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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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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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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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

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by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

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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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Kita’s Stock Rising as 2022 Prospect

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Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

When Brinkley Kita warms up in the pitcher’s circle, her dad Brian enjoys scanning the faces of the people around.

Kita’s fastball, which consistently sits in the mid-60s mile per hour range, quickly gets the attention of on-deck batters and parents in the stands.

“Her velocity is kind of surprising,” Brian said.

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