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Softball | Softball Tournament | 5/18/2022

Hawaiian Hitfest Scout Notes

Molly Reyes      Russ Wohler     
Photo: Perfect Game
The weather may not have exactly reflected the Hawaiian Hitfest name last weekend in Missouri, but 13 teams gave it their all in the 18A division the two days they were able to play. Teams from all over the Midwest attended and showed they are ready for the summer ball season to start.
Select Fastpitch 14u had multiple players that had great showings at the plate and on the field. Leading off, Erin Stewart (2025, Kansas City, Mo.) made great adjustments at the plate. No matter where the pitch was placed she was on it and taking the ball for a ride. She had a strong and level barrel. Stewart finished the weekend with three singles, two doubles and one triple, one RBI, as well as tallying up three runs scored. She also was a great leader on the infield, as she was loud and called where the play was. As a first baseman, she has a great quick first step on bunt coverage and a prominent transfer and throw.
Teammate and RHP Jenna Edwards (2025, Carrollton, Mo.) had a mean mix of pitches. She had a strong consistency of keeping her pitches in 56-58 range while dropping her off-speed down to a solid 45 mph. She had great spin on the ball that’s only going to advance as she matures. Edwards ended the weekend with 0.00 ERA, 8 innings pitched and only gave up 4 hits.
Isabelle Dufva (2024, Independence, Mo.) was dangerous with the bat in her hand. She only made an appearance in one game for KC Ambush ’05 , but boy did she make an appearance. Dufva went 2-for-3 in that game with one triple, one homer, one run scored, and 3 RBI. Her home run resulted in a walk-off to take the mercy-ruled win Friday night. She has great strength in her lower half to help drive the ball to the green. She will be a threatening batter in the lineup for years to come.
Jaelynn Tunley (2025, Blue Springs, Mo.) was also a strong hitter for KC Ambush ’05 and finished out the weekend with a 1.000 batting average. She is a well built and disciplined batter. With 6 plate appearances, Tunley had 3 walks, 1 single, 2 doubles, 5 runs scored and 2 RBI. She is the definition of a tough out leadoff batter.
Olivia Feuling (2023, West Des Moines, Iowa) showed to be an all-around player. She showed great athleticism by popping out from behind the dish to make plays in the field. Feuling used her voice to make sure her team was in the know of every play before the pitch. She also showed great speed as a leadoff batter. She had multiple at-bats of check slaps to third and even the pitcher during one at-bat and beat them out to first. Feuling also led the tournament with 3 stolen bases. I can guarantee as she matures she will keep finding a way on.
Nebraska Gold 515 15u’s very own Lily Hans (2024, Ankeny, Iowa) had some strong, clutch hits for her team. Hans alone was in the top leaders of her team with 4 RBI. She had a strong feel for the barrel and made quick adjustments to cover all zones. Hans may have a small stature but she makes big plays on the field as a first baseman.

Carly Bertolini (2025, Papillion, Neb.) had a strong plate appearance for Nebraska Thunder Elite Christians, going 7-for-8 with six singles, one home run, four runs scored, and nine RBI. Bertolini’s one home run was a blasted grand slam to get insurance runs for her team. She has great power getting her barrel through the zone.
Maggie Kauk (2023, Paola, Kan.) was a strong leadoff batter for Havoc 18u. She read the field well and placed the ball where she needed to, to guarantee a spot on base. Kauk went 5-for-7 over the weekend, with five singles, four runs scored and one RBI. Kauk was the speed on base for Havoc, as she has an aggressive lead and a quick step back when needed. When the ball is in play, the defense better be heads up or she will take the extra base.
Teammate Abbie Farmer (2022 Atlanta, Mo.) and Park University commit was a force to be reckoned with in the circle. She lead the weekend with 21 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched. That’s not all she can do either, as Farmer had a weekend at the plate going 4-for-6 with three singles, one double, one run scored, and four RBI. She will make an all-around great addition to the Park University Pirates this fall.
Payton Kincaid (2023, Omaha, Neb.) was a guaranteed runner on base for NE Gold Jarzobski. She wasn’t going down without a fight every at-bat. You needed the job done and she was who you’d want in the batter’s box. Kincaid led the tournament going 6-for-6 with four singles, one double, one home run, five runs scored and five RBI. I will repeat it, you need the job done and Kincaid is who you want in the box. On defense, she covered a great amount of range at second base and had a quick first step in every direction. Her natural scoop of the glove made every play so smooth. She will only go up from here as she takes on the next level of play.

-Molly Reyes

Emma Heinemann (2026, Olathe, Kan.) for KC Bandits 07/08 had an impressive weekend at the plate. Heinemann collected six hits, including three triples, five runs scored and drove in five more. Being a well-rounded player helps her compete on both sides of the ball.

Louisville Lady Sluggers 14u Lovelady was running on all cylinders going into Sunday. A large factor in the team's success was Sofia Bock (2026, Liberty, Mo.). Bock has a good approach at the plate, picking out not only pitches she likes to hit, but location of those pitches. She has a line drive swing plane, hitting the ball to where the defenders are not. Bock drove in four runs on only two hits, proving that outs can be productive.

Team Kansas-Hooper was another team confidently moving into bracket play. Kaylee Wood (2027, Wellsville, Kan.) is an all-around talented softball player. Wood has great field awareness and fielding ability. A high softball IQ helps Wood understand situations to better position herself and know what type of offense is needed. A good, strong swing helps too, as Wood tallied six RBI and three runs scored on six hits.

Diamond Club Premier Kramer was positioned at the top of the pool going into Sunday. Marleigh McDonald (2027, Smithville, Mo.) did her part for the team with a smooth, compact swing, then exploding through contact driving her hips through the softball producing hard hits. Being patient at the plate led to three walks for her which she turned into a run scored. Mcdonald’s Premier teammate Kaityln Gillen (2026, Lee’s Summit, MO) had some hometown feel collecting eight RBI on six hits.

Vision Gold Ar 2026 Barham is loaded with future stars in this sport. Led by great coaching, Vision is a team to be reckoned with every tournament they enter. Londyn Bond (2027, Bartlesville, Okla.) has a powerful swing that is on time and on plane. She has the ability to clear her lower half, to achieve balanced, strong contact through the zone. Hand extension completes the swing for a classic, repeatable swing. Bond had six RBI, three on one swing, tying her with three other players for third-most RBI.

Select Fastpitch 13u is always a threat to take the title regardless of the event they compete in. Select was well on their way this past weekend, only giving up four runs in three games. A pair of teammates on this team, both playing each side of the ball, were a big reason only four runs crossed the plate. Alayna Vaeth (2026, Olathe, Kan.) was overpowering at times with a range of pitches sitting at 58-60 MPH. Vaeth has a good breaking ball and all her pitches move late, resulting in swings and misses, amassing 12 strikeouts through eight innings pitched with a WHIP of 0.63. At the plate, Vaeth uses plus speed and a true, nice bat plane to drive the ball, collecting five RBI and stealing two bags.

Kyndal Armstrong (2026, Grandview, Mo.) used spin and movement to keep hitters guessing. Her fastball and curveball were sitting 55-57, which is impressive itself, coupled with a drop/changeup at 43 that led to her seven strikeouts, most of them looking. Her bat did the talking at the plate, as pop for power in the barrel helped Armstrong spray the ball to all fields. There is lots to like on both sides of the ball.

-Russ Wohler

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