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Softball Factory Alumni Nicole DeWitt and Randi Rupp Now Playing in the National Pro Fastpitch League

Softball Factory alumni Nicole DeWitt and Randi Rupp have taken the next step in their softball careers and have joined the National Pro Fastpitch League. Looking back at their collegiate careers it is easy to see why they were given the opportunity to play at the professional level.

DeWitt, who spent her collegiate career with the University of Florida, is now playing in both the infield and outfield for the USSSA Pride, after being selected by the league’s top team in the third round. The former Gator had a scorching hot bat her senior year, batting .326 and tallying 57 runs, 59 hits, 15 double, a triple, 57 RBI and a team-best 14 home runs.

The Garden Grove, Calif. native left her name all over the program’s record books. She is ranked third all-time in on base percentage (.474), fifth in runs scored (196), sixth in doubles (45), eighth in RBI (167), ninth in hits (223) and 10th in batting average (.328).

Randi Rupp

In her first season playing for the Pride, the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship gold medalist has scored eight runs and has 12 hits, three doubles, a home run and eight RBI to her name. DeWitt attended the 2011 Softball Factory Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase.

Rupp was selected by the Cleveland Comets with the fourth pick in the 2018 NPF Draft out of Texas State University. The right-handed pitcher and 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist had a senior year to remember, as she tossed 28 wins and 31 complete games – all while posting a 1.26 ERA and fanning 317 batters, the second-most in the NCAA. Her 110 career wins, 1,270 career strikeouts, 1057.1 career innings pitched, and 187 career appearances are all program bests.

The two-time Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year is also second in the Bobcat record books in career shutouts (42) and career complete games (106), and third in lowest career ERA (1.69).

Now a Comet, Rupp currently registers a 4.13 ERA and has notched five complete games and 46 strikeouts. The four-time NFCA All-Central Region Honoree and Mont Belvieu, Texas native participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Pearland, Texas in October of 2011.

Softball Factory Athlete Abbey Smith Motivated To Continue Impressing After Early Verbal Commit to Auburn

Abbey at Softball Factory’s All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Two-time Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American Abbey Smith verbally committed to Auburn as an eighth grader and refuses to take her foot off the gas, despite having the next big step in her softball career locked down at such an early age.

“Verbally committing at the young age of 13 was stressful but relieving,” Smith recalls. “As a 13-year-old having to choose where I want to be in five years is a big task. I just had to believe in what my heart was telling me. I went to several different school camps and visited campuses, but Auburn felt right from my first visit there.”

The young athlete saw herself as an Auburn Tiger and did not turn back.

“I loved the coaches, the size of the campus, it had my intended field of study and I would be able to play against some of softball’s best players,” she explains. “After deciding that I wanted to be at Auburn, I was relieved. The part of choosing a school was done but I knew that I had to work even harder.”

Even though the weight of having to impress college coaches from various schools is off her shoulders, slowing down is not an option for Smith. She intends to make the most of the remainder of her high school and travel ball career.

“Some people that I know wanted to commit because they thought the pressure would be taken off them,” Smith says. “They are wrong. The pressure is on to keep your grades up, keep improving on your skills and to become a smarter player.”

Continuing to impress the coaches she has verbally committed to play for is important to the Austin, Texas native.

“I am motivated to work hard because I know that I have a lot that I need to improve on,” Smith says, understanding that they expect to see an even better version of herself. “The coaches are predicting how you will be in the future when they give you an offer. The Auburn coaches know that when I get there I should be a better and smarter player. I need to keep improving so I can be what they expected or better than what they expected I would be.”

Smith also knows that putting in hard work now can help get her in the Tigers starting lineup sooner than later.

Abbey with Bowie HS Softball Team

“I just don’t want to be at the college and on the team.” she states. “I want to have a starting spot from freshman year. I have to work hard to beat out other players.”

