Oklahoma signees Nicole May and Jayda Coleman lead a loaded incoming senior class.
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went out with a bang in 2019 as she homered and tossed a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)
won the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section Division 1 championship.
May and Coleman are part of a talented Class of 2020 that includes state record holders, three-time All-Americans, returning Gatorade Players of the Year and a lot more.
Below are 20 players, in alphabetical order, to watch heading into the season. To put other players on our radar or provide story tips, tweet our National Softball Editor Steve Montoya
@smontoyaMP or email firstname.lastname@example.org UTIL — Tehya Bird, Cloverdale (Calif.)Resume:
Here is a crazy stat: Bird had more homers (13) than outs (12) in 2019.
The two-time MaxPreps All-American has a .720 batting average so far in high school. She
also has 38 home runs and won 60 of 68 games as a varsity player. College
: Oregon P — Raegan Breedlove, Central Valley (Shasta Lake, Calif.)Resume:
Breedlove has stuck out 813 batters in her career, and she still has a season to go for the Falcons. It wouldn't be an over statement to say she has been basically unhittable with a career 0.42 ERA. The Oregon signee also has a career .481 batting average with 26 home runs.College
: OregonIF — Erin Coffel, Bremen (Ind.)Resume:
Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year batted .633, drove in 52 runs, hit
19 home runs, and had a .733 on-base percentage. Coffel and Bremen
returns as state Division 2 state champions.College
: KentuckyIF — Jayda Coleman, The Colony (Texas)Resume:
Batted a whopping .717
in 157 plate appearances as a junior. She walked 32 times, hit 10 home
runs and stole 72 bases. Coleman is a three-time MaxPreps All-American. College
C — Jennifer Cummings, Redmond (Wash.)Resume:
All-State player is back after an amazing 2019 season. She hit .575 with a .704 on-base percentage and drove in 49 runs.
She also threw out nine would-be base stealers.College
: WashingtonIF — Bailey Dowling, St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.)Resume:
Enters her senior season as the state career home run
leader with 65. In 2019, she batted .674 and blasted 22 home runs. The
three-time MaxPreps All-American had an outstanding .760 on-base
: AlabamaUTIL — Aynslie Furbush, Winter Springs (Fla.)Resume:
Led the Bears to the 8A title, a perfect 31-0 record and No. 3 finish overall in the country. The Ole Miss signee hit 12 home runs and was 16-0 as a pitcher.College
: Ole MissIF — Karina Gaskins, Donovan Catholic (Toms River, N.J.)Resume:
Player of the Year and Gatorade award winner was huge reason the Griffins finished as the state's top team in 2019. Gaskins batted .642,
drove in 62 and hit 19 home runs.College
: Notre DameIF — Avery Goelz, Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)
Resume: Had 16 games with two or more hits, and hit in 29 of 31 games. The
Florida star batted .543 and was named a MaxPreps All-American for a
: FloridaP — Alissa Humphrey, Gainesville (Fla.)Resume:
Jacksonville University signee went 19-5 in 2019. Although she had five
losses in the circle, her ERA was 0.29. Four of her five losses were by
one run or less and she tossed 12 shutouts during her junior year.College
: JacksonvilleP — Nicole May, Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)Resume:
Returns after leading Falcons to a 28-0 record last season. She went 24-0 with14 shutouts, an 0.32 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 151 innings last year. The MaxPreps All-American also batted .463. College
: OklahomaOF — Caitlynn Neal, Bradshaw Mountain (Prescott Valley, Ariz.)Resume:
A member of the 2019 USA U17 Women's National Team. She did it all
for the Bears batting .641 with 37 extra base
hits. She also went 20-1 as a pitcher with 11 shutouts and 0.66 ERACollege
: NebraskaIF — Aaliyah Ortiz, Southwest (San Antonio, Texas)Resume:
Ortiz is hoping 2020 pitchers will throw to her. She walked 50 times and still hit .667 with 22 home runs while accounting for 143 runs.College
: McNeese StateP — Madison Penta, Bohemia Manor (Chesapeake City, Md.)Resume:
A two-time MaxPreps All-American, state Gatorade award winner for
softball and a three-time all-state pick. She stuck out 19 and threw a
no hitter in the 2019 1A state championship game.College
: AuburnP — Gabi Salo, Escanaba (Mich.)Resume:
Pitched Escanaba to a second straight D2 state title. She went 26-2 in the circle and struck out 351 with an 0.26 ERA. The 2019 Miss Michigan
Softball Player also hit .343 for the Eskymos.College
: WisconsinIF — Carlie Scupin, Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, Ariz.)Resume:
Returns as the 2019 state Gatorade softball winner should help the Badgers make a run at a 2020 title. The Arizona commit hit 17 home runs and hit .683 with a
1.730 slugging percentage. College
: ArizonaOF — Karli Spaid, Lane Tech (Chicago)Resume:
Long balls are her specialty as Spaid had a four-game streak where she clubbed a home run. She hit
multiple home runs in seven games, including one where she hit three.
The All-State player finished up with 25 total bombs.College:
IF — Allison Smith, Champion (Warren, Ohio)
Resume: Led the Golden Flashes to a third-straight state title in 2019. The two-time
MaxPreps All-American enters her senior campaign with an Ohio state record
with 51 career home runs. Smith also went 16-0 in the circle.
College: Ohio StateP — Ryleigh White, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)Resume:
The 6-foot-1 Texas commit went 20-2 overall in 2019 in the circle. She
struck out 277 batters and allowed 12 earned runs in 136 innings.
White also hit .410 with nine home runs.College
: TexasP — Sarah Willis, Norco (Calif.)Resume:
Arguably the top returning pitcher on one of the country's best high school teams. She went 22-1 with an 0.82 ERA and struck out 196 in 153 innings in 2019. The two-time MaxPreps All-American also batted .350.College