11-19-2013 Student Sports Top 50 2014 Recruits

Student Sports Top 50 Recruits
by Student Sports

We finish our look at the top 100 players in the 2014 class… we’ve spotlighted 10 each day in our countdown from 100 to No. 1.  The seniors were chosen based on input and feedback from college and club coaches.  Criteria for choosing and ranking the players including performances at the club and high school levels and projecting how they will play at the collegiate level.

Today we feature players No. 10 to 1 with standouts from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee.

Click here to see more Hot 100 senior players: #’s 100-91, #’s 90-81, #’s 80-71, #’s 70-61, #’s 60-51, #’s 50-41, #’s 40-31, #’s 30-21, #’s 20-11


#10… Maddy Jelenicki (C/1B, OC Batbusters-Haning)–UCLA
Maddy is simply one of the best pure hitters in the game. She works hard and is unbelievably strong and can take any pitch out of the park. Maddy was so good so early, she committed to UCLA while in the eighth grade. She’s also probably the only player in the Hot 100 who has played baseball during her high school career. A high school transfer made her ineligible to play softball her sophomore year so she went to the other diamond and was well accepted by her new team. As a junior, she returned to her Saugus, Calif. softball team and didn’t miss a beat hitting .576 with an on-base percentage of .685 and a slugging percentage of 1.181. Her bat is too good to keep her out of the lineup for long once she hits Westwood.
#9… Nicole DeWitt (2B/OF, Firecrackers-Rico)–Florida
Nicole is a triple threat who has raw power and can go yard at anytime. She’s very strong defensively and is very similar in style, talent and efficiency of play as her teammate on the Firecrackers, Taylor Van Zee, who came in at No. 14 on the Hot 100. Nicole was part of the Firecrackers 16U team that won PGF Nationals in 2012 and as a junior at Pacifica High in Garden Grove, Calif. hit .490 with 26 RBI, 12 doubles and seven home runs to earn 2nd Team All-State and 1st Team All-State Small Schools honors by CalHi Sports.com. The Mariners finished No. 11 in the nation and were No. 1 in California at one point before falling in the semifinals but will have a chance to shoot for a national title with DeWitt in the infield and other top talent including pitchers Kaylee Carlson (North Carolina, No. 17 in the Hot 100), Kaley Winegarner (Stanford), outfielder Faith Canfield (Michigan) and infielder Brooke Marquez (Northwestern, No. 62 in the Hot 100).
#8… Jazmyn Jackson (SS/OF, Corona Angels)–Cal Berkeley
Jazmyn is the complete package: she is a triple threat on offense with 2.6 speed home to first but can surprise with her power too. Defensively, she’s a very solid shortstop but can play several positions–it wouldn’t be surprising if she ends up being an All-Pac-12 outfielder some day. Jazmyn also has a great attitude and work ethic. She was a MaxPreps All-American, CalHi Sports 1st Team All-State pick and the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year and led her team to a 27-1 record after batting .542 with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, four triples and eight home runs. Her slugging percentage was .979, pretty good for a leadoff hitter with blazing speed. She also had 16 stolen bases. Impressively, she went hitless in only two games and only struck out three times all year.
#7… C.J. McClain (OF, Tennessee Fury)–Tennessee
C.J. has great speed and power and has all the tools to be an All-American in college. She gets a great jump on the ball and can play all three outfield spots. C.J. helped her 14U team finish ninth at ASA Nationals in 2010 and had a huge sophomore season as her Henderson, Tenn. team finished 42-11-2 and won the Tennessee state title behind her .465 average with 43 RBI, 17 doubles and nine homers. Her junior year was cut short, however, when she was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons though it looks as if she’s in good standing at the high school and club level. Assuming all is well moving forward, her athleticism and five-tool softball skills makes C.J. too good of a talent to ignore and a potential All-SEC or even All-American candidate in the next few years.
#6… Kayli Kvistad (1B, Gold Coast Hurricanes)–Florida
Kayli is a prototypical first baseman you build a program around. She is a big strong hitter with a powerful bat who’s good defensively at first base. The lefty has a quick stroke and can hit any pitch to all fields. Kayli led her Lake City, Fla. team to a 28-4 record and its first state title as she led the Gainesville area with a .617 average and .718 on-base percentage with 37 RBI, 11 doubles and six home runs and only two strikeouts. An excellent all-around athlete who’s also played soccer and volleyball, she also added 19 steals this year. She was named the Class 6A Player of the Year and 1st Team All-State in 2013 and has been on the national radar since her freshman year when she was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American and 1st Team Florida 5A All-State selection. Photo: Brad McClenny / The Gainesville Sun
