Event Preview: Heartland College Showcase

By: Trey Donovan

Going alongside the Tulsa Elite Summer Invite, the Heartland College Showcase is running this weekend from June 7 through June 10. The event will be played at the Blue Valley Recreation Complex and Adair Park in Lee’s Summit. The tournament is run through an open division and an invite division with around 136 teams signed up across both divisions. The event will have 14u, 16u, and 18u teams from Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas.

 Gate Fees:

Children (1-12): Free

Teens & Adults (13-64): $12.00

Senior (65+): $6.00

Military: Free

Check out some of the teams joining us below!

14u Invite

Kansas Renegades Enfield

Coaching Staff: Leeza Enfield and Robert Thomas

Team Social Media: Kansas Renegades Enfield (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: In summer 2023 as a first year 14’s team we placed 5th in the Kansas-Missouri USSSA State Championship, and we went 18-11-1 for the season. In fall 2023 we had two 1st place finishes and three 3rd place finishes. In spring 2024 we won 1st in the Mother’s Day Play for Rings and 2nd in the Wichita 7 Game Showdown.

Key Players: Emerson Hiebert pitcher and infielder who brings morale to this team every chance she can play hard and does whatever she can for the team.

Lexie Brasser is an outfielder and middle infielder with a great attitude and great addition to the team. She also brings a strong bat to this team.

Jaycie Thomas all around utility player who can play anywhere on the field the team needs her to play and brings a strong bat to the team.

Kylie Matthews pitcher who continues to improve her pitching abilities.

Expectations for 2024 Season: We expect to continue to play many exceptional teams this summer. In doing so we will be challenging ourselves so that we can improve our game and be the best version of our team. We will instill the love of the game by cheering each other on that way we can succeed on and off the field.

TBSA Wahoos ’09 Smithers

Coaching Staff: Bob Smithers, Chris Jones, and Josh Warren

Team Social Media: @tbsa_wahoos_09 (Twitter/X), TBSA Wahoos ’09 (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 9/8: PG College Showcase Louisville Slugger (Peoria, Il) 3 -2 losing twice to same pitcher, shut out first game and put up 8 next. (Schlader 2027 twice) –  9/22: LP4U Queen of the Hill 3-2  (Peoria, Il) – 10/14: Top 100 Showcase (Grand Park, IN)  2-3 with 3 one run games losses – 10/22: PG Top 100 Showcase 5-0 (Chesterfield, MO),  10/28: LP4U Showcase 3-1 (Peoria, Il).

Key players: Addi Jones ’27, C/CF, #40: incredible leadoff hitter with slap and power, L/L, blocking, framing, and picking are off the charts.  One of the fastest players you will see on the field, constantly pushing the envelope making plays happen. Her secondary position is CF and is a D1 talent there as well.  Addi is currently in the final 4 of the Illinois State Finals as the leadoff hitter, currently hitting over .400, OPB .580, leading the conference in runs scored.  She is also playing 3B and well, as a lefty, an amazing athlete!

Khloe Kearns ’28, P, #16: spin rates are off the charts.  5 pitch arsenal with Fastball (60), Screw Ball (58), Rise (58-60), Curve Ball (56) and Change (dies midway in, 42-45).  Has pitched in the national spotlight on ESPN a year ago and dominated.  Khloe pitches with an edge and calmness that is hard to find a balance in.  The power and movement mixed with incredible changeup she gets a lot of swing and miss, and soft contact.

Elle Smithers ’27, SS/3B #1:  Left-handed power bat (L/R), runs the bases well, will be one of the better defenders on the left side of the infield at any tournament.  Strong arm, very fast feet and always in the game assessing the game, communicating with her teammates.  She has been a leader that this team has leaned on, whether it be a moment that we need picked up or just to calm the team in a big moment.  Was named 1 of 4 varsity captains this year, as a freshman. Finished freshman season with a .980 OPS (15 singles, 9 doubles, 4 triples, 3HR), a true leader with D1 talent.

I could keep going, they are all very disciplined at the plate and defensively.

Expectations for 2024 Season:  Showcase in front of as many schools on all levels as possible this year, staying focused on the Midwest where all the players will attend college in some capacity.  We are unique to most teams we compete with; we have a very close-knit group.  All have played against or with each other competing since 8U.  We have continued to add talent throughout central Illinois but have a core of 6 that have pushed each other for the last 5 years.    We have an indoor facility that allows us to work year-round, keeping up with the national programs.  My expectations this year are to make several “grocery lists” as we can heading into 16U.

ROI Fastpitch Kessler

Coaching Staff: Brad Kessler.

Team Social Media: @R.O.I Fastpitch (Twitter/X), R.O.I Fastpitch (Facebook), R.O.I Fastpitch (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Summer record: 75-15-3, Fall record: 19-2.

Key Players: Gabriyella Kessler #77-Shortstop, Raegan Brandt #7/Pitcher, Maisey McCarty #55/Pitcher/1st, Courtney Bandy #16/Pitcher.

Expectations for 2024 Season: To continue to develop and compete at the highest level against the best teams.

16u Invite

St Louis Chaos Roth

Coaching Staff: Jeff Roth and John Kiene.

Team Social Media: @chaos08Roth (Twitter/X), St Louis Chaos National 16u Roth (Facebook), @STLCHAOS08ROTH (Instagram)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 3rd place finish at USSSA Nationals and 2nd place finish at PG Midwest Iowa Nationals.

Key Players: 2025 Sophia Otten – 3B, 1B, RHP

2025 Jalaya Ries – OF

2026 Coley Hunt – Catcher, Utility

2026 Summer Branch – RHP, 3rd

2026 Aidan Dintelman – RHP, 1B

2026 Ameila Raziq – 3rd, 1st, Catcher

Expectations for 2024 Season: Build a strong team foundation, promote the girls and finish strong in the Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series.

Nebraska National Taylor 16u

Coaching Staff: Brett Taylor & Kirsten Dargy

Team Social Media: @NENational08 (Twitter)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes:

-42-29-3 playing an elite level schedule last season

-1st Place at Top Gun NE National Tourney

-2nd Place at Top Gun Thunder/NE Gold Tourney

-2nd Place at USSSA 16) Swing into Spring

-3rd Place at Top Gun Swing into Spring Tourney

-4th Place at USSSA SEC National Championship

-7 Top 4 finishes out of 10 tournaments (not including rain shortened/canceled tournaments)

-14U PGF Nationals at large bid (Platinum Division)

Key Players:

-Maizey Carpenter

-Toria Rother

-Lauren Schneider

-Elli Ridgley

-Alexa Taylor

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: We are an improved team over last year. We have a great group of girls and parents. Our goal as coaches is to continue to develop our players to help them reach their potential.

18u Invite

South Dakota Renegades McDougall

Coaching Staff: Kara McDougall and Ashley Mickschl. Kara – 2019 National Champion at Augustana University as a player, 2021 National Champion at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant. All NSIC and All NSIC Academic, NFCA Scholar Athlete

Ashley – 2019 National Champion at Augustana. D2 National Championships Tournament MVP. 4X NFCA All American. Won 114 games in her career at Augie.

Team Social Media: @south_04 (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: South Dakota State Champions 16u, 18u Top Gun Elite Champions, Boulder IDT participant.

Key Players: Paxton Dekkers – Uncommitted 2025 1B/3B/DP who is just tapping into her power potential. In 22 games this high school spring season Paxton hit .491 with 28 hits, 6 doubles and 8 home runs. had an OPS of 1.636.

Madison Evans – dominant pitcher that misses barrels. Elite two-way player that often hits from the lead-off spot as well. Led her high school to an undefeated season and state championship in the spring of 2024. Committed to University of South Dakota

Amanda Vacanti – Game changing power. 17 doubles and 19 home runs in summer 2023. Committed to South Dakota State University.

Norah Christiansen – Energy leader with a lot of power in the middle of the lineup. Plays to win and can play anywhere on the field with elite arm strength. Committed to Augustana University (SD).

Claire Wynja – An absolute gamer and leader on the field. Has great range, great speed and can hit for both power and average from the top of the lineup. Committed to South Dakota State University.

Tierney Schramm – breakout season in summer of 2024 with 19 doubles and 5 home runs moving back and forth from middle infield to the outfield. Walked 39 times from the left side. Committed to Augustana University (SD).

Expectations for 2024 Season: This team has been in the works for many years. Watching these players develop into the elite players they are, has been a joy. They work hard, stay focused while having fun and enjoy the process behind everything. We expect them to compete and play against the best across the nation this summer in preparation for many to go off to great colleges and universities this fall or to come back for their senior year. They have a grueling 8-week schedule against some amazing competition, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to push them to get them ready for their collegiate careers.

