Indian Hills coach Joe Leicht is Coach of the Year for medium schools; Eastern Tech named Team of the Year.
has left her mark on New Jersey softball. The recent High Point (Sussex, N.J.)
graduate led her team to a pair of state championships and is the state record holder for strikeouts in a season and a career.
In leading High Point to the 2014 state title, Frei was 29-2 on the season with 471 strikeouts.
Frei, who will play at Boston College, has been named MaxPreps Medium Schools Softball Player of the Year.
Frei's the New Jersey career leader in strikeouts at 1,426. Three times this season she struck out more than 20 in a game, including a perfect game in which she struck out all 21 batters.
In 2014, she walked only 27 batters and allowed just nine earned runs. For her career at High Point, she won 88 games and also led High Point to a state title as a sophomore.
Frei also had a team high 32 RBIs to go with a .374 batting average.Coach of the Year
Joe Leicht coached Indian Hills (Oakland, N.J.)
to a state-record 34 wins. In 17 years as head coach, his teams are 403-112 and 75-6 the last four seasons. It was Indian Hills' second-straight Group 3 state title and third in four seasons, and it has won 62 of its last 63 games.
Leicht has guided Indian Hills to a .901 winning percentage (146-16) since 2010.
Leicht's top players in 2014 were first baseman Shelby Allen
(46 RBIs), Madison Levine
(.414, 21 stolen bases) and pitcher Devin Durando
(32-0, 0.16 ERA and 376 strikeouts in 215 innings).Team of the YearEastern Tech (Baltimore)
finished the season 25-0 and won the state 2A title.
Coached by Jack Meyers, Tech batted .529 as a team and allowed just a dozen runs on the season while scoring 367. Every starter batted higher than .446. Tech's top hitter was junior catcher Brooke Samios-Uy
at .640 with 48 RBIs.
Tech scored in double figures in a game 20 times and recorded 18 shutouts. Its closest game of the season was a 4-3 win over Northern (Owings, Md), the MaxPreps 2013 mythical national champion.
Tech also committed just six errors in 25 games.
Tech had dominant pitching coming from senior Jordan Cargile
(25-0, 0.42 ERA, 190 strikeouts and six walks in 117 innings). She also was named the Gatorade Maryland State Softball Player of the Year.
MaxPreps 2014 Medium Schools All-American Softball TeamFirst Team
P - Colette Robert, McLoughlin (Milton-Freewater, Ore.), Junior
Robert led Mcloughlin to the Oregon 4A state title and was named the state's Pitcher of the Year. She won 23 of 26 games and walked just nine while striking out 257 in 171 innings. Her ERA was 0.99. Robert, who has committed to New Mexico, also batted over .700 and drove in 50 runs with 25 extra base hits.
P - Jess Cummings, Northern (Owings, Md.), Senior
2014 season wasn't as magical as 2013, when Northern won the MaxPreps
mythical title and Cummings went unbeaten. However, she led Northern to
another state title and won 21 games with a 0.52 ERA. She struck out 260
in 142 innings and lost just twice. Her next stop is Penn State.
P - Rachel Garcia, Highland (Palmdale, Calif.), Junior
Garcia led Highland to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals with a 21-3 pitching record. She also had a 0.36 ERA with 323 strikeouts in 156 innings. At the plate, Garcia batted .492 with nine homers and 36 RBIs. She has committed to UCLA.P - Missy Zoch, La Grange (Texas), Sophomore
The Texas Sports Writers Association named Zoch its 3A Player of the Year after she concluded the season with a 31-0 record and 1.11 ERA. She had 205 strikeouts in 190 innings. She also batted .371 as the Zeps won the state 3A title.P - Devin Durando, Indian Hills (Oakland, N.J.), Senior
In 2014, Durando was 32-0 leading Indian Hills to a state title and unbeaten season (34-0). She fanned 377 batters in 215 innings with an ERA of 0.61. She also batted .436 with 21 doubles and 35 RBIs. Durando was named the Star-Ledger's State Player of the Year.P - Abby Klopp, Baldwin-Woodville (Baldwin, Wis.), Senior
Klopp, who was 21-2 with an 0.22 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 129 innings, allowed just 46 hits in 2014. Klopp compiled a .530 batting average with 18 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and 33 runs scored. She pitched 17 shutouts and allowed just four earned runs. She will attend Indiana State.P - Maddie Damon, Kasson-Mantorville (Kasson, Minn.), Junior
Damon, who was 26-0 as a junior and led Kasson-Montorville to the state 2A title, has more than 1,175 strikeouts in three seasons. She pitched 20 shutouts, six no-hitters, 10 one-hitters and allowed just 36 base hits. Damon batted .377 with 26 RBIs. She has committed to Purdue.P - Korina Rosario, West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.), Senior
Rosario, who will play collegiately at Florida State, recorded 323 strikeouts (183 innings) to go along with a 0.19 ERA and a 28-1 record. She had four no-hitters, 18 shutouts and 25 complete games. She also batted .564, drove in 41 RBIs and scored 37 times. She failed to reach base in only one game.
