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Softball  | Softball Tournament  | 4/10/2024

18U Dingers & Dinkers **Sunday Only**

Ashley Mears     

URBANDALE, IA, - Perfect Game Dingers & Dinkers April 7th, 2024. It was a cold and windy day, but it didn’t stop some of the state’s top pitchers and players from performing. In what was many teams first weekend out on the dirt, there was still some high-level softball that was played. Top recruits from several of the surrounding D1s, D2s, NAIAs and Jucos were there, and the day did not disappoint.

The events top hitting performer was Shanna Buford (2024 Donnellson, IA) of Se Iowa All Stars Black and an Indian Hills Community College commit displayed her skills both in the field and at the plate. Buford has a solid stance and a confident plate approach, taking advantage of every pitch. The middle infielder demonstrated her range in the field making several big plays on the day. Buford had a tournament high 10 RBIs which came from seven hits, including three doubles, and two homeruns. Buford is going to be an exciting one to watch and should make an instant impact next year at Indian Hills.

Peyton Stineman (2027 Cedar Rapids, IA) of Iowa Elite Red, was the event’s top pitching performer and one of the youngest pitchers in the field. Stineman is working with a five-pitch arsenal which includes a fastball that sits in the high 50s topping out around 61mph, a change-up, rise, curve and screw.  She does a great job of working all four corners and mixes in her pitches well. She also had a strong day at the plate with six hits which included two doubles and five RBIs. On the mound, she struck out 13 through nine innings pitched, walking two and only allowing one earned run. Stineman will only continue to get better as she gains maturity and experience in her game.

Lauren Bartine (2026 Ankeny, IA) a utility player from Iowa Elite Red, also found herself a top the leader board on the day. Bartine is a right-handed hitter who displays pure raw power. Her confidence and keen eye help her work the count to get her pitch, even drawing a pair of walks on the day. She also had six hits including a double and a pair of homeruns, driving in four RBIs.

Tatum Goerdt (2025 Cedar Rapids, IA) a hard throwing right-handed pitcher, of Iowa Elite Red, found herself atop the leader board in both pitching and hitting. An impressive pitcher, who threw a tournament high 16 strike outs. Her fast ball is consistently in the 60-63mph range and displays a changeup with at least a 20mph speed difference. She works the corners well and does a great job of mixing in her change up along with her rise that comes in just across the letters which results in several swings and misses. Goerdt is also a strong hitter, who displays confidence and a solid stance. She finished the day with five hits, 8 RBIs and a home run. Keep an eye out on this strong two-way player. 

Madison Deloera (2025 Ankeny, IA) of Iowa Gold Fastpitch 18u RH, was very impressive to watch. A left-handed hitter and speedster, she was nearly impossible to keep off the bases. Deloera had a tournament high 10 hits which included two doubles, batting 1.000 average, finishing with a perfect 10 for 10 at the plate. A simple hitter who doesn’t try to do too much, she does whatever she can to get on base for her team. Once on the bases, Deloera isn’t afraid to take second base at any given time, she also had four stolen bases on the day.

Kylee Hill (2027 Burlington, IA) a 1B/ RHP of Se Iowa All Stars Black was another youngster who came through big for her team. The right-handed batter has a slightly open stance with a smooth swing, displays quick hands and does a great job of getting her barrel through the zone. Hill finished the day with four hits, including a double and a homerun, knocking in seven runs.

Halle Clark (2027 Runnells, IA) a short stop of the Iowa Gold Prospects Baker is an up and comer that’s sure to turn heads as she continues to develop her craft.  In the field she showcases great range and a strong arm and is not afraid to lay out to keep the ball on the infield.  Batting .857 on the day with a 1.857 OPS, Clark has a simple line drive plate approach and doesn’t try to do too much. Once on the bases, Clark possesses smart base running skills and isn’t afraid to steal a base or two. Clark finished the day with five hits, which included a double and five RBIs. Clark has an extreme upside and will be fun to watch as she matures and gains experience.

Hannah Greiner (2025 Atkins, IA) of the Benton Bobcats, is a powerful left-handed hitter and utility player that would quickly make an impact at any college should she decide to attend. The lefty has a quick, powerful swing and extends through the zone well. Greiner finished the day with a perfect 5 for 5 performance, showing her power with a double and a homerun.

Jadyn Woods (2026 Des Moines, IA) a left-handed outfielder for SE Iowa All Stars Black is one of the most athletic players seen all weekend. She has the ability in the outfield to track down balls in the gap and has a strong arm to compliment it. A very smart base runner who also has great speed, Woods legs out doubles that would be singles for most. Her speed and athleticism don’t stop there.  In the box, Woods has a strong confident stance, uses her lower half well and absolutely crushes the ball. Woods finished the day batting .750, which included a double and a homerun. Woods is a player to keep your eye on!

Piper Johnson (2026 Fairfax, IA) a right-handed pitcher/SS/UT from NE Gold Berning 319 was another stand out. Her ability to play nearly anywhere, accompanied by her strong pitching abilities makes her a very marketable player. Her fastball sits in the low 60s and this athlete hasn’t even reached her ceiling yet. Johnson fanned 10 batters through nine innings pitched.

Delaney Wyble (2026 Ankeny, IA) an infielder of Alliance Select Blackford is very impressive in the box. A righthanded power hitter, she displays a very athletic stance and utilizes her lower half well, powering through every pitch she gets ahold of. Very impressed with this athlete and excited to watch her grow as she gains experience in the game.