Finesse Realizes Organic Growth With Open Training Programs

Finesse Dreher Lesco Allie Wright #4

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

After college, Donny Dreher had traveled around playing modified fastpitch to engage his competitive spirit and stay active. Little did he know that when he retired to save the wear and tear on his body, that years later he would find his way back around to the game of softball and the Finesse Fastpitch organization.

At the request from a friend to come evaluate a player, he visited a local high school to check out the player. This is where he met Tommie Walker and Denny Schlimgen on this day in 1992.

“I got hooked on it,” said Dreher. “I liked what they were doing.”

Allie Wright Michigan Finesse
Allie Wright Michigan Finesse
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Alexa Rosales Leads By Example With All-Out Work And All-American Potential

Alexa Rosales Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

As a top recruit in the class of 2023, Alexa (Lex) Rosales has earned the respect of those in the Athletics Mercado softball organization from her hard work ethic. In the fall, she was moved to the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team to continue to work on her development.

“I would put Lex’s work ethic up against any player in the nation,” said Brian Tidd, coach for the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team. “Lex has played at the highest level throughout her career with our Academy and is a true leader that has set the highest standard of how we play this game.”

Alexa Rosales 2023 Utility Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd
Alexa Rosales 2023 Utility Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd
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Katie Flannery Draws Two Sport Inspiration from the Best

Katie Flannery 2023 Birmingham T-Bolts Roberson

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

How many high school student-athletes can say they have been fortunate enough to play with a top recruit in multiple sports at the same time?

The answer is likely a small number, but Katie Flannery is one of those players. On the softball field, she has played with Annabelle Widra, a dynamic two-way player who will soon suit up for the University of Michigan. On the hardwood, Flannery played with and looked up to Sarah Ashlee Barker, one of the best basketball players in the Southeast who is now at the University of Georgia.

Birmingham Thunderbolts Katie Flannery 3B
Birmingham Thunderbolts Katie Flannery 3B
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Addie Mettler Preps for Competition She Hasn’t Seen Yet

Addie Mettler 2023 Firecrackers Rico-Weil

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.”

Addie Mettler 2023 Firecrackers Rico-Weil
Addie Mettler 2023 Firecrackers Rico-Weil-batting
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Kayden Henry uses IQ and Skill to Paint the Future

Kayden Henry 2023

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.

Kayden Henry 2023
Kayden Henry Texas Bombers Gold Smith
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Ella Parker: Victory Through Versatility

Ella Parker 2023 Batbusters Stith

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

Ella Parker 2023 OC Batbusters Stith
Ella Parker 2023 OC Batbusters Stith
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EC Bullets 25 Years Strong

EC Bullets Greg Schnute

By Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Greg Schnute knew if the Southeastern Conference added fastpitch softball to its list of athletic offerings, the sport would grow rapidly at not just the college level, but the levels below as well.

He was correct. All in the span of a few years in the mid-1990s, the Summer Olympics featured softball, the SEC adopted softball and the state of Georgia transitioned from slow pitch to fastpitch at the high school level.

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EC Bullets Sensing during an Elite 50 game on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Wilson Morgan Park in Decatur. Photo by Kyle Parmley.
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2022’s Anticipate Recruiting Opportunities Sept 1st

Welcome to September 1 2020

By Maren Angus – Fastpitch Network

For the class of 2022, recruiting has not been the easiest path. This is the class that was being recruited in middle school before the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) passed legislation to end early recruiting.

Now, Sept. 1 of their junior year is finally here. Each athlete has their own story. Some were being heavily recruited in eighth grade and some may not have any idea of who might be calling on Tuesday.

Waiting for the Call
2022’s Waiting for the Call starting September 1st
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Fastpitch Network 2025 Player Position Rankings

FPN 2025 Player Position Rankings

August 10, 2020 – FPN STAFF

Fastpitch Network (FPN) takes on the ambitious goal of ranking the new 2020-2021 class of 2025 14U Players in their various positions.

PITCHERS

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CATCHERS

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Middle Infielders

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FPN 2025 Player Rankings

Aug 10, 2020 FPN Staff

FPN put their collective ears to the wind to see who we should be watching in the newest 14U Class of Players. Take a look and see who aged up riding a wave that will likely make quite a splash in 14U in the 2020-2021 season.

FPN 2025 Player Rankings
FPN 2025 Player Ranlkings
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