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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 Great Jennie Finch To Appear At 2017 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American Event

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Legendary USA Olympic Gold Medalist Softball pitcher and former collegiate All-American Jennie Finch will appear at the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, held at the Scrapyard Sports Complex in Conroe, TX, January 13-15, 2017.

The nation’s premier event features top, handpicked talent from across the country by Softball Factory’s scouting staff based on a strong performance at a previous Under Armour Softball Factory event or recommendation by a coach. Players have the opportunity to be selected to this prestigious event by attending a future Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout & College PREP event in the area of their choice.

Jennie is a great role model for young female athletes everywhere,” said Lea Ann Jarvis, Senior Director for Softball Factory. “She was that “give me the ball” type of pitcher that all coaches want in a player. Jennie’s career as a athlete is over but she continues to give back to the sport that gave to her in the right ways by teaching, coaching and being a great ambassador for the great game of softball.”

The University of Arizona alumnae who helped lead Team USA to the Gold Medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, also won a Silver Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Her #27 jersey was retired by her alma mater, the University of Arizona in 2003 and she finished her collegiate career as the program’s career leader in strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched and tied for no-hitters (8).

We are very excited to bring our Pre-Season All-Americans one of the best instructors and role models to ever grace the softball field,” said Steve Sclafani, CEO & Founder of Softball Factory. “This is a chance for our top players to celebrate their success with Olympic Gold Medalist and All-American Jennie Finch and also take the next step to improve as players. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of softball!”

Players who are selected for this event will have personal interaction with Finch as she will provide special coaching for pitchers during the event, and meet with players throughout the day on Saturday.

The players will also be honored in a special ceremony as a Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American, powered by Under Armour. Jennie will be the featured speaker and be available to meet and take photos throughout the evening, prior to on-field activities.

The prestigious event is a great way for players to jumpstart their spring season, as they’ll compete against other top peers with the opportunity to be recognized as having “Top Tools” from the Pre-Season Tournament.

For more information on the event, please visit the Pre-Season Page here.

Softball Factory Alumnus Alyssa Palomino Named 2015 Junior Female Athlete of the Year

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Softball Factory alumnus Alyssa Palomino was recently named the 2015 USA Softball Junior Female Athlete of the Year.

Palomino is a 2015 graduate from Mission Viejo High School in Lake Forest, CA where she was a four-year letter winner at Mission Viejo as well as a two-time All-American, and a three-time First-Team All-League selection. With Softball Factory, Palomino attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA back in November, 2014 and showed promise offensively as a lefty power-hitter and in the outfield she demonstrated advanced athletic abilities, covering the field with ease.

Palomino established herself internationally as a feared slugger during her first year in the National Team Program. The University of Arizona freshman saw action in every game for the Junior Eagles and played a vital role in the Gold Medal finish for Team USA at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship. She shattered several records en route to a Gold Medal and led the tournament with five home runs, 27 RBI and a 1.333 slugging percentage.

“It is such an honor to be named the USA Softball Junior Female Athlete of the Year,” said Palomino. “The summer this team had was incredible and it was the best experience of my life! I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that was given to me.”

Palomino ended the 2015 season with a .396 (19-for-48) average, 28 RBI, 18 runs scored and a .483 on-base percentage.

We congratulate Palomino and wish her success this season!

Softball Factory Alumni Among List Of Invitees To 2016 WNT Selection Camp

The ASA (Amateur Softball Association) and USA Softball announced late last week the list of 43 initial invitees for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp which is held in Irvine, California at Bill Barber Park, January 2nd through the 8th, 2016.

Once the rosters are set, 17 players in total will compete in three upcoming high-profile events, beginning with the World Cup of Softball XI, the XV World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada as well as the Japan Cup.

Softball Factory is proud to announce five former Factory athletes have been selected as an invitee for 2016, in addition to a former collegiate player who has coached previous Softball Factory events as well.

Kelly Barnhill – (Under Armour Softball Factory College Prep in Douglasville, GA, April 2013) Barnhill is a 2015 graduate from Pope High School in Marietta, GA where she was named the 2015 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year for Softball. In 2014, she led Pope to the Georgia Class 6A state title, capping the run with her second championship-game no-hitter. Barnhill, now a freshman at the University of Florida will help the 2016 Gators in the circle as a right-handed pitcher.

Raven Chavanne – (Has coached numerous Softball Factory events) Chavanne is a 2013 graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Top 10 Softball Player of the Year finalist during all four years of college, an NCFA All-American and was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Bandits in 2013. Chavanne has served as coach and on-field director for Softball Factory events.

