USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the ALL-USA High School Preseason Softball Team for the 2018-19 season. Players were selected in coordination with Michael Kyllo-Kittleson at Fastpitch News based on high school performance, level of competition and strength of schedule.
Note that more than a half-dozen states, including Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma, play high school softball in the fall. Players who have already completed their 2017-18 seasons are not recognized on this list but are eligible for inclusion on the year-end ALL-USA High School Softball Team.
Click the photo gallery below to see the full preseason team (players listed alphabetically):
School: Huntington Beach (Calif.)Position: OutfielderYear: SeniorCollege: WashingtonNoteworthy: Allchin led her team last year by hitting .406 with a dozen doubles, four triples, five home runs and 18 stolen bases as a junior.Photo: JP Westerbeck
School: Academy at the Lakes (Land O' Lakes, Fla.)
College: Florida State
Noteworthy: One of the two underclassmen on the list, Blankenship hit .467 with an OBP of .571, scored 41 times and hit six home runs, 12 double and 20 RBI.
Photo: Joe Winn, Winning Photography
School: Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)Position: OutfielderYear: SeniorCollege: LSUNoteworthy: Last season, Briggs hit .490 with 30 RBIs, scored 45 runs, and posted a .570 on-base percentage. She also recorded a perfect fielding percentage.Photo: Jenny Miklos
School: Oaks Christian (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Noteworthy: Brady lead the Lions to the Marmonte League title for the second time in three years, hitting .519 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, scoring 51 runs, and posting a fielding percentage of .971.
Photo: Oaks Christian HS
School: Keller (Texas)Position: CatcherYear: JuniorCollege: LSUNoteworthy: A strong leader on the field and behind the plate, Brown hit .508 with 31 hits, 31 RBIs, six doubles, two triples, and six home runs.Photo: Keller HS
School: Shadow Ridge (Surprise, Ariz.)Position: UtilityYear: JuniorCollege: ArizonaNoteworthy: A talented, true utility infielder, Caroll can easily move between any position in the infield and not miss a beat. She dominated as a freshman, hitting .398 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.Photo: Grad’s Photography
School: Union County (Lake Butler, Fla.)Position: OutfielderYear: JuniorCollege: FloridaNoteworthy: This future Florida Gator possesses blazing speed and the ability to play both infield and outfield with ease. Last season, she hit .426 while only striking out four times and helped lead her previous high school to a district championship before transferring this fall.Photo: Donny Joiner Photography
School: The Colony (Texas)Position: UtilityYear: JuniorCollege: OklahomaNoteworthy: The No. 1 prospect of 2020, Coleman hit an unreal .714 with 75 hits, 43 stolen bases, 19 doubles, nine triples and six home runs last season with a 1.990 OPS.Photo: Kevin Shelton/Texas Glory Fastpitch
School: St. Joseph-Ogden (St Joseph, Ill.)Position: InfielderYear: JuniorCollege: AlabamaNoteworthy: The 2018 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Illinois, Dowling hit .657 with 21 home runs, a .728 OBP and 27 ralks while scoring 67 runs.Photo: Nikki Dowling
School: Dunnellon (Fla.)Position: InfielderYear: JuniorCollege: Virginia TechNoteworthy: A speedy, lethal table setter, Fagan hitting .593 for Dunnellon in 2018 while scoring 46 runs and swiping 30 bases. She recorded 54 hits with 15 RBIs and seven triples.Photo: Terry Lanier
School: Grace Brethren (Simi Valley, Calif.)Position: PitcherYear: JuniorCollege: ArizonaNoteworthy: Fontes won a PGF Championship and posted a 0.77 ERA with 210 strikeouts while hitting .526 last season. Over her first two years of varsity softball, she’s 30-5 with a 0.56 ERA, 436 Ks and a .547 BA.Photo: Bayna O. Photography
School: Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)Position: UtilityYear: JuniorCollege: FloridaNoteworthy: Goelz was Florida’s 8A Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore after hitting .522 with 12 home runs, 38 RBI and a .631 OBP.Photo: Susan Misirua
