Champions Elite Fall Showcase Watch List

After a busy summer hosting the Champions Elite Summer Showcase and the Champions Independence Day Showcase, Georgia-based Champions Elite Showcases will be hosting its annual Champions Elite Fall Showcase this weekend in Atlanta.

The 2017 Champions Elite Fall Showcase will host 125 teams from 17 states including some of the top organizations in the country.  

The event will showcase teams in 90-minute games running all day at four Metro-Atlanta Parks: Lost Mountain (Powder Springs), Twin Creeks, Hobgood Park, and Patriots Park (Woodstock).  

The showcase will host all “Top Flight” teams in one location — Lost Mountain Park — on Saturday, November 4, and feature some of the best uncommitted prospects in the age divisions of 14U through 18U Gold.  

Here are some players to watch for:

14U TOP FLIGHT: TOP PROSPECTS

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Hannah Harper 

High School: Mt Dora High School (Mt. Dora, FL)

Grad Year: 2022

Position: P/1B

Scouting Report: Solid lefty that throws with great precision. Harper works with five pitches with very good velocity. 6-foot pitcher 2017 ASA/USA All-American Florida team selection. Has DI schools already looking at her

Madison Hewett

High School: Santa Fe High School (Gainesville FL)

Grad Year: 2022

Position: P/3B

Scouting Report: Hard-throwing right-handed pitcher with five pitches and a great rise and spin. She has a tremendous bat with power at the plate. Hewett is being looked at by several DI programs and has tremendous potential.

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Sophia Voyles

High School: Coahulla Creek High School (Dalton, GA)

Grad Year: 2021

Position: P

Scouting Report:  Voyles held the lowest ERA at USSSA Futures Elite and helped lead Impact Gold to a runner-up finish at USSSA Select Elite Futures World Series. Her top pitch speed is 60 mph with 28 revs per sec on her curveball. She’s got a curve, screw, and changeup.

Kylie Macy

High School:  Grayson High School (Snellville, GA)

Grad Year: 2021

Position: P/1B

Scouting Report: Named Gwinnett County Athlete of the Week as a freshman, Macy hit a walk-off to win Region Championship. She held a .420 batting average from the left side. In the circle, she throws her rise at two speeds. Macy off-sets her rise with her change and drop curve. Her top speed is 59 mph. 

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McKaela Walker

High School: Marietta High School (Marietta, GA)

Grad Year:  2023

Position: P/SS

Scouting Report: Walker is an all-around player. She has speed, strength, and power. McKaela is a leader.  

Jayden Delaney Gailey

High School:  Franklin County (Carnesville, GA)

Grad Year: 2022

Position: P/1B

Scouting Report: On the mound, Gailey can spot pitches with late movement. Not a strikeout pitcher, she gets a ton of fly outs or groundouts. Her overall ERA for the 2017 season has been under 2.00 and her opponents batting averages have been around .270. Gailey is a solid defender as a first baseman, showing strong fundamental skills as well as a high fielding percentage. Gailey has been a strong contributor on offense, leading her team this year with over 50 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .700 while batting as a cleanup hitter.  She holds a batting average of .500 and an on-base percentage over .560. 

Amiah Kyye Ricks

High School: Whitewater High School (Fayetteville, GA)

Grad Year: 2022

Position:  Outfielder

Scouting Report: Ricks is a slapper with speed. She has a great glove and strong arm 

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Ella Chancey   

High School:  Madison County High School (Danielsville, GA)

Grad Year: 2021 

Position:  3B/SS

Scouting Report: Chancey 5-11 with an overhand speed in the low 60s. She hits for power and average.  Chancey is an academic taking advanced classes with a 4.0 GPA and starts on varsity basketball as well.

Chloe Middlebrooks 

High School:  Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga.

Grad Year:  2021

Position:  CF/2B/C

Scouting Report: Middlebrooks has great instincts on offense and defense. Her speed and reads allow her to get great jumps on the ball. Her primary position is centerfield where she consistently makes diving plays all over the outfield. In high school, she also takes her speed to the track.  

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Allie Farrow

High School:  Gordon Lee

Grad Year:  2022

Position: C

Scouting Report: Farrow is a left-handed power hitter with the ability to go deep, or hit to the opposite field. She is also very capable behind the plate with a quick release and strong arm. 

Stella Henry

High School:  Dade County High School

Grad Year: 2022

Position: OF

Scouting Report: Henry is one of the fastest players in her class. With each at bat, she is becoming a more effective slapper that seems to always find a way to get on base.  

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Esperanza Reyes

School:  Calhoun Middle School (Calhoun, GA)

Grad Year:  2022

Position: CF/SS

Scouting Report: Reyes has a strong bat and great fielding abilities. "In 20 years of coaching I might have seen her make the best catch ever diving over the fence stopping a game-winning home run," said Coach Palazzo.

