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Minus dominant pitching, BRD softball race wide open

The 2017 season featured the most dominant player and team in area softball history.

Keely Rochard threw every pitch last season, striking out 364 batters while allowing just 10 runs to lead Warhill to a 26-0 record and second consecutive Group 3A state title.

But Rochard is gone, pitching now for Virginia Tech, and so, too, is her coach, Tom Bunn, who resigned because of increased responsibilities teaching and with club softball. Her departure, as well as that of Chelsea Evans, who is playing now for St. Joseph’s after pitching York into the 3A state semifinals, means the Peninsula area enters the 2018 season with...