College Softball Freshman To Watch In The 2016-2017 Season
Miranda Elish/RHP/ Oregon
FloSoftball ranks Elish the number one recruit for the class of the 2016. The Oregon commit has had an outstanding high school career. She is a three-time pick for the Indiana Gatorade State Player of the Year. On the mound, Elish has great movement on her pitches and uses her rise ball as an out pitch. In her senior year she held a record of 15-2 with a .41 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 103 innings. Once Miranda sets foot on campus she will try to be a two-way player for the ducks. She has some pop from the left side and can hit the ball to all parts of the field. Offensively, Elish is a .486 career hitter at the high school level with 144 hits, 84 RBIs, and 13 homeruns. Ducks fans will look forward to Elish stepping in right away and contributing.
This past June, Nickles was named the National Softball Gatorade Player of the Year. On the mound she compiled a record of 20-5, .63 ERA, and struck out 308 batters in 167.1 innings pitched. Offensively, she hit .552 with 20 doubles, eight homeruns, and 27 RBIs. The UCLA commit shows versatility and athleticism. She is able to play every position except catcher, and once she is exposed to a new level her skills will develop even more. Madilyn was the only high school aged player to be selected to train with the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team. The talented right-hander from Merced High School projects at the next level as an elite hitter and pitcher for the Burins.
Mulipola is the number five recruit for the class of 2016. She plays for the prestigious OC Batbusters at the club level. During the 18u PGF Nationals she led her squad with nine RBIs throughout the tournament. Defensively, Dejah is very solid behind the plate, but has versatility and can play other positions in the infield. The Wildcats have been after the catcher for quite some time, she committed to Coach Candera during her sophomore year of high school. Arizona is getting a big time bat from Pacifica High School, with the graduation of Lauren Young, Dejah will have the chance to step in and contribute right away.
The University of Pittsburgh was able to land a five-tool prospect out of Catasauqua High School. During her high school career she recorded 207 hits, 158 runs scored and 192 stolen bases. This past season Edwards struck out just two times and batted .680. Offensively, she is very skilled with the bat and has the ability to slap and swing away. She also uses her speed being able to bunt and soft slap. Recently, Edwards was selected to the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All-American Game. With the Panthers coming off a quick exit from the ACC Tournament, the Pennsylvania native will look to bring an impact for next spring.
Bates was recently named to the FloSoftball All-American First Team for the second year in a row. During her senior season she hit .571 with 60 hits, 33 RBIs, five homeruns and struck out just three times. Bates has been committed to the Huskies since her freshman year at Ceres High School. The biggest strength of her game is her versatility. The sweet swinging lefty has the ability to hit for power, and can use the slap in her favor. There will be a chance for the middle infielder to come into UW and contribute right away. With the de-commitment/transfer of the Snow Sisters, Bates will look to step in the infield and help the Huskies work towards a National Title.