Smith, who has been named District 14-6A Newcomer of the Year, as well as making the District 14-6A First Team and All- Academic Team, has put up numbers for Bowie High School that demonstrate how hard she has been working since verbally committing to Auburn.

Through 22 games this season she carries a .575 batting average, 46 hits, four doubles and three triples, all while stealing a perfect 19 bases on 19 attempts. In 17 games for the Diamond Sports Hotshots, she batted .537 with 22 hits and a double and a triple each.

The future Physical Therapy major hopes to become the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, make the SEC All-Freshman team and win the College World Series, as well as maintain an A average in all her classes when she does reach the next level. Beyond college, she aspires to represent the USA in the Olympics someday.

Smith, who has attended two Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryouts in addition to her two Pre-Season All-American appearances, views Softball Factory as a means to keep improving herself and gain the valuable input and insight that she is seeking as she waits to sport her Tigers jersey.

“She doesn’t want to sit still,” her father, Mike Smith, explains. “She sees Softball Factory as a way to keep grinding and see where she stacks up against other softball players across the country. She doesn’t want to be complacent.”

Abbey with Softball Factory’s Senior Director, Lea Ann Jarvis and legendary softball pitcher, Jennie Finch

The coaches are another reason the young softball star continues her relationship with Softball Factory.

“The best thing about my Softball Factory experience was getting to work with some of the best coaches out there and working on fine tuning my skills,” Smith shares. “I also loved listening to Jennie Finch and other professionals talk at the Pre-Season event. They didn’t just talk about form and softball drills. They talked about the type of attitude players should have, being coachable and the good characteristics players should have.”

Softball Factory’s Senior Director Lea Ann Jarvis is one of those coaches who have had a positive impact on Smith’s softball career.

“Coach Jarvis is a great coach in many ways,” Smith exclaims. “She pushes all the players that come to the Softball Factory camps and the games. She doesn’t accept excuses. She expects you to listen the first time and just do it.”

For Coach Jarvis, the enjoyment of working with Smith is mutual.

“She doesn’t have to be coached on her effort and attitude,” Jarvis says, praising Smith. “She shows up everyday ready to learn, get better and make the game better. I have enjoyed working with Abbey and can’t wait to see her play at the next level!”

Softball Factory Alum Skyler Shellmyer Commits to Northwestern University

Skyler Shellmyer playing with her Urbandale High School softball team

Softball Factory alum Skyler Shellmyer has committed to taking her softball talents to Northwestern University and has received a scholarship for her outstanding efforts on the field.

“It was a deep sigh of relief [to commit],” Shellmyer admits. “It was an amazing process, but it was also very stressful. I was very, very happy to receive a scholarship from Northwestern because I have worked hard at my game, and I have put the hours in. This is my craft, so it feels great finally getting rewarded by it!”

Shellmyer, who was ranked the #25 recruit in the Nation for the class of 2018 by Flo Softball, has put up numbers throughout her softball career that make it easy to understand why Northwestern wants her in a Wildcats jersey. The senior shortstop and leadoff batter for the Urbandale High School J-Hawks first joined the high school team as an eighth grader and has seen action as a starter in all 185 games she has played in ever since, collecting Second Team-All State accolades that first year, and First Team All-State in the three years that followed. In addition to that, she has also been named to the Iowa State High School All-Tournament Team those three years.

In route to becoming a Wildcat, Shellmyer has made sure to leave her mark at Urbandale as a J-Hawk, currently holding the school’s records in most career at-bats (623), runs (234) and hits (327), as well as highest career batting average (.528). Her impressive 327 hits are approaching a national NFHS record and her 103 RBI, 33 doubles, 20 triples, 11 home runs and 114 stolen bases are on pace to break five more high school records.

Skyler with Coach Browder (left) and Coach Jarvis (right) at 2014 Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament

The Urbandale, IA native has attended eight different Softball Factory events, including a National Tryout, Softball Factory Fall Classic and the 2015 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament to name a few, and Shellmyer and her family credit Softball Factory as something that helped her prepare for this moment.

