Return of many top players could lead to unpredictable softball season

The landscape of high school softball can shift significantly from season to season as graduation nearly always takes the state’s top players from successful rosters.

This year, many of the top teams return so many of last year’s players that not only should the competition be more unpredictable, the quality of players seems better than ever.

Defending 5A state champion Riverton isn’t even ranked in the top five this season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t contend for both region and state honors.

“I have high expectations for my team this season just as I have every year,” said head coach Katelyn Elliot. “I know we have the capability of doing great things this year, and I am excited to work with this group of athletes.”

Elliot said defending the title will be tough this spring.

“The 5A softball classification will have multiple great teams and talented athletes,” she said, “so we have a lot of work and preparation to do as a team.”

Last year’s runner-up West High returns most of last year’s second-place team, including senior Breah Ava and her sophomore sister, Hunter.

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