P - Avery Geehr, Ponte Vedra (Fla.), Senior
Geehr led her team to the state finals and a 29-1 record by going 27-1 with 266 strikeouts in 165 innings. She compiled a 0.30 ERA with 15 shutouts. Named the Times-Union Player of the Year, Geehr has signed with Georgetown.
P - Allie Wallsjasper, Sierra (Manteca, Calif.), Senior
No postseason title this year, but Wallsjasper was 18-2 and fanned 227 batters in 120 innings while holding opposing hitters to an average of .088. At the dish, she batted .482 with an .815 slugging percentage. Headed for LSU, she was the Modesto Bee's Player of the Year.P - Jordan Cargile, Eastern Tech (Baltimore), Senior
posted a 25-0 record in the circle along with a 0.42 ERA this past
season, leading the Mavericks (25-0) to the Class 2A state title. She
struck out 190 batters and walked just six in 117 innings pitched,
firing 18 shutouts, including three perfect games. The 2013 Baltimore
Sun Player of the Year batted .540 with seven doubles, five triples and
40 RBIs. She finished the season with a .592 on-base percentage and a
.770 slugging percentage.C - Jenavee Peres, Garden Grove (Calif.), Senior
Peres batted .662, drove in 49 runs and belted 14 home runs to earn second team All-American honors. She was the top player in the Garden Grove League and named to the Orange County Register's All-Area team. She will attend San Diego State.C - Kristin Hoover, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.), Senior
Hoover had big numbers – .612 average, 43 runs, 30 RBIs, 16 homers, 1.597 slugging percentage, 2.276 OPS – to lead Prep. Her career totals include a .570 batting average. She has signed with California.C - Bailey Hemphill, St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), Sophomore
Hemphill led St. Thomas More to the 4A state title and was named 4A Player MVP after hitting 17 home runs, 14 doubles and driving in 56 RBIs. She batted .630 and has committed to Alabama.IF - Aidan Falk, Our Lady of Mercy (Rochester, N.Y.), Senior
Falk set a state record with 19 home runs this season and holds the state career mark with 45. She batted .646 with an on-base percentage of .750, knocked in 52 RBIs and scored 41 runs in only 21 games. Falk's OPS was 2.427. She has signed with Michigan.