Nicole DeWitt – (2011 Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase) DeWitt will become teammates with Barnhill for the 2016 season, and the sophomore from Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, CA had an outstanding freshman season for the Gators, being named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team and the SEC All-Freshman Team after hitting .331 with 10 doubles, one triple, two homers and 28 RBI in 60 games (53 starts).

Meghan Gregg – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, GA, April 2013) Gregg enters 2016 as a sophomore short stop for the University of Tennessee, looking to build upon a fantastic freshman season where she was named an All-SEC freshman, starting 64 games at short stop for the Lady Vols, hitting .314 with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 51 RBI. Gregg was a 2014 graduate from Flint River Academy in Greenville, GA.

Madilyn Nickles – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA, November 2013) Nickles enters 2016 as a senior at Merced High School in Atwater, CA where she has won 35 career games to the tune of a 1.28 ERA with 388 strikeouts. Nickles has committed to UCLA.

Alyssa Palomino – (Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA, November 2014) Palomino is a 2015 graduate from Mission Viejo High School in Lake Forest, CA where she was a four-year letterwinner at Mission Viejo as well as a two-time All-American, and a three-time First-Team All-League selection. She enters 2016 as a freshman at the University of Arizona.

To see the entire list of players who have been selected as an invitee, please click here.

Catching up with Team USA’s Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne

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On June 18, 2015, the USA National Softball Team played the Maryland All-Stars in La Plata, MD at Regency Furniture Stadium. Softball Factory had the distinct privilege of interviewing two members from the USA National team, Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne.

Gibson is a three-time Softball World Cup gold medalist, a two-time First-Team All-American and a College World Series champion with the Tennessee Lady Vols. Raven, who also attended Tennessee, was a Top 10 Softball Player of the Year finalist during all four years of college, a NCFA All-American and was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Bandits in 2013. Beyond their obvious success and pedigree, the two girls have a genuine love for the game.

I started playing the game at four years old and what started out as a fun outing with friends quickly turned into a sport I focused on with the additional benefit of being able to bond with my Dad,” Chavanne said.

However, Raven was a two-sport star athlete in high school, excelling both in track and softball. “I primarily used track to help enhance my speed to become a better softball player.”

While she was honing her skills in becoming a more effective base runner, she managed to set the record for the 100-meter dash at Holds Newbury Park in California.

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For Lauren, a Maryland native and graduate of Chesapeake High School, playing in La Plata was a bit of a homecoming.

While I played college ball at Tennessee, a lot of my friends and family didn’t get a chance to see me play. It’s great to be able to come back and have them here to come see me play and support Team USA.”

She has a considerable number of fans in the area because she helped lead Chesapeake High School in back-to-back 4-A State Championships, pitching two no-hitters, which she described as an “awesome, amazing experience.”

As a consequence of their outstanding backgrounds in sports at the high school and collegiate level, it was only natural that their athletic excellence would lead them to becoming key members of the Team USA. Both players handle their responsibilities as a USA representative with honor and grace. “It’s amazing to get up in the morning and have ‘USA’ marked across your chest. It’s truly surreal,” says Gibson. Raven agreed with her teammate, saying, “It’s really a dream come true. It’s something a lot of young kids aspire to do growing up, so for my dream to become a reality..it makes me feel blessed and very thankful for the opportunity.”

While both feel lucky for having earned the opportunity in representing the United States in competitive softball play, they both agree that hard work was the main ingredient in achieving their success. “My biggest advice to young players is to keep working hard,” Gibson explains. “Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too small, you’re too this or you’re too that. I never thought I would achieve this level of success so I kept working hard to make my dream come true.

Raven agreed with her teammate, “Don’t listen to your detractors. I was told I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t fast enough, couldn’t play 18-and-under ball. Work hard and the game will reward you.

Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne are a testament to the idea that hard work and perseverance pays off. While they have attained remarkable success, do not expect them to rest on their laurels, as they will continue to work hard to get better at their craft. With a great attitude and strong work ethic, the USA National Softball Team is in good hands with Lauren and Raven as they maintain focus on helping America win a gold medal.

 

2015 USA Junior National Team Selections – Madilyn Nickles and Alyssa Palomino

The USA Junior National Team announced team selections and Softball Factory alumni will play a pivotal role in the construction of the roster in 2015.

Softball Factory is proud to announce that six of the 17 players on this year’s team all spent time having attended training or
participated in Softball Factory camps or events.

