By Adam Baum, email@example.com
GREEN TWP. - There are certain truths that become clear every spring. Like filing state and federal taxes, some things are bound by a cycle.
The same could be said of Oak Hills' softball squad. Every year, the Highlanders prove to be one of the toughest teams on the diamond in this area.
Yes, Oak Hills graduated some great players from last season's 20-8, district runner-up team. Taylor Wilp, the school's all-time hits leader, Andrea Gahan, Val Hudepohl, and Kaleigh McCarthy all graduated. But, the Highlanders still have some formidable talent back this season.
Five starters return in senior third baseman Kiki Murrell, senior shortstop Sid McElroy, junior pitcher Sam Reese, senior second baseman Tia Rizzo, and junior outfielder Lauren Hurley. McElroy hit .375 with a team-high 37 RBI last season, and Reese won 10 games in the circle with 70 strikeouts and a 3.44 ERA.
The Highlanders also have some youngsters who will look to make an impact for the first time.
In the last three seasons, Oak Hills has won 59 games. The Highlanders will have to deal with another loaded Greater Miami Conference, but that just means they'll be battle-tested later in the year.
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