IF - Alyssa Angel, La Grange (Texas), Senior
A shortstop, Angel was named the Texas Small School Softball Player of the Year after leading La Grange to a 40-2 record and Texas Class 3A state championship. She batted .578 with 13 home runs, 71 RBIs, a .636 on-base percentage and a 1.164 slugging percentage. She also was perfect in 39 steal attempts and scored 71 runs and is headed to Texas.IF - Taylor Vanzee, Hemet (Calif.), Senior
Vanzee batted .624 with 53 hits, seven home runs, six triples, 17 doubles, 39 RBIs and 49 runs scored. Amazingly, she did not strike out in 29 games played. She has signed with Washington.IF - Aria Pogni, Tamalpais (Mill Valley, Calif.), Senior
Named the Marin Independent POY, Pogni captured her second MCAL triple crown in three seasons (16 HRs, 39 RBIs, .684 batting average). She also scored 57 runs with an OPS of 2.265 and a slugging percentage of 1.481. She has signed with Loyola Marymount.IF - Ashley Belans, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Senior
Belans batted .527 with 21 extra-base hits and drove in 37 as American Heritage won the state 5A title. She also scored 34 times and committed just two errors. She will attend Florida International University.IF - Kenzi Maguire, River Ridge (New Port Richey, Fla.), Junior
Maguire put up good numbers as River Ridge won 26 of 30 games. She batted .598 with 34 of her 58 hits going for extra bases. She scored 52 runs and drove in 45.IF - Ashleigh Hughes, Antelope (Calif.), Senior
Hughes wrapped up her sterling prep career by hitting .532 with 50 hits, 40 runs and 24 RBIs. She has signed with Arizona.IF - Becky Gruber, Elmwood Park (Ill.), Senior
Named the Pioneer Press POY, Gruber had monster numbers: 17 homers, 57 RBIs, .696 average and a .728 on-base percentage.IF - Sierra Mutschler, Wayland (Mich.), Senior
Mutschler led Wayland to a 42-2 record with 86 RBIs (fourth-best in state history). Mutschler batted .513, had a .963 slugging percentage and 12 homers and 16 doubles.IF - Ashton Lampton, Newton County (Decatur, Miss.), Junior
Lampton led Newton County to a 34-4 record and the 4A state title when she scored 65 runs, collected 72 hits and drove in 64. She had 41 extra-base hits (22 doubles, seven homers and 12 triples). She also stole 23 bases.IF - Rebekah Cervantes, Redwood (Visalia, Calif.), Junior
Cervantes had impressive numbers (1.300 slugging percentage, 69 RBIs, .614 batting average and 11 home runs).IF - Kaleigh Todd, McAdory (McCalla, Ala.), Senior
Named the Birmingham News POY, Todd stole 71 bases and recorded an on-base percentage of .648 to go along with a .620 batting average that included 80 hits this season. She has signed with South Alabama.OF - Lovie Lopez, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.), Senior
Lopez led her team to a 28-4 record, hitting .441, scoring 36 runs, driving in 29 and stealing 32 bases. She has signed with Oregon State.OF - Sarah Watson, Grays Creek (Hope Mills, N.C.), Senior
Watson was named North Carolina's 3A West Player of the Year after batting .693., ripping 20 doubles and driving in 61 runs.OF - Elise McCarthy, Monrovia (Calif.), Senior
McCarthy was named the Star-News Player of the Year after batting .667, stealing 18 bases and scoring 32 runs. She will play at Cal State Northridge.UT - Taylor Baca, Winslow (Ariz.), Senior
Baca batted .505 and drove in 44 runs, plus compiled an 18-1 record (1.54 ERA) for the state 3A champions.UT - Holly Ward, Haleyville (Ala.), Senior
The Mississippi State signee was named Alabama's 4A Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade POY recipient. Ward led the Class 4A two-time defending state champion Lions (34-17) to a third-place finish this season when she compiled a 25-9 record with an 0.80 ERA, striking out 335 batters in 219 innings. She batted .432 with eight home runs and 64 RBIs.
