Coach: Sara Thurston (fourth year)

Conference: MVC Class: B

Last year’s results: 11-6, (lost in Western C quarterfinals)

Returning athletes: Seniors —Megan Bradbury (C), Kelsey Hutchins (OF), Kaitlin Morang (OF), Gabby Scott (IF/OF), Ellen Wainwright (P/UT); Juniors — (IF), Ellie Jasper (OF/IF), Mariah Lafleur (In/OF), Emma Leuders (IF), Kenzie Lord (IF/OF), Katelyn Olsen (P); Sophomore — Brittany Greig (OF).

Key losses: Bryce Parent, Britney Ellis, Destiny Newton

Promising newcomers: Sophmores— Kelsey Therriault, Alexis Therriault.

Season outlook: The Cougars return 12 players from last year’s team. Dirigo has both pitchers returning in Wainwright and Olsen and has an experienced club around them. This is a group that plays multiple sports together and has had success as a team, on and off the field. Dirigo should be a competitive team in the MVC and in the hunt in the Western C tourney.

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