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Get to know the top softball prospects from all over the country. Where they come from? When they started playing? Who are their biggest influences?

  1. Rising Star: How 2023 Nellian McEnroe-Marinas Faces Her Giants

    Rising Star: How 2023 Nellian McEnroe-Marinas Faces Her Giants

    Nov 10, 2020

    Conquering a giant can sometimes be compared to a swimmer trying to avoid being pounded by a massive wave. Firecrackers Brashear infielder Nellian McEnroe-Marinas literally learned that lesson growing up in Hawaii.
  2. Rising Star: For 2023 Kayden Henry, Mediocrity Is Not An Option

    Rising Star: For 2023 Kayden Henry, Mediocrity Is Not An Option

    Oct 12, 2020

    One of the first things you’ll notice when scrolling through Kayden Henry’s Twitter feed is the post pinned to the top. It’s a quote from Bob Shipley, a former Texas high school coach and athletics director. The first sentence is particularly meaningful to Kayden, a left-handed-hitting outfielder for Texas Bombers-Smith:
  3. Rising Star: 2022 IF Avery Weisbrook Isn't Afraid To Take Chances

    Rising Star: 2022 IF Avery Weisbrook Isn't Afraid To Take Chances

    Oct 6, 2020

    During the 2019 CIF Southern Section semifinals, South Torrance (California) High freshman infielder Avery Weisbrook came to bat in the sixth inning against Roosevelt. The game was scoreless, with a runner on second and nobody out.
  4. Rising Star: 2023 Shortstop Tallen Edwards Lives For The Big Moments

    Rising Star: 2023 Shortstop Tallen Edwards Lives For The Big Moments

    Sep 28, 2020

    At 15, Birmingham Thunderbolts shortstop Tallen Edwards already knows as much about running a business as many adults. She didn’t have to look far for a successful blueprint. Her father Larry is a private hitting instructor, while her mother Pam has owned a commercial cleaning business with her brother for the past 20 years.
  5. Rising Star: Nadia Barbary, 2022 Shortstop Bound For Mississippi State

    Rising Star: Nadia Barbary, 2022 Shortstop Bound For Mississippi State

    Sep 21, 2020

    Every once in a while, a coach’s dream comes true. For Atlanta Premier Gold coach Steven Locke, it happened in a remarkable way.
  6. Rising Star: 2022 Outfielder Dakota Kennedy Chooses Arizona

    Rising Star: 2022 Outfielder Dakota Kennedy Chooses Arizona

    Sep 14, 2020

    Before the recruiting rules changed in 2018, the temptation to commit early was overpowering, especially for a player as highly sought after as Dakota Kennedy.
  7. Rising Star: How 2022 Shortstop Avery Fantucci Adjusts To New Normal

    Rising Star: How 2022 Shortstop Avery Fantucci Adjusts To New Normal

    Aug 25, 2020

    Living life to the fullest is more than a catchphrase for EC Bullets-Schnute 18U infielder Avery Fantucci. In a year filled with uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, having fun has become a necessary coping mechanism.
  8. Rising Star: Hotshots Playmaker 2022 Infielder, UCLA-Commit, Kennedy Powell

    Rising Star: Hotshots Playmaker 2022 Infielder, UCLA-Commit, Kennedy Powell

    Aug 17, 2020

    The molding of a champion takes years of hard work, sacrifice, and even a few tears along the journey. No one knows this better than Hotshots Premier-Nelson infielder Kennedy Powell.
  9. Rising Star: 2022 Carolina Elite Hurler Karlyn Pickens

    Rising Star: 2022 Carolina Elite Hurler Karlyn Pickens

    Aug 11, 2020

    Karlyn Pickens has always been a kid at heart. The right-handed pitcher for Carolina Elite rarely passes up an opportunity to give her coaches and teammates a few laughs.
  10. Rising Star: Why 2021 IF Kayla Chavez Stays Focused On The Controllables

    Rising Star: Why 2021 IF Kayla Chavez Stays Focused On The Controllables

    Jul 28, 2020

    It should come as no surprise that Athletics Mercado-Greg 16U infielder Kayla Chavez loves roller coasters. The heart-pounding sensation she experiences on the popular theme park attraction easily rivals the thrill of any big play on the softball field.
  11. Rising Star: How Taylor Tinsley Handled A Crash Course In Challenges

    Rising Star: How Taylor Tinsley Handled A Crash Course In Challenges

    Jul 21, 2020

    If life lessons are taught through challenges, Taylor Tinsley has gotten a crash course the past few months both on and off the field.
  12. Rising Star: 2022 Shortstop River Mahler

    Rising Star: 2022 Shortstop River Mahler

    Jul 13, 2020

    The past few months have been like a roller coaster ride for River Mahler. After batting .569 with 18 RBI and 33 runs scored as a freshman for Monroe (Washington) High, the 5-foot-8 left-handed-hitting shortstop had high expectations for her sophomore year.
  13. Rising Star: 2022 Pitcher/Slugger NiJaree Canady

    Rising Star: 2022 Pitcher/Slugger NiJaree Canady

    Jun 23, 2020

    Over the past year, NiJaree Canady came close to winning state championships in both softball and basketball. In both cases, she watched opportunity slip from her grasp due to circumstances completely beyond her control.
  14. Rising Star: 2020 Pitcher, Janie Worthington Bound For North Texas

    Rising Star: 2020 Pitcher, Janie Worthington Bound For North Texas

    Jun 18, 2020

    It was one of those moments that seemed humiliating at the time but turned out well in the end.
  15. Rising Star: 2022 Oklahoma State-Commit Haidyn Sokoloski

    Rising Star: 2022 Oklahoma State-Commit Haidyn Sokoloski

    May 27, 2020

    Haidyn Sokoloski was nine years old when she hit her first home run, a high fly ball that just managed to clear the fence on a field designed more for baseball than softball. That was seven years ago, but she remembers the scene like it was yesterday.