P - Coco Kristi Springer, Bullard (Texas), Senior
had team highs in hits (37), RBIs (24) and batting average (.407), but
earned the spotlight in the circle with 292 strikeouts in 177 innings
and a 19-3 record. Her ERA was 0.43. She has signed with Texas Western
University.P - Kirtlin Bohling, Salem Hills (Salem, Utah), Senior
The state's two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-9 right-handed senior posted a 22-7 record along with a 0.97 ERA this past season, leading the Skyhawks (24-8-2) to a second-straight Class 4A state title. Bohling struck out 312 batters and walked just 37 in 216 innings. She pitched 10 shutouts and one no-hitter. She was named Class 4A MVP by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.P - Megan Hensley, Ashland Blazer (Ashland, Ky.), Junior
Kentucky's Gatorade State Player of the Year struck out 369 batters in 200.2 innings and posted a 0.63 ERA with a 28-4 record. The Louisville commit also batted .561 with nine home runs, 44 RBIs and a .981 slugging percentage.P - Caitlin Perry, Alabama Christian Academy (Montgomery, Ala.), Junior
In winning 33 games and striking out 351, Perry was honored the All-Montgomery Region Softball Team Player of the Year for the second-straight season. She pitched 18 shutouts and her ERA was 0.64.P - Alexandra Grys, Portland (Mich.), Senior
Grys was dominant with a 21-4 record, 14 shutouts, 275 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.69. She also batted .414 and drove in 30 runs for the Raiders. She will play for Lansing Community College.P - Megan Cook, Bellingham (Mass.), Senior
In leading Bellingham to the state D-2 title, Cook was 20-1, had a 0.54 ERA and struck out 243 in 141 innings. She also batted .400 and averaged better than an RBI per game. She has signed with Merrimac College.P - Brooke Stulga, Manteno (Ill.), Senior
The Daily Journal's Player of the Year struck out 300 batters and compiled 36 wins and a 1.29 ERA to go along with a .522 batting average, 28 extra-base hits and 44 RBIs. She has signed with Western Illinois.P - Jamie Wren, La Serna (Whittier, Calif.), Junior
Wren led her team to the CIFSS Division 3 final and was chosen as the Whittier Daily News Player of the Year. She went 25-3 in the circle with a 0.55 ERA, including 15 shutouts. At the plate, Wren hit .463 to lead the team and was among the team leaders in hits with 44 and in RBIs with 27.
P - Sarah Finck, East Peoria (Ill.), Senior
Finck guided East Peoria to an undefeated Mid-Illini Conference season and its first Class 3A Elite Eight appearance. In 197 innings, she went 25-2 with 235 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA. Finck hit .465 (59-for-127) with 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 36 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. She has signed with Illinois State.P - Jessi Haffner, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), Senior
Haffner finished her career 4-0 in Class 5A title games, throwing a two-hit shutout to beat Maize South in the championship. The Oklahoma State signee and three-time All-Metro selection was 13-0 with three earned runs allowed, a 0.37 ERA and 70 strikeouts. She also hit .616 with 13 singles, 20 doubles, 10 homers, 49 RBIs, 39 runs with a 1.356 slugging percentage.P - Caitlyn Brooks, Burbank (Calif.), Junior
It was another sterling season for Brooks: 21 wins, 258 strikeouts in 160 innings and a 1.18 ERA. She also hit .513 and knocked in 42 runs as the Bulldogs finished 24-4.C - Ashley Godfrey, Estrella Foothills (Goodyear, Ariz.), Senior
Godfrey, who has signed with BYU, concluded four years as a varsity standout with a .562 batting average, 45 hits and 38 RBIs. She also stole 19 bases.C - Taylor White, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.), Senior
The All-L.A. Daily News pick batted .720, stole 37 bases and committed just one error. White, who is headed to Ohio State, finished with 54 hits, 34 runs, 17 RBIs, 14 doubles and nine homers.C - Taylor Santistevan, Aztec (N.M.), Junior
Santistevan is one of the main reasons Aztec reached the state 4A final, as she drove in 61 runs, had 15 doubles and knocked 14 home runs. She did not commit an error in 33 games.IF - Kaylea Schorr, Kasson-Mantorville (Kasson, Minn.), Senior
Schorr batted .517 with 24 RBIs and stole 18 bases as Kasson-Mantorville swept the 2014 season.IF - Brittany Finney, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), Senior
Finney homered twice in the 5A title game as Carroll won its fourth-straight and finished 25-0. She had a .547 batting average with a 1.12 slugging percentage. She had eight doubles, 11 homers, 45 RBIs and 36 runs scored. In the circle, Finney was 12-0 with a 0.47 ERA and struck out 87 while giving up one walk and 16 hits. She has committed to Oklahoma.IF - Meredith Burroughs, C.B. Aycock (Pikeville, N.C.), Senior
Although she walked 43 times, Burroughs still managed 25 hits (.541 batting average) and 31 RBIs as Aycock reached the state final. She scored 40 runs and homered nine times. Her OPS was 2.417. She has signed with North Carolina State.
