McMurray, Lorsung vital to Dragons' success




NEW PALESTINE

Head coach: Ed Marcum, 11th season

2013: 20-7 overall, 5-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference. Lost 10-1 to Franklin Central in 4A Sectional 13 championship.

Last sectional title: 2011

Key losses: Hancock County Co-Player of the Year SS Erin Lehman (.500/35 R/10 2B/14 SB), All-County P Lizzie Garrison (12-4/1.85 ERA/60K), All-County Honorable Mention 1B Megan Prosser (.348).

Outlook: Junior Kaylin McMurray (6-3/2.17 ERA/.219) and freshman Elisha Barker are on equal footing as the Dragons’ top pitchers as the season opens. …LF Markie Wood (.485/17 2B/28 R) is slotted into the Dragons’ leadoff spot, according to coach Ed Marcum, followed by junior CF Brittany Duncan (.359) or senior 2B Addi Clouse (.194) in the No. 2 hole. Sophomore 3B Issy Hoyt (.488/22 RBI) is the Dragons’ No. 3 hitter with junior SS and 2013 RBI leader Adie Lorsung (.395/29 RBI) batting clean-up. Sophomore RF/SS Abby O’Connor (.208), sophomore C Casey Lehman (.283), freshman 1B/C Mary Crumlin, Barker or McMurray (depending one who is pitching) and Duncan or Clouse round out the projected order. …

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