Extra Elite 2020 Recruits
Howell, P, Aces Fastpitch (Arkansas)
Lauren is a pitcher at Helias (Jefferson City, Missouri) High who will be leaving her mid-Missouri home to play for SEC rival Arkansas. She works with former Razorbacks pitching coach Randi Davis who has helped Lauren master the riseball. The junior has excellent spins which have baffled hitters at all levels and she will pitch for the 18U Aces Fastpitch team this year coached by Ryan Taylor. Last fall Lauren was named to the All-State team after compiling an ERA of 0.64 and recording 214 K’s in 132 innings. Says one top-level coach, “There is no doubt she plans to step in and compete Day One at Arkansas.”
Hobson, OF, Aces Fastpitch (Oklahoma State)
Avery is the classic speedy outfielder who has a great first-step out of the box or in the grass to balls hit in the gaps. She has 2.68 home-to-first speed, putting pressure on infielders who know they have to make a clean transition if they’re going to throw her out. Avery is a triple threat who makes a read and adjustment based on what the defense gives her. For her Belton (Missouri) High team last fall she hit .547. In the outfield, her reads are good and with her quick burst she can cover a lot of turf plus she has the arm to keep runners honest. Avery is getting interest from Big 12, Big Ten and SEC programs who would love to plug her in to jump-start the offense and improve the defense.
Lightner, IF/P, Aces Fastpitch (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Addie is a big, strong athlete who, as one coach puts it, can just “flick the ball out of the park.” She had a huge summer on the 16U team that finished 5th at PGF Nationals as she had two key go-ahead home runs to spark the Aces. Addie was second on the team with 12 home runs and her 84 RBI set the pace for the ACEs. The junior who attends Blue Springs South (Blue Springs, Missouri) High can be found at third, the middle infield or even pitch because of her strong arm and led her prep team to a runner-up finish in the Missouri state championship last fall while batting .420 and this season has jumped out to a .565 average in her first eight games with 15 RBI. She committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns in January of 2018
Kildow, P/MIF, Aces Fastpitch (Arkansas)
Cally is a Top 50 caliber pitcher who was on her way up the list of elite pitchers in the 2020 class when she suffered leg injuries in basketball that took away his summer but she’s rehabbing “fiercely” according to her club coach, Ryan Taylor, and should be back on the field by January. Her ceiling, as shown by what she did a year ago, is very high. As a freshman at Gravette (Arkansas) High, she set the school record with 331 K’s in a season and compiled a 0.53 ERA. She also batted .443 with 32 RBI which helped her earn 1st Team All-State honors. For the Aces 16U team, Cally had hit .425 with a .497 on-base percentage in the middle of the order. She’s also been clocked at 63 mph in one SEC camp and have visited several Pac-12, ACC and SEC schools before deciding to stay in-state.
117—Gabbi Scott, OF, Aces Fastpitch (Central Arkansas)
145—Carson Saabye, MINF, Aces Fastpitch (Florida State)
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Fiedler, SS, Aces Fastpitch (Missouri)
Kinsey has exploded on the national scene in the last year and checks every box you want in a player to build a franchise around. She gets it done between the lines and off the field is a leader by example. A great athlete, more than one coach predicts she’ll be an All-American at the next level because she has the physical and mental tools, but also has the intangibles. Kinsey hit .534 with a .600 on-base percentage last year for Ryan Taylor’s Aces team and, as impressive as her stick is, her ability to instinctively know how to anticipate a play, then read the ball off the bat and use her quickness and fluidity to get to the ball, are unrivaled. Several high-level programs have said she could step in and make an impact for them right away. She helped the Aces 16U finish in the top 5 at PGF Nationals and the World Fastpitch Championship and earned 1st Team All-State honors after hitting .462 with a .533 on-base percentage for Lee’s Summit North (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) High. The 5-foot-8 infielder is very vocal on the field, but one key to her success she has fun and is loose on the field while keeping her head in the game. Says Kinsey, “I’ll always be a firm believer in having fun and being relaxed, but also focused.”
9—Mac Morgan, P, Aces Fastpitch (Arizona State)
Mac is a power-pitcher who throws serious heat and has been clocked at 69 mph, but her ability to change speeds and throw swing-and-miss dropballs and riseballs is what makes her a dominating presence in the circle. Mac is a workhorse who can carry a team, but is also a fiery competitor who will always keep battling and maintain her composure. Said one club coach, “With Mac on the mound, there’s always a chance to win.” She commands the zone and isn’t afraid to come inside to make hitters uncomfortable. The sophomore rarely makes mistakes and you have to work hard to beat her; for example, in 245 innings of work last year she gave up only eight home runs. Mac helped lead Ryan Taylor’s team to Top 5 finishes at PGF Nationals and the World Fastpitch Championship and a 2nd place finish at Tulsa Elite. At the high school level, she was 2nd Team All-State after a strong fall campaign for Sherwood (Creighton, Missouri) High. Mac committed to the Sun Devils in February of 2018. For more on the outstanding pitcher, click HERE.