Nebraska Gold Jarzboski

Coaching Staff: Edward Jarzobski (9th year coaching competitive softball), Maurice Anderson (10th year coaching competitive softball, NE Gold coach Team Anderson and Softball President MUS) & Dave Hobza (7th year coaching competitive softball)

Team Social Media: @negold18u (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 6 seniors went on to play in college (1 D1, 1 D2, 1 D3, 3 NAIA), All 12 of our current seniors are committed to play in college (2 D1, 4 D2, 6 NAIA)

Key Players: Mackenzie Groniga, Emi Waldow, Katelyn Jarzobski, Addy Hobza, Kriestyn Linn

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Goal is to finish top 4 Top Gun Viper and top 10 in Top Gun Championship

St Louis Chaos 18u Mazzola

Coaching Staff: Steve Mazzola, Randy Viefhaus, Katlyn Thomas, and Skeeter Gentile.

Team Social Media: @stlchaos04 (Twitter/X), St Louis Chaos 18u-Mazzola (Facebook), Stllouischaos04 (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2023 was a fun year with lots of girls committing to schools and playing in some of the best tournaments in the country. Probably one of the most memorable tourneys of ‘23 was the Alliance National Championship in California. After we got our girls back in the fall from Missouri High School Softball, we competed in 3 exposure tournaments before headed into December.

Key Players: Sophi Mazzola-University of Washington

Emma Gipson-Southern Illinois U-Carbondale

Hailey Nuener-Harvard University

AJ Jones-Loyola University

Lauren Nichols-Southern Illinois U-Edwardsville

Carle Bachman-Southern Illinois U-Edwardsville

Lauren Rowland-Missouri State University

Jay Brister- Northern Illinois University

Trinity Brandhorst-University of Illinois-Chicago

Tyra Haffer-Southwest Baptist University

Kylie Witthaus-Southern Indiana University

Expectations for 2024 Season: Have fun and make it a memorable one for our seniors. To prepare all of these kids for the next level and win some ballgames! The goal is to make it to Super Regionals in the Alliance National Championship and see what happens.

18u Texas Glory Agnew

Coaching Staff: Taylor Agnew, Ryan Zamudio, and Molly Huffman.

Team Social Media: @TXGloryCO (Twitter/X), Texas Glory, CO – Agnew (Facebook), tx_glory_co (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Finished fall season 8-1; Finished 5-0 @ Don Battles On, outscoring opponents 54-16. Fall season- scored 80 runs, allowed 25. No 2023 summer season.

Key Players: Hadley Hudson, 2024 RHP, Southwestern Oregon CC commit. Reagan Diamond, 2024 C, Carnegie Mellon commit. Kaylee McDonald, 2024 3B, Ohio University commit. Marisol Miranda, OF, uncommitted. Avery Salisbury, 2025 SS, uncommitted. Reagan Agnew, 2024 2B, Hutchinson CC commit. Natalynn Lundeen, 2024 C, Hamline commit. Lia Martinez, 2025 3B, uncommitted.

Expectations for 2024 Season:  Our expectation is to be competitive in every game we play. Win or lose, we compete on every pitch of every inning. Of course, we also want to win and look to finish at the top of each tournament. Through all this, we want our players heading to college in the Fall to be as prepared as they can be to step foot on campus.

14u Open

Synergy Gold Clurman 14u

Coaching Staff: Cam Clurman (head coach), Willie Dean (assistant coach) & Jeremiah Feurt (assistant coach)

Team Social Media: Synergy Softball Organization (Facebook), & synergysoftballorg (Instagram & TikTok)

2024 Summer & Fall Successes: 2nd place at Road to the Beach 12A Nationals in Destin, FL

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Competing in Top Gun Events, PGF Stars and Stripes, 13A Nationals in Nashville, TN.

KC Rebels Lickel

Coaching Staff: Dan Lickel (head coach), Megan Arnott (assistant coach), Bob Waddel (assistant coach) & Mitch Hughes (assistant coach)

Team Social Media: KC Rebels 14A Lickel (Facebook) & @KCRebelsLickel (X)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: 1st Place Swing for the Rings

Key Players: All of ‘em.

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Top Gun Ranger, USA Memorial Day, Top Gun Discovery Showcase, Top Gun Heartland Showcase, PG Recruit Revolution Showcase, USSSA Dust & Diamonds, USA Heartland World Series

16u Open

Tenacity Hagardt

Coaching Staff: Sarah Hagardt, Jeff McCoy, and Kenny Clinton.

Team Social Media: @tfhagardt (Twitter/X), Tenacity Fastpitch – Hagardt (Facebook), @tfhagardt (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: We, as a team, strive to push our ladies to a higher level while maintaining the love of the game.  We played a tough schedule, placing the ladies in events that were above their skill level at the time, to show them the levels that can be achieved with hard work and determination.  They succeeded in so many ways and learned valuable lessons along the way.  We ended strong with a nice showing in a national tournament, finishing in 3rd place.  It’s not about the wins and losses, as it is about teamwork, commitment, and playing for each other.  Success can be found in many ways, and to measure that in our year, we were very successful.  It allowed several of our players to break out and get awarded in their high school level endeavors.

Key Players: We are big believers in win as a team and learn as a team.  Each player has a place, and this can’t be done with just one player.  We do have some successful players in their respective high school teams that make it a key to our success.  Without these players to push us along, we would be a much different team.  They are our engine and our leaders.

Kendall McCoy- #0- P/OF

Brie Chilton- #23- P/1B

Taryn Hagardt-#1 SS

Rylee Harper- #19- OF

Kara Goeke-#42 P/1B

Harlow Hawkins- #21 C

Mylee Harper- #14 OF

Expectations for 2024 Season: We will continue to build on the past successes, while pushing to new levels.  Continue to build new skill sets and instill confidence at whatever level they play.  Allow them to have fun and be who they are yet showing them how to be first class pillars in their schools and communities. We challenge them to be better every day.

KC Bombers Adkins

Coaching Staff: James Adkins, Aaron Kaden, Makena Adkins & Cody Winburn

Team Social Media: Bombers KC Fastpitch (Facebook) & @KCBombersAdkins (X)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: As a young 15U squad, we saw a lot of development amongst our players and finished with an overall 31-31-4 record against strong competition from across the Midwest.

Key Players: Pitchers Addison Cole & Trinity Krause and hitters Madison Dudok, Joselyn Gartner & Hannah Winburn

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: We are playing a Top Gun heavy schedule, also with trips to Nebraska and to the Southeast Bombers Invitational in Mississippi with the goal of playing competitive winning softball and providing our players an opportunity to play in front of college coaches from across the country.

18u Open

KC Rebels National Ingle

Coaching Staff: Mark Ingle, Buddy Letts, and Ivana Taylor.

Team Social Media: @KCRebels_Ingle (Twitter/X), KC Rebels National Ingle (Facebook).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 6/7 – 6/9 Top Gun Heartland College Showcase
6/13 – 6/16 AFA National Championship (St. George, Utah)
6/21 – 6/23 KC Metro A Championship
7/1 – 7/7 IDT Colorado (Louisville, CO)
7/11 – 7/14 Top Gun Events Elite Championship
7/19 – 7/28  PGF National Championship (Huntington Beach, CA)

Key Players: MaKenzie Yoder, 2024, SS/OF

Salah Williams, 2025, OF/UT

Emma Reeves, 2025, MIF/OF

Addison Arbo, 2026, RHP/1B

Kaylee Wood, 2027, CIF, OF

Primetime Koozer

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Todd Koozer & Assistant Coaches Kelsey Koozer and Alyssa Grewcock

Team Social Media: @Primetime_Kooz (Twitter) & primetimesoftball06.com

Key Players:

-2024 Kaidence Dumas – Quincy University commit, powerful hitter who will pitch, play 3B and 1B

-2025 Makala Koozer – Uncommitted, great speed, slapper/power slapper, OF

-2024 Avery Gossett – Fort Hays State commit, great athlete, really good power at the plate, OF

-2024 Morgan Stock – College of St. Mary’s commit, very fast, versatile hitter, OF

-2025 Sydney Atkins – Uncommitted, pitcher & has become a good hitter

-2024 Joslyn Policky – Southeastern CC commit, catcher, SS, 3B

Expectations for the 2024 Spring Season: As a team, we have always prided ourselves on developing kids and getting them prepared for the next level by using a team first mentality and competing against high level competition. This team was created with the purpose of having fun, while still being able to accomplish those high goals and expectations.

Event Preview: Tulsa Elite Summer Invite

By: Trey Donovan

The Tulsa Elite Summer Invite kicks off this weekend on June 7 and finishes on June 10 in Broken Arrow, OK at Arrowhead Park and at Bentley Park in Bixby, OK. The three-day event will have teams from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The event will have 12u, 14u, 16u, and 18u teams. The 16u and 18u teams will play at Arrowhead Park while the 14u and 12u teams will play at Bentley Park.

