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Standout Players From 2018 UA Softball Factory All-America Rookie Pre-Season and All-America Pre-Season Tournaments

For the first time in Softball Factory history, the All-America Pre-Season Tournament included younger athletes at the UA Softball Factory All-America Rookie Pre-Season Tournament at Scrap Yard Sports in Conroe, TX.

The event for the second straight year featured special guest, three-time All-American, Jennie Finch, with wide-ranging talent from across the country. Check out some of the highlighted players from each event, featuring notes from our coaching staff.

UA Softball Factory All-America Rookie Pre-Season Tournament

Reagan Marchant (1B, 2022) – Reagan is a vocal leader on the field, and is very athletic. Good position awareness at first, very coachable. Offensively, she makes adjustments at the plate, squares up the ball well and has good pop. Great team player. Was named Best Defensive Player of the event.

Kayla Garber (SS, 2022) – Takes command at short, strong arm, and showed good position awareness at multiple positions. Switch hitter with power from both sides, making hard, consistent contact. Took home the first ever Rookie MVP award at the event.

Lilly Hood (2B/OF, 2022) – Lilly is a power hitter, great plate awareness and a very hard out to get. Best of all, she’s coachable with a great work ethic. Was named Best Offensive Player at the event.

Sophia Bianco (SS, 2022) – Sophia moves well at short, taking great angles to the ball. Bianco is a line drive hitter with pop on her bat. Overall, a strong athlete with a ton of potential. She was one of the Most Improved players at the event.

Emma McLean (OF/IF, 2022) – Emma showed good bat control, takes good angles in the outfield when tracking balls, and not afraid to go after it and dive for them either. Her arm plays well from the field. She was one of the Most Improved players at the event.

UA Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Taryn Bennett (C/2B, 2020) – Bennett calls her own game; excellent framer of pitches, strong arm with quick release. Offensively, she has pop in her bat, hits to all fields, squares up the ball. Named Top Offensive Player of the Tournament. 

Hayley Parrott (SS/RHP, 2019) – Parrott is an absolute spark plug on the field; plays her position well. What a gamer. Barrels up the ball well, solid line drive hitter. Confident and coachable, she has all the tools to play at the collegiate level. Parrott was named the All-America Pre-Season MVP.

Madison Shea (OF, 2020) – Shea demonstrated her ability to be a vocal leader on the field. In the outfield, she takes great angels to the ball, and offensively, has gap to gap power. Shea was named Top Defensive Player of the Tournament.

Jessica Persechino (SS/RHP, 2019) -Persechino was very effective on the mound at Pre-Season. She gets key outs, and is also no easy out at the plate with the bat. She was the Most Improved Player of the Tournament. 

Softball Factory College World Series Recap

Another year and another great event at the Softball Factory College World Series. The event ran from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.

The event was a training tournament format. In the early /midday the players were trained by Softball Factory coaches and then games were held every night. There were six total teams (Orange, Vegas Gold, Pink, Carbon Grey, Highlighter and Green) and each team played six games each.

All the games were very competitive and exciting to watch. The games allowed players to put into action what they worked on in the training sessions, from base running, situational plays, bunt coverage, relays/cut-offs, 1st-and-3rd situations, steals, tags and situational hitting. The Softball Factory coaches put each player in situations to give them the opportunity to learn from every situation in the game

Here are the results from the tournament:

Orange Team

Tournament Champions: Orange Team

Championship game: Orange vs. Vegas Gold: Orange won 

3rd/4th place game: Carbon Grey vs. Pink:        Pink won

5th/6th place gameHighlighter vs. Green: Highlighter won

Three players were given awards for their hard work and stellar performance:

MVP: Alyssa “Tata” Davis, Vegas Gold Team:

She’s a playmaker and a good-looking athlete overall. She had a leading presence at SS that helped her team reach the Championship game. She made tough plays look easy and easy plays look like a walk in the park.

Offensively, she is a gap-to-gap hitter with tons of speed on the base paths and she made a lot of things happen in all aspects of the game.

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Most Improved:  Kourtanie RuhlandOrange Team:

Ruhland was very coachable and she grew so much as a player during the week. She is an awesome young player whose future looks bright in our sport. 

She stepped up behind the plate and led her team in every defensive situation. She also was able to handle her bat to execute in several clutch scoring situations.

 

Best Camper: Breana Vinson, Pink Team:

Vinson was the spark plug for her team. She is the total camper combination of most improved, MVP and best camper.

She is the player that best represents the Factory way. She gets it done the right way every day and moment she’s on the field, leads by example and plays every second as hard as she can to make her and her team better.

