This week, Gatorade announced the winners of the 2017-18 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year and Softball Factory is proud to announce that six former athletes were recognized as the best player in the state they reside in.
We congratulate all 49 winners this year and especially to our Softball Factory alums who have received this honor.
The six Softball Factory athletes are:
Hallie Wacaser – SS/RHP – Arkansas
Wacaser is a sophomore at Bentonville HS hit .485 with 10 home runs, 42 RBI, 14 steals, a .548 on-base percentage and slugged .970 to help lead her team to the Arkansas Class 7A State Championship Game. In the circle, she finished 3-0 with a 3.36 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
Hallie participated in the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Southwest Championships.
Nicole Marcon – C/1B – Delaware
Marcon is a junior at Caravel Academy in Bear, DE and put together a fine season for the Buccaneers this past season. She hit .520 with eight homers, 25 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.140.
Nicole played in the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory Fall Classic Showcase.
Ashley Prange – SS – Indiana
Prange played short stop for New Palestine High School in New Palestine, IN and dominated with the bat, hitting .591 with 16 homers, 64 RBI. Prange is Indiana’s state single-season record-holder for home runs and she is a First Team All-State selection.
Softball Factory scouts and coaches first saw Ashley at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Bloomington, IN in June of 2013 and six months later, was part of Softball Factory’s Christmas Camp & Tournament in Vero Beach, FL at Historic Dodgertown.
Campbell Kline – SS – Maryland
Kline is a junior short stop from Severna Park High School in Severna Park, MD. Part of the Falcons Class 4A State Championship team, Kline was a big reason the team won it all. She hit .750 with 12 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 53 runs scored, 39 RBI and a 1.272 slugging percentage.
She’s been breaking state records along the way, as she had a Maryland record of 69 hits with 24 multi-hit games, and her 148 career hits is just 18 shy of the state record. She’ll get her shot to do so next year, where she will carry a 32-game hitting streak into her senior season.
Campbell attended an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP event in Glen Arm, MD back in March of 2016.
Abby Rochette – RHP/OF – New Hampshire
Abby is a junior at Concord High School in Concord, NH. Rochette put together an excellent season inside the circle, going 12-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings. She pitched 10 complete games and tossed three no-hitters on the season. Rochette also hit .403 with 23 runs scored for the Crimson Tide.
Rochette got her start at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout event in Wilmington, DE in July of 2016.
Riley Magoon – RHP/1B – Vermont
Magoon is a senior at Colchester HS in Vermont and went 8-1 in the circle this past season with a 0.96 ERA. She struck out 109 hitters to just nine walks in 51 innings. She also hit .719 with six home runs and 49 RBI in 16 games. Riley is also a three-time First Team All-Metro League selection.
Magoon attended the same event as Rochette back in July of 2016, getting her start at an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP event in Delaware.
The Gatorade State Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.