Softball players to watch

Haverford High's Bridget Newman is congratulated by teammate Deanna Costante after she scored against Ridley last season. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Softball Players to WatchListed alphabetically.

Brittany Colombo, Nazareth Academy. A Marist College recruit, Colombo is one of many solid infielders who return for the Pandas. The senior third baseman helped Nazareth win 81 of its 89 games during her first three seasons.

Lauren DelRomano, Cardinal O'Hara. She is definitely part of the conversation about the best second basemen in the area. DelRomano bats third in the Lions lineup and hits the ball really hard.

Erin Maher, North Penn. A senior outfielder who can cover a lot of ground, Maher batted leadoff for the Maidens last season, using her speed on the base paths. Overall, she is one of the most athletic players in the area.

Heidi McCollester, West Chester Henderson. The senior catcher was a force at the plate last season, compiling a slugging percentage of better than .700 while getting more than 20 hits. Half of her hits went for extra bases.

Bridget Newman, Haverford High. A senior pitcher, Newman was imposing both on the mound and at the plate for the Fords a season ago. Her prowess automatically makes Haverford a contender in the Central League.

Courtney Scarpato, Springfield (D). After Scarpato's first two extremely successful seasons on the mound and at the plate, it is scary to think just what the junior pitcher can do for the Cougars with another year of experience.

Caroline Schoenewald, Central Bucks East. The senior second baseman hit .353 with a slugging percentage of .646 last season, knocking in 19 runs on 23 hits. Defensively, the Virginia Tech signee had 39 putouts and committed only one error.

Sarah Snider-Leonhauser, Neshaminy. She made her mark for the Redskins last year as a sophomore, when she batted .403. The first basemen had 31 hits in 77 at-bats, with 22 RBIs, six doubles, and a homer.

Anna Steinmetz, West Chester Rustin. A gap hitter who also can hit home runs, the Delaware recruit has proven to be one of the best defensive catchers in the area.

Sam Tomasetti, Garnet Valley. The Hofstra recruit will be pivotal to the Jaguars if they want to contend for a Central League championship. A sophomore shortstop, Tomasetti is a great fielder and good at the plate, too.

Alex Viscusi, Episcopal Academy. The righthander pitched every single inning during her first two seasons for the Churchwomen, and with great success. A junior, Viscusi is vital if Episcopal is to win an Inter-Ac League title.

- Kate Harman