The players bought in on the very first day and the coaching staff was one of the best Softball Factory has had at an event. Despite the hot and humid weather, the players never complained and they showed up everyday to work hard. They understood their expectations and achieved them: To be better when they left each day than when they got to the field each morning.

Softball Factory College World Series Select Training Recap

The threatening weather in Oklahoma City couldn’t stop the 2016 Softball Factory College World Series Select Training event from happening last weekend in Oklahoma City, OK.

Players checked into the dorms on Thursday night at Methodist Hall on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Later that evening, parents and players enjoyed the welcome meeting to get excited about the weekend’s events. Parents and players listened to a great speech from CJ Browder, Softball Factory Scouting and Operations Coordinator, who has worked with the Factory since 2013 and coached at Louisiana Tech University. Players received their gear and were able to watch the Oklahoma/Alabama game at the World Series on the big screen.

Despite the rain when the event began on Friday morning, players were still able to get work in, as they headed into the arena to complete measurables, work on speed and agility drills as well as throwing progression. Players hit in the Easton Hitting Lab as well as another hitting session in the cages later in the day, in addition to defensive position work on the baseball field. After dinner, the Factory displayed a Power Point presentation on recruiting, led by Lea Ann JarvisNicki Trumpler, Browder and Kelsey Horton.

On Saturday, players were back on the field and ready for a full day of instructional work, along with a four team scrimmage Saturday night. While two teams faced each other, the other two teams got some instructional work in the hitting facility. The weather played tricks on the situation again as the players were scheduled to go to the Women’s College World Series on Saturday night. Despite that, nearly all of the players, parents and staff were able to attend at least one game.

Sunday morning got off to an early start with more instructional work at 7:30 am and finished around 10:30 am with some situational defense with runners.

Overall, the event was a success and the players had a great time learning the game from outstanding coaches, training to get better and making new friends with other players from around the country.

The great coaching staff from the weekend were led by Senior Director of the Softball Factory, Lea Ann JarvisNicki TrumplerCJ BrowderNancy EvansShanna SmithKristina Hillberth-WyattLauren LupinettiKelsey HortonAmanda FefelLeslie MillerMaRae Cayton and Tippy Golphin.

Madison Miller

Following the event, three awards were given out to players based on their performance during their time at the event.

Most Improved – Madison Miller 2021 OF L/L from Jefferson, GA who was a participant in the 2015 Softball Factory Fall Classic and attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waleska, GA in January, 2016.

MVP – Destiny Quiles 2019 C R/R from Vacaville, CA who we saw at a National Tryout in Sacramento, CA in February of 2015.

Sydney Cox

 

Best Camper – Sydney Cox 2020 SS R/switch from Asheboro, NC who attended a National Tryout in Greensboro, NC back in March.

 

2016 Pre-Season All-American Recap – Standout Players

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The 2016 Under Armour Pre-Season All American Tournament took place this past weekend in Vero Beach, Florida. Unfortunate rainy weather caused some itinerary changes, but the players were able to quickly adjust and finish out the weekend strong.

Twenty-nine elite athletes from 17 states took part in the event at the Historic Dodgertown Complex. The young women were split up into three teams: Carbon Gray, Purple, and High Yellow for the tournament with Team Carbon Gray taking the championship. Full team rosters can be found here.

Player Development Coordinator Julia Rice spoke at Friday’s opening ceremony about her college softball experience as well as her passion for helping student athletes to succeed in the classroom and on the field.

Here are six standouts from the 2016 Pre-Season Tournament:

Gaby Hay

Gaby Hay

Gaby Hay, ’17 (Team Carbon Gray #13) – Offensively a triple threat hitter. Gaby was recently named Softball Factory’s Christmas Offensive MVP. She moves well defensively and has great range in the outfield. As a pitcher Gaby hits her spots, spins the ball well, and has a great screwball that makes hitters swing and miss frequently.

 

 

Alexia Lomax

Alexia Lomax

 

Alexia Lomax, ’18 (Team Carbon Gray #8) – Alexia is a versatile player that performs well when positioned in the outfield or infield. She is a big threat at the plate, getting on base more often than not. Alexa has a great swing and barrels the ball up extremely well, showcased when she started a 2-out, five-run rally in game 1 with a triple to center.

