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    Last spring, Beachwood’s softball team played well down the stretch, and with five returning starters, the Bison are ready to show even more improvement this spring.

    Beachwood finished the 2021 campaign 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.

    “We return five starters from last year’s team but our remaining roster has limited to no varsity experience,” said Beachwood coach Mike Coreno. “Our biggest challenges are replacing a four-year starter at catcher and getting the new players acclimated to playing varsity in a short time.”

    While the Bison lost their catcher, they do return their starting pitcher in sophomore Ari Preston, who also will play shortstop. Preston earned second-team All-CVC honors last spring.

    The Bison also return first-team All-CVC performer Nia Brown, who will play center field. Brown batted .400 last season.

    Emily Clar, who batted .380 last spring, will be back at third base but she also can play shortstop, and Ryleigh Zabell, who batted .380 last year, will move from outfield to first base.

    Riley Parke will catch and Rachel Wolf will play second. Freshman Chengyu Li will provide depth in the circle.

    The Bison have yet to finalize their outfield lineup.

    “We return our starting pitcher and our top offensive players from last season and most key positions are covered,” Coreno said. “Our veteran players will have to lead us until the younger players get experience in game situations.”

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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