School: Norco (Calif.)Position: CatcherYear: SeniorCollege: OklahomaNoteworthy: Hansen lead her Norco Cougars to a California Section DI Championship title hitting .571 with 35 RBIs. Hansen is signed and will be joining Oklahoma next fall.Photo: Gary Evans/Gary’s Norco Pics
School: St. Anthony (Long Beach, Calif.)Position: InfielderYear: JuniorCollege: OklahomaNoteworthy: Widely considered top shortstop of the 2020 class, Jennings hit .590 with nine home runs, 19 RBI, a .614 OBP and stole 14 base in 14 attempts.Photo: St. Anthony’s HS
School: Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)Position: InfielderYear: SeniorCollege: MichiganNoteworthy: Hit .535 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and OPS of 1.473 – and only struck out one time last season.Photo: Cameron Barr
School: Academy at the Lakes (Land O' Lakes, Fla.)Position: UtilityYear: SeniorCollege: AlabamaNoteworthy: Kilfoyl was the 2018 Florida Gatorade Player of the Year and the Florida Class 2A Player of the Year. The Alabama signee recorded 23 wins with 249 strike outs last season.Photo: Joe Winn/Winning Photography
School: Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.)Position: UtilityYear: SophomoreCollege: OklahomaNoteworthy: Liloi, a future Sooner, can play anywhere on the field and leads the way for her program by batting over .500.Photo: Scott Padgett
School: Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)Position: UtilityYear: JuniorCollege: OklahomaNoteworthy: May, who committed to Oklahoma in eighth grade, hit .460 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI while posting a 0.84 ERA with 293 strikeouts in 191 innings in 2017.Photo: Love Grace Imagery
School: Rose Bud (Ark.)Position: CatcherYear: SeniorCollege: Notre DameNoteworthy: Mitchell hit 24 home runs, 71 RBI and hit .659 with an on-base percentage of .766 last season. The future Mizzou athlete is a true five-tool athlete.Photo: Richard Sharp/Sun-Times
School: Bohemia Manor (Chesapeake City, Md.)Position: PitcherYear: JuniorCollege: AuburnNoteworthy: Was sought by dozens of schools across the country before committing to Auburn, Penta did not allow a single earned run through 100.2 innings last year and struck out 245 hitters.Photo: Mike Warden Photography
School: Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta, Calif.)Position: InfielderYear: JuniorCollege: LSUNoteworthy: As sophomore, Pilon hit .465 with eight home runs, a .552 on-base percentage and 35 RBIs. The LSU commit is considered one of the best infielders in the country.Photo: Alicia Salecedo
School: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)Position: CatcherYear: SeniorCollege: Arizona StateNoteworthy: Playing for one of the top programs in Arizona, Simmons had led her team at and behind the plate with 16 home runs, 59 RBI and a .547 batting average while committing no errors in 256 chances.Photo: Warren Cole
School: Land O' Lakes (Fla.)Position: PitcherYear: SeniorCollege: TennesseeNoteworthy: Turner, a TEAM USA Junior National Training Team player, posted 17 wins with a 0.79 ERA and 252 strikeouts in a championship season. She was named Florida 6A Player of the Year.Photo: Edwin Rodriguez
School: Oshkosh North (Oshkosh, Wis.)Position: UtilityYear: SeniorCollege: NorthwesternNoteworthy: Last year, Supple posted a 0.97 ERA with a record of 25-2 and 238 strikeouts over 166 innings. She also boasted a .460 batting average with six home runs, 32 runs scored, 39 RBIs, and slugged .828.Photo: Jim Koepnick/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
School: Hallettsville (Texas)Position: PitcherYear: SeniorCollege: FloridaNoteworthy: A complete, all-around pitcher, Trlicek hits 70 mph regularly on the radar gun while mixing her speeds with a good command of the plate. She was named a member of Team USA Junior Women’s National Training team.Photo: Dean Kibler
School: Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)Position: PitcherYear: SeniorCollege: Mississippi StateNoteworthy: A three-time Gatorade Softball Player of the year, Wesly entered senior year with a career record of 109-4 with 1,331 strikeouts and just 158 walks.Photo: Chris Todd/Clarion-Ledger
School: Norco (Calif.)
Noteworthy: As the leadoff hitter, Willis hit .438 with an OBP over .500. In the circle, she posted a 25.3 record with 188 strikeouts.
Photo: Gary Evans/Gary’s Norco Pics