 

Brett Coleman

Brett Coleman

 

Brett Coleman, ’17 (Team Purple #7) – Brett is an impressive pitcher we saw continually clock in the high 50’s throughout the day. Her curveball she throws exceptionally well and spots that pitch which makes hitters swing and miss. She is not afraid to throw inside and go right at hitters. Brett really impressed our coaches with her stamina and composure

 

Candace Yingling

Candace Yingling

 

Candace Yingling, ’19 (Team Purple #14) – Candice really understands the game, making her a huge threat both offensively and defensively. She has great game awareness and moves exceptionally well to cover a lot of ground.

 

 

 

 

Sidney Wagnon

Sidney Wagnon

 

Sidney Wagnon, ’18 (Team Carbon Gray #3) – A versatile left handed triple threat at the plate that’s quick out of the box and has great footwork. Sidney is aggressive defensively and not afraid to get dirty. She understands the game and is able to communicate well with her teammates.

 

 

Logan Leverette

Logan Leverette

Logan Leverette, ’16 (Team High Yellow #5) – Logan is a 2016 commit to Lander University in South Carolina. She has great range and presence in the outfield. Logan has a strong arm and showed the hardest velocity of any of the girls at the event. She also shows a strong presence at the plate.

 

 

 

 

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’s Advanced Training – Junior Women’s World Championship Recap

NIt was a hot few days in August when Softball Factory rolled into Oklahoma City earlier this month. The heat index reached 105 every day, but, despite the temps, 29 talented players and five coaches hit the field and worked hard on getting better at softball during the weekend.

Throughout the experience, lessons were learned, friendships created and fun was shared. All in all, the Advanced Training at the Junior Women’s World Championship in OKC was a major success.

Coaches Nick Trumpler and CJ Browder handled the workouts with infielders. Standouts from the group included Skyler Shellmyer, a 2018 middle infielder described by Coach Lea Ann Jarvis as “extremely athletic” and 2016 middle infielder Brooke Hoffman that Coach said was a “diamond in the rough that improved by leaps and bounds over the 3 days.”

Katie Ricthovich coached the catchers. Kaitlyn Moses, 2018, was described to have a great skill set and has a “cannon for an arm” with pop times around 1.7 seconds.

Coach Jarvis was the primary pitching instructor during the tryout. Kinzi Van Wyk caught her as having a “really good presence on the mound, very coachable and able to make adjustments very quickly.” One of the hardest working pitchers that Coach has ever worked with was Morgan Morrison, class of 2017. Lastly, Madeline Hanson, 2019, made “the most strides and has the talent to be a top notch pitcher at the next level.”

Three players that were recognized for performing “The Factory Way” were:

Michaela Medich: Gatorade Most Improve Player Award

Brook Hoffman: Oustanding Camper

Skyler Shellmyer: MVP and Recipient of Easton Glasses

sf2However, the highlight of the event for the players, coaches and parents alike was going to the Junior World game featuring the United States and the Chinese Taipei affiliate. USA ended up winning the game 10-0 in 4 innings and then players from Softball Factory OKC were given the opportunity to have an autograph session and photo opportunity with Team USA Juniors.

The 29 girls that participated at the Oklahoma City event blew the Softball Factory coaching staff away. Everyone put in a good effort and was able to improve their game under the hot midwest sun.

From training, to playing to meeting Team USA, Softball Factory OKC was undoubtedly a major success and we can’t wait to go back there again!

 

Under Armour Mid-America Championship Showcase Preview

Imperial Park Recreational Center

From July 10th going through July 12th, Softball Factory will be hosting the Under Armour Summer Mid America Championships at Imperial Park Recreation Center down in Sugarland, Texas.

The Mid America Championships brings about the best teams in Texas who will compete in a slew showcase and tournament games culminating in competing for the event’s championship.

Softball Factory’s Mid America Championships will offer each team and player with an exciting, competitive atmosphere with fans, coaches and scouts. It is guaranteed that a professional scout will witness every team play to maximize exposure for prospective college recruits.

Additionally, Softball Factory will be updating a running blog highlighting daily top players for the consumption recruiters, fans, players and travel teams. As if that weren’t enough, each player will be leaving the Showcase with a complimentary personalized player page, developed by Softball Factory, where players can direct college coaches.

Beyond the competitive games and talent exposure, Softball Factory aims to provide these young women with a professional environment to get a feel for what its like to play at the next level competitively. With courteous on site staff, Softball Factory strives to simulate the type of atmosphere where these players feel comfortable and are enabled to have their talent show through.

All participants will be from 14U A, 16U A, 16U and 18U A divisions. Teams are coming from all over the state of Texas to compete in the Championships.

