With Warden dropping into the B ranks, this should be a two-team race between 2010 state qualifiers River View and Connell. Both teams have sensational pitching — Haley Hess had a 1.68 ERA and struck out 138 last year for defending SCAC East champion River View, while Ashley Thompson recorded an astounding 221 strikeouts for Connell, which tied for third at state after beating River View in the consolation second round.
Columbia-Burbank has a new coach, Chuck Faubert, formerly of Tri-Cities Prep. Sophomore Brittany Cotsford and freshman Rachel Roberts will pitch most of the innings for the Coyotes, who have just three returning starters.
Kiona-Benton fields a young team with five sophomores and six freshmen. Sophomore Alex Shuster will split time in the circle with senior Kili Brundridge.