Addie Mettler Preps for Competition She Hasn’t Seen Yet

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

From the time she was young, Addison (Addie) Mettler has been around softball fields. All that time spent around the game helped her acquire a lot of working softball knowledge. That awareness combined with her motivational drive has made her into one of the top 2023 prospects.

“She thinks the game through incredibly well and she learns quickly from her mistakes,” said her dad and former head coach, Greg Mettler.

“The thought that someone out there in the world is working just as hard as me to get that same spot at a great college really motivates me to get better, because it instills competition in me,” stated Addie Mettler. “I know that is my spot and no one is going to take that from me, because I’m going to work ten times harder on the field and in the classroom to get it.”

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Kayden Henry uses IQ and Skill to Paint the Future

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When Head Coach Scott Smith was considering moving Kayden Henry on to the Texas Bombers Gold 18U team of older players, he knew she had all the tools to flourish.

“She can do everything. That is rare to have all five tools. She has them all,” said Smith.

Being on a team loaded with talented 2021 and 2022 players headed to Power 5 schools, you would think she would get lost.  She is the only 2023 player on this team.

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Kayden Henry Texas Bombers Gold Smith
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Cahalan Displays Production Value Beyond Her Years

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By Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Watching Kenleigh Cahalan play, it might seem as if she is a few years older than she actually is.

That’s intentional, because she tries to make it look that way.

“I just treat everything like I am one of the older ones and do my best,” she said. As an eighth-grader, Cahalan was pulled up to her high school’s varsity team at Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.). Early on that year, she established herself as the team’s primary third baseman and took a backseat to none in terms of production.

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Ava Brown Powers Her Way To Triumph

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

Ava Brown had worked hard to become one of the top overall 2023 recruits, ranking No. 6 overall among Class of 2023 prospects for Fastpitch Network, and was looking forward to the summer season to continue to improve her game.  

“It has always been my dream to not only play college softball, but to also represent my country,” said Brown.

The exposure at summer tournaments and showcases are what all the young softball players work for in hopes of getting seen by the college coaches who attend the events.  

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Ava Brown – 2023 Pitcher – Hotshots Premier Nelson
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Ella Parker: Victory Through Versatility

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by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Don’t put Ella Parker’s game in a box.

She wants to be known for far more than just one skill or attribute. She’s not just a pitcher. She’s not just a hitter. She wants to be able to do it all.

“I want to be as versatile as I can be and as helpful as I can be,” Parker said

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Ella Parker 2023 OC Batbusters Stith
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Kasidi Pickering 2023 Blasts her Way to the Top

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by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

It is not a coincidence that Kasidi Pickering is one of the hottest recruits in the class of 2023 and her summer team, Hotshots Premier – Nelson, is one of the best teams comprised of 2022 and 2023 prospects.  They both are very talented.

Pickering is ranked by the Fastpitch Network as the top utility player in her class and No. 4 overall among Class of 2023 prospects.

“All the intangibles. A true utility kid who can pitch, play all the infield positions at a high level, and one of the best 2023 hitters in the country,” said Nathan Nelson, who has coached her since 10U.

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The Rapid Ascension of Aiyana Coleman

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Aiyana Coleman has one objective when she steps into the batter’s box.

“It’s my goal to hit the ball as far as I can,” said the No. 17 Class of 2022 prospect in the nation, according to Fastpitch Network.

Her coach with the Texas Bombers 18U squad, Scott Smith, has seen her hit the ball a long way quite a few times.

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Aiyana Coleman Texas Bombers 18U Scott Smith, “Every time she comes to the plate, she’s dangerous.”
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Ailana Agbayani: A Model for Player Commitment

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by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Ailana Agbayani’s commitment level to the game of softball is obvious before she ever steps on the field.

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Ailana Agbayani OC Batbusters Mike Stiths 18U Team making a double play

Despite living in Millilani, Hawaii, Agbayani finds herself in the mainland United States nearly every weekend in the summer and fall. The Class of 2022 prospect has been playing in the OC Batbusters program, based in California, for five years.

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Goode Continues to Impress

Leighann Goode Texas Bombers Shortstop

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

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#43 Leighann Goode Texas Bombers Shortstop at the Plate

Some people make strong first impressions. Then there’s what Leighann Goode did the first time James Burgess saw her play.

A few years ago, Burgess recalls heading to the third base coaching box as a game was about to begin. The opposing shortstop caught his eye almost immediately.

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