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Softball | Softball Showcase | 5/11/2022

Nicki G Memorial Scout Notes

Russ Wohler      Molly Reyes     
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In remembrance of Nicole Glatter, and honoring the Nicki G Foundation, 34 teams came out to Omaha, Nebraska to play for a cause. Saturday, May 7, each team wore an honorary Nicki G #19 jersey in the color of a cancer ribbon that they chose to support this weekend. Each team honored those colors well.
Left-handed pitcher Alexis Jensen (2025, Gretna, Neb.) with Nebraska Gold Heard 14u National is a 2-for-1 player. Jensen worked the zone for her team and had a strong mix of pitches. Along with that she showed great discipline in the batter’s box, as Friday night alone she showed that with her solo home run over the center field fence to put her team on the board. Jensen keeps a level barrel and shows a strong feel for the barrel.
Nebraska National-Enstrom’s center fielder Emma McGrath (2023, Papillion, Neb.) showed great strength in her coverage of the position with a quick first step reaction. She had a loud and confident voice in the green and stopped at nothing to get the out for her team even if it meant diving and getting a few stains on her jersey.
Bailey Amezcua (2024, Greenwood, Mo.) showed full coverage of the plate by finding solid contact to all fields. She specialized in closing in on the outside pitch and making the right side move. Sunday afternoon, Amezcua hit a three-run bomb to dead center to put Select Fastpitch 18u on top.
Nebraska Gold-Ruhl’s very own Piper Ruhl (2024, Lincoln, Neb.) was a wall behind the plate. She showed off her strength and quickness with her blocks and quick throw downs from the knees. Saturday, Ruhl showed confidence with a bases loaded quick reaction throw down to first base when she saw the runner took a bigger lead than they should have.
Teammate Halle Pribnow (2024, Elkhorn, Neb.) showed the same confidence for Nebraska Gold-Ruhl in the outfield using her powerful voice to make it known she had the play. Pribnow was also a force to be reckoned with at the plate. She was seen Sunday waiting back on the off-speed to get a 5/6 hole gap shot, as well as keeping her hands in on the screwball to hit a line drive to left-center for a double in the books.
Brooke Janning (2025, Blair, Neb.) had a disciplined weekend in the batter's box for Nebraska Quakes Prime-Jonas 15u. She continuously had long, battling at-bats, just Saturday alone she got an RBI for drawing a walk with bases loaded. Janning also had a hard power slap to left-center and extended it to a double easily with her speed on base.
Macy Richardson (2023, Tecumseh, Neb.) is a right-handed pitcher to keep an eye on. She consistently keeps her pitches in the low-60s and her off-speed drops down to the low-50s, high-40s. Richardson has a challenging rise ball that is just out of the zone that keeps the batters swinging and unable to touch. She has a strong mix of pitches to keep herself unpredictable for Nebraska Gold 16u National team.
Nebraska Quakes Prime-Gerardy 18u had Jordyn Rochholz (2023, Elkhorn, Neb.) behind the plate. She did a great deal of helping out her pitchers to get the call with her strong wrist work and quick framing. Rochholz also did a deal in the batter's box with a strong feel for the barrel and a great step in to go with the outside pitch to get her a line drive to right-center for a single in the books Saturday afternoon.
Desaree Cuevas (2023, Omaha, Neb.) with Nebraska Gold 18 National team was a solid batter in the lineup. She started the day off with an off-the-fence drive in right-center to put her team on the board, and followed with a solo bomb over the right field fence in the last inning of the game to give her team an insurance run to secure the win.

-Molly Reyes

South Dakota Renegades 18 is a competitive squad that fought hard all weekend long. Norah Christiansen (2024, Sioux Falls, S.D.) was a huge contributor to the Renegades offense. Christiansen has power in her bat. A true swing path with a good approach creates offensive stats. Her plus speed and baserunning skill lead to several run scoring and RBI opportunities.

Christiansen’s Renegades teammate, Paris Van Dyke (2023, Luverne, Minn.), was getting things done in the circle. Van Dyke hit her locations and was not scared to pitch to contact and let her defense get the outs. She has a good changeup along with other pitches which kept hitters guessing and off balanced.

Kennadi Borngrebe (2023, Omaha, Neb.) for Nebraska Gold Neumayer showed a set of tools that led her team to a semifinal berth in the Gold bracket. This recent Wayne State College commit pitched masterfully all weekend long. Borngrebe used an explosive rise to set up hitters, then using an elite changeup, she got swing-and-miss strikeouts. This future Wildcat is going to make a splash in NCAA Division-II.

Another semifinal team was Nebraska Gold 05-Anderson, and this team was loaded with talent. One of those players is Autumn Iversen (2023, Wahoo, Neb.). Iversen is an all-around softball player, producing at the plate, in the field and in the circle. She has a good feel for the barrel, hitting the ball in gaps, using her elite speed stretching gap shots into inside-the-park home runs. Iversen gets up to 63 mph in the circle using overpowering stuff at times for strikeouts, and she also knows when to pitch to contact. She is a smooth fielder, with good range and a strong arm from third base. Future is bright for Autumn.

Tara Vandewater (2024, Winterset, Iowa) is one of the smoothest fielders in her class. Vandewater plays two of the hardest positions on the field, shortstop and catcher and makes them both look effortless. Whether it's a quick first step at short to stop a grounder in the hole or slick foot and glove work to frame her pitcher’s pitches, Vandewater does it all.

Traveling over 600 miles did not stop Team Manitoba from making a huge impact on the weekend. Hope Ransome (2023, Winnipeg, MB), first baseman for Team Manitoba, has one goal in mind at the plate, hit for power. Ransome uses her lower and upper halves in sync to create explosive drives off the bat. Her teammate Danika Nell (2024, Boissevain, MB) is a dual-threat player. Nell gets full arm extension on her swings and generates massive power, strength and contact through the zone. Going gap-to-gap on her line drives is the norm for Nell. In the circle, Nell is already a force to be reckoned with. Hitting the mid-60s, changeup is in the mid-50s and her curveball exhibits late break, forcing hitters to guess, then swing and miss most of the time.

-Russ Wohler
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