“Softball Factory definitely taught me to work hard,” Shellmyer answered when asked what she has enjoyed most about working with Softball Factory over the past four years. “All the camps I went to were long days and short nights. We would have to get up at six in the morning, play and work all day and we probably wouldn’t go to bed until 11 that night, and then we would have to do it all again. Nothing has been harder than that. They taught me how to work hard and that if I want something I’m going to have to work my butt off to get it. It’s not going to come easy and those camps were definitely not easy.”

The hard work put in gave Skyler all the confidence she needed to raise her game and to prepare for the next level.

“Softball Factory helped me a lot with my base running. It gave me more confidence on the bases and it helped me work on my lead offs. Playing college softball is going to be hard… especially the practices, and I think Softball Factory really prepares one for those hard practices. Looking back at it, if I can make it through four 12-hour days with Softball Factory, I can make it through any softball practice no matter how long it is.

In addition to work on the field, Shellmyer credits Softball Factory with providing the ground work with what the college recruiting process was going to be like.

“On the recruiting side, the coaches were super realistic with things,” Skyler said. “They taught me to be respectful on and off the field and always be wary about my social media and what I post. And with the high-level tournaments, they definitely exposed me to a decent amount of colleges and created a whole resume for me at Softball Factory.”

Her dad, Chad Shellmyer, echoes his daughter’s sentiments, remembering two Softball Factory events in particular that changed everything.

“The Vero Beach experience was a game changer for us… it was a glimpse at what college ball players must go through and endure. It strengthened our daughter’s maturity of the game. Having to be on your own for a week with the game we love is a challenge and a great experience. It formed goals and helped make decisions as to what level we really wanted to play at. It was the first touch of some Division I schools that were interested.”

“The Oklahoma City experience was an eye opener!” he remembers. “To be around those players and see some of the players that Skyler played against… that opened our eyes to see we can do this. The teammates and friends made through the Softball Factory have endured as well. My wife and I are still friends with some of them, and Sky has met many players through the Softball Factory, broadening her circle.”

Shellmyer, who is a member of the school’s Track and Field team in addition to softball, also credits being a two-sport athlete as something that’s helped to grow her game.

“With track specifically, I think it has helped me with my endurance and work ethic,” she reveals. “Being a two-sport athlete in general I think has made me stronger both mentally and physically.”

Skyler is excited to find out what the future holds for her softball career.

“The first thing on my plate right now is finishing my high school career strong,” she answered when asked what her goals are moving forward, “But moving on to college, one of my goals is to start at short stop at Northwestern. I also want to be a four time All-American and then eventually play on the Olympic team and maybe even move on to professional softball.”

Six Softball Factory Alums Named 2017-2018 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year

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

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

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

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.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 5/28/18)

Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we highlight Softball Factory alums who are performing well at all levels of college softball.

Division I

Jocelyn Alo

Jocelyn Alo – Alo, a freshman utility player for the Oklahoma Sooners, has been known for her explosive bat all year and has showed no signs of slowing down in the postseason. The nation’s leader in home runs has collected 28 in total so far this season, notching her 28th—a two-run shot – in a 9-0 victory over Arkansas in the NCAA Norman Super Regional last Saturday. The win punched the two-time defending national champion Sooners a ticket to the 2018 Women’s College World Series for a chance to win their third-straight NCAA title. Alo currently holds the team’s top batting average (.415) and the best slugging percentage (.970) in the Big 12 Conference. She has tallied 62 runs, 68 hits, seven doubles and 46 walks drawn. The 2018 NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year owns the most RBI in the Big 12 with 70. Alo hails from Hauula, Hawaii and attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.

