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Nine Softball Factory Alums Found in This Week’s Look at Three Women’s Division l Top 25 Teams

This week we found three Division l teams currently ranked in the NCAA’s Top 25 rankings (for the week of April 3rd) who feature three Softball Factory alums a piece on their rosters. Here is how these nine alums are contributing to their teams’ successes in 2018:

# 17. Michigan Wolverines (31-7)

Meghan Beaubien

Meghan Beaubien (LHP, Fr.) – Beaubien’s collegiate softball career could not be off to a hotter start. The Newport, Mich. native tossed a six-inning no-hitter in her Michigan debut and has been on fire ever since. The freshman lefty owns the best ERA on both her team and in the Big 10 Conference (0.83) and has struck out a whopping 169 batters, the most on her team and in the Big 10. Having this ace on their roster has helped Michigan hold down the top spot for team pitching in their conference. She currently boasts a 23-2 record. Beaubien attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township, Mich. in November of 2016.

Katie Alexander (C, Jr.) – Alexander has been an asset both at the plate and behind it this season for the Wolverines. From behind the plate, the catcher owns the top spot in putouts for her team (239), has 24 assists and an impressive .996 fielding percentage. At the plate, the Ypsilanti, Mich. native has a solid .341 batting average, 30 hits, four home runs and 15 RBI. She has scored 18 runs for her team so far this season. Alexander participated in an Under Armour National Tryout in Waterford Township, Mich. in October of 2012.

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez (2B/SS, Fr.) – Rodriguez has been an excellent addition to the Michigan roster this season. The freshman leads her team in assists (71) and has recorded 32 putouts. The Clermont, Fla. native has crossed the plate to score her team a run 18 times so far this season and has 19 hits. Before coming to Michigan, she played with the Puerto Rican Junior National Team and contributed to a bronze-medal finish at the 2017 Junior World Championship. Rodriguez has attended several Softball Factory events including an Under Armour National Tryout in both Clermont, Fla. in July of 2012 and Savannah, Ga. in November of 2013, and the 2014 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

# 19. Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (25-10)

Kynadi Tipler (IF, So.) – Tipler, who attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Trussvile, Ala. in September of 2012, has been doing her part to contribute to this solid Ragin’ Cajuns team. She currently bats a valuable .313 and has recorded 10 hits this season, two of them being doubles. Before transferring to Louisiana, Tipler played her freshman season at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. where she hit .442 with 71 RBI. The Hoover, Ala. native smacked a team-high 84 hits, including 32 extra base hits (19 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs), and owned a .484 on base percentage and .732 slugging percentage.

Casey Dixon

Casey Dixon (P, Fr.) – Dixon has a commendable 6-2 record when on the mound for the Ragin’ Cajuns so far this season. In her 57.2 innings pitched (second-highest on the team) the Willis, Texas native has struck out 38 batters, second-most on the Louisiana pitching staff. Before kicking off her collegiate career with the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Sport Management major finished her senior year in high school with 439 strikeouts, 1.42 ERA, 14 shutouts, five no-hitters, and a perfect game. Dixon participated in the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

Teryn Pritchett (C, Fr.) – Before joining the Ragin’ Cajuns, Pritchett was a standout softball player at her high school. The Palmer, Texas native took part in leading her school to three district championships and was a four-time first team all-district selection and three-time District MVP. In her senior year the Biology major hit .375 with 22 stolen bases, 30 hits, six home runs, 30 RBI and an OPS of .987. Pritchett attended the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Southwest Championship.

# 20. Arkansas Razorbacks (29-8)

Keely Edwards (IF, So.) – Edwards, who attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Conway, Ark. in March of 2014, had quite the high school career before making her way to the Arkansas Razorbacks. She was a three-time all-state performer for her high school team and earned team MVP honors in each of her first three prep seasons. In her three seasons she boasted a.654 batting average and .980 fielding percentage.

Jada Dotson (OF, Fr.) – Before the freshman Razorback made her collegiate softball debut, Dotson had an impressive travel ball career. The Kinesiology major registered a .496 batting average throughout her time playing for her travel team and slugged over 50 home runs while averaging 40 stolen bases per season. The White House, Tenn. native played in the 2015 Under Armour Softball Factory Summer Classic Showcase.

Aly Manzo (IF, So.) – In her second season as a Razorback, Manzo has certainly made contributions to her team’s success. The Roseville, Calif. native currently carries a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with eight putouts and 19 assists. One-third of her 15 hits have been extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple, and one home run) and both her batting average (.306) and slugging percentage (.469) are commendable. The Kinesiology major attended an Under Armour National Tryout in Sacramento, Calif. in February of 2015.

Eight Softball Factory Alums Named 2017 Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year

Gatorade has announced the Softball Players of the Year for 2016-17, based on the state each player lives in and this year, eight Softball Factory alums were part of the honor.