#5… Meghan Gregg (SS, Birmingham Thunderbolts)–Tennessee
Meghan is a great lefty hitter who can do everything from laying down a soft bunt and beating it out to power slapping and hitting balls out of the park. She is very strong and athletic and runs extremely well. Defensively, she is quick, reads balls well and has a very quick release and a strong throw across the infield. Meghan was a key cog for the Atlanta Vipers-Giles team that won ASA Gold National Championship this summer and has led her Woodbury, Ga. high school team to the Georgia Class AA state championship which plays Saturday, Oct. 19 in a best two out of three format.
#4… Johanna Grauer (P, Sorcerer Gold)–UCLA
Johanna has all the pitches: she throws in the 63-64 mph range but keeps hitters off balance with a great rise complemented by a curve and screwball. A senior captain for her Pleasanton, Calif. high school team, she’s a mentor to younger players and when in the circle has a presence that elevates her teammates’ play. A MaxPreps All-American and CalHi Sports 1st Team All-State honoree, she was also the California State Junior of the Year and last year’s Sophomore of the Year. Her record was 22-2 with a 0.08 ERA and only two earned runs and 39 hits allowed in 152 innings where she struck out 274 batters. Johanna is simply dominating, as her record indicated in 2013 with a perfect game, three no-hitters and eight one-hitters. She also has international experience having played on the Swedish National team this summer.
#3… Tera Blanco (P, Firecrackers-Rico)–Michigan
Tera is known for her confidence and swagger on the field, a competitive attitude that comes from wanting to be the best in everything she does. In the circle, she has all the pitches, most notably a devastating curveball that locks batters’ knees. Tera works her pitches effectively inside and out and she’s a big-game player who performs best when the game’s on the line. She was the ace on the 16U Firecrackers team that won the 2011 PGF Nationals and led the Firecrackers to a televised championship in Colorado this summer. What also puts Tera in the Hot 100 top five is her bat; don’t be surprised if she’s also an excellent hitter in the Big Ten. For her Huntington Beach high school team she went 25-4 in the circle with a 0.70 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 190 innings while hitting .420 with a .550 on-base percentage.
#2… Kylee Perez (SS/2B, Sorcerer Gold)—UCLA
Kylee is a five-tool player who’s unbelievable at shortstop. She has great range, excellent hands and college-level footwork already. Offensively, she can do it all including bunting, slapping and hitting away. She is one of the best bunters in the country but if infielders get too close she’ll drive the ball over their heads. A 1st Team California All-State pick after hitting .618 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI for her Martinez, Calif. high school, she’s on track to become one of the most decorated and record-breaking players ever to come out of the CIF North Coast Section. She’s been a star since she was 12 years old playing on the Sorcerer 14U team and her younger sister, Bri, is also a fast-rising shortstop who dominated at this year’s National Elite Camp. As for Kylee, what’s scary is she has a high ceiling and hasn’t yet gotten to be as good as she will be in time.
#1… Jenna Lilley (MIF/OF, Beverly Bandits)–Oregon
Jenna isn’t a dominating power pitcher or a five-tool speedster, but she is the top player in the 2014 Hot 100 rankings. Why? For one thing, she’s a winner. Following her two sisters, Tricia and Megan (who played at Purdue and Northwestern, respectively), to Hoover High in North Canton, Ohio, Jenna has won three straight state championships topped by a perfect 32-0 season in 2013. Jenna hit .697 with 53 RBI, 46 runs scored and seven home runs in those 32 games, which gave her a .804 on-base percentage and a 1.303 slugging percentage against good competition. She also showed she could play with the best at the PGF 18U Nationals where she hit .412 as her Beverly Bandits tied for fifth. But with Jenna it’s not just records and stats; to appreciate her game you have to see her in person. Like the best quarterbacks in football, the MaxPreps All-American has the “it” factor that winners convey. She’s intense and laser-focused on the field and studies the game. If there’s one word to describe her, it’s fearless. She attended the National Elite Camp when she was in the seventh grade and banged away with players four and five years older than her. Scouting-wise, she hits for power and average and can do both to all fields. The Ohio senior is one of the best pure hitters in the game and can play multiple positions although she’s excellent at third with her strong arm and intuitive defense. Her intangibles, such as work ethic and attitude, are off the charts. And the best part is, she’s as great off the field—carrying herself with dignity and class— as she is on it. Jenna, in conclusion, is everything you’d want in a softball player and someone representing the sport.