Tournament Pass Fees:

Adults aged 18-64: $20.00

Seniors: $10.00

Children aged 10-17: $10.00

Children under 9: Free

Check out some of the teams joining the tournament below!

12u

Texas Elite Premier

Coaching staff: Bryan Simmons and David Churchill.

Team Social Media: @TEP2k11 (Twitter/X), Texas Elite Premier 12u (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: For fall and summer seasons we have finished top 5 in tournaments 5 times, top 3 two times, and top 2 one time.

Key players: Jana Anderson, Ashlyn Childress, and Samantha Blalock

Expectations for 2024 season: Finish ranked top 5 in the state of Texas again

Legends Fastpitch 2011 Select

Coaching Staff: Alayna Farris, Kory Bible, and Mele Lone

Team Social Media: Legends Fastpitch 2011 Select (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: We are coming off two great seasons that have built on each other. The summer of 2023 ended with a top 8 out of 43 finish in the gold bracket at the Midwest National Championship in Des Moines, IA. During the fall of 2023, the highlight was finishing in the top 4 at the PGF Midwest Shootout in Broken Arrow, OK! A tournament loaded with the top 2011 teams! We don’t shy away from competition!

Key Players: Rylee Stark- pitching, our Ace can hit a spot at any given time, Kyndal Clark- pitching, she brings the needed speed to vary up our pitching, Zoey Farris- catcher/outfield- she is a force behind the plate and covers so much ground in the outfield. Zoey is also clutch when needed and has had many walk offs last season and this season, Bree Shoemake- 1st/outfield- the lefty can swing the bat and drive in runs.

Expectations for 2024 Season: I expect this team to continue competing with the best competition out there. We have shown time and again that we can compete at any level, whether it’s our own 12u age group or playing up in 14u. I anticipate another year of success as we capitalize on our growth this season, both physically and mentally.

14u

Select Fastpitch Waters

Coaching Staff: Diane Waters, Susan Kuzmic, and Fred Frantz

Team Social Media: @SelectWaters (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Fall record 26-9-1. Many first place and top three finishes.

Key Players: Gabby Frantz, Logan Waters, Liz Peery, Emma Hadley.

Expectations for 2024 Season: Continue to develop and take softball IQ to the next level.

OK Bombers King

Coaching Staff: Casey King (head coach) & Cody Warner (assistant coach)
Team Social Media Handles: @OkBombersX09 (X), OkBombersX09 (Instagram) & Oklahoma Bombers X09 (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Runner up at USSSA Gulf Coast National Championship

Key Players: Kylie King (RHP/1B), Abigail Rainey (SS), Kynlee DiLibero (C/UTL), Landen Warner (OF/1B), Kenzie Howard (C) & Jaziah Pierce (UTL)

Expectations for 2024 Season: For 2024, our expectations have been set high, and we look to have success in the most competitive tournaments in the area. We are excited about competing in lots of great events, where we will get to compete against lots of quality teams! We have been, and continue to, put in lots of hard work and feel like we can compete with any team we play. We are excited about attending the Sparkler tournament in Colorado and look to earn a berth in the Alliance Championship in California. Focus on improving every time out, we have been playing at a pretty high level and look to keep that trajectory going upwards and getting consistently better!

16u

Legends 16u National Team

Coaching Staff: Lance Nations, Kyle Jordan and Taylor Crowell.

Team Social Media: Legends Fastpitch 16u National (Facebook), @LegendsFastpit2 (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Summer of 2023, we played 14U A ball with a record of 47-20-1. Key wins over Midwest Speed, Nebraska Quakes, Epic Fastpitch, Texas Glory Naudin, Athletics Mercado 2026, American Freedom, Impact Gold, Vison 2026, Aces and Select FP to name a few, as well as tied Hotshots Premier. Earned our ticket to the Alliance Championship, Won the 2023 USSSA 14A National Championship. Fall of 2023 we moved to 16u A. with a 20-7 record and Key Wins over Aces, Top Gun, Vision, Apex National, Tulsa Elite, Illinois Force and Iowa Slammers to name a few. Finished 1st in several events as well the CBC Showcase in Central Arkansas.

Key Players: 2027 – Catcher Olivia Nations lead the team with a .377 BA followed by 2027 Tayla Vance with a .360 and only had 3 k’s in over 27 games played. Nations also led the team with 20 hits. 2027 Rylin Stringfellow lead the team in OBP with a .444 followed by 2026 Iris Still with a .431. 2027 Ella LaBounty led the team in SLG % with .818 and 4 HRs 9 doubles and 3 triples and lead with 23 RBIs. Followed by Stringfellow with a .774 and 3 HR. Vance stole 15 bases followed by 2027 Regan Crusinbery with 13.

Pitching staff: 2027 Rylin Stringfellow, Callie Jordan, Ella LaBounty, and 2025 Kylee Walters combined for 161 strikeouts. Stringfellow led the rotation with 45 strikeouts and a combined ERA of 3.92. LaBounty posted an ERA of 2.05 and they had a combined opponents batting average of .274.

Expectations for 2024 Season: Our expectations for the 2024 season is to compete against some of the best competition our area has to offer and get our girls in front of as many college coaches as possible. We are young but making a impact on the game and really turning some heads. Our main focus is competing and getting our kids seen.

Colorado Stars Kapelke

Coaching Staff: Jeremy Kapelke, James Sandoval, Javier Saenz, and Ryan Wheaton.

Team Social Media: @Cstarskapelke (Twitter/X), Colorado Stars Kapelke (Facebook), CO_Stars07 (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Tied for ninth in the IDT and the TC World Series.

Key Players: Pitcher Jenna McGinnis (2027), middle infielder Kiley Wheaton (2026), pitcher Brynn Trujillo (2025), catcher Neila Lucero (2025).

Expectations for 2024 Season: Six tournament wins so far this season with five of them being at the 18u level. Continue to build on that.

Pryme 16u Premier – Ray

Coaching Staff: Jeff Ray, Katie Ehrlich.

Team Social Media: @prymefastpitch (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Semi-finalist at Ringneck International Invite. Finished as Sunday Qualifier at the Texas Glory Shootout (final 8 out of 70+ teams). 5-2 record at the Heartland Showcase. Perfect Game Play4Jay 18u Champs. TCS City of Lights Fall Showcase, 5-0 record. Runner up at Perfect Game Scouting Combine Championship.

Key Players: Paiton Hedges, C/1B (2025), Brookyln Ray, C/IF (2025), Riley Westmoreland, OF/MIF (2025), Adisyn Peetoom, RHP (2025), Abbi Godfrey, MIF/UT/RHP (2025), Isabell Daniels, SS/3B (2025).

Expectations for 2024 Season: 24-9 so far in 2024. PG OKC Challenge and PG Play4Jay 18u Champs. Expectations are to compete deep in every tournament we enter and find the best recruiting fit for our 2025’s by the end of the summer season.

Prime 16u National

Coaching Staff: Doug Steritt, Jason Miller, Ellie Johnson.

Team Social Media: @ar_prime_sb (Twitter/X), Prime Softball Academy (Facebook), ar_prime_sb (Instagram) @prime_sb5 (TikTok).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: This is a new team.

Key Players: Skylar Steritt, MIF/OF, being recruited by Arkansas, Baylor, and Kansas. One of the best athletes – male or female – in Arkansas (2026). Sadie Steritt, MIF/OF, best bat to ball skills in the organization as a 2028 (2028). Mady Hokams, C/3B, 70 mph arm and 1.68 pop time (2027). Addison Fulbright, OF/C, plus athlete with several college offers (2025). Kaydee Brown, RHP, rising star in the organization and on multiple college radars (2026). Kend’ra Terry, LHP, 60+ mph arm with massive natural movement (2027).

Expectations for 2024 Season: We love this team and have high expectations for them when they get their legs underneath them. Skylar is truly one of the top players in America that very few know about yet. She’s an 11-time state champion in Arkansas as a sophomore in softball and track. Mady Hokams is as good of a catcher defensively as you’re ever going to find and she’s a 9th grader. The arms have big upside, and we think that this group’s overall athleticism will translate to big success going forward.

18u

Top Gun Gammons

Coaching Staff: Greg Gammons, Kaityln Gammons, and Justin Jeter.

Team Social Media: @TGF_17_National

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 7-3 record as a new team in the fall. Second place at the Space Coast Invitational.

Key Players: Emma Jane Ogle (2024, William Jewel College), Curstin Todd (2024, Northwest Missouri State), Erza Medrano (2025), Marissa Riggle (2025), Cayden VonSande (2025), Elly Robbins (2025).

Expectations for 2024 Season: Looking forward to a great spring helping our seniors prepare for the next level and wrapping up our 2025 recruiting.

Prime 18u National

Coaching staff: Jay Lupo, Lucien Loyd, James Lyle, Bill Camplain.

