challenge for the postseason.
Leavitt, Lewiston, Edward Little and Oxford Hills field relatively young teams. They won’t have the experience of the elite teams but could challenge for playoff berths. Mt. Blue is also young and should vastly improve.
Scarborough and South Portland should be ahead of the pack in Western A.
Winslow and Cape Elizabeth should be the teams to beat once again in East and West respectively. Maranacook should challenge in the East while Poland has enough talent back to return to the tournament and make some noise in the West.
Falmouth, Greely, Lake Region and Yarmouth may all be threats in the West while Lisbon could earn its place in the postseason. Medomak Valley could have success dropping to Eastern B.
Oak Hill and Gray-New Gloucester were both extremely young a year ago and should continue their progress.
Telstar has eight starters back from its regional championship team, including veterans Jillian Kimball, Jessie Farrington, Liz Rosenberg, Kayla Mills and Tiffany Jordan. A young Monmouth squad reached the MVC title game last year and could be a threat once again. Mt. Abram lost three seniors from a team that lost in the regional final. Madison finished fifth overall last year and could match that success if it overcomes the loss of key seniors. St. Dom’s has to replace Emily Goss on the mound but still has a solid group that should land them in contention. Michelle Libby makes Sacopee Valley a contender as well.
Georges Valley, Livermore Falls, Dirigo and Jay were playoff teams last year and could be in the hunt for tournament berths again.
Richmond lost just four seniors from last year’s state championship team. The Bobcats should be strong once again. Buckfield graduated just one senior and should challenge for a spot in the regional title game. Rangeley went 11-4 last year and could make a playoff run of their own.