MOOREFIELD - After advancing to the Class A state tournament last season, Moorefield will have a new coach in 2013.
Tammie Ayers replaces Tim Crites, who stepped down last season.
She inherits a veteran squad, which should be right in the mix for another state tournament run.
"These girls have worked hard in the offseason, and played a lot of summer leagues to prepare for the season," Ayers said. "Our preseason practices have gone well, and I'm hoping we can build off of last season and make a return trip to the state tournament."
The top returner for the Yellow Jackets will be junior shortstop-pitcher Beth Cook, who was a Class A all-state first-team selection last year as a sophomore. Pitcher Danica Rogers and outfielder Kesley Hines also were first-team selections, while outfielder Jayme Fraley earned second-team all-state honors.
Also returning for the Yellow Jackets, who were 32-5 last season, will be seniors Michaela Regester, Shayna Vetter, McKenzie Weese, Taylor Zuber and Katelyn Wills.
Fraley will see time in center field, while Regester will see time in the infield, Vetter returns as a utility player and Weese in the outfield.
Wills is back at catcher, while Zuber is the top returning pitcher.
"We've got plenty of experience back from last season," Ayers said. "We've got the hitting, speed and defense which I like."
Junior outfielder Brooklin Gilbert also returns with varsity experience for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
Vetter, Zuber, Weese and Gilbert will be the team's top pitchers for this season.
'I'm excited with how deep our pitching staff is," Ayers said. "I'm hoping we can be strong in pitching this season because we have plenty of arms.
The Yellow Jackets' non-conference schedules includes Frankfort, Keyser, Strasburg, Va., Berkeley Springs, Petersburg and Southern, Md.
Moorefield also will play its traditional Potomac Valley Conference schedule, along with hosting the annual Bub Riggleman Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets are slated to open the season Friday at home against Frankfort.