Team Social Media: @ar_prime_sb (Twitter/X), Prime Softball Academy (Facebook), ar_prime_sb (Instagram) @prime_sb5 (TikTok).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Made it to the quarterfinals of the Tulsa Elite Fall Invite. Top five finish at the World Fastpitch Championship in KC. Third place at the HFL Fall National Championship.

Key Players: Emory Bowlin, RHP, one of Arkansas’ top pitchers (UCA, 2025). Alaina Lyle, LHP/1B, one of the top two-way players in Arkansas (Ouachita Baptist, 2025). Abby Lowery, OF, elite athlete that doubles as a track star (Arkansas Tech, 2025). Ally Mendoza, OF, wizard with the leather (National Park CC, 2024). Sara Camplain, OF, high-ceiling power-slapping LHH (National Park CC, 2024). 10 of the 12 players on the roster are committed to schools at the next level.

Expectations for 2024 Season: We expect this group to continue their ascension on the national scene. They’ve gotten better and better every year, and we expect that to continue this summer. We think this is the best version yet. Our goal is to come to events like the TE Invite and win them.

Nebraska Gold National Singleton

Coaching Staff: Beth Singleton, Craig Boyer, and Brock Anderson.

Team Social Media: @NebGold18s (Twitter/X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Tulsa Elite Invite 18u Champions, third place at Easton Rawlings Invite, and third place at Top Club Nationals.

Key Players: RHP Mila Fiordalisi (Cornell), C Kiara Bellido (Syracuse), SS Skarlett Jones (Nebraska), SS Kaylie Whidden (Wisconsin), RHP Elysa Hydock (Northern Colorado), UTL Kiley Kindelspire (Drake).

Expectations for 2024 Season: Neb Gold looks to have another solid summer with the goal of top finishes at some of the big National events. The experience and leadership of Whidden will be counted on to anchor a young core of versatile athletes.

18u Impact Gold Bryant

Coaching Staff: Misty Bryant and Candain Callahan.

Team Social Media: @IGDFW_Bryant (Twitter/X), 18u Impact Gold Bryant (Facebook).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Finished top six in Tier 1 at Team 1 Invite. Finished second at TFL Fall Championship.

Key Players: C Maggie Castaneda (2025), SS Payton Alexander (2025), CF Nevaeh Carter (2025), pitcher Alexis Taylor (2024).

Expectations for 2024 Season: My expectation for this season is to get my 2025’s committed and for the girls to enjoy one last summer with our eight seniors.

Vision Gold 18u

Coaching Staff: Erica Derryberry, Larry Tinkler, Kenzie Derryberry (member of Missouri State Softball team).

Team Social Media: @FastpitchVision (Twitter/X), VisionFastpitch (Facebook), vision_gold_18u (Instagram).

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 18U Vision Gold had a great 2023 season, winning the Top Gun Prospect Series Tournament and the Perfect Game Elite 8 Invite. We also finished 5th in the Perfect Game Fall Elite Showcase, and 3rd in the upper flight of the Tulsa Elite Fall Invite. We also had very good showings last summer at the Tulsa Elite Invite, Top Gun Invite (Maverick Division), Scenic City Showcase, and World Fastpitch Championships.

Key Players: Alexis Franklin has been a big-time performer for us, leading us last season in both hitting and pitching.  She set multiple Arkansas High School State records this year and will be attending Pitt State in the fall to attend school and play softball. Amber Turner has been a force at the plate for us. She just finished helping her Bentonville High School team to, yet another state championship hit .800 for us in our first weekend out this summer.  She will be attending Tulsa University in the fall to attend school and play softball. Kadence Janney has helped us a ton both on the mound and at the plate. She is a true 3-way player who will be attending Missouri Southern in the fall to go to school and play softball. Keeley Elsea is an absolute force at the plate. She hit .395 for us last fall and dominated her high school season as well.  She will be attending Southwest Baptist University in the fall to go to school and play softball.

We currently have 4 uncommitted players:

Talyn Jackson (2025 C) – Talyn started behind the plate every game this spring for her Rogers High School team and can absolutely smash the ball at the plate.

Cindy Barger (2025 UTL) – Cindy is a strong defensive player for us, no matter where we ask her to play.  She also is one of our top hitters on the squad.  Last fall she had our 2nd highest batting avg at .472.  Cindy is a clutch hitter, who consistently comes up with big hits in big situations!

Madi Schoonover (2026 1B/3B/C) – Madi is a young player who can SMASH!  She hits the ball with tremendous velocity and can put the ball out of the park at any moment!

Joclyn Strickland (2026 RHP/1B) – Joclyn just recently joined our team, but she was the starting pitcher for her Rogers Heritage High School team and batted in the middle of the lineup for them all season.  She has excellent power at the plate and great command of her pitches.  She is going to be a huge part of our team this summer.

Expectations for 2024 Season: We have very high expectations for this summer.  We came off a great summer and a tremendous fall season (22-5-1) last year.  This is the most experienced team we’ve had in a long time, with 9 seniors currently on the squad.  The team chemistry we have is unmatched, and this group has the ability to compete with anyone we step on the field with!

Event Preview: Top Gun Discovery Showcase

By: Madison Feldhahn

The Top Gun Discovery Showcase kicked off today at Mid-America West Sports Complex in Shawnee, KS. The three-day event features fifty-four teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. This event will have 14u, 16u, and 18u teams.

Gate Fees:

Children (1-12): $5.00

Teens & Adults (13-64): $10.00

Senior (65+): $5.00

Military: $5.00

Check out some of the teams joining us below!

14u

KC Rebels Lickel

Vision Fastpitch Merryman

Coaching Staff: Head coach Anthony Merryman and assistant coaches Bryan Wyman, Niles Thomas & Addy Ward

Team Social Media: @visiongold09 (X), Vision Gold 09 (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Overall record 104-22-6, Back-to-back 2022 & 2023 14O Space Coast World Series National Champions. 2023 USSSA SEC Future Stars 14A National Champions, 2023 PG Fall Elite Showcase 14A Tournament Champions, Woo Pig Series I 14O Tournament Champions 2023 HFL Woo Pig Series III 14O Tournament Champions, 2023 SA Six in Spring 14A Tournament Champions, 2023 USSSA Road to the Show 14A Tournament Finalist, 2023 Club Fall Invite 14A Tournament Finalist, 2023 USSSA CBC Fall Bash 16A Tournament Finalist 2023, Fall Championships 14A 3rd place finish, 2023 TFL Spring Slam 14A 3rd place finish, 2023 Top 10 Finish (41 teams total) of Top Club Super 32 14A Cash Tournament

Key Players: Alexis Lorennij (C), Daylyn Osborne (P), Kylee Wyman (SS)

Expectations for Spring 2024: Compete with the best-of-the-best competition, continue to grow and develop as softball players, athletes, and good human beings, and showcase our passion for the game to college coaches, fans, and peers.

16u

KC Phoenix Bock

Coaching Staff: Jen Bock, Russ Endsor, Mike Koontz

Team Social Media: @KCPhoenix_JB (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: UTrip Memorial Day 18a Champions (as a 14u team). A couple of 2nd place HS divisions. We started competing in bigger events and were able to compete. We were 4-1-1 in the big Team 1 event and rolling in bracket play but the event was rained out. Top 12 of the WFC in KC.

Key Players: Enslie Dreyer (RHP) – throws up 58 to low 60s in games with LONG stride, Shelby Callahan (SS) – switch hitter, Mandia Bock (RHP) – throws 68-62, Gracie Cox (C) – cannon behind the dish

Expectations for Spring 2024: We have turned up the intensity and are focused primarily on TG, Gold, and Invitational tourneys, plus the Sparkler. Still very much in a growth mindset for the year. None of these kids have hit their ceiling and will continue to grow. They’re great teammates and LOVE to play softball. Every single one of these girls plays multiple sports successfully.

Millard Fury Gold Westley

Coaching Staff: Head coach Brad Westley and assistant coaches April Epley, Chad Mattox & Katie Wageman

Team Social Media: @2007FuryGold (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: ’23 was a challenge with injuries, but the core finished second in a showcase in Beatrice, NE to end the season. After only one practice in the fall, the team played well losing our first bracket game to the eventual tournament winner in a 1-0 contest.

Key Players: Pitching staff: Lauryn Mattox, Ava Fessler, Karli Farritor.  Catchers: Alexa Epley, Kaycie Dai, Mady Wall. Corners: Emma Renner, Karleigh Rowley, Kaycie Dai, Lauryn Mattox, Alexa Epley.  Middle Infield: Brooke Westley, Madi Eich, Mady Wall. Outfield: Hannah Wageman, Kameryn Lawson, Karlie Farritor, Brooke Westley, Emma Renner, Mady Wall, Madi Eich

Expectations for Spring 2024: Our expectations are for the girls to continue to not only grow their softball skills but mentally be able to handle the grind and challenges we know they will face this summer. We want to compete in every game and challenge teams we face.