see more Hot 100 senior players: #’s 100-91, #’s 90-81, #’s 80-71, #’s 70-61, #’s 60-51, #’s 50-41, #’s 40-31, #’s 30-21


#20… Taurie Pogue (SS, Washington Ladyhawks)–Cal Berkeley
Taurie is a power-hitting infielder with a strong arm, but her top attribute may be her leadership. She’s vocal in motivating her teammates and helps every kid on her teams. Taurie is always positive and lifts everybody around her. Physically, she has a major college arm and good range, possesses an advanced knowledge of the game and elevates her game in pressure situations. She’s been on college teams’ radar since the eight grade when she got her first offer (Northern Colorado) and committed to Cal as a sophomore. The Idaho star was a MaxPreps Preseason All-American in 2013 after hitting .551 with 31 RBI and 12 home runs in 2012.
#19… Alexis Osorio (P, Corona Angels)–Alabama
Alexis’ main pitch is a rise ball and she can throw the low and the high rise, similar to former Tide pitching great Kelsi Dunne. You need to jump on her early because she gets stronger as the game goes on. In the PGF Premier Nationals she shined against top competition, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work. She was 1st Team All-State Underclass by CalHi Sports and 1st Team All-Area despite splitting playing time with fellow senior Sarah Costlow, a George Washington-bound pitcher.
#18… Savannah McHellon (P/OF, Georgia Power)–Georgia
Savannah is a monster at the plate and put up incredible numbers with the Power this year: in 72 games, she had 29 home runs and 108 RBI. She hits the ball farther than perhaps any senior in the country. She was part of the 16U Georgia Power team that finished tied for ninth at ASA Nationals where she clubbed eight home runs in 12 games with 24 RBI. But that’s not all: she’s also a great pitcher and throws in the mid 60’s. It came down to Florida and Georgia and she decided to stay home. Savannah’s so good she’s been intentionally walked in high school with the bases loaded.
#17… Kaylee Carlson (P, OC Batbusters-Haning)–North Carolina
Kaylee got her chance to emerge when Team Mizuno-Stith’s ace, Kaley Winegarner, went down with an injury and she made the best of it. Over the course of the year she was one of the most improved pitchers in the country as she helped Mizuno win tournaments in Boulder and at Team NJ, but it was her performance at the PGF Nationals that was most impressive. When Mizuno fell into the loser’s bracket and needed to win five games in one day to make the finals, Carlson pitched 26 innings and won four of the games, carrying her team to the title game where they narrowly lost to the A’s 3-2. At the high school level, she was a 1st Team All-State pick after going 19-1 with a 0.62 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 124.2 innings pitched.
#16… Gwen Svekis (C/1B, Gold Coast Hurricanes)–Oregon
Gwen is everything you want in a catcher: she has size, strength, quickness getting out of her crouch to field balls and a gun to nail out runners. She also frames well and blocks the plate effectively and if she just had the defensive tools she’d still be a major college catcher, but her offense is also at a high playing level. She hit .407 with 34 RBI and nine home runs to help lead her Ft. Lauderdale high school team to the Florida 7A Championship. She was clutch all year and when the stakes were the highest, she shined the brightest. In the playoffs she was 10-for-23 with four home runs and 13 RBI and in a big semi-final win tagged a runner out at the plate in the eighth inning and had a key hit in the ninth to set up the 1-0 win. She should contribute early in the Pac-12 because her defense and big stick will make her invaluable.
#15… Janell Wheaton (C, OC Batbusters-Haning)–Florida
