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 – (’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 – (’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 – (’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 – (’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 – (’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 – (’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 – (’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.
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