With a veteran lineup, the Dublin Scioto High School softball team is looking to bounce back after finishing with a losing record last season.

With a veteran lineup, the Dublin Scioto High School softball team is looking to bounce back after finishing with a losing record last season.

The Irish went 13-16 last year, losing to Hilliard Davidson 11-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament. Scioto defeated Northland 12-0 in the first round earning its first postseason victory in three seasons.

Many of last year's players return. Four of the top six hitters are back, led by Catianna Serafin (.411).

"That's what the key is to a lot of our success this year," said coach Todd Bright, whose team opens Monday at home against Mechanicsburg. "We have a lot of experience back, and we have a lot of versatility."

Also returning are seniors Laura Griggs (.380) and Chelsea Powell (.346) and sophomore Mackenzie Dyson (.367).

Junior Jill Tucker is expected to be the main pitcher, backed up by sophomore Haley Bomar.

"(Tucker has) really come around with her movement pitches," Bright said. "She's really progressed over the winter and she hits well."

The Irish showed flashes last year of being better than a team that gave up 11 consecutive runs to Davidson in the postseason. A little more than a month earlier, the Irish defeated Davidson 6-2.

"Last year we started out great and then tailed off," Griggs said. "We have a better team this year. There are a lot of good freshmen."

There are 20 players in the program, but no junior varsity. Bright said the Irish typically will dress 16 players, with 12 regulars and four spots that will rotate according to need. They will attempt to play some j.v. games on non-game days.

"If I need to make a change then I'm going to make a change," Bright said. "That's where we've talked about the consistency and the importance of coming to play a varsity game with the attitude that we're going to win. I've always come with a good schedule. We don't duck anybody and .500 has always been a pretty good goal for us. I told them we're a lot better than a .500 team this year."

Other regulars starting the season include senior Tori Shade (1B) and juniors Chelsea McGowan (INF) and Sarah Enright (1B). The varsity also will include sophomores McKenzie Dyson (SS) and Alexis Benford (C) and freshman Katie Pezzot (C).

Griggs will play left field, with senior Caitlin Rabold back in center field and Serafin back in right field. Those three have played together in the Irish outfield since they were sophomores.

"It's a great advantage because we've known each other since sixth grade," said Rabold, who is expected to bat leadoff. "I trust them to get the ball."

At a glance

•Coach: Todd Bright, 12th season

•Opener: Monday vs. Mechanicsburg

•Key players: Mackenzie Dyson, Laura Griggs, Chelsea Powell, Caitlin Rabold, Catianna Serafin and Jill Tucker