T-14—Tatum Clopton, P, Aces Fastpitch (Oklahoma State)
TTatum has good pitching bloodlines as her mother, Sarah, was a standout pitcher for Kansas and Tatum is following in her footsteps. The lefty led Free State (Lawrence, Kansas) High to a Class 6A state title last may as she hit a home run to lead off the top of the first and then gave up only one hit and struck out seven to seal the win. In the circle, she’s a fiery, emotional leader who has excellent spins and the ability to make batters swing and miss, even when the ball is in the zone. At PGF last year she threw 35 innings with 68 K’s and had a 0.59 ERA. She also can hit and during her run at PGF batted .369 with six home runs. She was recruited by Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC schools before she chose to commit to Oklahoma State.
T-39—Katie Brooks, P/MIF, Aces Fastpitch (Florida State)
Katie is a standout athlete who pitches in the low-to-mid-60’s and can lineup in the circle or at shortstop and make plays. She missed part of her freshman season at Bolivar (Missouri) High, but came back strong as a sophomore and earned 2nd Team All-State and 1st Team Class 3 All-Region honors. Katie can bat in the middle of the order and drive in runs or hit for a high average. She also has good speed and can take over a game at the plate, with her pitching or on defense. The Missouri sophomore had heavy interest from SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 schools before she committed to the National Champion Seminoles.
71—Riley McNemar, MIF, Aces Fastpitch (Auburn)
Riley is considered one of the top power bats in the class and when she squares up on the ball, it usually is for an extra base hit. She cranks up the gun regularly hitting balls with a 70-plus mph exit velocity and as an infielder has excellent feet and is instinctive and positions herself well to make the difficult plays look easy. A 1st Team All-State honoree at the Kansas 4A-II level, Riley has a strong arm and led her Galena High school team to a runner-up finish in the state finals.
103—Kacie Hoffmann, OF/1B, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
127—Stevie Meade, OF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
128—Kara Daly, 3B/SS, Aces Fastpitch (Missouri)
186—Olivia Bruno, 1B/P, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
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22—Hannah Camenzind, P/1B, Aces Fastpitch
Hannah swings a big bat at the plate from the left side and last fall hit .542 playing for the Aces 16U team against elite competition from all over the country. She had more extra base hits than singles and in 39 games she was second on the team with 27 RBIs and had a stellar 1.319 OPS. Hannah is an RBI-producing machine who sits in the heart of the lineup to help bring in runs. Defensively, she’s versatile and skilled enough to play first base or the outfield and in the circle she had 60 K’s in 53 innings for the Aces. Like her sister, Lauren (see #30), Hannah is looking at Power 5 schools across the nation ranging from Oklahoma to Florida State.
T-30—Lauren Camenzind, IF/C, Aces Fastpitch
Lauren is athletic enough to play shortstop with an arm strong enough to be behind the plate. And she’s a hitting machine: during the fall for the Aces, she was one of only two in the organization to not have a strikeout and playing for the Aces she’s been able to see some of the top 16U and 18U arms around. Lauren hit .439 with a .500 on-base percentage last year and smacked 12 extra base hits to give her a 1.146 OPS. At shortstop, she has “incredible instincts and is always finding her way to the ball,” according to org head Ryan Taylor. “She’s one of those special players who takes hits away (she had a .960 fielding percentage too). Lauren and her fellow freshman sister Hannah have both taken unofficial visits to FSU, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
T-45—Cierra Harrison, P, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
Cierra is a power pitcher who works in the mid 60’s, but she also has excellent spins and attacks hitters with an array of pitches. She is a big-game pitcher and in the Memorial Day tournament, she started off the event with two perfect games. She just continues to grow and develop and she is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever seen. At PGF Nationals, Cierra was selected by Extra Inning Softball to the All-Tournament team as she was dominant against top competition. Cierra can also swing the bat and was 1st in home runs, at-bats/home runs and third in RBIs and walks. She is already drawing significant interest from Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC, Mid-Major and other top schools. more on Cierra
T-54—Sydney Malott, MIF/OF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
Sydney is an impact player who is a big, physical athlete on both sides of the ball and could play in the middle of the infield at any age group and significantly impact the defense. She’s a leader with great communication skills and a burning desire to improve her game. On offense, she rarely will strikeout—at the high school level she only had five in 85 plate appearances—and helped her prep team to the quarterfinals in the biggest class in Missouri. For the Aces, she hit .483 with a .567 on-base percentage and a stellar 1.441 OPS. Sydney is getting interest from SEC and Big 12 schools.
T-92—Ella Wright, C/OF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
Ella has climbed up the recruiting ratings after being in the high 200’s a few years ago. She is one of the most underrated kids in the class, as her measurables for her age and position are off the charts. She’s a tremendously hard worker and this kid just keeps getting better every day. Ella is a 5-foot-9 and is a dangerous power-hitter, but also has good behind-the-plate abilities. She has had pop times recorded in the 1.8-second range and throws out roughly 40 percent of those who try to steal on her. With the bat, Ella has consistent 73 mph exit velocity and has touched 76 mph at times. This—coupled with her size and strength—has allowed her to hit balls over 230 feet.
195—Marra Cramer, OF/MINF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
402—Rylee Boone, 3B/C/OF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
461—Macy Miles, P/3B, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
473—Alivya Bollen, 1B/2B, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)