Amanda Lorenz – Lorenz, a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators, scored a critical run for her team in a 5-3 win over Texas A&M in a deciding Game 3 of the Gainesville Super Regional sending UF to the 2018 WCWS. The Gators were down 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, when Lorenz and a teammate both drew walks to get on base. A walk-off three-run home run would then go sailing over the fence, giving the Gators the come-from-behind victory. The walk issued to Lorenz should not come as a surprise as the Moorpark, Calif. native’s sharp eye at the plate has drawn the most walks in the Southeastern Conference (66). The Sport Management major been an asset to her team all season, recording 72 runs, 74 hits, 19 doubles (tied for the most in the SEC), four triples, 11 home runs and 61 RBI. Her .433 average is the best on the Gators roster and third-highest in the SEC while her team-leading .784 slugging percentage is the second-highest in the conference. Lorenz participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Rachel Garcia – Garcia (27-3) is a redshirt sophomore for the UCLA Bruins who has been a crucial part of her team’s success this season. The 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year pitched a complete-game four-hitter in a 3-2 Bruins victory over Arizona on Friday to help sweep the Los Angeles Super Regional and advance to the 2018 WCWS. Her 1.02 ERA is the best on the team and she has tossed 18 complete games – nine of them shutouts – this season. Garcia has pitched in all seven games of the NCAA Tournament so far with a 6-1 record and 0.83 ERA. 55 of her 273 strikeouts on the year have come in the postseason. The espnW Player of the Year has also been hot at the plate in the tournament, batting .364 with two home runs and nine RBI, the most on the Bruins roster. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year is from Palmdale, Calif. and took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.

Bubba Nickles

Bubba Nickles – Nickles, a sophomore utility player for the UCLA Bruins, had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate in her team’s 3-2 win over Arizona that landed the Bruins their fourth WCWS appearance in a row, a record 28th all-time. One of her three hits, a single in the third inning, would drive in the game’s tying run. Nickles’ .405 batting average is the second-highest on the team and she has registered an impressive 31 runs, 70 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 49 RBI in 2018. The Merced, Calif. native has recorded 46 putouts with two assists and totes a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2013.

Jade Gortarez – Gortarez is a sophomore infielder for the Arizona State Sun Devils who picked up a single and a run in a 5-2 win on Saturday over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Tempe Super Regional, locking the Sun Devils in for the 2018 WCWS. The Riverside, Calif. native has been a weapon for the Sun Devils this season at the plate, batting a solid .293 with a team-best 42 runs, as well as 56 hits 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 39 RBI. Gortarez, a baseball player throughout her high school career, attended the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory Southwest Championship.

Softball Factory Alum Rachel Garcia Named 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Softball Factory alum and UCLA softball pitcher Rachel Garcia has been named the recipient of the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The redshirt sophomore has been an ace on the mound and an asset at the plate for the Bruins this season, helping to lead UCLA to its fourth-straight NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance.

Her numbers in the circle have been lights out. Garcia currently holds the top ERA (1.02) on the Bruins’ pitching staff and has 273 strikeouts and a 27-3 record to her name this season. The 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year has tossed 185 innings, 18 complete games and taken part in 11 shutouts, all while holding opposing batters to a .129 average.

When Garcia puts down the ball and picks up a bat her level of play continues to impress everyone. The winner of the 2018 espnW Player of the Year accolade is batting a solid .356, slugging .595 and has recorded 29 runs, 58 hits and six doubles this season. Her 11 home runs and 53 RBI are both the second-most in their respective categories on the 2018 Bruins roster.

Garcia has thrown 42 1/3 innings across all seven games of the NCAA Tournament and totes a 6-1 record with a 0.83 ERA and has struck out 55 batters this postseason. She has had a hot bat in the tournament as well, as she has gone 8-for-22 (.364), belting two home runs and driving in a team-best nine RBI.

The Palmdale, Calif. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014. She joins last year’s winner, Kelly Barnhill, as Softball Factory alumni who have received the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor.

Check out Rachel’s footage from her performance at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA back in 2014.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 5/21/18)

Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we highlight Softball Factory alums who are performing well at all levels of college softball.