Missouri Chiefs Turner

Coaching Staff: Chelsea Turner, Shane Pierce & Darrin Henderson

Team Social Media: @GoMoChiefs (IG & Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 29-19 last summer. Runner up at the STL USA Showcase. FASA Nationals Runner Up.

Key Players: Raelyn Henderson (OF), Ellie Shevey (C/UT), Allison Scott (P), Piper Dishman (P) Katie Vaughan (SS/UT)

Expectations for Spring 2024: Competitive tournament schedule for 2024 and intend to finish top 5 in most.

Nebraska Gold Gillis

Coaching Staff: Ryan Gillis, Lorelle Mueting, Kevin Pokorny, and Kailey Wilson

Team Social Media: X: @NEGold09_Gillis; Instagram: negold09_gillis

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2nd Place – Top Gun Memorial Day Tournament, Top 4 Finish NE State 14U 2024

Key Players: Jadyn Pokorny, Cameron Debuse, Ollie Lynch, Dilynn Meade, Callen Ahrens, Taylor Brumbaugh, Regan Gillis

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Our expectations are to continue to grow as a team and compete at the highest level. We will challenge ourselves and battle to the end of every game, but after all is said and done we will enjoy our teammates and the sport we love.

Nebraska Quakes Gilpin

Coaching Staff: Don Gilpin (Head Coach), Steve Asher (Assistant Coach) & Rob Novak (Assistant Coach)
Team Social Media: @NEQuakesGilpin (X) & NE Quakes Gold 15U Gilpin (SportsRecruits)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 51-23-5 record in 2023, in 14A/HS class. 1st place USSSA Battle for the Bling 14A NIT, 2nd place Bennington Spring Bash HS, 2nd place Quakes Classic, 1st place KS/MO 14A State Tournament, 3rd place Ringneck 14A

Key Players: A strong core group of players that has grown together for several years. Each player on this roster has a high set of expectations and will contribute greatly to our successes in 2024.

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: As a young 15U team returning our entire roster from 2023, we will be looking to continue challenging our players and building upon previous successes, as we prepare them to compete at the next level. A serious pitching staff, backed up by solid defense, and a dangerous batting lineup sets the bar high for this young group of outstanding athletes.

Team Kansas Denning

Coaching Staff: Nick Denning & Patti Hays
Team Social Media:
@TeamKansas16A (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Qualified for PG nationals with a third place finish at the PG KC Fall Showcase

Key Players: Ava Yokley (P, 2026), Abby O’Connor (IF, 2026), Lindsay Ruder (UTL/2026)

Expectations for Spring 2024: Have fun!!

Top Gun Hooper

Coaching Staff: Head coach Dave Hooper and assistant coaches Dwight Mayhugh & Chad Cushing
Team Social Media:
@TopGun0809KS (X) & Top Gun 16u KS (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Chosen for the supplemental Power Pool in summer 2023 for the CO Sparkler. Played up in 16u as a 14u in the Heartland WS and were a final 4 team when the tournament was cancelled for weather. Turned over a number of roster spots in the fall of 2023 to form a much more softball centric team.

Key Players: Reagan Ball, Emily Stipsits, McKenna Cushing

Expectations for Spring 2024: We have a very competitive schedule for 2024 and are looking to improve over the 2023 season extending into more late runs on bracket day. We are playing in a number of tournament and college showcases and are looking to demonstrate the talent of our team in front of colleges over the summer season. As our girls start to enter the recruiting phase, many of our players are participating in a number of different camps. Although the wins are great, we will continue to develop our players so that they possess the skills needed to take the next step into the college game.

18u

Kansas Fusion Sweat

Coaching Staff: Head coach Mikey Rusk, manager Ryan Sweat & assistant coach Jeff Ellis
Team Social Media:
@FusionKansas (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: We won some smaller tournaments and finished 2nd in USSSA National Championship

Key Players: All players are key!

Expectations for Spring 2024: Have fun and be seen by college coaches

KC Bombers 18u Gold Fansher

Coaching Staff: Megan Fansher and Makena Adams

Team Social Media Handles: Twitter-@BombersKC18 and Instagram-@KCBombers18

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: This is a practically a brand new team! We look forward to seeing this team grow this summer!

Key Players: Reghan Loges, Hannah Sheer, Reese Evenson, Anna Fairchild

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: My athletes are looking to play at the next level. With our Bombers organization, our job is to prepare them for this next journey! We currently have 5 signed players and looking to add more this season!

KC Rebels Soldner

Coaching Staff: Brian Soldner, Kurt Dearing & Craig Minton
Team Social Media:
@KCRebelsSoldner (X)

Key Players: Adelyn Thom (C/3B, 2025), Akyra Traver (OF, 2026), Ava Minton (OF, 2025), Cadence Dearing (OF/C, 2026), Danica Salisbury (P/1B, 2026), Tyjha Henderson (MIF/OF, 2025)

Expectations for Spring 2024: To play in top tournaments and get my girls some offers

Nebraska Gold Jarzobski

Coaching Staff: Edward Jarzobski (9th year coaching competitive softball), Maurice Anderson (10th year coaching competitive softball, NE Gold coach Team Anderson and Softball President MUS) & Dave Hobza (7th year coaching competitive softball)

Team Social Media: @negold18u (Twitter)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 6 seniors went on to play in college (1 D1, 1 D2, 1 D3, 3 NAIA), All 12 of our current seniors are committed to play in college (2 D1, 4 D2, 6 NAIA)

Key Players: Mackenzie Groniga, Emi Waldow, Katelyn Jarzobski, Addy Hobza, Kriestyn Linn

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Goal is to finish top 4 Top Gun Viper and top 10 in Top Gun Championship

Nebraska WAVE Shepherd

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Luke Shepherd & Assistant Coaches Cory Claussen & Peyton Glatter
Team Social Media: @NEWaveFastpitch (X) & thewaveathletics.com

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: USSSA State Runner Up Class A 18u, Went 3-0-1 in KCKCC Tournament

Key Players: Hannah Allen (Midland University commit), Alexis Shepherd (Midland University commit), Alexis Adams (Doane College commit), Kloey Johnson (Southeast CC commit), Jill Johnson (1B/OF, Uncommitted), Brooklyn Stutzman (P/1B, Uncommitted), Jerzey Wiechman (P, Uncommitted)

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Will be traveling throughout the Mid-West playing in several Top Gun Showcases/Invites

2024 Travel Team Preview: Beverly Bandits 15u

By: Trey Donovan

2024 Travel Team Preview: Beverly Bandits 15u

The team hasn’t started their summer season yet, due to the high school softball season playoffs, but the Beverly Bandits 15u team is ready to get started. Their first event of the summer season is the Top Gun Invitational on June 13 through June 16.

Head Coach Kyle Hardin is excited about this team’s potential as his team has done well in their respective high school seasons, but also because last fall they had a good season.

“Our team is currently in their high school seasons where they are all playing well as they are about to begin the playoffs,” Hardin said. “In our fall season as a first year 16u team, we went 32-8 against the best in the country.”

Hardin discussed with us about the upcoming season and his goal for the team.

Can you give us some background on your coaching staff or style?

The team has three coaches with Kyle Hardin being the head coach and alongside him are Taylor Messer and Cassidy Brzozowski as assistant coaches.

“I have been coaching the Bandits for four years and have been with this current team for three now,” Hardin said. “I have truly loved seeing the development and success this team has shown over these three years.”

Both Messer and Brzozowski are first year coaches with the team but have a ton of experience in softball coming off their college careers at Western Illinois and Coastal Carolina. Even with newer coaches, Hardin describes all their coaching styles to be very similar.

“We try to show our athletes how fun the game is if you play it right. We are laid back but strive to get the best versions of our athletes both on and off the field,” Hardin said. “The majority of our team has been playing together for over three years, so our athletes understand the expectation and put in the work without needing a lot of direction. We don’t expect perfection, and all we ask is that you’re always giving 110% in everything they do.”

Can you give us some perspective on the roster?

“Our team is well-rounded. We have speed, we hit for power, we play good defense, and we have good pitching. It’s hard to highlight just a few players because we have so much talent and depth this year,” Hardin said. “We are going to be looking to bring a ton of energy this summer and leave it all on the field.”

The lineup for the team starts with Mia Taylor and Scarlette Tegtman who provide the speed and contact at the top of the order. Reese Rourke and Emma Bruggenschmidt provide the power and are the shortstops on the team. To go along with the power bats, Mackenzie Bacha, Ryleigh Keil and Bobbi Snook hold down the outfield with good fielding and power. Kaitlyn Streiler, Zoey Whittaker, and Ashlyn Kita also bring some pop and play the corner outfield spots. Rylie Van Aken is the team’s middle infielder and Grace King is the catcher who provides some more power and great defense.

