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Softball  | Softball Showcase  | 10/20/2022

October KC Fall Showcase Scout Notes

Rachel Klipper      Russ Wohler      Dave Durbala     
Photo: Perfect Game
18u Division

Select Fastpitch 18U- Jones/Bryn was the team to beat this weekend, and proved unbeatable. They took first place at the 18U Elite Showcase. University of Arkansas commit Kylie Brockman (2023, Kansas City, Kan.) was name MV-Player of the tournament and rightfully so. With a scrappy glove and a swing with power behind it, she was often a key player to ensure her team continued to win throughout the weekend. Missouri commit Marissa McCann (2023, Surprise, Ariz.) also played a part with some heat following her pitches, averaging 63 mph. The list goes on with this team of players who altogether are an unbeatable team.

LHP Amera Garner/Williamson (2023, Sulphur, Okla.) with 16 Elite Derrico was a key pitcher for her team, often finishing out the inning with a strikeout. She hits her spots consistently at the mound with the right amount of movement behind each pitch. At the plate she hit .500 for the weekend with a wide stance followed by barelled hits.

Madison Oetzmann (2023, Urbandale, Iowa), an uncommitted right-handed pitcher with Iowa Bandits, was averaging 63 mph with standout movement in her pitches. She had an incredible drop that she could throw that was hard to put a bat on. 

Ava Curry (2024, Oskaloosa, Iowa) with Nebraska Gold 319 Berning is a wall in the outfield with a good read and quick jump on the ball. She can stay ahead of the ball to ensure nothing is past, and on top of that, she makes quick throws to the infield. Her strong and accurate arm made for a key play at home where she threw a girl out and was ahead of the runner on her throw to make for an easy tag made by her catcher.

Jessica Clemons (2024, Bettendorf, Iowa) with Southeast IA Allstars, 18U Gold Miller displayed natural athletic ability with quick feet to boot as a shortstop. With her swift reaction time on the ball, she was able to save some plays on a bad hop and follow through with an accurate throw for the out. Her range in the middle infield gave her the advantage to scoop some hard-to-reach hits.

Lefty slapper Larissa Miller (2023, Ankeny, Iowa) with Hawkette Elite Maroon is a consistent shoe-in to hit the 5-6 hole when at the plate. Her speed made for aggressive baserunning for extra bases. At shortstop, her quickness followed with some range and a quick glove to keep it in the infield gives her a promising future.

Behind the plate, Breanna Nolte (2023, Indianola, Iowa) with Alliance Select 18U Nolte was an unstoppable wall at catcher. Added in with her athleticism, she had a good read on the ball to better set herself to ensure strikes for her pitcher. At the plate, with an even stance, she has the definition of a line drive, middle-of-the-ball swing. Behind and at the plate she is someone you can count on.

-Rachel Klipper

16u Division

Select Fastpitch had a great showing across all the age divisions, including the 16u Premier. Select Fastpitch 14u-Kramer has a battery combo that rivals any other in the region. Alayna Vaeth (2026, Olathe, Kan.) uses an arsenal of pitches to keep hitters guessing. Vaeth worked in the upper-50s, with the ability to move and locate her pitches to all quadrants while using the rivers, showing real swing-and-miss type stuff. Vaeth has a great approach at the plate and can hit for average and power.

Her battery-mate, Ava Hanson (2026, Columbia, Mo.), is an exceptional softball player. At the plate, behind it, or in the dugout, you can see the leadership Hanson commands. Constantly working on her game for the better, adding bunt for hits, calling the game whatever it takes to make her a better player and teammate. Both Vaeth and Hanson are players to watch develop through high school.

Gabrielle Davis (2026, Oktaha, Okla.) for Oklahoma Intimidators barreled up almost every pitch she hit, including foul balls. Davis uses a toe tap stride, turning her hips into the pitch, generating tons of power into her swing. Her upper half is synced for a swing that drives the ball to all fields. Davis is one of the top players in her class and will be fun to follow her career.

Central Iowa Alliance - 15u is a club chalked full of talented athletes, one such player is Jensyn Tenpas (2025, Johnston, Iowa). Tenpas continues to impress with her power at the plate and skills in the circle. Lightning fast hands get the barrel to the ball, with a line drive approach mostly to the gaps. Tenpas also uses good locating and command in the circle to be a true dual threat player. She is one of the best players in her class in the country.

Alliance Select Cox made a deep run finishing in the semifinals. Rhiannon Rees (2026, Grinnell, Iowa) has several tools at her disposal. Whether she is hitting for power with her two home runs this weekend, hitting for average, or legging out an infield single, Rees is the real deal. With a pre-loaded approach, she can drive the ball to all fields but also has the speed and awareness to not do too much with the wrong pitch. She understands the value of an inning-extending single or a bases-clearing double. Rees has a bright future ahead of her.

Southeast Iowa Allstars 16u Gold - Jones did all the little things right, going on to win the 16u Elite division. Several different players contributed in different ways all weekend long. Addison Gralund (2025, Marion, Iowa) helped both in the circle and at the plate. Sitting 58 mph in the circle, her curveball has a lively, late break, while her changeup drops off the table for many swings and misses. Gralund has an ability to hit the ball where the defenders are not. Singles, doubles, does not matter, Gralund finds the holes in the defense, while hitting the ball square most of the time.

