Kerry Lange, Natalie Marotta, Alex Tomasek and Marissa Wakely return this year to try to guide the Fenwick softball team to a winning season.

The Friars, who finished 13-21 last year, including 8-12 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, enter the season with just 12 players on the roster, six of which are seniors. Lange returns to split time on the mound and in the infield. The senior pitched her way to eight of the team’s 13 victories last season, finishing with an ERA of 4.39. Marotta, the squad’s only other returning senior who started last season, batted .320 in 31 games. The third-year varsity player is expected to resume shortstop duties.

Tomasek, a junior centerfielder, and Wakely, a sophomore catcher, return with significant hitting power. Tomasek batted .359 last season, while Wakely hit to a .311 clip.

Others returning include Sam Borawski (first base), Sam Carzoli (third base), Carly Kenny (outfielder) and Kim Tieu (outfielder). Rachel Fields, who is speedy on the basepaths, will start in left field.

Third-year head coach Jen Butler also has the use of three talented sophomores in Olivia Soja, Sage Juveland and Deirdre Haefner to choose from. Soja will see time on the mound, while Juveland will take to the outfield. Haefner, Butler said, is a versatile player and will be utilized at second, third and right field.

After winning just six conference games two seasons ago and eight last year, Butler said she’s optimistic the program can continue to make headway.

“I am very excited about the potential of this year’s varsity team,” she said. “We have an even tougher schedule than last year, which will better prepare us for the state tournament, and we look to go further than last year’s regional semifinal.”

The Friars open the season on March 23 with a trip to De La Salle. They’ll host Montini in their home opener on March 24.