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Former Pre-Season All-American Paige Holmes Making Impact Collegiately

Holmes at the 2015 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

Holmes at the 2015 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

2015 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American Paige Holmes is in her first season at the University of South Alabama and the catching prospect is off to a fantastic start to her collegiate career.

The Jaguars currently have an 8-6 record through February 28th, and Holmes has helped to pace the team as she took over the starting duties behind the plate, coming to the school a year early.

Holmes initially was set to graduate this year, but based on her outstanding academics (3.4 GPA), she was able to graduate a year early from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL.

Despite not being recruited until late in her high school career, South Alabama remained very interested in Holmes and upon graduating, made room for her on the roster. Holmes mentioned how thankful she is because even though she wasn’t committed anywhere as a freshman, sophomore or even a junior, the chance to go to a Division I was still possible because of attending Softball Factory events and talking to former players who had been through it.

I got to meet old college players who told me their story on how they got to college so that helped knowing that even though I wasn’t committed as a freshman, sophomore or junior, I still had a chance to go to Division I because of how Softball Factory helped me.”

Paige’s skill set shined brightly as she has started all 14 games so far for the Jaguars in her freshman season, going 10-for-43 with a double and eight RBI. Behind the plate, she has made 102 putouts in 111 chances without committing an error.

She’s that player you want on your team and as a coach for sure you want her to be on your team,” says Lea Ann Jarvis, Senior Director for Softball Factory. “She’s going to do her job very well getting it done the right way and was always the total team player.”

Holmes has a list of goals she wants to complete, but is taking things as they come.

I’m taking it one step at a time. My first step was to become the starting catcher, which I am now. So that’s great. And then my next one would be All-Conference and All-America and eventually play for the USA Women’s Softball Team.”

In Clermont, FL back in January of 2015, Holmes had a great event at the All-America Pre-Season Tournament, showing well offensively and defensively. She even won the home run derby. Her Softball Factory experience began at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, GA back in April of 2013. It was that type of exposure and experience that helped Paige get ahead in the College Recruiting process.

Softball Factory helped me a lot. Not only having Ty (Rietkovich) as my coach helped, but, all the events I went to allowed me to get most of the exposure I did. Especially the Under Armour All-American exposure I received… the video I did allowed for everyone to see all of the events I did. I got to meet people from everywhere, so now, not only am I a better player, I have friends all across the country.”

We wish Paige much success this season and in the future!

 

Standout Players From Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout – Xenia, OH

Xenia, OH - Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout (2/21/16)

Xenia, OH – Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout (2/21/16)

Over the weekend, the Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout made a stop in Xenia, OH at the Athletes in Action Sports Complex where some very talented and hard-working players attended the event to prepare for the upcoming season.

The weather was picture-perfect for the month of February as players came out for both the National Tryout and College PREP Program events.

 

Here are three standout players from this past weekend’s tryout:

Michaela Medich – The 2019 first baseman from Galloway, OH attends Hilliard Bradley High school and receives the ball very well around the bag at first and is an excellent communicator with great hands. Medich has shown power potential in previous events she’s attended (National Tryout in Dayton, OH last February and Advanced Training at the Junior Women’s World Championships last August in OKC) she generates great bat speed. She’s able to load and launch effectively with hand separation so that she can square up on the ball well.

Kristen Rappold – Rappold, a 2018 RHP from Newton Local High School in Pleasant Hill, OH, got her velocity up between 59 and 60 MPH during the event. Her presence on the mound is solid. With the bat, she’s a gap-to-gap hitter with good pop. Kristen is able to stay inside the ball really well and is quick to get the bat to the ball.

Xenia, OH - Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout

Xenia, OH – Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout (2/21/16)

Sophie Weber – Sophie is a 2019 infielder/outfielder with good arm strength ad quick feet at both positions. Weber, who attends Springboro High School in Springboro, OH moves really well on the field overall and has good balance at the plate. She’s able to stay inside the ball with lots of pop. Her hands are quick and has the makings of a solid line drive hitter.

 

 

The Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout Tour is coming to a town near you! Tryouts are held for players ages 12-18. Don’t miss your opportunity to Be Discovered.

Register online for an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout near you or call (855) 822-5115.

Softball Factory Alum Olivia Young Signs With Missouri S&T

Olivia Young

Olivia Young

Olivia Young will graduate this spring from Belleville West High School in Millstadt, IL, and while she is gearing up for her final high school season of softball, the left-handed hitting first baseman has recently made a decision that will take her into the next step of her playing career.