The pitching staff consists of Neveah Rangel, Soleil Tate and Lucy George who “compliment each other really well and we are excited for their continued success,” Hardin explained.

With the team being a 15u squad, a lot of the players will begin the recruitment process. Hardin explained that 13 of the 16 players on the roster are going to be 2026 graduates and that after the summer season the recruitment process starts up for college.

What are your expectations or goals for the team?

“Our main goal of the team for the summer is to simply compete. When we are competing at the standard, we have set we have a good chance to beat any team in the country,” Hardin said. “We’d love to win some tournaments this summer and we are striving to get our players a lot of attention from college coaches but if we keep it simple and just compete everything else will fall into place.”

With the late start to their summer season, Hardin is looking to build the resumes of the players while keeping the motivation simple. Hardin is looking forward to the summer season and explains the team’s morale heading into the Top Gun Invitational as it is their first summer tournament.

“This team loves being together and taking the field together, so everyone is just really looking forward to getting the summer season started,” Hardin said. “We can’t wait to get going.”

2024 Travel Team Preview: Wasco Diamonds 13u

By: Trey Donovan

2024 Travel Team Preview: Wasco Diamonds 13u

The Wasco Diamonds 14u team is coming off a 2023 season that saw some exciting moments and the team becoming a finalist at the NAFA Mom’s Day Rock tournament. The team is coached by Jason Edwards, and he looks to continue the team’s resiliency in matches to always play tough.

While winning games is always a goal, Edwards main focus is developing a culture for his team and helping the team learn and grow both as players and people.

“Success is measured not only by wins and losses but by the growth and development of each player,” Edwards said. “Players are encouraged the push beyond their limits, embrace challenges, and strive for continuous improvement.”

With the 2024 season underway, we chatted with Edwards on his thoughts on the season.

Can you give some background information on your coaching staff and philosophies?

“With a background in sports management and a strong passion for youth development, I feel as if I step into this role as Head Coach for the team with a wealth of expertise,” Edwards said. “My coaching philosophy is centered on growth, character-building, and fostering the holistic development of young athletes.”

Edwards alongside assistant coach Kristyn Crawford have undertaken the role as educators for the team.

“Crawford brings a unique blend of expertise as both an educator and a coach. With a background in education and a passion for coaching, Kristyn has been an integral part of the coaching staff, dedicating herself to the development and success of the athletes since their 11u journey,” Edwards said. “Kristyn’s experience as a respected high school teacher translates seamlessly to the diamond, where she imparts valuable life lessons and fosters a culture of growth and excellence among the players.

What were some highlights from last season?

“In a hard-fought semi-final match at the NAFA Mom’s Day Rock tournament, the Wasco Diamonds faced off against the formidable Johnsons Creek Yellow Jackets. Through strategic gameplay, unwavering determination, and standout performances, the team secured a 1-0 win, advancing to the finals,” Edwards said. “Luci Campise’s well-placed bunt, executed with precision timing, emerged as the game-winning play that propelled the team to victory. Supported by the impeccable pitching of Addison Coulter and strong defensive prowess, the team shut down the Yellow Jackets’ offensive threats.”

Being a tough team to out was the name of the Wasco Diamonds game as they played another game that entered an international tiebreaker. A hit from Sienna Woodmancy drove in Aaliya Davis set the stage for the offense to score two more runs to win the game.

Can you discuss your team’s composition?

Offense:

“Every player on our roster possesses the ability to excel in multiple positions, showcasing a level of skill and adaptability that sets us apart from the competition,” Edwards said.

That versatility is shown throughout the offensive lineup as they have three “sparkplug” players in Luciana Campise, Lillyana Crawford, and Sienna Woodmancy who are known for being clutch, get on-base, and are strategic on the basepaths.

Following them is the power of Addison Coulter and Taylor Zawadski, who hit towering shots but are adaptable at the plate. Rounding out the lineup is Elin Ludvigson and Alaina Will who are timely hitters that have played roles in winning moments more often than not.

Defense:

“At the forefront of our pitching arsenal stands Addison Coulter, a dominant force on the mound known for her confidence and composure,” Edwards said.

Following Coulter in the rotation is Sky Ferrante, who relies more on finesse rather than power. Keeping hitters on their toes and inducing weak contact is the name of her game. Sophie Rothlisberger rounds out the rotation with her selflessness and dedication to the team while delivering clutch performances.

The rotation is caught by two anchors at catcher in Lillyana Crawford and Aayliah Davis who both have strong throwing arms and high work ethics. The infield is comprised of “defensive titans” in Taylor Zawadzki at third base, Luciana Campise at shortstop, and Sienna Woodmancy at second base.

The outfield of Elin Ludvigson, Alaina Will, and Madison Trent covers ground quickly and have anticipation and consistency on defense.

The team looks to be a tough out for any opponent in the 2024 season while focusing on developing on and off the field. Coach Edwards sees sport as a great teaching ground for many different things in life.

“I am dedicated to instilling values such as teamwork, resilience, and sportsmanship in every player under his guidance, recognizing the invaluable opportunities for personal development that sports provide,” Edwards said.

Event Preview: Top Gun Ranger

By: Madison Feldhahn

Top Gun Events is hosting the Top Gun Ranger this weekend at Blue Valley Recreation Complex in Overland Park, KS. The event, which is in its second year of existence, is designed for up-and-coming teams who are looking to get introduced to Top Gun Events and high level tournaments. We have 30 teams joining us from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

The 12u age group has one pool and will begin pool play Saturday at 8:00 Am. Games will run until 6:30 PM. The 14u age group has two pools. Their pool play will begin Friday at 6:30 PM. The last game will start at 8:15 PM. It will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will run until 6:30 PM. The 16u and 18u age groups have been combined into a high school division for this event. There will be Friday pool play games at 6:30 PM and 8:15 PM. On Saturday, pool play will begin again at 8:00 AM and run until 6:30 PM.

Bracket play will begin Sunday. The 12u age group will start at 8:00 AM and the championship game will start at 1:15 PM. The 14u age group will begin at 8:00 AM. Their final game will begin at 3:00 PM. Bracket play for the high school division will begin at 9:45 AM and the championship game will kick off at 3:00 PM.

Gate Fees:

Children (6-12): $5.00

Teens & Adults (13-64): $10.00

Senior (65+): $5.00

Military: $5.00

Take a look at some of the teams playing this weekend below!

14u

KC Rebels Lickel

Coaching Staff: Dan Lickel (head coach), Megan Arnott (assistant coach), Bob Waddel (assistant coach) & Mitch Hughes (assistant coach)

Team Social Media: KC Rebels 14A Lickel (Facebook) & @KCRebelsLickel (X)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: 1st Place Swing for the Rings

Key Players: All of ‘em.

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Top Gun Ranger, USA Memorial Day, Top Gun Discovery Showcase, Top Gun Heartland Showcase, PG Recruit Revolution Showcase, USSSA Dust & Diamonds, USA Heartland World Series

MN Moose 13u National

Coaching Staff: Led by former MLB player Dan Johnson of the Tampa Bay Rays. Assisted by Brandon Aman & Andy Wallschlaeger

Team Social Media: mn_moose_national (IG), @MNNational13u (X) & MNMoose-National (Facebook)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: New roster as of Fall 2023. 2nd at Minnesota Fall State, 1st at Winter Bash Dome Tournament (MN)

Key Players: Excited for the addition of new players signed this fall with the existing core group from summer. Key positions: Pitching staff – Mackenzie Brooks & Reagan Wallschlaeger; catchers – Marin Aman & Kayce Jude; infielders – Ellie Johnson, Avery Crittenden, Brookyln Autrey, Katelyn Peterson & Avery Blais; outfielders – Peyton Haley, Mattie Drugg, Brooke Molitor & Amiya Polzin

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: We have a heavy schedule that includes the PG Ranger, PG Super Series, S&C Showcase, and USSSA National Championships. Expectations are to play and perform at our highest-level whole representing the Minnesota Moose National Program. Have fun, be good people, and continue to love the game.

Originals Campbell

Coaching Staff: Head coach Tory Campbell & assistants Michaela Arnzen & Scott Beard

Team Social Media: @originalskc_campbell (IG & X), originals_campbell (TikTok) & Originals-Campbell (Facebook)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: We are a brand new team that was established in the fall of 2023. Our successes have simply been actually winning games and learning how trust each other.

Key Players: We are still meshing as a team. All 11 of our girls have been key at some point or another. Our home run hitters have been Leah Morgan, Carly Beard, and Jersey Rogers. Defensively, we rely a lot on Addy Dillon on the mound. Our outfield is super face (Kortney Johnson, Tania Thomas, Jaeda Wilson), third base has a great glove (Jersey Rogers), and our face first baseman (Chloe Ring).

