Below are the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Western Washington Preseason Softball Teams, where we have identified the best softball players heading into the 2016 season.
Best of luck to all high school softball programs this season, and be sure to check back each week for our American Family Insurance ALL-USA Western Washington Spring Performers of the Week.
P Quinn Breidenbach, Enumclaw, Sr. Breidenbach returns this season with a target on her back as the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year. She had command in the circle accumulating 187 strikeouts in 104 innings with a 0.673 ERA. A UMass commit, she's a monster at the plate too, batting .507.
P Sophie Frost, Jackson, Sr. Frost helped Jackson to a Northwest District championship last season, tossing a one-hit shutout against Snohomish in the title game. She finished the season with 180 strikeouts in 124 innings and will play at Cal State, Fullerton next year.
C Rachel Christensen, Everett, So. The sophomore catches for ALL-USA second teamer Sydney Taggart and is looking to ride the momentum from an impressive freshman season, where she had 44 RBIs and a .500 batting average.
INF Maggie Gallagher, Kennedy Catholic, Sr. The reigning Seamount League MVP had an incredible .719 batting average along with 42 runs scored and 34 RBIs. A Washington-bound shortstop, Gallagher helped the Lancers to a league title.
INF Mia Corbin, Tahoma, Sr. Corbin was a menace on the base paths, leading Tahoma with 25 stolen bases in 27 attempts. Extremely athletic and a threat at the plate, Corbin scored 32 runs while batting .568. She is committed to Cal for soccer.
INF Madelyn Carlson, Enumclaw, Jr. The sophomore was dominant at third base and at the plate, collecting 40 RBI and six homers. She also shared the circle with Breidenbach, with a 0.438 ERA in 48 innings.
INF Maddie Morgan, Lynnwood, Jr. After a breakout freshman year, Morgan broke her own school record for batting average last season (.657), and collected 33 runs scored and 27 RBI. The third baseman committed to Alabama her freshman year.
OF Alyssa Simons, Snohomish, Sr. The Washington commit can get it done in left field, at the plate, and will also spend time in the circle. She racked up 11 doubles and 25 RBI for the Panthers, and also tallied 69 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.
OF Jourdin Hering, Beamer, Sr. Hering was a threat at the plate, earning her honors as SPSL's Offensive MVP last season. The Stony Brook commit had 25 RBI and scored 27 runs.
OF Carley Nance, Tahoma, Sr. Nance does a little bit of everything for the Bears. At the plate, she drove in 38 runs and batted .444 with eight home runs. She also got it done in the circle, striking out 116 batters in 114.3 innings of work. Nance tossed 16 state tourney innings en route to Tahoma's first 4A state title.
P Sydney Taggart, Everett, Sr. With 16 wins and 133 strikeouts, Taggart's only loss in the circle came in the 3A championship game against Juanita. She also led Everett offensively with 35 RBI and 38 runs scored.
P Lauryn Rhinehart, Woodinville, Jr. Woodinville's No. 1 pitcher, Rhinehart compiled a 13-1 record and tossed a one-hitter to help Woodinville win the KingCo 4A championship. At the plate, Rhinehart batted .427 with 38 hits and 38 runs scored.
C Skylar Hein, Woodinville, Jr. As a sophomore, Hein earned All-KingCo First Team as a designated hitter (she batted .439 with a .525 on-base percentage) Hein was solid on defense as well, committing no errors.
INF Megan Gordon, Everett, So. Gordon turned heads as a freshman, batting .45 with 31 RBI and 11 doubles. Her defense at second helped Everett to a second place state finish.
INF Erin Gordon, Everett, Sr. Erin, also with little sister Megan, anchors the middle infield at shortstop. The Hillsdale College commit batted .404 with 36 runs scored and 22 RBI. In 94 at-bats, she only struck out twice.
INF Hannah Walker, Lake Washington, Sr. The reigning KingCo 2A/3A MVP pounded nine home runs last season while batting .532. Walker dominates at shortstop but is versatile enough to have filled in at catcher last season.
INF Delaney Nelson, Tahoma, Sr. One of the most dominant offensive players on last year's 4A state title team, Nelson racked up 15 doubles and 39 RBIs.
OF Zoe Collins, Auburn Mountainview, Jr. The lefty uses her speed to her advantage, leading the region with 32 stolen bases. She also spent significant time in the circle, striking out 133 batters in 133.2 innings.
OF Emily Ensrud, Puyallup, Sr. Ensrud's offensive prowess earned her honors as last year's SPSL 4A South MVP, with eight doubles, seven triples, and six home runs. She will play at South Dakota State next year.
OF Hailey Roberts, Enumclaw, So. Enumclaw's leadoff hitter, Roberts led the team with 16 stolen bases. She finished the 2015 season batting .500 with 41 hits and 27 runs scored.