Division II

Hobby Gregory –Gregory, a freshman outfielder for the North Georgia Nighthawks, helped her team advance to the 2018 Division II Softball Championships when she slid home on a double steal and scored the go-ahead run in a 2-1 win over Young Harris last weekend. The game-winning run was her 32nd scored on the year and the Williamson, Ga. native has 41 hits, seven doubles, a triple, a home run and 19 RBI to her name this season. Gregory has been a promising addition to the Nighthawks roster in her first year with the team and currently bats .342. She attended attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Lawrenceville, Ga. in January of 2015.

Kacie Kelly – Kelly is a sophomore infielder for the Saint Leo Lions who had two hits and scored two runs in a  6-3 win over Ala.-Huntsville for the South Regional title Saturday afternoon that would help the Lions to advance to the 2018 Division II Softball World Series. The Jacksonville, Fla. native has had a hot bat this season to say the least, scoring 45 runs and knocking 66 hits, a team-leading 15 doubles, two triples and 24 RBI so far in 2018. Her .388 batting average is the best on the Lions roster. Kelly participated in the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Summer Classic Showcase.

Taylor Fogle – Fogle, a junior infielder for the Angelo State Rambelles, went 1-3 with a walk drawn and a run in a dominating 8-1 victory over Texas A&M Commerce that secured the program its second-straight trip to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. The Pico Rivera, Calif. native has a batting average of .333 and has been a key piece to the Rambelles offense this season as she has recorded 24 runs and drilled in 43 hits, 10 doubles, nine home runs and 37 RBI. She took part in an Under Armour National Tryout in Orange, Calif. in March of 2012.

Division III

Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson – Anderson, a junior infielder for the Ithica Bombers, scored a run for her team in a 7-4 victory over St. John Fisher in the Rochester Super Regional, sending the Bombers to the 2018 Division III Softball Championships. The run was the Physical Therapy major’s 26th on the season. She currently totes a solid .338 batting average and has smacked 45 hits, eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBI in 2018 for the Bombers. The Caledonia, N.Y. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Rochester, N.Y. in March of 2013.

Jesse DeDomenico – DeDomenico is a sophomore pitcher and outfielder for the Rowan Profs and just picked up her 23rd win of the season in a 2-1 victory over Moravian College, punching her team a ticket to Oklahoma City for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The East Windsor, N.J. native tossed 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out six batters. DeDomenico has been an absolute ace on the mound for the Profs in 2018 and currently carries a team-best ERA of 1.04 and a whopping 161 strikeouts. Her talents extend beyond the mound, as she is hitting .341 at the plate and has collected 31 runs, 45 hits, six doubles, one triple and home run a piece and 21 RBI this season. DeDomenico scored one of her team’s two runs in the contest against Moravian. The talented student-athlete participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Mt. Laurel, N.J. in March of 2013.

Sidney Brannam – Brannam, a freshman  pitcher and first baseman for the Case Western Reserve University Spartans, pitched four innings in relief for her team, allowing zero runs on three hits, while striking out three batters in game one of a the three-game set against Hope College. The Spartans would later clinch a berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Championship and solid outings on the mound from Brannam are a big part of CWRU’s successful season. The Biochemistry major has struck out 54 batters and currently boasts an impressive 1.81 ERA and 15-4 record. The Austin, Texas major took part in the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Holiday Classic Showcase.

Softball Factory Alumni Notebook (Week of 5/14/18)

Each week in the Alumni Notebook, we highlight Softball Factory alums who are performing well at all levels of college softball.

Division I

Alexa Romero – Romero is a sophomore pitcher for the Syracuse Orange and has just been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-ACC Second Team for her impressive performances in the circle this season for the Cuse. The Aurora, Colo. native owned the top ERA on her team (1.73) and held opposing batters to an ACC second-best average of .141. She led the Orange and ACC in batters struck out (264), tallied 17 wins on the season and threw 14 complete games. The three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week tossed her program’s second-ever perfect game in an 8-0 win over Sacramento State – along with two no-hitters against Virginia Tech and Virginia – and became the first Orange in the history of the program to throw three no-hitters within one season. Romero attended the 2013 Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament and an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Golden, Colo. in June of 2013.