Janelle is an athletic catcher who runs well and is a contact hitter with home run power but the best word to describe her is maturity. She’s a quiet, but magnetic leader who’s been a force on the national scene since emerging in 14U ball. She’s a lefty thrower and a righty hitter who has a strong arm and is accurate on her throws. Janell helped Team Mizuno-Stith reach the PGF 18U National Championship final game and over the course of the tournament had 62 put outs and no errors and was second on the team in average at .357 and in RBI with 13. Each of the last two years she’s hit over .600 for her San Dimas, Calif. high school team and totaled 70 RBI.
#14… Taylor Van Zee (MIF/OF, Firecrackers-Rico)–Washington
Taylor is a five-tool player who’s a pure hitter and a triple threat. She has good bat speed and can do it all, even play multiple positions. She’s a smooth fielder and efficient in her defensive movements. You won’t find many players with better offensive numbers, either: as a junior playing for her Hemet, Calif. high school team she had an even 100 at bats and 70 of those were hits for a tidy .700 average. Additionally, she had 54 RBI with 14 home runs. She can run, too, going a perfect 19-for-19 in steals the last two years. A 1st Team All-State Underclass pick in softball, she’s also an outstanding libero in volleyball and has won CIF-Southern Section championships in both sports.
#13… Vanessa Shippy (2B, Explosion)–Oklahoma State
Vanessa was a MaxPreps All-American in 2013 with video game-like numbers on the field for her high school team: a .733 average with 70 hits, 69 runs and 30 RBI plus 54-for-54 in steals. She helped her Idaho high school team win its second state championship in the last three years and it’s in large part because she works harder than any player in the country. Vanessa will typically work out five to six hours a day, even on days when she has practices. Vanessa is a contact hitter who can bunt and hit for power, but her defense is also strong. She had a .592 average this year for Explosion and her intangibles are off the charts. The Idaho senior is a leader with presence who inspires others in the dugout. She has a great heart and puts the team first.
#12… Krystal Aubert (3B/SS, All American Sports Academy)–Washington
Krystal is the prototypical big and athletic third baseman who has great power at the plate and deceiving speed and quickness on defense and on the base paths. She has awesome hands in soaking in ground balls and a strong arm allowing her to play either position on the right side of the infield. Krystal is very coachable and leads by example. She hit .390 for her Orangevale, Calif. high school team and earned All-State Underclass honors by CalHi Sports. The Calif. native is also a talented basketball player who plays with energy and isn’t afraid to dive head first for a loose ball. Well liked by her coaches and teammates, she has a great, infectious attitude that lifts up the players around her.
#11… Carlee Wallace (C, So Cal Athletics)–Auburn
Carlee isn’t the bigger catcher in her class, but don’t let her size fool you. She is a team leader who leads by example and is simply a winner. She was a driving force in helping lead the A’s to their fourth straight PGF 18U National Championship as she hit .440 with 11 RBI in 10 games and made play after play on defense including throwing out a runner on a perfect throw in the championship game to keep her team ahead. The San Diego product has a very quick release and a strong arm on defense and is a pitcher’s best friend as very little gets past her. On offense, she has power to all fields and if you make a mistake on a pitch she’ll make you pay. Originally committed to Arizona State, she’s headed to Auburn and should make a big impact in the SEC sooner than later.