Rounding out the selections are Madilyn Nickles, a UCLA commit and Alyssa Palomino, a signee at the University of Arizona. NiklesMadilyn

Nickles, who has committed to UCLA, attended a national tryout in Fresno, CA on November 10, 2013 is an infielder with explosive power at the plate.

She’s also solid defensively, showing off an outstanding arm with a quick release.

 

 

Palomino, an outfielder who has signed with the Wildcats, attended a national tryout in Fresno, PalominoAlyssaCA on November 9, 2014.

Alyssa demonstrated her athletic abilities, covering ground in the outfield with ease. At the plate, she had an
outstanding approach and hit to all fields with power.

We congratulate Softball Factory alumni, Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg for being selected to the 2015 USA Junior National Team!

Softball Factory is the official scouting partner for ASA/USA Softball in an effort to provide fast pitch players with more exposure to colleges and additional opportunities to be identified for the USA Softball Junior National Team.

To read yesterday’s Junior Team Selections, Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg, click here.

2015 USA Junior National Team Selections – Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg

The USA Junior National Team announced team selections and Softball Factory alumni will play a pivotal role in the construction of the roster in 2015.

Softball Factory is proud to announce that six of the 17 players on this year’s team all spent time having attended training or
participated in Softball Factory camps or events.

Today’s selections are UCLA signee, Rachel Garcia and University of Tennessee freshman, Meghan Gregg.

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Garcia, who will pitch for the Bruins, attended a National Tryout session in Fresno, California on November 9, 2014 and performed well on the mound.

Rachel reached 67-68 mph on the mound with her plus pitches and demonstrated outstanding command of each pitch.

In addition to her arm, she showed big time power at the plate as well.

 

 

Gregg, an infielder from Williamson, GA, was named the 2014 Gatorade Softball
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She led her high school (Flint River) to three consecutive state titles and was a four-time all-state selection.

Meghan attended a tryout in Douglasville, GA on April 28, 2013 and impressed coaches defensively with her athletic ability at shortstop and driving the ball to all fields with big time pop.

We congratulate Softball Factory alumni, Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg for being selected to the 2015 USA Junior National Team!

Softball Factory is the official scouting partner for ASA/USA Softball in an effort to provide fast pitch players with more exposure to colleges and additional opportunities to be identified for the USA Softball Junior National Team.

To read yesterday’s Junior National Team selection, Nicole DeWitt, click here.

 

2015 USA Junior National Team Selection – Nicole DeWitt

The USA Junior National Team announced team selections and Softball Factory alumni will play a pivotal role in the construction of the roster in 2015.

Softball Factory is proud to announce that six of the 17 players on this year’s team all spent time having attended training or
participated in Softball Factory camps or events.

The second selection is University of Florida freshman, Nicole DeWitt.

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We are proud that Nicole has come through the Softball Factory program, having attended the Ryan Lemmon Showcase in 2011.

DeWitt, a standout at Pacifica High in Garden Grove, California, was named the school’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year winner and is a three time all-state selection in California from 2012-2014.

She was the 9th ranked recruit in the nation in the 2014 Softball Top 100 list.

We congratulate Nicole for being selected to the 2015 USA Junior National Team!

Softball Factory is the official scouting partner for ASA/USA Softball in an effort to provide fast pitch players with more exposure to colleges and additional opportunities to be identified for the USA Softball Junior National Team.

To read yesterday’s Junior National Team Selection, Kelly Barnhill, click here.

2015 USA Junior National Team Selection – Kelly Barnhill

The USA Junior National Team announced team selections and Softball Factory alumni will play a pivotal role in the construction of the roster in 2015.

Softball Factory is proud to announce that six of the 17 players on this year’s team all spent time having attended training or
participated in Softball Factory camps or events.

The first selection is University of Florida signee, Kelly Barnhill.

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Kelly attended a Premium Video Program in Douglasville, GA on April 28, 2013 and wowed coaches with her ability to throw strikes, calling
her one of the best young pitchers that Softball Factory has seen to date.

Barnhill touched 72 MPH during her throwing session and had advanced action on all four of her pitches which she uses to keep hitters off
balance.

We congratulate Softball Factory alumnus, Kelly Barnhill for being selected to the 2015 USA Junior National Team!

Softball Factory is the official scouting partner for ASA/USA Softball in an effort to provide fast pitch players with more exposure to colleges and additional opportunities to be identified for the USA Softball Junior National Team.