Elissa Brown – Brown, a sophomore outfielder for the Alabama Crimson Tide, has earned Second Team All-SEC honors for her hot offensive efforts this season. The Exercise Science major totes the second-highest batting average on the Crimson Tide roster (.345) and has recorded 24 runs, 41 hits, a double, three triples and 13 RBI. Her 26 stolen bases on the year are sixth-most in the Southeastern Conference. The Eclectic, Ala. native took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Trussvlle, Ala. in June of 2014.

Division II

Allison Luzzi

Allison Luzzi – Luzzi is a University of Bridgeport sophomore shortstop who has snagged First Team NFCA All-East Region honors for her outstanding performance on the 2018 season. The East Haven, Conn. native led the Purple Knights in home runs, smacking 11 of them this year. She totes a .384 batting average, has scored 45 runs and has registered 61 hits, 14 doubles, four triples and 36 RBI. The Biology major participated an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Middletown, Conn. in February of 2013 and the Softball Factory World Series of the same year.

Kourtney Coveney

Kourtney Coveney – Coveney, a junior third baseman for the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs, has just received Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) All-South Central Region Second Team honors after thriving both at the plate and on the hot corner for her team this season. While at the plate, the Pre-Med major batted .323 in 2018, drove in 42 runs, drew 27 walks, and smacked 51 hits, four doubles, four triples and eight home runs. While on third, the Katy, Texas native picked up 40 putouts and 89 assists. She attended an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in San Antonio, Texas in January of 2013.

Division III

Riley Shields – Shields is a sophomore pitcher and first baseman for the Alverina University Golden Wolves and has been named to the All- MAC Commonwealth First Team for her success with both facing batters and taking at-bats. On the mound in 2018, the Lewes, De. native finished the regular season with an impressive ERA of 1.58 and 74 strikeouts recorded. She is no slouch at the plate either, as she is currently batting .355, slugging .462 and has recorded 14 runs, 33 hits, seven doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. The Occupational Therapy major took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Savannah, Ga. in November of 2014.

Ilissa Hamilton – Hamilton, a sophomore pitcher for the Case Western Reserve Spartans, was named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in her career after helping her team become the victors of the NCAA Division lll Softball Notre Dame Regionals this past weekend. The Spartan went 4-1 in the circle, allowing just three earned runs in a total of 29.0 innings pitched, striking out 23 batters along the way. She threw six shutout innings during her team’s 5-0 win in a contest against Ohio Northern on Sunday. Hamilton also contributed at the plate, going four-for-14 with a double and two RBI. The recipient of the regional’s Most Valuable Player award has pitched 18 wins and 16 complete games on the season, while holding the top spot on her team and in the UAA for most strikeouts registered (169). The South Abington Township, Pa. native attended an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Sellersville, Pa. in September of 2012.

121 Softball Factory Alums On Rosters of 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series Teams

The field of 64 is set for this year’s NCAA Division I Championship with the University of Oregon earning top billing as the No.1 overall seed in this year’s tournament. Oregon has been a tough team this season, going 14-5 against seeded opponents.

For the second straight year, the Southeastern Conference led all leagues with 13 teams selected to the tournament. According to the NCAA website, four teams are making their first appearance in the tournament: Boise State University, Kennesaw State University, Monmouth University, and Prairie View A&M University.

This year, 53 of the 64 teams entered into the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament have at least one Softball Factory alumnae on a roster. In total, 121 players who have participated in at least one Softball Factory event are on the rosters of teams looking for the opportunity to be called champion. Prairie View leads the way with six alums while Harvard University, McNeese State and Jacksonville State each have five alums on their rosters.