#30… Carrigan Fain (C/3B, NC Lady Lightning)–Alabama
Carrigan is quick behind the plate and she has excellent transition from glove to hand skills. Nicknamed “Crash,” she has a lot of power at the plate and hits the next level of pitching. Playing or practicing in college parks, she’s already hit bombs over the fence in places like Alabama, Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern. She’s an aggressive player in all phases of the game and isn’t afraid to go head-first on offense, defense or on the bases. At the high school level she hit .455 with 34 RBI in only 77 at bats this past spring and she’ll follow the Lady Lightning’s top player from this year, Marisa Runyon, to Alabama next fall.
#29… Katie Donovan (P, Washington Ladyhawks)–Utah
Katie is a finesse pitcher whose competitive side draws her to win. She’s the go-to player when you need one game to win. Katie has a great mind and understands what hitters are trying to accomplish at the plate. She throws 63-64 mph with a late break. As a junior she earned 1st team Class 6A All-State honors and was her conference Pitcher of the Year. Katie dominated Oregon high school ball in the circle, where she went 24-4 with a 0.48 ERA and 291 strikeouts in 175 innings.
#28… Whitney Burks (SS, Vienna Stars)–Stanford
Whitney is an excellent infielder who can play shortstop, third and outfield. She’s strong and powerful at the plate and can mash the ball. She can hit to all fields and was clocked at the Scout-Softball camp at 2.64 home to first. Whitney is smooth and effortless in her fielding and can make the throw from any angle. She attacks the ball and can come in or go laterally equally well. At the prep level she hit .662 and had an on-base percentage of .773 as a sophomore. Last year she was a 1st Team All Metropolitan pick in the Washington D.C. area. She has a 4.3 GPA in honors classes including seven AP classes.
#27… Gina Bond (3B/2B, Washington Ladyhawks)–Oregon State
Gina is a strong, tough-minded player with lots of power. She’s a quiet leader and is one of the top home run hitters in the country because of her great bat speed and a quick barrel head. On defense, her glove is outstanding–she makes hard plays look easy and she has no fear at third where she’ll get to within 25 feet of the hitter and not flinch. Gina is one of four top recruits for the Beavers joining Lovie Lopez, Kristen Arriola, and Alysha Everett, who are all top 50 players in the Hot 100 seniors list.
#26… Brittany Gray (P/1B, Beverly Bandits)–Georgia
Brittany is a power pitcher who throws in the mid 60’s and can also swing a big stick. She gets her velocity up in the 64-65 mph range and is a big game pitcher who elevates her game when the stakes are high. She exploded onto the prep scene as a sophomore when she went 17-3 with a 0.60 ERA and hit .500 with 14 home runs to be selected as the Indianapolis Star’s Super Team Player of the Year. Brittany was also a 1st team All-State selection in 2013.
#25… Meghan King (P, Gold Coast Hurricanes)–Maryland