Young has signed with Missouri S&T (Science & Technology), a school where students study engineering, sciences and mathematics. From the softball side with the Miners, Young’s skill set will likely help a roster that has a good mixture of young and veteran-laden talent when she arrives in 2017.

We first saw Olivia in late-March 2015 at an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP event in Florissant, MO, just outside of St. Louis, and the athletic first baseman impressed coaches and scouts with her ability to swing for power. Defensively she was quick around the bag with excellent glove work and lots of range.

Because of her impressive skill set, she went onto get looks while playing with Softball Factory last November at Softball Factory’s Fall Classic on the 18U Gold squad. At the event, she continued to develop her game and confidence overall, however, up to that point, the college recruiting process hadn’t yet become a priority or a focus.

When I first saw her in late March at the tryout in St. Louis, she was hands down the best player there,” says Julia Rice, Olivia’s Player Development Coordinator for Softball Factory. “She had a great bat and moved very well at first. I remember talking to her dad Scott on the phone when I went over her evaluation and he let me know that she didn’t really have any schools after her.”

The reason Olivia didn’t have schools looking at her was because it was thought she was too late in the recruiting process, and that attending junior college would be the only option. But after working with the Factory, and strengthening her profile by attending and being filmed at the College PREP event in Florissant, the connections throughout the country gave Young an ace up her sleeve.

I spoke with Dave Majeski who was one of the scouts at the event and who has a ton of college connections and we talked about Olivia,” says Rice. “We both agreed that we saw something very special in her, and even though she was a junior, we knew that she could play at the next level. She also has a 5.0 GPA and we knew that a school would be lucky to have her.”

After her great showing at the Fall Classic, Young received more attention from schools and combined with her hard work and perseverance, made the ultimate decision to go to Missouri S&T for the next step as a student-athlete. There were definitely hard times and periods of doubt, according to her father, Scott, but Olivia pushed through, bonded by the support and confidence she received from the Softball Factory staff.

The support and confidence she received from several staff members.. that was what kept her going. In particular Dave Majeski,” Scott mentions. Majeski, a legend at the University of Florida where he played baseball and was an All-SEC outfielder, later went onto become the Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at his alma mater for three years. He’s also helped to start the Memphis Women’s softball program as Assistant Coach before becoming the head coach at Presbyterian College for five seasons.

The caring for of Olivia the player but the person as well, helped to re-energize her as the search for a college gained steam.

After meeting and talking with Dave, there seemed to be a light re-instilled, a drive in Olivia that kept her going. His confidence in her and the efforts put forth with her were what made Olivia want to play ball in college again. He made countless calls on her behalf and set her up with numerous coaches. The support that Softball Factory gave Olivia is immeasurable,” says Scott.

Now, Young begins her final high school season, armed with talent and confidence and ready to make memories at her next stop. Knowing all of that, she hasn’t forgotten where she’s been and how far she has come.

I really appreciated all of the information given to me about recruiting and the calls you and your staff made for me,” says Olivia. “I really enjoyed my time with the Softball Factory and I have made friends I will never forget.”

2016 Winter Classic Recap – Five Standout Players To Watch

The 2016 Under Armour Winter Classic took place this past weekend in Clermont, Florida with exciting action during the two-day event despite rainy weather in the area.

32 teams in three age divisions took part in the event as the cool weather and sporadic rain threatened to make it an unwelcoming situation for all, but the players pushed through and were enthusiastically involved from beginning to end.

All said, the event saw 15 college coaches attend the event to watch and scout talented players and families both at the event and at home were able to follow along with the action with help from the website Tourney Machine’s posting of brackets and scores.

After the showcase games, a competitive tournament was held that saw the 14u Championship go to the Firecrackers from Florida. The 16u division had the distinction of co-champions due to rain washing out the championship game. Those teams were Next Level Softball Elite and the Gold Coast Hurricanes, both from Florida.

Here are some of the standout players from the 2016 Winter Classic:

#22 Tia Williams (Next Level Softball 16u Gold) – Offensively – one of the more aggressive hitters that we saw at the plate. Tia is a very good contact hitter, great bunter, gets nice extension on her swing and has good speed. Defensively at shortstop, Tia has great reactions, including one play in particular where she made a nice one step dive to her backhand side and threw from her knees to get runner out. Without a doubt, a very strong arm in the field.

 

Harris behind the plate.

Harris behind the plate.

