Student Sports Daily Update Featuring Arizona High Schools for 2014

FAB 50 HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW: ARIZONA SCHOOLS

A week from Friday—on Valentine’s Day, actually—we will launch the 2014 preseason FAB 50 High School Softball Rankings.

To get you (hopefully) pumped up for the initial rankings, we’re going to spotlight key states leading up to the initial list.

Today, we go to Arizona….  the number in front of the school is their final FAB 50 national ranking after the 2013 season:

 

ARIZONA

 

Breanna Macha of Red Mountain High

Breanna Macha of Red Mountain High

1. Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.) 33-5

  • Won Arizona Division I State Championship with 9-5 victory over No. 29 Chaparral.
  • Return 8 of 9 top offensive contributors from last year’s team.
  • All three pitchers who recorded a win last season return including Arizona State commit Sr. Breana Macha who went 19-4 last season. She also batted .380.
  • No. 2 pitcher Sr. Marian Ruf also returns after going 9-1 in the circle last season and batted .421 with 28 RBI, 22 runs, and six home runs.
  • Sr. C/INF and Southern Mississippi Commit Jordan Beck returns after hitting .474 last season with 41 RBI’s and 10 home runs.
  • Other Key Returners: INF Sr. Ashley Hill (.397 BA, 41 RBI, 30 runs, 4 HR); UT Jr. Alex Wiley (.471 BA, 26 RBI, 23 runs)

 

5. Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Ariz.) 36-1

  • Won Arizona Division II State Championship
  • Lost Arizona Republic Big School Player of the Year Taylor Nowlin from last year’s team. Also lost 4 more starters to graduation.

 

13. Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.) 31-4

  • Return 6 of top 10 contributors from last years team
  • Lost Starting pitcher Sai Foley (21 appearances, 114 IP) who also batted .358 with 26 RBI’s.
  • Also lost starting catcher Rhecya Riley who batted .356 with 31 RBI’s
  • Return No. 2 Pitcher Kaylin Ayotte (1.57 ERA, 76 IP) who also batted .449
  • Return Sr. 3B and New Mexico State commit Corrin Green who batted. 566 last year with 56 RBI’s, 46 Runs scored, and 17 home runs.
  • Return Jr. Georgia commit SS Alyssa Di Carlo who batted .532 with 66 RBI’s, 51 runs scored, and 11 home runs.
  • Other Key Returners: Jr. Bailey Gaffin (Dixie St., .446 BA, 25 RBI’s, 48 runs, 20 SB), Jr. CF Taylor Kaye (Grand Canyon U, .455 BA, 47 runs), Jr. OF Sam Gonzalez (.395 BA), SS/2B Sr. Natalie Cravens (.326 BA, 21 Runs), C/3B Soph. Marisa Alemany (.417 BA, 22 RBI’s), OF Jr. Kayla Bellaire (.410 BA, 28 runs)

 

29. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 28-12

  • Returning a majority of team that reached Arizona Division 1 Title game last year
  • Return 11 of 14 top contributors from last year’s team including all four pitchers that recorded victories.
  • Return No. 1 pitcher and hitter in Sr. Dallas McBride (New Mexico St., .500 BA, 43 RBI’s, 36 runs, 13 home runs, 20-8, 183 IP, 194 K)
  • Other Key Returners: OF Sr. Alana Anderson (George Washington, .454 BA, 34 Runs, .512 OBP, 18 SB), 2B Jr. Lauren LaTerra (.421 BA, 35 RBI’s, .491 OBP, 4 home runs), C/SS Jr. Alexa Thorell (.378 BA), INF/OF Sr. Maggie Roche (.453, 25 Runs)

 

38. Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.) 27-8

  • Key Losses: Valerie Kaff, the Gatorade State Player of the Year, who was the winning pitcher in each of Mountain View’s 27 victories last season and also batted .310
  • Return 8 of top 10 hitters from last season
  • Key Returners: Sr. C Sidney Ryan (.426 BA, 45 RBI’s, 31 runs, 14 HR), Brittany Lindblom (.303, 29 runs), Sr. 3B/C Teddy Yellowman (.312), 2B/OF Sr. Page Roberts (.302)
  • Only pitchers with IP last season: Jr. Sia Iongi (0-1, 9.2 IP, 9 ER, 9 K); Jr. Jami Wickerman (4 IP, 3 ER)

 

Tamara Statman of Scottsdale Horizon.

Tamara Statman of Scottsdale Horizon.

41. Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 29-6

  • Return 7 of top 10 offensive contributors from last season’s team that reached the Semi-Finals of the Arizona Division I State Tournament.
  • Return No. 1 pitcher and hitter in Jr. Tamara Statman (Arizona, .481 BA, 30 runs, 19 RBI, 24-6, 1.72 ERA, 286 K, 26 CG, 10 SO)
  • Other Key Returners: Jr. OF Kaila Jacobi (.386 BA, 36 RBI’s, 33 Runs, 10 HR), Soph. 2B Gabby Moreno (.314 BA, 36 runs, 17 RBI, 6 SB)

 

Basha (Glendale, Ariz.) 26-6

  • Return 9 of top 10 offensive contributors from last season
  • Return top two pitchers: Sr. Lynea Klemmedson (13-3, 115 IP, 85 K, 3.04 ERA, 13 CG, 4 SO); Sr. Kelsey Tidwell (12-3, 82 IP, 61 K, 2.39 ERA, 9 CG, 3 SO)
  • Key Returners: C/1B Sr. Hailee Siroky (.472 BA, 50 RBI, 30 runs, .525 OBP, 9 HR), OF Jr. Brooke Breland (.337 BA, 32 RBI, 17 runs, 7 HR), INF Sr. Briielle Breland (.417 BA, 47 runs, 21 RBI, 18 SB), INF Sr. Courtney Hiruko (BYU-Hawaii; .349 BA, 29 runs)
  • Key Losses: INF Kylie Shull (Grand Canyon Univ.; .459 BA, 51 RBI, 31 runs)

 

Desert Ridge (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 23-10

  • Return 8 of top 10 offensive contributors from last season’s team
  • Return No. 1 Pitcher Soph. Bailey Klitzke (16-6, 2.25 ERA, 139 K, .296 BA)
  • Return No. 2 Pitcher/1B Sr. Courtney O’Brien (7-4, 77 IP, 70 K, 2.91 ERA, .230 BA, 16 RBI, 2 HR
  • Other Key Returners: C Sr. Chryse Hausenfluck (.355 BA, 29 RBI, 2 HR); OF Jr. Ashtyn Blakeman (.344 BA, 20 runs, 10 SB), INF Sr. Alexis Paffumi (.284 BA, 26 Runs, 7 SB)

 

Estrella Foothills (Goodyear, Ariz.) 33-2

  • Return 6 of top 9 offensive contributors that won Arizona Division III State Championship
  • Return No. 1 pitcher and hitter in Jr. Dustie Durham (29-2, 1.49 ERA, 172 K, 18 CG, 7 SO, .462 BA, 40 runs, 26 RBI)
  • Other key returners: OF Jr. Taylor Godfrey (.470 BA, 56 runs, 20 RBI, 36 SB); C/SS Sr. Ashley Godfrey (.443 BA, 51 runs, 36 RBI, 3 HR); OF Sr. Alex Fedo (.427 BA, 43 runs, 21 RBI, 13 SB)

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