Video: Bishop Carroll (KS) Softball Highlights
See highlights from the national championsPlayer of the Year: Rachel Garcia, Highland (Palmdale, Calif.), P
Statistically, Garcia's senior high school season reads more like a career than 31 games. And it doesn't matter if you are reading her offensive or totals.
In 175 innings, she struck out 418 of the 568 batters she faced. She won 26 of 28 games, pitched 22 shutouts and allowed just five earned runs. Her ERA was 0.20 and she walked just 13 batters.
Offensively, she batted .667, hit 20 home runs and drove in 57. Her slugging percentage was 1.411 and her OPS was 2.131. She had a base hit in all but one of Highland's games and hit three home runs in a game three times. In her final 10 high school games, Garcia hit a dozen home runs and batted in 29 runs.
In her final 92 innings pitched, the future UCLA Bruin allowed just five base hits and no earned runs.
But perhaps the most amazing stat is that she limited opposing hitters to just 37 base hits while collecting 68 of her own. Garcia had 34 extra-base hits and allowed just two extra-base hits.
As a result of her outstanding season, Garcia is the MaxPreps Medium Schools Softball Player of the Year for 2015. She was also a finalist for MaxPreps' overall National Player of the Year.
A four-time MaxPreps All-American, Garcia also was named to the MaxPreps All-American Team and was recently named Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Garcia led Highland to the Southern Section Division 4 title game against Torrance in which she pitched 12 innings, allowed just two hits and struck out 24. But in the 13th inning, she injured her knee and could not pitch. The Bulldogs lost, 1-0.
Both of Garcia's 2015 losses were one-run defeats. The first was to West Ranch, 3-2, when she struck out 14, but allowed a season-high four hits. Garcia allowed two hits or less in 27 of her games pitched.
The other loss was an eight-inning, 24-strikeout performance where the winning run was placed on second by the international tie-breaker rule and eventually scored on a throwing error. No walks and no base hits, but a loss.
The 5-foot-7 righthander, who pitched 10 no-hitters (including five perfect games) in 2015, finished her Highland career with a 0.48 ERA and 1,315 strikeouts in 601 innings. Opponents batted .099 against her. She pitched 57 shutouts and batted .593 with 44 home runs and 152 RBIs.Coach of the Year: Mark Montimurro, Coral Springs Charter (Fla.), 29-0-1
Montimurro has coached the Panthers for three seasons and has compiled a 69-10-1 record. The
only blemish on the 2015 schedule is a nine-inning, 1-1 tie with Martin
(Chicago) where the Panthers had 14 hits.
The Panthers, led by sophomore all-American Allison Muraskin
, outscored their foes 246-21 and won 18 contests by shutout.
won Florida's 4A state title, 3-1 over West Nassau, and outscored opponents 27-2 in five playoff contests.
Coral Springs Charter was led in hitting by one of its two seniors, Casey Huber
(.500, 29 runs) and all-state junior Kayla Scaperrotta
(20 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs, 51 hits).
Muraskin was 26-0 and had 293 strikeouts in 149 innings.Team of the Year: Enka (N.C.), 29-0, 3A state champions
Enka has won 40 of its last 42 games, including all 29 in 2015. Along with that perfect season came the 3A state 3A when the team averaged 10 runs per game.
Enka was at its best when the playoffs started, winning eight times and outscoring its opponents 66-10. And during the regular season, it routed 4A perennial power North Davidson, 9-3.
Enka catcher Jordan Harris
, who has signed with Appalachian State, was named MVP of the state tournament and in the process set a western North Carolina record for single-season RBIs (53).
Pitchers Courtney Pearson
(15-0) and Katie Grace Olinger
(14-0) were all-state players, with Pearson honored as the 3A West Pitcher of the Year. Also named all-state were teammates Harris, Jasmine Palmer
, Addison Harris
, Brittany Fletcher
and Kloyee Anderson
. Only Jordan Harris and Palmer are seniors.
MaxPreps 2015 Medium Schools All-American Softball TeamP - Brittany Finney, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), Sr.
A member of the All-American Team, Finney was also a National POY finalist after hitting .774 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in leading Carroll to the MaxPreps national title. She was also unbeaten in the circle at 14-0 and struck out 112 batters in 70 innings while allowing just 20 hits. She cranked 13 doubles and three triples, scored 35 runs and drew 25 walks, striking out just once. She finished the season with an .846 on-base percentage and a 1.903 slugging percentage and concluded her prep softball career with a state-record 38 home runs. She will play at Oklahoma.P - Colette Robert, McLoughlin (Milton-Freewater, Ore.), Sr.