-Russ Wohler

Iowa Premier was led in the circle by MV-Pitcher Abby Rusher (2024, Des Moines, Iowa). The uncommitted Rusher held a solid hitting Select team at bay, topping out at 61 mph and utilizing a rise, drop and changeup to move the ball around the zone, top to bottom. Rusher’s pitches started in the zone, but late movement would move the ball out of the zone, resulting in several swings coming up empty. When the ball was put in play, a solid defense assisted her in getting out of innings. With a smooth, repeatable motion, Rusher would seem to project out for some added mph over the next couple of years.

Earning the MVP award was Sage Grann (2024, Kansas City, Kan.), playing for Select Fastpitch 16u - Salazar/McCoy. Grann, hitting from the left side, stays tall in the box with just a slight knee bend, and utilizes a short stride to gain separation. Working her hands inside the ball, Grann was a doubles machine this weekend, showing advanced swing mechanics to consistently drive the ball to the opposite field gap. Behind the plate, Grann showed good glove and body mechanics while receiving pitches, but shined when runners attempted to steal. Grann displayed a quick transfer and a plus arm in throwing out would-be base stealers. This uncommitted 2024 has a skill set at the plate, and behind the plate, that is next-level ready.

Other pitchers doing work this weekend included Iowa Premier 16u National - Dickel’s Carly Brewer (2025, Norwalk, Iowa). Brewer, an uncommitted RHP, got the crowd buzzing in Premier’s opening pool game when she topped out at 65 mph, sitting consistently at 63 mph, while throwing a drop, rise and changeup with the fastball. Brewer, besides velocity, showed nice movement and the ability to throw the drop at 62 mph. Hitters, seeing the velocity and processing fastball, would swing over the top of the pitch as the bottom fell out of it. In the pool opener, Brewer dominated with nine strikeouts over four innings. With three years of development prior to Brewer entering college, she will be one to follow.

Kaelee Washington (2024, Topeka, Kan.) opened pool play for Select Fastpitch 16u - Salazar/McCoy with a dominating performance over a very good hitting team. Washington recorded 14 strikeouts in seven innings of work, only giving up 1 further hit after allowing a leadoff home run. The uncommitted Washington utilizes a rise, changeup, curve and screw that regularly registered 64 mph. Washington’s screwball, with sharp movement and velocity, made life miserable for lefties as the pitch ran out of the zone, missing barrels. At the plate, Washington, hitting in the two-spot, displayed an effective swing that was smooth, showing power potential. The possibility of being a two-way player at the next level is highly likely.

Lily Knutson (2026, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) opened up the weekend for Iowa Elite-Red with a gem in the circle, utilizing a changeup, drop, rise, and screw. Knutson recorded 16 strikeouts in 6 innings of work while scattering three hits. Knutson, topping out at 57 mph, works the zone top to bottom with the rise and drop and also shows a very deceiving and well-hidden changeup that she throws for strikes. As one of the youngest arms pitching in the 16u Elite division this weekend, Knutson will be an interesting follow to see if added strength and skill set will translate to extra velocity in the future.

At the plate, Select 15u - Adams’ Addison Booker (2025, Leavenworth, Kan.), swinging from the right side, went to work against some tough pitching. Booker, starting semi tall with knee bend, displayed a mature hitting approach, looking for her pitch early in the count to hit hard. If she fell behind, she would take what the pitcher was giving and showed the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field, covering the outer part of the plate. Showing a gap-to-gap approach, Booker barreled up several balls and did not chase many pitches that were out of the zone, showing good discipline at the plate.

Pearson Hall (2025, West Liberty, Iowa) was as much help for her team in the field as she was at the plate. Playing for Southeast Iowa Allstars 16u Gold-Hall, she was a mainstay at shortstop. The athletic Hall showed good pre-pitch movement, enabling her to make a great first step to batted balls. Once fielded, Hall possesses a plus arm, getting the ball across the field. Sometimes getting her arm a little long, Hall would benefit from shortening her throwing motion and working on making throws from varied arm slots. At the plate, the left-handed hitting Hall has a pure swing with good fundamental mechanics. Hall showed the ability to move the barrel to turn on the inside pitch, but appears to be at her best when driving the ball to left, left-center, and using her speed for extra-base hits. The uncommitted Hall displays great instincts on the field and has the tools to play at the next level.

Ella McGee (2024, West Des Moines, Iowa) hits leadoff for a very potent Iowa Outlaws Select 06-Andrew team. Although several Outlaws players had exceptional weekends, the left-handed hitting McGee was chosen, as oftentimes slappers get overlooked for the power hitters. McGee sets the table for her teammates utilizing slaps and bunts. This weekend, the recent University of South Dakota commit flipped the script. Utilizing a hard slap, turning on an inside pitch, McGee joined the bomb squad with a two-run tank. With speed and heads up aggressive baserunning, McGee is often able to turn singles into doubles, and doubles into triples. Defensively, McGee utilizes her speed to cut off balls in the gap, limiting hitters to just one base. Once McGee gets on campus in Vermillion and starts work, don’t be surprised if she starts leaving the yard with more frequency.

Playing for Iowa Premier 16u National-Dickel, Kiya James (2026, Pleasant Hill, Iowa) had a solid weekend at the plate. The right-handed hitting first baseman, with a lanky, athletic build, showed the willingness and ability to help her team by laying down a sac bunt, taking pitches to allow runners to steal bases, and playing a pretty solid first base. It was during the championship game, which moved to ITB, that James had her brightest moment when she barreled up the first pitch she saw, sending it deep over the left field fence for a 2-0 walkoff winner. Being the only 2026 on a team loaded with 2024s, James held her own and her game should only improve over the next few years. With a projectable high ceiling, James will be one to watch.

-Dave Durbala