#22 Madelyn Harris (Missouri Green Canes) – Harris was part of the first team from Missouri to participate in the tournament and she did not disappoint with her skill set. Behind the plate, Harris showed above average blocking skills, and a very strong arm, posting an outstanding 1.96 pop time. Her awareness is special. Offensively, she has major pop and raw power, a solid stance and great box presence.

 

 

Jordan Barnes in the circle.

Jordan Barnes in the circle.

#15 Jordan Barnes (Florida Gold Webb) – Our first standout from the 18u Division, Barnes is a very athletic player who does many things well. She’s a switch hitter, solid from both sides of the plate. The pop was evident from the right side as she slaps well, has good mechanics, speed on the bases, all the necessary traits of being a good lead-off hitter. On the mound, the righty showed a tight spin with good movement on her ball. Biggest thing is she kept the ball low. Her velo sat around 57-58 mph and she showed a very good rise ball.

Reagan More

Reagan More

 

#29 Reagan More (Lady Renegades 01) – This left-hander threw an awesome screwball that had coaches talking. Her velo sat between 54-56 mph and a change-up around 43 mph. More is very consistent on the mound and fields her position well.

 
 

Amanda Lopez for the Palm Beach Bandits.

Amanda Lopez for the Palm Beach Bandits.

#9 Amanda Lopez (Palm Beach Bandits) – An excellent two-way player, Lopez has an excellent glove and a very good arm at both first and behind the plate. She was very quick around the bag at 1B, and showed an above average arm behind the plate with a 2.0 pop time. Offensively, she had great power to all fields.

 

 
 

The next event on the 2016 Under Armour National Showcase Schedule is the Spring Classic, coming to Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, May 20-22, 2016! View the rest of the 2016 schedule here.

Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America Spotlight

The 2016 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America Tournament, powered by Under Armour is just one month away and each year, the amount of talent that converges on Florida grows in the search for the best of the best.

These elite players are selected only after having a strong performance in a previous Under Armour Softball Factory Event or after being highly recommended by a coach. The strong talent pool will appeal to any level of coach, as players have gone on to play DI, DII, DIII and NAIA softball.

Some of the elite players that have played in the Pre-Season All-America Tournament have gone on to continue playing collegiately for colleges around the country. Let’s take a look back at some of the standout players and how they are doing for their respective colleges.

Jordan Cargile - Softball Factory

Jordan Cargile – Softball Factory

Jordan Cargile – (’14 – University of Delaware) Cargile, the Baltimore, MD native, wrapped up her freshman season for the Blue Hens, going 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA. She recorded four saves, tying the school’s single-season record and was tied for first in the CAA in ’15.

The Eastern Tech High School alum led her school to a perfect record (25-0) and the state championship in 2014 and was named Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.

Jordan attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Baltimore in November of 2011 as well as training in the College World Series Select Training in June, 2012. Nearly two years later, Cargile was a Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American in 2014 where she threw the ball in the mid to high 50’s and mixed a change-up in the low 40’s.

Taylor Kirby - Softball Factory

Taylor Kirby – Softball Factory

Taylor Kirby – (’16 – University of Missouri) Kirby has acclimated herself as a true power hitter for Macon Meridian High School in Macon, IL, blasting 27 career home runs entering her senior season, which are tops for career and single-season home run records in the school’s history.

Kirby attended two Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP events in 2013 (May – St. Louis, MO and August – Elgin, IL) and selected to the 2014 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America as a sophomore. Taylor wowed coaches and scouts with her athleticism and her great skill set at the plate and in the outfield.

 

Taylor Fraccastoro

Taylor Fraccastoro

Taylor Fraccastoro – (’14 – Stephen F. Austin University) The native of Orange, TX had a successful freshman season, named an honorable mention for All-Southland Conference teams in 2015. Within conference play, Fraccastoro shined, hitting .303 with five doubles, 21 RBI and a team-high 18 runs and six homers. Her .632 slugging percentage was also a team best. Overall, she hit .261 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 72 total bases (good for second on the team) in 46 starts (50 games overall).

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School alum attended a National Tryout in Georgetown, TX back in September of 2013. As a senior, she was named a Pre-Season All-American and impressed coaches with her soft hands and active footwork behind the plate. Her hitting stood out as well, with the ability to go opposite field as her understanding of becoming a more consistent hitter matured.