Some of the travel teams participating this year include the Texas Elite Plaxaco, Sudden Impact 16 Gold, Texas Turn 2 99 and the Texas Venom. Many of these travel teams have a rich history of strong recruitment and competitive play at the Softball Factory Mid America Championships. All teams will be scheduled to play 5 games with each partaking in 2 showcase games. Games will be played for 7 Innings or 90 minutes at top-notch professional facilities.

The Championships will be filled with fond memories, opportunities to showcase talent, and lots of fun for the players participating at Softball Factory’s Under Armour Mid America Championship. We’ll keep you posted with live updates as the tournament progresses on our blog as well as on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook!

Be sure when following our Twitter @softballfactory, to use the hashtags, #UASFShowcase #MidAmericaChampionship

Women’s College World Series Bracket Unveiled

wcws-logoThe 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship brackets were 
announced over the weekend, beginning with regional matchups as the top 16 teams nationally were seeded and play at
campus sites this coming weekend.

The University of Florida, who won their first ever Softball Championship last season, defeating Alabama, snagged the No. 1 seed (50-6 overall) in the 64-team field as the Southeastern
Conference led all leagues with 11 teams selected to the tournament. The University of Oregon (46-6 overall) was named the No. 2 seed, the University of Michigan (51-6 overall) is the three seed and Auburn University (49-9 overall) rounded out the Top 4.

Seven teams are making their first ever appearance in the tournament, including: Binghamton, Central Arkansas, Fairfield, Indiana State, Pittsburgh, St. John’s (N.Y.) and Weber State.

In regional action, teams will play in a four-team, double-elimination tournament and the 16 winning teams will advance to the Super Regionals, beginning May 21. From there, the remaining teams will play a best-of-three style tournament at eight select campus sites, the winners then advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

To view the 64-team field for this year’s Women’s College World Series, click here.

The Softball Factory will have a presence at the College World Series again this year as the
College World Series Select Training kicks off May 28th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, giving
players the experience of training with the best coaches in the nation during the Women’s
College World Series. To learn more information about the event, click the link here.

Players Shine At The Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament

This past weekend in Clermont, Florida the nation’s best softball players participated in the
Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, powered by Under Armour.

Four teams consisting of 37 total players participated in the event. Former Florida Gator
standout and 2014 NCAA Champion, Hannah Rogers spoke to the crowd.

The tournament was a success and showcased premier talent from across the nation. Senior
Director of Softball Factory, Lee Ann Jarvis, had a front row seat to the players and gives us her take on stand outs from the Pre-Season event.

Claudia Crowe – Sylva, NC (SS – 2016) – (Updated: 1/21) – What a gamer she is. She stepped up her game when those bright lights came on.

Claudia has a big arm and she has an ability to be a spark plug at the top of the order. She moves around the bases with ease and has an instinct to create runs with her legs and more importantly, her brain.

Eliza Eberhard – Sugarland, TX (SS – 2017) – (Updated: 1/21) – Wow. What a vocal leader and presence on the field. Eliza is so instinctual and her game smarts are off the charts. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a player that is so young, playing like an experienced veteran.

Vanessa Hernandez – Sanger, CA (SS – 2018) – (Updated: 1/21) – Vanessa is a tall player that passes the eye test for a short stop. She moves well and makes great adjustments on the ball. She moves well side-to-side and has the ability to go in the hole and make all the throws. At the plate, Vanessa has some pop and gap-to-gap power that will help her play at the next level.

Paige Holmes – Jacksonville, FL (C/SS – 2016) – (Updated: 1/21) – Paige can just flat out play this game. She is very unassuming but that’s the mistake, she’s legit on the field in all aspects. She handles the pitchers like a veteran and can hit a ton. Defensively, she handles her glove well at third base with ease and confidence.

Paige will definitely be a stand out at the next level.

Analiese Raley – Clovis, CA (C – 2018) – (Updated: 1/21) – Analiesa has all the skill set you look for in a catcher. Command of the game and pitchers, she’s a solid blocker and receiver with the ability to throw runners out. She has all the confidence in the world to continue building her game and taking it to the next level. I really liked her presence as a catcher and a hitter.

Skyler Shellmyer – Ubandale, IA (SS/OF – 2018) – (Updated: 1/21) – Skyler is one of the best players that we have in our system right now. She has great instinct, a presence and moxie while on the field. She makes it look effortless while in the field defensively, at the plate and while running the bases. I can see her playing big time in D1.

Hunter White – Stillwater, OK (SS – 2017) – (Updated: 1/21) – Hunter is a very confident short stop that has tons of moxie and plays the game with fire and intensity. She has tons of pop and home run ability at the plate and gives the max effort every time she is on the field.

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
Player of the Year for the state of Georgia.GreggMeghan

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.