On Monday, we finished this year’s Colorado Jamboree with a spectacular day. Not only was the level of play very high, but over 80 coaches showed up to watch. Needless to say, it was an exciting 8 hours of softball.
As always, the catchers led off the hitting, and it was a great start to the day. 2021 Chloe Woldruff was superb. She can hit for both average and power and has a sweet swing that should hold up well against elite pitching. 2022 Lauren Granger has good mechanics and hits with power, and is going to be one of the Midwest’s best in her class for sure. 2024 Mya Flindt showed surprising power that was the result of sophisticated mechanics. Mya will be very good if she continues to work on her game.
2020 Pitcher Katelynn Ralston showed solid velocity (62 mph) combined with good downball spin and very good location. 2021 Dee Dee Hernandez is one of SoCal’s best pitchers, and she has proven that by consistently beating high level teams. This lefty has a chance to be an elite college pitcher early in her career. 2022 pitcher/3B Maddie Erickson is just a strong, multi-talented player. She pitches at 63 mph and will compete with the best of them. And finally, 2023 pitcher Avery Sapp was excellent. As a young player she can dial it up to 60 mph easily and locate it superbly. Avery just needs to keep working hard and pitch against the best competition she can possibly find.
The position players were all very good. The 2021 group was just superb across the board. It might have been the best collective group I personally have seen in a while. A pair of 2020 first baseman Cassidy Kachnik and Kalli Richerson-Cook, are excellent hitters with real power potential. 2020 2B/3B Mikelle Anthony showed flashes of enormous talent off the left-side.
2022s Avery Weisbrook and Addison Leschber are certainly going to be highly recruited when the time comes. Avery is as good as anyone in the country defensively combining great instincts with good hands and a lightning quick release. And she hits it a ton. Addison is simply one of the best hitters in her class. She is a classic #3 hole hitter who will hit for a high average but also be a significant run producer.
One special mention that I would like to make here is about Olivia Guindon. She was in a horrific car accident two years ago. The progress she has made in recovering is a testament to her resolve and strength as an athlete. There is no doubt that Olivia will continue to write her story and become a source of inspiration to others.
We want to thank all the parents and players who made Monday a very special day. Also, thanks goes out to Triple Crown and especially Dave King for giving us a venue and holding a great tournament for players and families from across the country. Dave is certainly one of the finest people in the game, and we appreciate his support.
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