The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Medomak Valley High School softball team:

Coach/years coached current team: Richard Vannah, fourth year.

Last year's record/playoff information: 14-2, third seed in Eastern Class B. The Panthers were upset by No. 6 Nokomis of Newport 3-2 in 11 innings in the quarterfinals. Medomak Valley also won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game 4-2 over Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.

Roster: Seniors Desiree Benner (pitcher), Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (third base), Taylor Simmons (first base), McKenzie Belcher (utility), Caria Ennamorati (catcher, shortstop), Abby Maguire (outfield), Bridget Miller (outfield), Danielle Hunt (outfield) and Heidi Obuchon (second base); juniors Lauren Guptill (catcher, shortstop, outfield) and Jasmine Hatch (outfield); sophomore Hannah Marks (pitcher, shortstop, outfield); and freshman Hannah Watmough.

Outlook: Now four years removed from back-to-back regional championships, the Panthers, despite being one of the top teams in Eastern Class B the past three years, have been bounced from the playoffs in the quarterfinals each season.

However, coach Vannah's expectations for his team has not wavered as the squad's goals are to "win as many games as possible, get a good seed in the playoffs and win a state championship."

The team is led by Benner in the center of the diamond, a player who will toe the slab in the pitching circle for the Panthers for the third straight season. Marks is the team's backup pitcher and shortstop, while Hendrickson-Belloguet will be stationed at the hot corner and Ennamorati behind the plate

"We have team speed, power and a great defense," said Vannah. "Our pitching is strong and our hitting is improving every practice."

Vannah said Oceanside, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Nokomis wil be formidable opponents within the conference, while Old Town "is the [state] champion until they are unseeded by someone."

"Any given day in the KVAC [Class B ranks] you can be beat," he coach said. "We will be on our toes and ready for every challenge."

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