Below is a list of alums who are on rosters of teams selected for this year’s tournament.

Oregon: Lauren Burke, Mia Camuso, Shaye Bowden, Cherish Burks

Albany (NY): Alexis Phillips

BYU: Morgan Bevell, Briielle Breland, Libby Sugg

Drake: Libby Ryan

Michigan: Meghan Beaubien, Katie Alexander, Natalia Rodriguez

Notre Dame: Alexis Bazos, Melissa Rochford

South Carolina: Alex Fulmer

UNCG: Breanna Butcher, Stephanie Bryden, Kayleigh Willis

Liberty: Cassidy Young

Hofstra: Kimberly Wert, Sarah Cornell

Ole Miss: Bry Castro, Abbey Latham, Amanda Roth, Ava Tillman

Arizona State: Jade Gortarez

Washington: Morganne Flores

Boise State: Carlie Brandt, Allie Arneson

Texas: Janae Jefferson

Minnesota: Madison Anthony, Rebekah Cervantes, Morgan Lamb

Oregon State: Jessica Garcia, Shelby Weeks, Fallon Molnar

Wisconsin: Taylor Johnson

Alabama: Elissa Brown

Arkansas: Keely Edwards, Jada Dotson, Aly Manzo

DePaul: Morgan Greenwood, Pat Moore

Wichita State: Madison Perrigan, Bailey Lange, Mckenzie Weber

Oklahoma State: Emily Clark, Regan Wilkins, Logan Simunek

Missouri: Eli Daniel

Oklahoma: Jocelyn Alo, Lea Wodach

UCLA: Rachel Garcia, Bubba Nickles

Arizona: Ivy Davis, Taylor McQuillin, Alyssa Denham, Alyssa Palomino

Louisiana-Lafayette: Kynadi Tipler, Casey Dixon, Teryn Pritchett

Auburn: Taylon Snow

Florida State: Elizabeth Mason, Madison Kennedy

Georgia: Tiffani Railey, Jessica Morgan, Madison McPherson

Tennessee: Meghan Gregg

Texas A&M: Keeli Milligan

Baylor: Gia Rodoni, Ashley Marchand

Florida: Amanda Lorenz, Nicole DeWitt, Kelly Barnhill, Natalie Lugo

Ohio: Madi McCrady

Harvard: Aubree Muse, Maddy Kaplan, Olivia Giaquinto, Nicki Nishizawa, Elizabeth Shively

Northwestern: Maegan Hollins

California: Kamalani Dung

Prairie View: Alyssa Garcia, Shelby Williams, Kimberly Hernandez, Alexis Freeman, Daneisha Hinton, Taylor Drury

McNeese State: Demi Boudreaux, Toni Perrin, Erika Piancastelli, Brenique Wright, Alexandria Saldivar

Ohio State: Nicole Carver

South Florida: Madison Epperson, Georgina Corrick

Bethune-Cookman: Maiya Fudge, Mara Brody

Kennesaw State: Meredith Milam, Kira Czyrklis, Hannah Thomason, Maddie Roth

Jacksonville State: Taylor Beshears, Jada Terry, Kirsten Titus, Ryann Luna, Lex Hull

Fordham: Kelly Bright

Sacramento State: Jessica Scott, Suzy Brookshire, Marissa Maligad

Texas State: Randi Rupp, Sara Rupp

Mississippi State: Maddie Dorsett

North Dakota State: Kara O’Byrne

Saint Francis (PA): Tayven Rousseau

James Madison: Cambry Arnold, Payton Buresch, Michelle Sullivan, Debbie Stuart

Softball Factory Alum Alyssa Sofinowski Verbally Commits to Tiffin University After Rediscovering Her Love for Softball

Alyssa Softinowski

After almost completely shying away from the game, Softball Factory alum Alyssa Sofinowski has verbally committed to Tiffin University and credits Softball Factory as a reason for rediscovering her passion for the sport that she has loved since the age of six.