Livingston Payne

School:  Hopewell Middle School (Alpharetta, GA)

Grad Year:  2022

Position:  C/1B

Scouting Report: Payne has a very consistent and powerful bat. Her balance and fundamentals defensively give the team the best chance to win.  

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Hallie Adams

High School: Pope High School – Marietta, GA

Grad Year: 2021

Position:  P

Scouting Report: Adams is a dominant pitcher when she enters the pitching circle. She throws 60-65 mph with five pitches that she can throw consistently at any time. Her rise ball is the most effective pitch. During the spring 2017 season, Adams pitched 67.2 innings across 29 games. She complied 85 strikeouts while allowing 59 hits and 15 walks with an ERA 3.21. Adams has carried Pope High School to the state playoffs.

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Eden Bigham

High School: Rustburg High School, Rustburg VA

Grad Year:  2022

Position: P/2B

Scouting Report: Solid riseball pitcher that throws 58-60 mph. 

Jordyn Robins

High School: Liberty Christian Academy Lynchburg VA

Grad Year:  2022

Position:  C/IF

Scouting Report: Robins does a great job of blocking and is equipped with good arm strength. She swings the bat well and has good size.

16U TOP FLIGHT: TOP PROSPECTS 

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Hannah Forehand

High School: Kennesaw Mountain

Grad Year:  2019

Position:  C/UTL

Scouting Report: Forehand is extremely versatile playing multiple positions from catching, infield, and outfield. At the plate, Forehand generates great bat speed. She's savvy on the bases with the instincts to steal based on the situation rather than waiting for a signal.  

Hannah Guthrie

High School: North Forsyth

Position: P/OF

Scouting Report: Guthrie is an outstanding pitcher who demonstrates poise and control with every batter. Not only a pitcher, she’s got great speed on the bases.

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Mady Johnson

High School: Oswego East ( Oswego IL)

Position: SS/3B

Scouting Report: Strongest fielder and hitter on the team.

Emilee Erickson

High School: Kaneland (Elburn, IL)

Position:  P, 1B

Scouting Report: Left-handed pitcher with great stuff. One of the best pitchers in our area.

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Serena Smith

High School: Catasauqua High School (Northampton, PA)

Grad Year: 2019

Position: SS/3B

Scouting Report: Smith is a top of the lineup hitter with extraordinary defensive quickness and an extremely quick release.

Maddie Beres

High School: Caravel Academy (Bear, DE)

Grad Year: 2019

Position: C/1B/OF

Scouting Report: Smith possesses an extremely strong arm and powerful bat. She is versatile and can play corner infield positions and the outfield in addition to being an excellent catcher.  

Sheridan Long

High School: St. Georges Technical High School (Middletown, DE)

Grad Year: 2020

Position: SS/ P/3B

Scouting Report: Long is a tremendous all-around athlete with the ability to play any position in the field. Her versatility extends to the plate where she can bat leadoff or cleanup with an excellent combination of speed and power. 

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Kaley Varner

High School: Lambert High School

Grad Year: 2020     

Position: 3B/2B

Scouting Report: Varner is an extremely athletic infielder. She has good speed, great arm and pop with the bat. Varner is a great student with a 4.2 GPA.

Ashlyn Mickler

High School: Cherokee High School

Grad Year: 2020

Position: 2B/SS/OF

Scouting Report: Mickler is very quick and athletic. Good speed, great and good pop with the bat. Mickler is another academic kid with a 4.15 GPA with honors and AP classes. 

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Kloey Goins #2

High School: Jones County High School

Grad Year: 2020 

Position:  3B/CF

Scouting Report: Goins is a player with very strong knowledge of the game. She has quick hands recorded overhand throws over 62 mph. She sees the ball very well at the plate having over 124 plate appearances with only six strikeouts during her 2017 summer season.  

Bailey Caldwell #11

High School: Rutland High School

Grad Year: 2020 

Position: P/1B

Scouting Report: Caldwell is a powerful player.  She has four pitches that she can command: fastball, drop, curve, and changeup. She has been the cleanup hitter since she made the team.  Caldwell hits with lots of power. She is also a very knowledgeable player and commands the field well from first base. She is a great multi-position player. She has a 2.13 era in 92 innings pitched.      

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Ashton Beth Maloney

High School: Liberty High School (Liberty, MO)

Grad Year: 2021

Position: OF

Scouting Report: Maloney is an extremely fast, athletic outfielder. She has a strong arm and is a defensive gem. However, Maloney’s true worth is on offense. She is able to bunt, slap and power slap. As a freshman, Ashton started varsity for Liberty High School where she set a record as the first player in school history (had softball since the 1980s) to hit for the cycle. She is a right-handed thrower and a left-handed hitter. She already has an offer from a local DI program and is gaining interest from Power Five schools.   