IF - Halle Hayes, Winslow (Ariz.), Senior
Hayes batted .571, scored 47 runs and was a first team all-state pick for a fourth time.IF - Briana Angel, La Grange (Texas), Junior
Sister of Alyssa, Briana batted .458, scored 55 times, drove in 39, belted 22 doubles and whacked seven homers as La Grange won the state 3A title.IF - Ashley Swiderski, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), Senior
Swiderski was named the Naples Daily News Softball Player of the Year after hitting .444 with eight doubles, 10 triples, five homers and 37 RBIs. She will attend Florida Gulf Coast University.
IF - Kylee Barrett, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Senior
A three-sport standout, Barrett hit .414 for the Pioneers with 11 home runs, eight doubles, 40 runs scored and 46 RBIs. She hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the regional semifinal against Frankenmuth, and her next at-bat was a first-inning two-run homer in the regional final against Saginaw Swan Valley. Her final at-bat of the season — and her high school career — was a two-run home run in the state semifinal. She will play softball at Wayne State. IF - Dominique Jackson, Pleasant Valley (Chico, Calif.), Junior
Jackson batted .495, drove in 43 runs and belted 13 homers and seven triples. She hit for the homer cycle (a grand slam, three-run blast, two-run homer and solo shot) in a doubleheader victory over rival Chico. She has committed to Fresno State.IF - Darian Lindsey, Pendleton (Ore.), Junior
Named the 5A Player of the Year as a junior and freshman, Lindsey led the Bucs to the 5A title. She batted .495, scored 48 runs, drove in 25 and stole 25 bases.OF - Amanda Springstead, Tanque Verde (Tucson, Ariz.), Senior
There were big numbers for Springstead: .688 batting average, 48 runs, 58 RBIs, 29 extra-base hits and a 1.135 slugging percentage.
OF - Hunter Hogan, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), Senior
Hogan has played on four state title teams at Carroll and led the 2014 state 5A champion in scoring 51 runs. She hit .571 with a .943 slugging percentage, hitting nine doubles, five homers and registering 24 RBIs. She has signed with Wichita State.OF - Amy Persinger, Dallas County (Plantersville, Ala.), Senior
Persinger displayed power and speed with 15 home runs and 39 stolen bases en route to a stellar season. She batted .658, scored 62 runs and had 75 base hits. She has signed with Auburn University at Montgomery.UT - Darby Bishop, Newton County (Decatur, Miss.), Junior
Bishop went 21-0 with a 1.53 ERA and batted .621 with 44 RBIs. She was the state's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.UT - Brittany Rheault, West Fargo (N.D.), Senior
The state's returning Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-3 senior right-handed pitcher and outfielder posted a 20-0 record along with a 0.40 ERA to lead the Packers (30-1) to their 17th-straight Class A state title. Rheault struck out 207 batters and walked just 13 in 123 innings pitched, firing two no-hitters, including one perfect game. At the plate, she batted .486 with three home runs, 34 RBIs and a .752 slugging percentage. She has signed with the University of Jamestown.UT - Kellye Springstead, Tanque Verde (Tucson, Ariz.), Junior
Little sister of Amanda, Kellye was 18-3 with 219 strikeouts in 122 innings and posted a .063 ERA. She also batted .551, drove in 44 and scored 50 runs.UT - Brianna Weilbacher, Columbia (Ill.), Senior
Weilbacher went 29-2 with 17 shutouts and struck out 291 in 183 innings. She posted a 0.57 ERA and pitched four no-hitters, but also hit 15 homers and batted .505. She has signed with Iowa State.UT - Shelby Koehler, West Hancock co-op [Hamilton/Nauvoo-Colusa/Warsaw] (Hamilton, Ill.), Senior
Koehler hit .500 with 12 home runs and collected 56 RBIs, plus was 14-3 with a 1.87 ERA. She has signed with Emporia State.UT - Kelsey Smith, Empire (Tucson, Ariz.), Senior
Smith hit 14 home runs and drove in 69 RBIs. She batted .495 and was 13-3 with a 1.54 ERA as Empire won 29 of 35 games. She has signed with East Tennessee State.