Named the Oregon Softball Player of the Year, Robert led Mac-Hi to the state final for the third-straight year, repeating as state champs in 2014 and 2015. Bound for New Mexico, Robert was 28-1 and pitched all 188 innings for the Pioneers. She finished with 291 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA and only walked 12 of 664 batters faced. Robert led the team with a .624 batting average while driving in 51 RBIs with 16 doubles, six home runs and two triples for a 1.059 slugging percentage.P - Allison Block, Starpoint (Lockport, N.Y.), Sr.
Block pitched a one-hitter in the Class A-1 championship, a no-hitter in the Section VI Class A final and a one-hitter (broken up with two outs in the seventh inning) in the Far West Regional. She was 21-1 with an 0.83 ERA with eight shutouts and 250 strikeouts. She also had 46 hits in 75 at-bats for a .613 batting average as well as 30 RBIs. She has signed with Canisius.P - Ashlee Swindle, Curry (Jasper, Ala.), Jr.
Swindle led Curry to a 4A state title with a 43-5 record, 0.22 ERA and 327 strikeouts. She was named to the Alabama Super Softball All-State Team, as well as being named the state 4A Pitcher and Player of the Year.P - Allison Muraskin, Coral Springs Charter (Fla.), So.
Muraskin struck out 293 and posted a 0.52 ERA in leading Coral Springs Charter to the 4A state title. She has committed to Central Florida.P - Allison Lipovsky, Harrison (Mich.), Sr.
Headed to Grand Valley State, Lipovsky had a memorable senior season, going 29-9 and striking out 438 in 235 innings. P - Caitlyn Brooks, Burbank (Calif.), Sr.
Brooks, who has signed with Notre Dame, closed her career with another stellar season: 18-5, 0.66 ERA, 264 strikeouts in 149 innings, a .451 batting average and 26 RBIs, as the Bulldogs went 21-5 and reached the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals.
P - Maddie Damon, Kasson-Mantorville (Kasson, Minn.), Sr.
The state's all-time strikeout leader (1,286) led K-M to a second-straight 2A state title. She pitched 19 shutouts en route to a 25-2 record, 0.16 ERA and struck out 382 in 175 innings. She allowed just 44 hits, only two more than she collected at the plate (.433 average and 13 home runs). She has signed with Purdue.P - Cayla Drotar, Hartsville (S.C.), Jr.
Drotar led the Red Foxes (29-3) to the Class 3A state championship series. The state's returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, Drotar posted a 21-3 record and a 0.68 ERA in the circle, along with a .635 batting average, 14 home runs and 62 RBIs at the plate. A five-time all-state selection, she struck out 209 batters in 143.2 innings, allowing just 48 hits. A MaxPreps Underclass All-American, she has committed to South Carolina.P - Arissa Paulson, Payson (Ariz.), Jr.
Paulson posted a 26-2 record along with a 0.41 ERA in leading the Longhorns (34-2) to the D3 state title game. Paulson struck out 375 batters in 170 innings, allowing just 64 hits and 19 walks. The Arizona D3 Player of the Year, she recorded 18 shutouts, including six no-hitters. She batted .544 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs and has committed to BYU.P - Mallory Teunissen, Wayland (Mich.), Sr.
Teunissen concluded her senior season with a 30-2 record that included 401 strikeouts and a 0.23 ERA. She also batted .349 and allowed only six earned runs in 201 innings. For her prep career, she was 145-12. She will play at Davidson. P - Annie Willis, Westminster Christian (Huntsville, Ala.), So.
Willis had 40 wins and 495 strikeouts (286 innings) to go with a 0.83 ERA. She pitched 30 shutouts and batted .385 with 51 RBIs.C - Bailey Hemphill, St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), Jr.
Hemphill was walked 49 times in only 25 games, but she still hit .489 and clubbed nine homers with a .758 on-base percentage. A 4A all-state pick, Hemphill is also a three-time all-district catcher and was a second team all-district selection in basketball. As a sophomore, she hit .630 with 17 homers and led her team to a state title. She has committed to Alabama.C - Lauren Buchanan, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.), Sr.
Buchanan batted .615, drove in 47 runs and had 22 extra-base hits in 25 games, but her coach said the best part of her game is her defense. The future Colorado State Ram played a major role in Bishop Carroll's unbeaten season and No. 1 national ranking.C - Courtney Sleeman, Zeeland West (Mich.), Sr.
Sleeman had a .510 batting average with 77 RBIs and 15 home runs, falling three short of the all-time single season MHSAA record. She has signed with Western Michigan.C - Caitlyn Emberson, Taft (Calif.), Sr.
Moving up a division did not hurt Emberson, as she batted .708 and drove in 61 runs. Her on-base percentage was .763 and she slugged 1.146 to help Taft win the CIF Central Section D3 title. In her four varsity seasons, Emberson batted .608.IF - Darian Lindsey, Pendleton (Ore.), Sr.