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: We are looking to keep getting better every tournament. Our goal is to be playing some great softball as a team by the end of the summer to lead into our 2nd year in 14u. These girls are amazing individually, so our biggest challenge is learning to trust a brand new group of teammates and coaches to achieve our bigger team goals (not just their individual ones).

Synergy Fastpitch 13u

Coaching Staff: Cam Clurman, Willie Dean, Jeremiah Feurt

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: 2nd place Road to the Beach, 12A National Championships

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: Compete in 14A during the regular season, compete in the 13A Nationals in Music City, TN

High School Division

KC Bombers Adkins

Coaching Staff: James Adkins, Aaron Kaden, Makena Adkins & Cody Winburn

Team Social Media: Bombers KC Fastpitch (Facebook) & @KCBombersAdkins (X)

2023 Fall & Summer Successes: As a young 15U squad, we saw a lot of development amongst our players and finished with an overall 31-31-4 record against strong competition from across the Midwest.

Key Players: Pitchers Addison Cole & Trinity Krause and hitters Madison Dudok, Joselyn Gartner & Hannah Winburn

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: We are playing a Top Gun heavy schedule, also with trips to Nebraska and to the Southeast Bombers Invitational in Mississippi with the goal of playing competitive winning softball and providing our players an opportunity to play in front of college coaches from across the country.

Good luck to all of the teams competing this weekend!

 

Event Recap: Top Gun Heritage

By: Madison Feldhahn

Top Gun Events went to Bixby, Oklahoma this past week for the Top Gun Heritage. The event was unfortunately cut short due to the weather in the area.

In the 14u age bracket, R.O.I. Midwest Kessler went through pool play 4-0, the only 14u team to do so. The team had dominant wins all weekend with an 8-3 victory, a 6-1 victory and two 7-1 victories. Oklahoma Athletics Madden was the only other unbeaten 14u team with a 3-0-1 pool play record. The team tied 2-2 with Louisville Lady Sluggers Premier VanBoxmeer to start the tournament. Their next three games were all wins with a score of 10-0, 6-0 and 1-0, respectively. Both Tulsa Elite Edmondson 13u and Oklahoma Athletics Geheb went 3-1-0.

Some dominant victories in the 14u age group include 8-0 OK Bombers King victory over Oklahoma Athletics Lampkin and a 9-4 Oklahoma Athletics Lampkin victory over Tulsa Elite Holson.

Epic Fastpitch National 09 Smith came out on top of the 16u age group. The team scored 29 runs and allowed just 2 runs against them. Their dominant performance included a 6-0 win, 9-1 win, and 10-0 win. Epic Fastpitch Burnett, Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Brown, and Oklahoma Athletics Zodrow went undefeated in pool play with 2-0-2 records. Epic Fastpitch Burnett’s most dominant victory came in a 5-0 game against Oklahoma Steel ‘08/’09. Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Brown had a 6-0 victory to start their tournament play. Oklahoma Athletics Zodrow played in two close games, coming out on top 7-6 against Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Ashbaugh and 6-4 against Epic National Stoner.

Other large victories in the 16us include a 15-0 Midwest Batbusters Brice victory against Pryme Fastpitch Foster, a 10-0 Epic Fastpitch National 09 Smith victory over Midwest Batbusters Brice, and a 14-2 Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Ashbaugh victory over IntenCity Gasso.

FFS Hugo was the only undefeated team in the 18u age group with a 3-0-1 record. Their largest margin of victory was 8-1 over Pryme Fastpitch Townsend. Oklahoma Athletics National Madden/Davis had the next best record at 3-1-0. They had a dominant victory over Epic Fastpitch Select Brice 18u with a final score of 12-0.

Oklahoma Athletics Coleman topped Epic Fastpitch Select Brice 18u 13-0 in one of the largest victories this weekend. Epic Fastpitch Vickrey had a dominant 17-3 victory over Oklahoma Pure Fastpitch Melson.

Bracket play for all age groups was canceled due to the inclement weather.

Thank you to all the teams who participated this weekend!

Event Preview: Top Gun Heritage

By: Madison Feldhahn

Top Gun Events is headed to Bixby, Oklahoma for the Top Gun Heritage this weekend. Thirty-seven teams will be joining us for this three-day event from Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.

The 14u age group will have 12 teams split into two pools. Fifteen 16u teams will be in three pools. The 18us will have two pools with five teams each. Pool play will begin Friday with games at 6:45 PM and 8:30 PM. Games will resume at 8:00 AM with the last pool play game starting at 8:15 PM.

Bracket play for the 14u and 16u teams will start at 8:00 AM on Sunday. The 18u age group will begin at 9:45 AM. The 14u championship game takes place at 3:00 PM. Both the 16u and 18u championship games will be at 4:45 PM.

Gate Fees:

Children (1-12): $5.00

Teens & Adults (13-64): $10.00

Senior (65+): $5.00

Military: $5.00

Check out some of this weekend’s teams below!

14U

Epic Fastpitch 14u Flynn

Coaching Staff: Travis Flynn (head coach), Brion Hitt (assistant coach) & Nick Dean (assistant coach)

Team Social Media Handles: Epic Premier 2010-Flynn (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2nd place Silver Bracket 2023 Sparkler, Jr.; fall 2023 – 1st place CFL OV v TX, 2nd place PGF Diamond Legacy & 3rd place in Gold Bracket Top Club National Fall Invitational

Key Players: Our focus is always team first. Brylee Daniels – pitcher and recently developed into our lead-off hitter. Lainey Hughey – locks down the infield at SS. Peyton Johnson – youngest on the team, extremely athletic left fielder that swings a big bat.

Expectations for 2024 Spring Season: As a first year 14u team, compete against the best regional and national competition. Continue building our team chemistry with the new players added for the spring. Win the supplemental power pool bracket and advance to the power pool at the Sparkler Jr.

OK Bombers King

Coaching Staff: Casey King (head coach) & Cody Warner (assistant coach)
Team Social Media Handles:
@OkBombersX09 (X), OkBombersX09 (Instagram) & Oklahoma Bombers X09 (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Runner up at USSSA Gulf Coast National Championship

Key Players: Kylie King (RHP/1B), Abigail Rainey (SS), Kynlee DiLibero (C/UTL), Landen Warner (OF/1B), Kenzie Howard (C) & Jaziah Pierce (UTL)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
For 2024, our expectations have been set high, and we look to have success in the most competitive tournaments in the area. We are excited about competing in lots of great events, where we will get to compete against lots of quality teams! We have been, and continue to, put in lots of hard work and feel like we can compete with any team we play. We are excited about attending the Sparkler tournament in Colorado and look to earn a berth in the Alliance Championship in California. Focus on improving every time out, we have been playing at a pretty high level and look to keep that trajectory going upwards and getting consistently better!

Oklahoma Athletics Geheb

Coaching Staff: Barry Geheb and assistant coaches JJ Nowlin, Alyx Parrot and Cody Ashmore
Team Social Media Handles:
Athletics 27/28 Gold Geheb (Facebook)

Key Players: We have 13 players that all play a vital role in our success.

Oklahoma Athletics Madden

Coaching Staff: Mike Madden and assistant coaches James Duehning & Bailey Black
Team Social Media Handles:
Ok Athletics 2010 – Madden (Facebook), okathletics2010madden (Instagram) & @OKAs2010Madden (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2023 Alliance Fastpitch Championships Series – 12u National Champion, 2023 USSSA Oklahoma State Championship – champion, 2023 Team 1 Elite Club Summer Invite – champion

Key Players: Rylee Black (11-0 record; only 10 runs scored against her in 47.1 innings, 87 strikeouts with only 17 walks, 1.331 ERA), Marlee Collier (7-4 pitching record, 62 strikeouts with only 12 walks, 2.608 ERA, .368 batting avg, 15 RBIs & 7 runs scored in 26 games), Kennedy Walker (.426 batting avg, .759 slugging %, 23 hits in 28 games including 2 doubles, 5 triples and 2 HR, 11 RBIs and 20 runs scored), Shylee Orr (.421 batting avg, .560 on base %, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 28 games, 61 innings behind the plate, allowed 3 stolen bases, 1.000 fielding percentage in 97 chances), Kennedy Clemmens (.351 batting avg, .489 on base %, 13 hits including 9 singles, 3 doubles & 1 triple, 13 RBIs) & Teagan Duehning (.327 batting avg, 17 hits in 28 games, 8 RBIs & 20 runs scored, team leading 17 stolen bases, only caught stealing 1 time this year)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
To continue to work hard and become the best ball players we can be but also to win another National Championship!!