Meghan is a lefty pitcher who, playing at the highest level of Florida high school softball, led her team to the 7A state title by throwing a one-hit gem in a 1-0 victory. Best when the pressure’s on, she threw 23 innings in the state playoffs and didn’t allow a run. Meghan has a great mixture of pitches, including rises, drop balls and curves and knows how to throw inside and out. Incidentally, her catcher on that championship team is current Hurricane teammate Gwen Svekis, also a Hot 100 player.
#24… Holly Ward (P, NC Lady Lightning)–Mississippi State
Holly is a smart, strategic pitcher who sets up hitters to get to her money pitches. She has great ball placement and velocity and throws in the 64-66 mph range. She’s a power pitcher but also has a great drop ball and a tough rise. Holly’s a fierce competitor who has laser-like focus and intensity. In Denver she won the Firecracker and Sparkler tournaments and pitched for Tennessee Fury last year in the Triple Crown Sports TV game where she gave up a home run on the first pitch but locked in and won the game. At the high school level she’s the Alabama two-time state MVP and has led her team to back-to-back state titles. In 2013, she had a 0.89 ERA last year and struck out 310 batters in 250 innings while hitting .419 with 50 RBI.
#23… Alysha Everett (1B/OF, OC Batbusters-Haning)–Oregon State
Alysha is a lefty hitter with a sweet swing and the ability to hit to all fields. She’s one of the best pure hitters in the game. At PGF Nationals this summer she helped lead the Batbusters to a third place tie by hitting .409 in bracket play with a pair of home runs against some of the best pitching in the nation. She has a good glove and excellent knowledge of fundamentals and mechanics, making her the type of player coaches like to build upon. She plays high school ball with super junior Alyssa Palomino and their team, which finished ranked No. 25 in the country in the StudentSportsSoftball.com FAB 50, will have a chance to finish No. 1 next year.
#22… Hayley Copeland (P, So Cal Athletics)–South Carolina
Hayley has one of the best breaking curveballs in the country and just makes batters miss with her tight spins. She is a true pitcher rather than just a thrower and has all the pitches to dominate. She’s a winner too, having led her 14U Batbuster team to a PGF National Championship three years ago and this summer was part of the So Cal A’s fourth straight PGF 18U title-winning team. She was also a CalHiSports.com 1st Team All-State pick at pitcher after leading her team to its third straight league title as she went 18-4 with a 1.11 ERA, eight shutouts and 228 strikeouts in 144 innings.
#21… Allison Walljasper (P, San Jose Sting)–LSU
Allison is an imposing figure in the circle and is another big, strong pitcher with good movement on her pitches. She has also had success at every level–Allison led her San Jose Sting 14U team to an ASA National Championship in 2010 and led the 18U Sting team to a third place finish in the PGF 2012 National Championship tournament. At the high school level she led her team to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV title and the No. 1 ranking the Div. III state rankings. The 1st Team All-State selection finished her junior year with an 18-2 record and a 0.47 ERA while also hitting .482 and driving in 20 runs. She battled through injuries last summer but when healthy is one of the best and has All-American potential when she hits the SEC.


