Here is a list of Associated Press players to watch for softball season:
Jocelyn Allo, Oklahoma
Allo is the USA Softball Player of the Year. The senior senior is on his way to becoming a career NCAA home captain. She entered this season with 88 players, seven short of the record set by Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain, and she has made twice in six games this season as of Friday. She had a school record of 34 Housewives last season and helped the Sooners win the national title. It’s not just a power hitter – she entered the season with a career batting average of 0.425, which is the best in the school’s history.
Valerie Cagle, Clemson
Cagle was the ACC Player of the Year and Man of the Year in the Florida National Conference runner-up. She had a 28-7 record with five saves and 1.16 ERA. She led the team with 17 homers, 45 RBIs, .404 hitting average and .821 deceleration. 32 games started as a shot, 16 on the field and four as a hit.
Jayda Coleman, Oklahoma
Coleman earned a National Fastpitch Coaches first-team honor as a freshman playing off the field and first base. She hit .444, has 53 RBIs and scored 70 points. Stolen 20 bases in 24 attempts. She achieved .321 in the Women’s College World Championships, and made the team’s last game last season, which left a one-season NCAA record in Oklahoma at 161. She was a finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year.
Charla Echols, Florida
Echols was a unanimous NFCA All-American at third base last season as a junior, when she had 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 0.763 slowdowns. She was also among the All SEC defensive first team members. She entered the season as Florida’s all-time leader in running and third in batting and base percentage.
Miranda Elish, Oklahoma
Elish was Softball America’s Player of the Year for Texas in the abbreviated 2020 season, when she went 11-3 with a 1.53 ERA in 2020 and made 0.370 by 0.722. She missed her last season and has now boosted Oklahoma State’s hopes of winning the national title. Eilish began her college career in Oregon, where she was a second member of the NFCA All-American in 2018.
Montana Fouts, Alabama
Fouts made a perfect match against UCLA in last season’s College World Championships, the first for a female player in the event since 2000. She was the NFCA’s best pitcher of the year in 2021. At 6ft 1, she cast a majestic shadow on the circuit. She has been on the World Championships team twice.
Kinsey Hansen, Oklahoma
Hansen, the catcher, hit .438 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI with an 893 percent slowdown last season. She caught five contestants stealing and only allowed three to steal against her. She was on the World Championship team.
Janie Jefferson, Texas
The player entered this season as a career Texan with a batting average of 0.431 hits and 270 hits. She was an NFCA All-American last season after leading the Texans in batting average, base percentage and stealing. In 2020, it was third nationally in hitting (.554) and slow (.607).
Terry Jennings, Oklahoma
Jennings was the 2021 Student of the Year from the NFCA Division. She set the NCAA season one record with 92 RBIs and hit .462 with 27 home runs and a 25-fold program.
Gaby Blaine, Washington
One of the nation’s most accomplished players, Blaine was one of three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award last season. They’ve been good for a long time – they helped the Husky reach second place nationally in 2018. They played for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics.
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