“I have always loved softball,” Sofinowski recalls. “When I was six years old I was playing lacrosse, and knew it was not for me, so, my dad took me to a little league field and we started to throw and hit the ball for the first time. It was fun. I knew it was for me.”

Her father, Bryon Sofinowski, shares the memory.

“I’ll never forget when Alyssa came to me and said ‘Dad, I don’t think lacrosse if for me,’ he shares.  “I asked her if she wanted to try something else and she said, ‘how about softball?’ So, we went to K-Mart and bought a glove and bat and I’ll never forget how she immediately hit and caught the ball. From that point on, she was hooked”.

From that early age, the catcher and second baseman says she loved the fun that came with running and diving in the dirt and the cheers that could get a rally started. In middle school, however, she found herself pushing softball away.

“When I was in the 7th grade I wasn’t sure if softball was for me anymore,” Sofinowski admits. “I had just gotten over an MCL injury and was afraid I’d never recover properly. I was worried that I’d not play to my potential, which led to thoughts of losing my love for the game.”

In December of 2016, Sofinowski – who had attended two Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP events, as well as two different training events beginning in the summer of 2015– reluctantly decided to give the Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament in December of 2016 a try. Her hesitation with pursuing a softball career at the next level suddenly disappeared.

“After a few years Alyssa became disenchanted with softball and was thinking about not playing ball in college. She was not excited about attending the Florida Christmas camp,” her dad shares. “But, when I picked her up from the airport something was different about her perception of the game. She talked for the entire two-hour ride home about the games, coaches and girls she had played with in Florida. The Softball Factory Christmas session absolutely redirected Alyssa’s mission about her future in softball and college.”

“The Christmas event in 2016 made me realize my love for the sport,” Sofinowski adds. “I realized that softball was what I loved to do. Playing in the Christmas event, meeting girls from other states, playing in the games, and creating a small family in such a short amount of time made me love softball again. All the coaches were great in working with the girls to learn skills and doing fun drills together.”

In fact, the coaches are what the Stevensville, Md. native answered when asked what she enjoys most about her experiences with Softball Factory, saying that they motivated her and taught her new skills – while enhancing skills she had developed previously.

Softball Factory’s Senior Director, Lea Ann Jarvis and Player Development Coordinator, Julia Rice, are two staff members that both Alyssa and Bryon credit with helping her to become the player she is today.

“I cannot thank Coach Jarvis and Julia enough for their support and coaching of Alyssa throughout this entire process.” Bryon said. “She immediately loved Coach Jarvis and Rice and worked extremely hard to impress them with her commitment and skills.”

Now that the softball spark is back, the Tiffin commit, now a sophomore second baseman and catcher for Kent Island High School, has been tearing it up for her team. Her combined batting average in her first two seasons is an impressive .378, with and on-base percentage of .495 and slugging percentage of .528. She has tallied a home run, a triple and seven doubles, along with recording 42 putouts and turning two double plays.

Her hard work has certainly caught the attention of both Jarvis and Rice and they have enjoyed watching her journey to regaining her confidence and committing to playing at the collegiate level.

“She has worked extremely hard since day one,” Rice shares. “I have gotten to meet her and Bryon many times, and her work ethic continues to improve. She has shown true dedication and persistence with this sport. Her softball journey hasn’t been the easiest for her – and she has had to overcome some different struggles – but all those struggles have made her the player that she is today.”

“I spent some time being her catching coach and watched her come into her own as a catcher,” Jarvis adds. “I have also had the pleasure working with her at two player development events and saw her continue to work hard and get better every time she was at an event. I am very much looking forward to watching her play at Tiffin University.”

Perhaps no one, however, is prouder of Sofinowski than her father.

“It is incredible feeling for a parent to see how all those long hours in the dirt and spent hitting have brought her to this point.” he says with great admiration of his daughter. “I’m so very proud of my girl!”