Pure Fastpitch Green

Coaching Staff: Rusty Bracken and Ryan Green
Team Social Media Handles:
Oklahoma Pure Fastpitch 09 Premier (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: The team had 4 top three finishes last spring/summer playing in large, highly competitive tournaments including Top Club, PGF, Top Gun, and several 16 and 18u college showcases.

2023 Top Gun Heritage – 3rd place, 2024 Tulsa Elite Invitational – 5th place, SES Summer Showcase – 3rd place, two tournament wins: USSSA, overall record 33-15

Key Players: Leah Green (2028 RHP/OF), Jayden Berry (2027 C/3B/SS), Sara Mouse (2028 OF)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Every year, the team gets stronger. The girls continue to work hard and push themselves. As coaches, we continue to seek out the best competition to encourage the girls to keep fighting to get bigger, faster, and stronger. We want and expect to see the girls grow in grit and determination.

R.O.I. Midwest Kessler

Coaching Staff: Brad Kessler
Team Social Media Handles:
ROI Fastpitch (Facebook), @ROIFastpitch (X), r.o.i.fastpitch_ (Instagram)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 75-15-3 in summer 2023 & 19-2 in fall 2023

Key Players: Gabriyella Kessler (SS, #77), Courtney Bandy (P, #16), Raegan Brandt (P/IF, #7), Maisey McCarty (P/1B, #55)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
To continue to develop and compete at the highest level against the best teams in the country

16u

Epic Fastpitch Burnett

Coaching Staff: Joseph Burnett (head coach), Coleman Clark (assistant) & Scotty Smith (recruiting coordinator)
Team Social Media Handles:
@2026Epic (X), Epic National 2026 (Facebook) & epicnational26 (Instagram)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Oct 2023 USSSA Bevo Bash 18u Champions, Nov 2023 CFL Fall Championship Final 4 Finish, Mar 2024 USSSA Opening NIT 18u Bash 2nd place, Apr 2024 Top Gun Elite 20 Spring Invite Final 4 Finish

Key Players: Kinsley Hill (uncommitted 2025, RHP), Katie Overstreet (uncommitted 2025, SS), Mikena Wilson (2026, RHP), Emily Gilleland (2026, CF), Emmy Rouse (2026, 2B), Kandance Burnett (2026, C/1B/3B)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Expectations to get our 2025 good commitments. Compete and place in all tournaments while continuing to gel together as a new team.

Epic Fastpitch Chidester

Coaching Staff: Ty Chidester and Jerry Martinez
Team Social Media Handles:
Epic Premier 25/26 (Facebook), @epicpremier2526 (X), epicpremier2526 (Instagram)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 1st place in 10th Annual Fall El Gigante, fall record 16-4-1
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Improve skills and strengths while creating a solid cohesive team unit

Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Ashbaugh

Coaching Staff: Jake Ashbaugh & Julie Lofland
Team Social Media Handles:
OK Athletics 09 Ashbaugh (Facebook), okathletics09national (Instagram)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2023 Top 5 Supplemental Power Pool at the Sparkler, Top 25 Alliance National Championships, Runner up Top Gun Heritage, Qualified for Alliance Cup Championship 2024, playing the Power Pool at The Sparkler 2024

Key Players: Jade Ashbaugh (C), Katie Drummond (C), Weslyn McCorvey (SS/OF), Trinity Rice (P), Cadence Oswald (3B), Madison Smith (SS/2B), Brinlee Anderson (P)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Our goal is for our girls to continue to develop and grow in the game of softball and life. Also, we want to win a National Championship.

Oklahoma Athletics Madden/Brown

Coaching Staff: Mickey Brown & Jason Barger
Team Social Media Handles:
@OKAthletics (X), Oklahoma Athletics National Madden/Brown 26/27 (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 5th Hustle City Invite, 3rd Top Club National Championship, tied for 9th Triple Crown Power Pool, AFCA Nationals 17th, 2023 final Alliance ranking 14th, Triple Crown US club rankings 27th

Key Players: Keegan Baker (2026 P), Kennedy Allen (2026 P), Camden Mack (2027 P), Marcela Attar (2028 SS), Brooklyn Wells (2026 UTL/C/1B)
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Playing Triple Crown Power Pool, Top Club National, P5 Invite Only, Alliance Nationals 

Oklahoma Steel ‘08/’09

Coaching Staff: Jordan Renz, Mike Sofield
Team Social Media Handles:
OK Steel Fastpitch Softball (Facebook), oksteelsoftball (Instagram), @oksteelsoftball (X)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: We had a lot of changes in 2023 and were building as a first-year team, including losing a pitcher a few months before nationals. We have continued to build, and we have a gritty team with a great culture.

Key Players: Pitching staff of Coda Taylor, Sarah Chapa, McKenna Yancey, Laci Shomo. Players to watch include pitcher Sienna Renz, catcher Bailey Hartman, utility Rhyan Counts
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
We are proud of what we have built and now we just need to take it to the competition and see where we stand against some heavy hitters. I have confidence in these girls, and we are planning to make a name for ourselves.

18u

Oklahoma Pure Fastpitch Melson

Coaching Staff: Head coach Afton Meslon (D1 player, OK State), manager Sheila Melson (former player, former USA/ASA Commissioner), pitching coach Robert Melson (20 years of experience, former umpire)
Team Social Media Handles:
Okla Pure Fastpitch MELSON

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: Top Gun Kansas Invite: runner up champions, Tulsa Elite: runner up. 2023 18u USA Gold National 4th place, 2022 16u USA Gold Nationals Champions, 2024 Top Club Spring Invitational: runner up champions

Key Players: Pitchers: Brookyln Stohler, Jaiden Coffey; Catchers: Saylor Brown, Dakota Hall; Infielders: Brooklyn Isles, Kaylee Davis, Chenna Davidson, Taylor Clay, Emma Watkins, Nichelle Marshall; Outfielders: Syndee Seat, Reagan Wade, Laraby Jennings
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
Participating in competitive tournaments to get college commits prepared for college and to expose the uncommitted players to college coaches.

Pryme Fastpitch Townsend

Coaching Staff: Head coach Chris Townsend and assistant coach Shane Poorboy
Team Social Media Handles:
Pryme 18u Townsend-Premier (Facebook)

2023 Summer & Fall Successes: 2023 USSSA 18A National Champion, 2023 FASA 18A National Champions, 2023 Woo Pig Champions.

Key Players: Jaliyah Simmons, Kirsten Kay, Callie Rhoades
Expectations for 2024 Spring Season:
To compete every game against any competition. Can’t get better if you don’t try

 

 

Top Gun Elite 20 Futures Spring Invite

By: Madison Feldhahn

The Top Gun Elite 20 Futures Spring Invite took place this weekend, preserving through the severe thunderstorms in the Kansas City area. The 12u and 14u tournament was played at Central Bank Sporting Complex and Mid-America West Sports Complex.

Games Saturday were cut short due to severe weather in the area.

Select Fastpitch Gamet had the best pool play in the 12u age group, finishing 2-0. Several teams finished pool play 1-0-1, including Select Fastpitch Heinrich, Team Kansas Brown/Hays, Select Fastpitch Carr and Nebraska Gold 12u Raabe.

There were several impressive victories throughout the weekend. Select Fastpitch Gamet defeated KC Rebels 2012 Coppage 12-0. KC Rebels 2012 Coppage beat Select Fastpitch Forsythe 9-0 and Select Fastpitch Jones defeated KC Rebels 2012 Coppage 13-0. Nebraska Gold 12u Raabe won 8-0 against Louisville Lady Sluggers Fryberger.

In 14u pool play, 4 teams went 2-0 – Iowa Aries Elite Ohorilko, Louisville Lady Sluggers VanBoxmeer, Select Fastpitch Adams, and Diamond Club TC. Synergy Gold Clurman 14u and Select Fastpitch Zagozda both went 1-0-1 in pool play.

The 14u age group had a few dominant victories. Select Fastpitch Reliford won 10-0 against Kansas Renegades Enfield. ROI Fastpitch Kessler bested Nebraska Gold Michaelis 12-0. Millard Fury Gold Sullivan beat Diamond Club Craig 14-0.

Bracket play started back up on Sunday morning after being delayed Saturday evening.

Nebraska Gold 12u Raabe came out on top in 12u bracket play. The team scored 24 runs in bracket play, while allowing just 8 runs against them. The team kicked off bracket with an 8-0 win against Louisville Lady Sluggers Fryberger. Nebraska Gold 12u Raabe topped Select Fastpitch Jones 3-1 to win their age group.

The 14u champion was Iowa Aries Elite Ohorilko. Their closest margin of victory was 5-2 over Kansas Renegades Enfield and their largest victory was 6-0 over Select Fastpitch Adams. The team scored 29 runs and had just 7 runs against them in bracket play. The team beat Select Fastpitch Reliford 7-1 to win the age group.

Thank you to all of the teams who joined us this weekend!