#40… Lovie Lopez (OF, OC Batbusters-Gonzalez)–Oregon State
Lovie is a triple threat slapper who can hit with power and uses her great speed to put the defense on its toes. She’s a great leadoff hitter who also shines in the outfield and gets an excellent break on the ball when hit deep. For her SoCal high school team last season she hit .449 with 17 RBI and five home runs. She helped the OC Batbusters-Haning team tie for third at PGF 18U Nationals where she hit .391 with four doubles and showed a discerning eye walking six times in 23 at bats.
#39… Sydney Lahners (1B, Explosion)–Pacific
Sydney is a pure power hitter who can drive the ball over the fence to all fields. One of her strengths is she can hit the off-speed pitch as well as the hard stuff. For Explosion last year she hit .400 so she’s not a feast or famine hitter either. Last year for her Orange County high school team she had 31 RBI in 68 bats and a .882 slugging percentage. Her defense has improved a lot too, but it’s her bat that’s her meal ticket. Good family genes: her older sister, Kylee, is a junior infielder at Washington.
#38… Grayce Majam (MIF, So Cal Breakers)–Ole Miss
Grayce, one of the top recruits from the San Diego area, was recruited by everybody and surprised many when she went far from home but she wanted to be part of building up a program. She’s a lefty power hitter who steals bases and isn’t afraid to lay out to make a play. Her high school career average is .629 and she’s hit 23 total home runs in three years. Grayce is the fourth in her family to head to college to play softball following in the footsteps of Mari (Northwestern), Kelly (Hawaii) and oldest sister Allison (Colorado State).
#37… Kristin Cullen (P, Explosion)–Cal Berkeley
Kristin has one of the best riseballs in the game and she complements it with a nasty screwball. She throws in the 63 mph range and has really improved over the last six months. When she is on, it’s lights out as she’s one of the toughest pitchers in the country to hit. Case in point: she threw two no-hitters in the SoCal playoffs last spring. Don’t be surprised if by the time she graduates Kristin is one of the top pitchers in the 2014 class.
#36… Paige Parker (P, Originals Gold)–Oklahoma
Paige has twice been the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and heading into this season was a three-time 1st Team All-State honoree. She’s drawing Keilani Ricketts comparisons by those who follow her because of her high ceiling as a pitcher and a hitter. Paige is a fierce competitor who is poised and intelligent in the circle and will do what it takes to win. She averaged over two K’s per inning last season, but also is a force at the place hitting .450. Her best is yet to come and that’s scary based on what she’s already accomplished.
#35… Ashleigh Hughes (OF/SS, So Cal Choppers)–uncommitted
Ashleigh is one of the fastest players in the 2014 class, having run the home-to-first test in the 2.5 range at several camps. She comes from a track background and knows the mechanics on how to run. Ashleigh can play outfield or the middle infield and with her first step explosiveness can get to balls most others can’t touch. She’s the ideal leadoff hitter because if the ball is put in play it’s going to be a hit. Ashleigh can power slap and hit the ball to, or over, the fence. She had committed to Alabama, but decided on her official visit in early October it wasn’t the place for her. Look for the speedster to end up closer to home, likely to a school in the Pac-12 where she’ll contribute immediately.
#34… Emily Griggs (OF, Wichita Mustangs)–LSU
Emily is the ideal centerfielder and leadoff hitter because she does so much so well. She’s the type of player that when not in the line-up, the team’s energy drops. She has all the skills in the outfield: she runs balls down, is accurate on her throws, has a quick release and has a cannon for an arm. She busts her tail and goes hard on every play. On offense she combines speed with great power and for her Kansas high school hit an eye-opening .688 as a junior (55 hits out of 80 at bats) while driving in 21 runs.
#33… McKenna Arriola (MIF, OC Batbusters-Haning)–Oregon State
McKenna is versatile and excels in all aspects of the game. She can play short, second or outfield and has great mechanics when playing infield as she sets her feet and has good balance while fielding. She’s athletic and quick enough to cover a lot of ground laterally and at the Surf City Fall Showcase made a diving stop on a ball to her left to save a run in a game against the So Cal A’s. McKenna is fast and an excellent slapper who will set the table for the big bats who follow. She hit .541 with 23 RBI and 12 steals to earn All-City honors for her SoCal team last spring.
#32… Selina Ta’amilo (P, So Cal Athletics)–UCLA
Salina is a power pitcher who throws in the mid 60’s and has a nasty dropball that induces a lot of ground ball outs. She’s been good for a long time and led the San Diego Power Surge 12U team to the ASA National Championship. This past year Selina was a CalHi Sports 2nd Team All-State Multi-Purpose pick because she can also swing the bat. She waited in the wings behind Delanie Gurley (Florida) for the A’s last year, but now is the go-to pitcher along with Haley Copeland and will be counted upon to carry the Athletics to a fifthstraight PGF 18U Premier National Championship.
#31… Ally Frei (P, Jersey Intensity)–Boston College
Ally is a 6-foot senior with great spin on the ball and she mixes her pitches exceptionally well. She has in her repertoire a unique pitch, one similar to a baseball cutter with a lot of movement. Ally was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 as she went 22-4 with a microscopic 0.19 ERA and 393 strikeouts in 186 innings. Twice an All-State pick, she had 14 shutouts as a junior with a pair of no-hitters and was in the zone in April when she pitched a 21-strikeout perfect game.