Lindsey was named Oregon's 5A Player of the Year as a freshman, sophomore and this season. She will leave the program with the most hits in a season (65), most singles (42), most home runs (13), most stolen bases (34), most runs scored (62) and most at-bats (109). Pendleton won two titles and finished second once in her four varsity seasons. She has signed with Mt. Hood Community College.IF - Tazia Hernandez, Empire (Tucson, Ariz.), Sr.
The speedy Hernandez put up impressive numbers for the third year in a row: batting .649, scoring 64 runs, collecting 74 hits and stealing 25 bases as Empire went 30-5 and won the state 3A title. She will attend Pima Community College.IF - Toni Polk, Niagara Falls (N.Y.), Sr.
Polk led the Wolverines to a 12-3 record and the sectional tournament this season. She produced a .532 batting average with 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored. A two-time all-state honoree and two-time Niagara Frontier Player of the Year, she is headed to Penn State.IF - Kinzie Johnson, River Hill (Clarksville, Md.), Sr.
Johnson set eight single-season program records: home runs (11), doubles (11), hits (54), batting average (.692), at-bats (78), runs (46), RBIs (44) and on-base percentage (.747). She has signed with Virginia Tech.IF - Kellye Springstead, Tanque Verde (Tucson, Ariz.), Sr.
Springstead led the Hawks to a 28-3 record and the state 3A quarterfinals by batting .618 and driving in 62 runs. She also excelled in the circle, going 17-2 with 210 strikeouts in 111 innings and posting a 0.38 ERA.IF - Ashton Lampton, Newton County (Decatur, Miss.), Sr.
Already signed with Mississippi, Lampton led Newton County to a 33-2 mark with 61 hits, a .575 average, 69 runs, 42 RBIs, 32 extra-base hits and 25 stolen bases.IF - Navia Penrod, Lely (Naples, Fla.), Sr.
Penrod batted .653, hit 11 homers, scored 45 times and drove in 30. She also stole 37 bases and has signed with the University of North Florida. IF - Paige Churchfield, Swan Valley (Saginaw, Mich.), Sr.
Churchfield hit at a .528 clip for the Vikings, clubbing 15 home runs and a school-record 77 RBIs. She also blasted a walk-off two-run homer in the district tournament for the Vikings, and she added two home runs in the regional round.IF - Laina Su'esu'e, East (Salt Lake City), Jr.
East was only 16-13, but don't blame Su'esu'e, as she put up big numbers for the third-straight season: .624 average, .670 OBP, 58 hits, 51 runs and a .935 fielding percentage.OF - Rachel Hammons, Bourgade Catholic (Phoenix), Fr.
Hammons batted .790 (83-for-105) and scored 76 times. She drove in 38 runs and was 68 of 69 in stolen base attempts. With 18 walks, her on base percentage was .821.OF - Mia Camuso, Shasta (Redding, Calif.), Jr.
Camuso's power numbers included a CIF Northern Section record of 16 homers plus 61 RBIs and a .604 batting average. She captured the Northern Section's triple crown. She has committed to Oregon.OF - Julia Hollingsworth, Ennis (Texas), Sr.
The Tulsa signee was SportsDay's Player of the Year in 2014 after setting the national record for most runs scored in a season with 83. In 2015, Hollingsworth had another excellent season, earning all-state recognition after hitting .573 with 12 triples and 22 steals. She scored 51 runs as a senior, giving her 252 for her career (d27 short of the all-time national record).UTIL - Jenna Goodrich, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Sr.
Goodrich posted a 15-1 record with a 0.38 ERA in leading the Patriots (25-2-1) to the Class 5A state championship game. She struck out 148 batters in 92 innings pitched, allowing just 25 hits and 21 walks while throwing four no-hitters. At the plate, the 2015 Miami Herald Player of the Year batted .471 with three home runs, 31 RBIs and a .743 slugging percentage. She has signed with Georgia Tech.UTIL - Kenna DeLancey, Ritchie County (Ellenboro, W. Va.), Jr.
DeLancey (16-1, 0.67 ERA, 133 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings) was named the 2A Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as the Rebels reached the state title game. She batted .602 with 11 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and 48 RBIs to go along with 34 stolen bases and a 1.205 slugging percentage.UTIL - Preslee Gallaway, Pilot Point (Texas), Sr.
The Louisiana Tech signee was a standout in the circle (30-9 with a 1.66 ERA and 325 strikeouts in 235 innings), but the all-state pitcher put up even more impressive numbers as a hitter. Despite being walked 27 times — 17 percent of her plate appearances — Gallaway led Dallas-area players in hits (64), runs (58), triples (15) and RBIs (63), and she ranked second in home runs (12). She hit .492, and 59 percent of her hits went for extra bases.