Emilee Kirk - Softball Factory

Emilee Kirk – Softball Factory

Emilee Kirk – (’15 – Mount Saint Mary’s University) Kirk is a 2015 graduate from Great Valley High School in Paoli, PA and is a standout at Softball Factory events, having participated in Softball Factory National Tryout in Saint Davids, PA, Softball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament and a two-time Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American in ’14 and ’15.

The athleticism goes beyond the softball diamond; a two-sport athlete, Kirk served as captain for the softball and basketball teams as well. Kirk earned First Team All-Conference during her junior and senior seasons for Great Valley.

Coaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University are thrilled to add Kirk’s power stroke to their lineup and a steady presence at third base for the 2016 season.

Keeli Milligan - Softball Factory

Keeli Milligan – Softball Factory

Keeli Milligan – (’15 – Texas A&M University) The 5’1″ OF from Vidor, TX will stay within the state, playing for the Aggies of Texas A&M  in 2016.

Keeli has excelled in and out of sports. She is a two-sport standout at Vidor playing varsity volleyball and softball as a freshman. Milligan is a honor roll student who has received the Award of Excellence in History and English and will graduate as a Distinguished Graduate in 2015.

Milligan attended a National Tryout in Pearland, TX in November of 2013 and two months later, attended the 2014 Pre-Season All-American, selected as a top performer during the tournament. The left-handed hitter showed explosive bat speed that weekend and outstanding skills in the outfield. Coaches loved her “motor”, playing the game fast at all times.

Abbey Latham - Softball Factory

Abbey Latham – Softball Factory

Abbey Latham – (’17 – Ole’ Miss – verbal) Latham is a 2017 grad from Demopolis High School in Livingston, AL where she serves as the team’s catcher and outfielder. As a sophomore, Abbey was named West Alabama Watchman Co-Players of the Year this past season after hitting .564 this season with 10 homers, 38 RBIs, 30 runs scored and a perfect 14-for-14 on stolen bases.

The next step in her journey will lead her to Ole’  Miss as she has verbally committed to the SEC school. Latham first attended a Softball Factory National Tryout in Bay Minette, AL in November of 2013 and was a 2014 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American as a freshman. Her skills behind the plate were outstanding for a freshman, receiving the ball and centering her body well. Offensively, her power prowess was evident during the event.

Analiese Raley

Analiese Raley – Softball Factory

Analiese Raley – (’18 – University of Nebraska – verbal) The 2018 grad from Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska to play for the Cornhuskers.

One of the top catchers in the 2018 class, Raley attended a National Tryout in Fresno, CA in November of 2014 and was selected to be a 2015 Pre-Season All-American. Raley had a great presence behind the plate as a leader and in the outfield, she showed a quick first step and took the correct angles when making a play on the ball. With the bat, she showed a squared set-up that allowed for maximum positive movement towards the ball. Coaches noticed that her swing will allow for an increase in power in the future.

For more information on the 2016 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-America Tournament, click here to view the page.

Youth Movement Alive at Vero Select Training

The youth movement was in full effect at last month’s Softball Factory Select Training at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.

Vero Beach had spectacular weather as it always does for this training event which took place over the weekend of November 5th to the 8th. The Dodgertown facility and staff we’re top notch and world class at every event, and this one was no exception.

On the field, there were quite a number of young players in the event; 20 of the 28 players will graduate between 2018 and 2021.

Some of the standouts during training weekend include:

Leea Ibarra – The 2021 SS/2B was a very coachable student of the game during the training weekend and was very aggressive at the plate.

Lindsay Aninao - Softball Factory

Lindsay Aninao

Lindsay Aninao – Aninao is a 2019 third baseman from Powell, OH. Athletic is the name of her game with a ton of potential. At the plate, a strong presence and an excellent line-drive hitter. Lindsey was the UA Player of the Camp.

Lennon Spicer – Spicer is a 2020 right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, TN and showed strong mound presence during the event. She has a lot of potential both offensively and defensively.

Brooklynn Ott – A 2B/OF standout from Rockvale, TN, Ott worked very hard all weekend and showed great attitude with an openness to learn and be a student of the game.

Kelsey Endreson - Softball Factory

Kelsey Endreson

 

Kelsey Endreson – Endreson is a third baseman, graduating in 2020, from Toms River, NJ. She did a lot of good things on the field both offensively and defensively. Very dynamic athlete.