Avery Wheatley

Delaware – Avery Wheatley: Avery is a shortstop from Delmar, Delaware and just wrapped up her senior season at Delmar High School. She helped lead the Wildcats to the state championship game at the time she was selected. Wheatley hit .662 with 19 RBI and 40 runs scored and was a First Team All-State selection. Softball Factory first saw Wheatley at a College PREP event in Savannah, GA in November 2014 and a month later, attended Softball Factory’s Christmas Camp & Tournament. In 2015, she participated in the Under Armour Softball Factory Fall Classic. Wheatley has committed to play at the next level with Appalachian State University.

Jocelyn Alo

Hawaii – Jocelyn Alo: Alo has now been named Hawaii’s Gatorade State Player of the Year in back-to-back years. She is a senior catcher at Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, HI and helped lead the Lady Sabers to a Division I state title this season, hitting .571 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI. Defensively, she threw out nearly 40% of baserunners attempting to steal. Alo attended an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Hemet, CA in November, 2016. She has committed to play at the next level with the University of Oklahoma.

Maryland – Kaitlin Beasley-Polko: The Leonardtown, MD native is a senior right-handed pitcher at Leonardtown High School and had an incredible season for the record books. Beasley-Polko dominated in her senior season, going 21-2 with an 0.36 ERA, striking out 331 in 157 innings pitched. Her dominance lasted all season as she threw six no-hitters, including one perfect game, and 15 shutouts. Kaitlin attended the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Eastern Classic as an 18U Participant and has committed to Coastal Carolina.

Meghan Beaubien

Michigan – Meghan Beaubien: Beaubien wrapped up her senior season at St. Mary Catholic Central High School where she helped the Kestrels to an 18-3 record at the time of her selection. Meghan was 15-1 in the circle with an ERA of 0.43 and 244 strikeouts in 115 innings pitched through 21 games. She attended a November 2016 National Tryout in Waterford Township (Detroit), MI. She will be playing at the next level with the University of Michigan.

Lauren Burke

Oregon – Lauren Burke: Lauren is a senior shortstop at Marist Catholic High School. Burke is the returning Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year in Oregon and helped the Spartans to a 25-3 record at the time of her selection. Putting together a solid senior season, Burke hit .629 with 14 doubles, 10 home runs, four triples, 62 runs scored and 42 RBI through 28 games. She attended a National Tryout in Hemet, California in 2016 and will play at the next level with the University of Oregon.

South Carolina – Bailey Betenbaugh: Bailey is the only underclass selection of the eight, a huge feat for the sophomore right-handed pitcher and infielder from Union County High School in Union, South Carolina, helping to lead the Yellow Jackets (26-6) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. On the mound, Bailey was 16-4 with a 1.38 ERA and hit .504 with nine homers this season. Softball Factory saw the talented Betenbaugh at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Columbia, South Carolina back in 2015.

Casey Dixon with her Easton Glove at 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Texas – Casey Dixon: The senior right-handed pitcher from Willis High School in Willis, TX helped lead the Wildkats to a 39-7 record at the time of her selection with an incredible 34-7 mark in the circle with a 1.07 earned run average and an astounding 415 strikeouts in 236 innings this season. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette commit was even better during their playoff run, tossing two complete games on a single day in each of Willis’ final three rounds of the Class 5A Region 3 Tournament, as her wins were the deciders in each series.

Dixon attended the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament in January and shined, winning an Easton Gloveman Award for her performance.

Virginia – Kathryn Sandercock: Kathryn is a junior right-handed pitcher from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. She helped lead the Knights to a perfect 27-0, winning both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state titles this past season. Sandercock was 26-0 with a 0.09 ERA – yes, an 0.09 ERA – and 330 strikeouts in 151 innings pitched, allowing just 35 hits and 19 walks. Softball Factory staff saw the talented Sandercock at the 2016 Under Armour Softball Factory Eastern Classic where soon after, she was selected as a standout to train for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team in Oklahoma City, OK this summer. Sandercock has committed to play at James Madison University.

Five Division I Commits Shine At 2017 All-America Pre-Season Tournament

Being named a Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American is truly an honor. Powered by Under Armour, Softball Factory All America Preseason Tournament featured a special guest this year, Olympic Gold Medalist and former Player of the Year Jennie Finch. Softball Factory selected 44 athletes from across the nation to participate in the event. Each athlete showed strong passion and skills for the game.

This year there were five 2017 Pre Season Under Armour All American outstanding player awards listed below:

Casey Dixon

Casey Dixon

RHP Casey Dixon is approaching her final season at Willis High School in Willis, TX. Last season Dixon went 25-2 with a 1.13 ERA striking out 311 batters. She also batted .364 with 38 RBI and was named MVP of her district. The senior has committed to University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

At the tournament, Casey was a recipient of the Easton Gloveman Award and received a brand new Easton glove. She described the experience as unforgettable.

“I had so much fun! It was great to meet so many girls from different states and to play alongside them,” Dixon said. “I was able to learn a couple of new and different things while playing for coaches I had never played for before. Having Jenny Finch there to watch and instruct me was an honor!”

