Extra Elite 2019 Recruits
Kliethermes, P/UT, Aces Fastpitch (Oregon)
Makenna is a right-handed pitcher who throws in the mid-60’s and for her Blair Oaks (Wardsville, Missouri) High team and this year has been a strikeout machine posting double-digit strikeouts in 17 of her 21 games so far. Currently, she has the Lady Falcons back in the Class 2A semis which start Friday. Makenna earned 1st Team All-State honors last year highlighted by throwing a no-hitter in a semi-final playoff game in which she struck out 19 batters. She earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors a year ago and, after being committed to Oregon, had opened up her recruitment between the Ducks and Arizona State before deciding to sign with Oregon.
Donihoo, SS, Aces Fastpitch (Oklahoma)
Mackenzie has the speed at 2.7 home-to-first turn gap hits into extra bases as shown by her .421 batting average with 15 doubles for Mustang (Oklahoma) High. She led the prep team to a high school title last fall and during the summer continued her impressive offensive display as she had a .482 on-base percentage with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, an on-base percentage of .482 and swiped 29 bases a year ago. On defense, Mackenzie is fearless and has good instincts with the reflexes to go side-to-side and back and forth; once she fields the ball, she has a strong arm and quick release to throw out the fastest of runners. Mackenzie initially committed to Missouri but with the coaching change switched to Oklahoma to play for her home-state Sooners.
Cunconan, OF, Aces Fastpitch (Oklahoma State)
Maci will be carrying on her family’s tradition of going to OSU as both her parents graduated from the Big 12 school. Maci, however, is blazing her own trail as she’s hit 26 home runs over the past two seasons for Warrensburg (Missouri) High and has also led her team on the mound as she’s earned Class 3 All-State honors. This summer for the Aces she showed that she has the speed to stretch any hit into extra bases as she hit 23 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs. She also stole 22 bases and ended up with 17 more extra base hits than singles. Not just a table setter, however, she is a clutch hitter as shown by her team-leading 51 RBIs.
Moll, C/IF, Aces Fastpitch (Missouri)
Megan looks to be a catcher in the SEC but her athleticism, fueled by years of being an elite soccer player, gives her the physical tools to play practically anywhere on the field. As a backstop, her pop time has been measured in the 1.6-range and she has 65 mph overhand speed. Megan had a big season for her Eureka (Missouri) High team as a junior batting .500 (47-for-94) with 13 home runs, 51 RBI and 16 steals to earn 1st Team All-State honors and this fall as a senior she’s hit .487 (38-for-78) with 11 home runs and 32 RBI with 18 steals in 28 games. After opening up her recruitment this summer with the coaching change at Mizzou, Megan decided to stay with the Tigers. She’ll follow in the footsteps of Ace alums Kendyll Bailey and Callie Martin, two former PGF All-Americans.
Anderson, OF/IF, Aces Fastpitch (Maryland)
Ashlyn is a versatile infielder who can use her 66-mph overhand arm strength to play in the middle or either corner spot and has the foot speed and explosiveness to roam the outfield too. A former high-level volleyball player, she was a Class 6A 1st Team Kansas All-State honoree for her Gardner Edgerton High team and this summer for the Aces led the team in batting average and was one of the toughest players on the team to strikeout. She also swiped 27 bases and, as one coach put it: “Ashlyn has taken hard work to the next level over the last year and her game and ability to compete at the highest level was proven this summer.” The Kansas senior will play in the Big Ten as she committed to the Terps in February of 2016
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 (uncommitted)
151—Riley Heckenkamp, C/3B, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
Extra Elite 2021 Recruits
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)
2022 Extra Elite 100
T-52—Lauren Camenzind, C/IF, Aces Fastpitch (uncommitted)
Lauren makes the list along with her sister Hannah, a pitcher/first baseman, which is rare to have two siblings in the same Elite 100 list. Lauren has great physical tools which include a 1.7 pop time measured at a Big Ten camp which suits her well behind the plate and she has the arm and instincts to play third base as well, but recently she’s been lining up at shortstop because of her natural instincts and footwork to make plays plus her talent at picking up the ball and creating proper angles. Offensively, she runs a 2.8 home-to-first and led the 14U Aces in batting average (.421) this year and tied for home runs and was second in RBI to 2021 P/IF Katie Brooks, an Elite 100 player herself. Lauren’s stock is on the rise and playing for the high-profile Aces she’ll have a lot of college choices before the year is over.
Camenzind, P/1B, Demarini Aces (uncommitted)
Hannah is a lefty pitcher who has been consistently improving in her short three years in the circle. An impact player for the Aces, she’s consistently in the high 50’s-low 60’s, but it is the movement on her pitches combined with the look from the left that makes her uniquely effective. From strikeout to fieldable ground balls, the word “effective” comes to mind when watching Hannah work. She’s recently been tested against 18U teams with solid outings and when not pitching, she’s speedy enough to rotate out to the grass. Hitting naturally from the left side, power is her game offensively and she logged three dingers playing in a high school freshman tourney last year while still in the 7th grade, which was good enough to earn her All-State honors.