College Spotlight – Hutchinson Community College

HutchinsonHutchinson Community College

Division: NJCAA II

Conference: Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference

Nickname: Blue Dragons

School Size: 5,800

Mailing Address: 1300 North Plum Street, Hutchinson, KS 67501

Team Site: Hutchinson Community College Softball

Head Coach:

Jaime Rose – rosej@hutchcc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Rose completed her 11th season as Blue Dragons head coach
  • The Blue Dragons finished 13-9 in conference play and 31-17 overall in 2015
  • Hutchinson’s 2015 season ended at the 2015 NJCAA Region VI Division II Softball Tournament in a double elimination tournament. They faced Labette in Game 1, winning 1-0 before falling to Labette in Game 5 by a score of 4-1
  • Hutchinson recruits from a widespread are including Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arizona

Schedule Highlights:

The Blue Dragons begin their 2016 season on February 13th against Dodge City Community College

For a full schedule of the Blue Dragons 2016 season, click here.

Questions about recruiting? Please contact Head Coach Rose.

College Spotlight – University of Saint Mary

SaintMaryUniversity of Saint Mary

Division: NAIA

Conference: KCAC

Nickname: Spires

School Size: 1,400

Mailing Address: 4100 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048

Team Site: University of Saint Mary Softball Website

Head Coach:

Michael Evans – evansm@stmary.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Evans enters his third season as Spires head coach in 2016
  • Saint Mary finished 2015 with a record of 32-20 and 12-6 in conference play. They lost in the KCAC Conference Tournament to Ottawa University
  • Senior outfielder Ceara Barker was third in batting average in the KCAC last season, hitting .419, blasting 13 home runs and was sixth in the conference in RBI (48)
  • Junior pitcher Taryn Kelly was second in earned run average in the KCAC last season (2.08)
  • Saint Mary softball saw seven players named to the All-KCAC Teams in 2015. Junior pitcher Ashley Schmidt, as well as Barker and Kelly were all named First-Team. Junior infielder Ashlee Vivirito and junior catcher Maria West were named to Second-Team. Junior infielder Samantha Villegas and sophomore pitcher Jordan Petersen were named Honorable Mentions

Schedule Highlights:

  • The Spires will begin the 2016 season playing in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, TX on February 12th and 13th.
  • The rest of the Spires 2016 schedule can be found here.

Questions about recruiting? A beneficial questionnaire can be found here.

College Spotlight – Frostburg State University

FrostburgFrostburg State University

Division: NCAA III

Conference: Capital Athletic Conference

Nickname: Bobcats

School Size: 5,500

Mailing Address: 101 Midloathian Road, Frostburg, MD 21532

Team Site: Frostburg State Softball Website

Twitter: @frostburgsports

Head Coach:

Wes Landrum – wlandrum@frostburg.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Landrum completed his tenth season as Frostburg’s head Softball coach
  • Landrum has guided the Bobcats to six conference tournament finals in the last eight seasons
  • The Bobcats finished 2015 with a 24-12 record, eliminated in the CAC Tournament to Christopher Newport and Salisbury
  • Sophomore Hannah Tavik was named a 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-Atlantic Region selection after hitting a CAC-leading .491 batting average with a .793 slugging percentage. Her 57 hits and 13 doubles were a team-best and tied for second most in the CAC, she was also sixth in the conference with six homeruns and 33 RBI

Questions about recruiting? A beneficial questionnaire can be found here.

College Spotlight – Rhodes College

RhodesRhodes College

Division: NCAA III

Conference: Southern Athletic Association

Nickname: Lynx

School Size: 1,500

Mailing Address: 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112

Team Site: Rhodes College Softball Website

Twitter: @RhodesSoftball

Head Coach:

Luke Wagner – Wagner1@rhodes.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Wagner enters his fifth season as Lynx head coach, compiling a record of 84-67-2, including a 49-32-1 Conference record
  • During his tenure, Coach Wagner has coached his team to the highest team batting average mark in a season in 2014, 13 NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes, one Second-Team NFCA All-American, three NFCA All-Region selections (two First-Team and one Second-Team) as well as 13 SAA All-Conference selections (four First-Team and nine Second-Team)
  • The Lynx finished with a record of 16-21-1, including a conference record of 12-9-1 in 2015
  • Rhodes led the SAA in Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll selections with 163 Lynx being on the list
  • The minimum academic requirements are 3.5 GPA, 1100 SAT and 24 ACT

Schedule Highlights:

The Lynx will begin the 2016 season in St. Louis with games against Washington University and Wittenberg University on February 13th and 14th

To view the rest of the Lynx 2016 schedule, click here.

Questions about recruiting? A beneficial questionnaire can be found here.