Despite all the changes to the NCAA recruiting calendar over the last year, the 2022 Rosetta Canyon Jamboree – Day 1 came off without a hitch. We want to thank all the players, parents, and coaches who make this event possible. We also want to thank Triple Crown Sports for working with everyone in the SoCal softball world to bring Zoom into June to a successful conclusion.
It was very gratifying to hear coaches say that group of catchers was an “exceptional group.” Or hear a pitching coach say the pitchers were the best group of pitchers “collectively” that he has seen recently. Or another head coach say the hitting groups were “loaded with quality hitters.” The players held up very well under the scrutiny of the coaches in attendance, and we think a great number of them will have a lot of options in the years ahead.
We had several outstanding performances, and one of the most eye-opening was 2024 pitcher Emma Blea who popped a 69 mph fastball. Rarely do we see this high velocity in players so young, but Emma’s excellent mechanics and high level athleticism allow her to absolutely throw gas. 2025 pitcher Jenae Berry was outstanding showing solid mechanics and pin-point control. Jenae will only get better in the years ahead.
On the offensive side, a group of 5 young hitters showed impressive skills. 2026s Taylor Hampton, Payton Westra, Emma Ford, Madelyn Armendariz and 2027 Samantha Nichols displayed a real hitting talent. All these young players will be high level hitters if they continue to work and compete against the best pitching they can see in the years ahead. We will be excited to see them develop.
On the catching front, 2024 Sofia Mujica showed why she is one of the best catching prospects in the country. Not only does she hit it a ton, but she is excellent defensively. She consistently has pop times in the 1.7 range, which we rarely actually see.
And finally, we had an exceptional group of 2024 shortstop prospects. Mallory Vancleave, Lauryn Carbajal, Alyssa Doucette, Hayleigh Oliver, and Faith Kroening put on a show. They all have the potential to be solid infielders with a pretty sophisticated skill set.
We will be anxious to follow all the players from Monday’s Rosetta Canyon Jamboree in the years ahead. We hope they will all continue to work on their skills and athleticism so they can maximize their physical potential.
Please remember that the ODM numbers, while growing increasingly important, are only a snapshot of a player’s evaluation and potential. Use these numbers as a tool and work at developing your athleticism, but constantly work on improving and refining your softball skill set – both offensively and defensively.
The ODM numbers have also been posted to your profile. Pitch speeds and pop times are listed on the ODM Sheets.