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Softball: Sectional finalists prepare for 2014

Guilderland seeks more than Class AA title it won against Bethlehem in 2013

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The Lady Eagles are loaded with pitchers. Gentile said she has four eligible hurlers this season, led by four-year starter Meghan Sullivan and second-year veteran Emma Downing.

“It’ll be challenging to get everyone the work they need and still produce a winning team,” said Gentile.

“Obviously Meg has the experience, but Emma is catching up to her in terms of experience.”

Offensively, Bethlehem returns several key hitters including Sullivan, Downing, outfielder K.K. Palmerino, shortstop Carrie Maniccia and catcher Kaitlyn Rarick.

“Everyone looks different when they’re hitting off a (pitching) machine … but (the offense) looks really good,” said Gentile.

Guilderland and Bethlehem must wait another week before starting their Suburban Council seasons on Wednesday, April 9. Guilderland meets defending South Division champion Colonie, while Bethlehem plays Averill Park.

“Averill Park is going to be real strong. I see us really battling Averill Park all year (for the division title),” said Marino.

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