#50… Kaylan Jablonski (1B/P, Nebraska Gold)–Nebraska Kaylan is a dual threat in the circle and at the plate. She led her high school team to the Class B state championship as she hit .545, knocked in 30 runs and scored 36 herself. She also added 30 steals too. She has a big stick and you can’t make mistakes inside or they’ll end up over the left field fence. As a pitcher, she went 22-2 with a 0.90 ERA and averaged over 1.5 strikeouts per inning. Kaylan has long been a Husker commit, having committed at the same time with Faith Cain and Gina Metzler when “the triplets,” as they are called, committed at the start of their freshmen year.

#49… Carly Thomas (OF, Explosion)–Illinois Carly is a power-hitting machine–she had six home runs in the Boulder tournament alone this summer. She has a strong arm and is an excellent outfielder but her defining characteristic may be how great of physical condition she’s in, especially her cardio endurance. She does a lot of things well and is the type of player coaches love to have to build around. In 24 games for her Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. high school team she had 31 hits and 25 RBI.

#48… Jessica Scroggins (OF, Corona Angels)–Baylor Jessica is a standout centerfielder who reacts exceptionally well to the ball and isn’t afraid to go horizontal to make a play–she had a diving catch in the PGF Nationals that saved a game for the Angels. Very athletic and fast, she uses her speed as a hitter to put pressure on the defense as a slapper and power hitter. Add to this a great work ethic and you see why coaches feel the 2nd team All-State Underclass pick could be a dominant all-conference or even All-American type player in college.

#47… Sabrina Rabin (OF/P, Illinois Chill)–Northwestern Sabrina is the prototype speedy centerfielder who’s the table setter at the top of a line-up. She’s the fastest player to ever come from the Chill program and the lefty triple threat hitter has consistently hit .500 at the club level. She is practically impossible to throw out on the bases–Sabrina went 40-for-40 on steals over the summer. An all-around great athlete and leader, she even pitched for her high school team going 18-4 with a 1.49 ERA. The converted righthander also runs indoor track and has beat some of the top sprinters in the state.

#46… Caitlin Charlton (SS, Miami Stingrays)–Baylor Caitlin is a multi-sport athlete, having earned All-Dade County 1st team this year in softball and All-Dade County honors in basketball and a swimming regional finalist in high school. On the field, she’s a smooth infielder who has quick hands, good quickness laterally and at the plate can hit for average or power. She’s one of the top players in Florida this year and has a great all-round game that will translate well in the Big 12.

#45… Koble Pettis (IF, Grapettes)–Cal Berkeley Koble is a two-sport standout–she was all-league in basketball–and has won several academic awards as she carries a 4.3 GPA, but it’s her leadership on the field and in the dugout that separates her. She’s a vocal leader who also shines through example and doesn’t have a weakness in her game. A great all-around player, you can put Kobie anywhere in the infield and with her great hands and quickness she’ll excel. She bats third in the order, but can lead off as she’s a triple threat to slap, drag or hit. When she swings away she can hit for power and average.

#44… Ariel Ortiz (MIF, Texas Glory)–Texas State Ariel is a prolific-hitting infielder who was a key cog for the Glory, which finished tied for third at PGF Nationals this summer. She hit .414 at PGF with seven RBI in pool and bracket play. She did it at the high school level, too, where she hit .602 with 60 RBI, 56 runs and 13 home runs to earn District 15-4A Player of the Year honors. Her versatility on defense and ability to hit with power to all fields is uncommon and her experience and understanding of the nuances of the game make her an extra coach on the field. Photo: dallasnews.com

#43… Scarlet McSwain (SS/OF, Tennessee Fury)–Tennessee Scarlet is a five-tool player who combines great athleticism with power, speed and defense (outstanding arm). A 4.0 student in honors classes, she helped the Fury finish third at ASA Nationals and at the Colorado Firecrackers tournament. She’s also won all kinds of honors, including All-State and District Offensive Player of the Year, after hitting .661 with 30 steals and a .707 on-base percentage. Scarlet is the type of player who’ve invaluable because she can hurt the opponent in so many ways.

#42… Cori Jennings (P/1B, Tennessee Fury)–Tennessee-Chattanooga Cori is one of the top sleepers in the country and could have gone anywhere–SEC schools, for example, were heavily after her–but she wanted to go to UT-Chattanooga to get in the Physical Therapy program. She led the Fury to second and third-place finished at ASA Nationals and is a fierce competitor who elevates her play in big games. In the circle, she locates her pitches well and has a nasty change-up. Intense and focused, she’s simply the one you hand the ball when you have one game to win.

#41… Sydney Matzko (P, Gold Coast Hurricanes)–North Carolina Sydney is from Connecticut but travels to tournaments to play against top-level competition as a member of the Gold Coast Hurricanes. She’s a 6-foot-1 hard-throwing lefty who’ll hit the gun at 63-64 mph. She’s a dropball pitcher who throws with power and good spin. One of the top players on the East Coast at any position, Sydney was named All-State and Pitcher of the Year after going 23-1 with a 0.27 ERA and 345 strikeouts in 158 innings. The 4.0 student-athlete also hit .487. Photo: registercitizen.com –

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