The Dixon family is just as excited to see her play at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“We are so excited and blessed. Most of our family is from Louisiana, so it feels like home. The people in Lafayette are just wonderful and so welcoming. It will be amazing to watch Casey in a Ragin’ Cajun uniform with the best softball fans in the country. I know she has worked really hard to get the opportunity to play Division 1 ball, so it is a wonderful feeling to see that pay off for her.”

Janae Jefferson

Janae Jefferson

OF Janae Jefferson is entering her senior season at Chester W. Nimitz Senior High School in Harris County, TX. Her junior season she finished with a .687 batting average with 21 doubles, 15 triples, 31 RBI and swiping 18 bases. The Texas native will be playing college ball at the University of Texas.

“I thought the event was great,” Jefferson said. “The event was very professionally organized. I got to meet some nice people and play the sport that I love. I really enjoyed it. Softball means the world to me. I fell in love with the game at six years old, I love the competition and team work aspect of the game.”

Ecstatic to play at the University of Texas, her parents share the emotion of the feeling.

“It’s always been her dream to play Division 1 softball. We are so proud and excited for her. The fact that she gets to live out her dream is just awesome. The true icing on the cake is that she gets to play for Coach Clark at The University of Texas. When you think of college and universities in this state, the one that immediately comes to mind is UT. They have a tremendous tradition.”

At the tournament, Janae was also a recipient of the Easton Gloveman Award and received a brand new Easton glove.

Audrey Lyle

Audrey Lyle

1B/C Audrey Lyle is entering her junior season at Westlake High School in Westlake, OH. In her high school career, Audrey is averaging .437 with 45 hits and six doubles. She has already committed to Belmont University and has worked hard at the game since four years old.

“Audrey started softball when she was four years old. She went from tee ball, to coach pitch, to local travel, and eventually to national travel teams. Softball has taught Audrey so much about life and how to work with others. She has been challenged and blessed so much by the game. She has learned to set and achieve goals for herself and her teammates through hard work and dedication.”

Her favorite moment at the tournament, according to her mom, Laura, was the coaches, especially Jennie Finch and Raven Chavanne.

“Audrey was so honored to be chosen as a Pre-Season All-American, and she was so blessed to be coached by Jennie Finch and Raven Chavanne, along with all of the amazing Softball Factory coaches.”

At the tournament, Audrey was also a recipient of the Easton Gloveman Award and received a brand new Easton glove.

Her family continued “She loves being able to play with amazing, talented girls from all over the country at Softball Factory events! She has learned so much about life and softball from the Softball Factory!”

Playing at Belmont University Audrey can’t come any sooner for Audrey.

“Playing at Belmont after graduation will be a dream come true for her. She feels like it is the perfect place that God prepared for her. Her future coaches and teammates are amazing, and she can’t wait to get there!”

Alexandria Lewis

Alexandria Lewis

SS/OF Alexandria Lewis is entering her senior season at Columbia High School in West Columbia, TX. In a total of 73 games, Alexandria has a batting average of .444/.519/.580 with 53 stolen bases in her high school career. She is a Galveston College commit who fell in love with the game at six years old determined to play college ball.

“Alexandria has been playing softball since she was six years old and we are so proud that she has decided to attend Galveston College and continue her education. She has made some sacrifices along the way but she has always been very determined to follow her dream and play softball and dreamed of someday playing at the Division I level and maybe even in the Olympics. Our goal was always for her to go to college so she could make a way for herself, not knowing for her it would becoming so much more.”

At the tournament, Alexandria was also a recipient of the Easton Gloveman Award and received a brand new Easton glove, where she described the tournament as an amazing experience.

Madison Watson

Madison Watson

3B Madison Watson is approaching her senior season at Riverside Academy in Reserve, LA. Last season, Madison averaged a slash line of .348/.442/.573 with 31 hits in 31 games. The Louisiana native looks forward playing college ball at Southeastern Louisiana University. It has been a dream of hers to play in college for a long time, while her parents are just as excited.

“Softball means the world to me,” Madison said. “It’s the one place where everything disappears and I get to be me. It has taught me valuable life lessons such as team work and how to overcome failures even through difficult times. I fell in love with softball when I was eight years old. I have to thank this sport for the endless amount of friendships that will last forever.”

“To us as parents, we are always proud of Madison, whether it’s on the softball field or in the classroom. It doesn’t mean so much to us where Madison is playing, DI or at a Junior college. We are most proud that all of her hard work has paid off. She has spent endless hours at the softball field working to get better. She’s a kid who doesn’t believe in defeat, so we are proud that she gets to live out her life long dream of playing college softball.”

At the Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, she was a recipient of the Easton Offensive Player Award and received an Easton stealth bat.

“I personally feel like that weekend was one of the most influential events I have ever attended,” Madison said. “There were so many great coaches and role models there to remind me why I fell in love with softball in the first place. I learned a lot from the event that I will continue to use as I play this sport. Let’s not forget that it was also a lot of fun and I was able to interact with some great athletes from around the world.”