Coach: Danielle Reinhart
2013: 11-17, 6-5 MAL
Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Kassie Welly (CF); Kelsey Coppus (P/LF). Junior Shelbi Sauber (C); Abby Park (1B/RF). Sophomore Makayla Wilson (3B).
Others: Sophomores Sierra Beers; Lileigh Bower. Freshman Emma Kirby (1B/OF); Michelle Welly (SS/C); Gabby Gregg; Raven Spencer; Keely Hoover; Alaina Gosche.
Outlook: Hopewell-Loudon has a new look to it this season.
But it's a familiar one.
The Chieftains have a new coach this season, in Hopewell-Loudon graduate Danielle Reinhart. Reinhart also played some at Heidelberg as well. Her sister Megan, HU's longtime star catcher, will be an assistant.
"I played at Hopewell," Reinhart said. "It's a dream to be a coach back at my high school."
The Chieftains played well in the Midland Athletic League last season, and will be looking to do so again, despite some key losses.
The biggest of those losses is Lauren Trumpler, H-L's slugging shortstop, who hit .516 and drove in 30 runs last season.
Trumpler is now plying her trade at the University of Findlay.
The team also lost it's steadiest starting pitcher, as Aubry Affholder graduated after getting nine wins and logging 106 innings.
Reinhart said the team will be looking at Coppus to replace Affholder as the No. 1 starter.
"She's one of our leaders," Reinhart said of Coppus, who threw 59 1/3 innings last season, going 2-7. "She's looking to be our go-to pitcher."
Hopewell-Loudon's team this season is young and inexperienced. Only five players on the roster have earned letters, and Reinhart said it's a matter of the other players progressing.
"We don't have a lot of returners for varsity, a lot of new girls getting used to varsity level," she said.
But Reinhart she's looking to the returners to provide some pop at the plate.
Park, who hit .388 last season and stole 11 bases, returns, as does does Wilson, who drove in eight runs and stole six bases despite only 46 at-bats.
"Our returners, we're looking for them to be our big offensive players," Reinhart said.