Camryn Grace Stickel

High School: Ray-Pec High School (Raymore, MO)

Grad Year: 2020

Position: P

Scouting Report: Stickel is the newest addition to our pitching staff. She was able to completely baffle our hitters for 2 hits and 0 runs in a game last season. Stickel throws in the low 60s pitcher with tremendous spin on her pitches. She is gaining interest from several DI schools in the Midwest.   

18U TOP FLIGHT: TOP PROSPECTS

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Mary Pierce Barnes 

High School: Parkwood (Monroe, NC)

Grad Year: 2018 

Position: CF/1B

Scouting Report: Excellent two-hole hitter, great eye-hand coordination with power, Barnes rarely strikes out. She has a strong arm and good foot speed.

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Lauren Keleher       

High School: Abington High School (Abington, MA)

Grad Year: 2020

Position: OF      

Scouting Report: Keleher is a talented outfielder who hits near the top of the order. Her defensive skills are outstanding. She has a strong arm and is very smart on the field.

Darien McDonough

High School: LaSalle Academy (Providence, RI)

Grad Year: 2021

Position: OF      

Scouting Report: McDonough is a talented outfielder who can slap and swing away. She has a strong arm with good instincts in the outfield. She has good speed and excellent base stealer.

NPF Expands West Adding California Commotion To 2020 Season

NASHVILLE, TN (November 13, 2019) – National Pro Fastpitch announced today the addition of a new affiliate team that will enter the regular-season competition with the league in 2020.  The California Softball Commotion (CSC) will give the league a west coast presence for the first time since 2005.

Rising Star: Auburn-Commit Jessie Blaine Is Great At Just About Everything

At 17, Jessie Blaine has become accustomed to constant change. She was born in Wentzville, Missouri, but the right-handed-hitting catcher for Firecrackers TJ has lived in 11 different places throughout her childhood, including the state of Virginia four times. She’s currently enrolled as a junior at San Clemente (California) High, her third high school.

Top 25 Division I Softball Recruiting Classes For 2020 Prospects

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The class of 2020 was certainly an impact class over the summer. No. 1 recruit Jayda Coleman and No. 3 Bailey Dowling captured Gold at the U-19 World Cup over Japan. While Auburn-commit Madi Penta and Arizona State-commit Allison Royalty pitched their way to National Championships. We break down the top 25 college softball recruiting classes.

Kaitlyn Alderink Will Finish The 2020 Season With Louisiana

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball strengthened the depth of the infielders on its 2020 roster on Wednesday, and gained veteran experience for the group, as head coach Gerry Glasco announced the addition of Kaitlyn Alderink.

Rutgers Softball Coaches Under Fire, Accused Of Abuse From Former Players

A scathing report published Wednesday by Keith Sargeant and Matthew Stanmyre of NJ Advance Media alleges Rutgers University head coach Kristin Butler and her husband Marcus Smith, who serves as a volunteer assistant coach, created an environment during Butler’s inaugural season that resulted in physical and emotional abuse. 

Gem Softball October Data Report

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USA U17 Men's National Team Tops No. 2 Canada At Pan American

GUATEMALA CITY — In their U-17 Men’s Pan American Championship opener, the USA Softball U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) claimed an impressive 10-5 eight-inning victory over world-ranked No. 2 Canada. Cody Gibbons (St. Paul, Minn.) went the distance for the Red, White, and Blue, while the offense exploded with a six-run eighth inning to capture the win. 

Rising Star: Wisconsin Bound Peyton Bannon Keeps Getting Better

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When players are given the opportunity to come through in the clutch, some ramp up their adrenaline, become overanxious, and often walk away disappointed with the result. Others, like Peyton Bannon, have the ability to calm their breathing, slow the pace of the game in their mind, and not allow the moment to overtake them.

Softball Data Analysis Made Easy With SoftballCloud

In today’s evolving fastpitch market, there is one product that stands alone atop the mountain of technology and data-driven products out there. That product is one that combines the information from eleven different data measuring products into one incredible software platform. SoftballCloud takes its users from being overwhelmed with numbers and data metrics to looking like a professional that has taken hours to study the data.  The difference is as simple as “A” or “B”:

Gem Of The Hills: How To Watch, Time, & Live Stream Info

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The Gem Softball Showcase, Central Florida’s newest college showcase tournament, incorporates FlightScope’s data technology to demonstrate to college coaches which players are true “gamers” in a five-game guarantee (4-1 format) where all games count.