LAKE GEORGE - There's no doubt, the stars are aligned for a huge Lake George softball season.
The Warriors have a stellar lineup, with three four-year Varsity players including All-Star pitcher Katelyn Callahan, who has blistering speed and an outstanding ability to work the corners of the strike zone.
The other four-year athletes, Taylor Dawson and Sarah Anderson, are both great hitters and anchor infield players.
Taylor Dawson just may be the most talented first base player in the area, local sports fans say.
This team, featuring no less than seven Seniors, have area sports fans pumped up for an exciting season, perhaps one for the record books.
Coach Kelly Collins is more low-key about the season's prospects.
"We have a really experienced team, and we have the makings to have a successful season," she said.
Callahan has been sharpening her formidable skills in the off-season: this past year, the played with a Long Island travel team. Collins said this additional experience means she's expanded her variety of pitches and has boosted her consistency, which fans observe has been solid anyway.
Callahan, by the way, is headed for UConn this fall.
She and experienced Junior catcher Nicole Bureau have together captured plenty of headlines with their dominance of the game.
Another player to watch will be Senior Rachael Pliscovsky, who is a quick base runner and is expected to be a top producer offensively.
Each year during her eight years in coaching the Warriors, Collins has pitted her team against far larger schools in both games and scrimmages to boost her players' skill levels, experience, and self-expectations.
Key to winning this year is achieving solid slugging and savvy offense to compliment the outstanding pitching, Collins said.
Ever modest, Collins predicted that the team's offense - which lagged at times last year, prompting some key losses - will indeed improve.
"Our players this year put a bat on the ball pretty well," she said.
Lake George Varsity Softball 2010 Schedule
March 29 Stillwater Away 4:15 p.m.
March 31 South High (Scrim) Away 4:00 p.m.
April 12 Argyle Central Away 4:15 p.m.
April 13 Home vs Stillwater Home 4:15 p.m.
April 14 Hadley-Luzerne Away 4:15 p.m.
April 16 Fort Edward Home 4:15 p.m.
April 20 Onondaga (Scrim) Home 4:15 p.m.
April 21 North Warren Home 4:15 p.m.
April 23 Fort Ann Central Away 4:15 p.m.
April 26 Corinth Central* Away 4:15 p.m.
April 28 Whitehall Central Home 4:15 p.m.
April 30 Warrensburg* Away 4:15 p.m.
May 3 Voorheesville Home 4:30 p.m.
May 5 Hartford Central Home 4:15 p.m.
May 7 Salem Central Home 4:15 p.m.
May 8 Mudville Tourney Away TBA
May 10 Hadley-Luzerne Home 4:15 p.m.
May 11 Hoosic Valley Away 4:15 p.m.
May 12 North Warren Away 4:15 p.m.
May 14 Corinth Central Home 4:15 p.m.
May 17 Warrensburg Home 4:15 p.m.
May 25 South High (Scrim) Home 4:00 p.m.
Warriors Varsity Softball 2010 Roster:
Sara Anderson Sr. IF
Tess Bannon Sr. CF
Molly Blackmon Sr. IF,OF
Katelyn Callahan Sr. P
Taylor Dawson Sr. 1B
Rachael Pliscovsky Sr. RF
Chelsea Scott Sr. IF,OF
Erin Blunt Jr. IF
Nicole Bureau Jr.. C
Lauren Pennock Jr OF
Rebecca Kandora So. IF,OF
Jess Stein Jr. IF,OF
Coach: Kelly Collins
Asst. Coach: Mickey Davis