2018 softball players to watch

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Haley Downin

Chesapeake-AA, junior, pitcher-utility

Downin had an Anne Arundel County-leading 17-4 record with 83 strikeouts and 2.87 ERA for the Cougars last season. She led the team in batting average (.466), runs scored (37), hits (41) and stolen bases (10) as the leadoff hitter, and had an on-base percentage of .495 and a fielding percentage of 1.000 with 57 opportunities.

Katie Dustin

Glenelg, senior, catcher

Dustin, a standout defensive player and one of the area’s most consistent hitters, had the second-best batting average in Howard County last season at .671. She finished with 47 hits, 36 runs, 40 RBIs, 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs and struck out just once all year.

Jordan Johnson

Archbishop Spalding, junior, outfielder

Johnson, an All-Metro second-team selection last spring, batted .403 with 12 RBIs and 11 steals. Along with standout junior catcher Angela Sena, Johnson will look to help the Cavaliers power through a tough nonconference schedule and improve on last season’s 8-2 IAAM A Conference record.

Emily Kim

C. Milton Wright, senior, pitcher-shortstop

Kim led the defending Class 3A state champion Mustangs in batting average (.438) and runs scored (28), and had 16 RBIs last spring to earn All-Metro first-team honors. She was one of only three players to start all 25 games, and also led the team in hits (39) and doubles (six) and struck out just three times in 98 plate appearances while pitching 39 2/3 innings with two saves.

Campbell Kline

Severna Park, junior, shortstop-pitcher

Kline, a Maryland commit, batted .611 with 20 runs scored, 44 hits, three doubles, six triples, three inside-the-park home runs, 23 RBIs and 18 stolen bases last season to earn Capital Gazette Player of the Year honors. She also pitched, going 4-1 with three saves and a 2.33 ERA for the Falcons, allowing more than two runs just twice in her 11 appearances and finishing with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Taylor Liguori

Hammond, junior, shortstop

Liguori finished last season with a .508 batting average, 30 hits, 34 runs, 34 RBIs, seven doubles, a Howard County-leading nine home runs and 13 stolen bases. Liguori, who has been committed orally to play softball at Maryland since her freshman year, also hit three home runs in a game and totaled 29 putouts and 58 assists.

Lauren Marcotte

Centennial, sophomore, shortstop

Marcotte set school records with .703 batting average, .732 OBP and 1.406 slugging percentage to lead the Eagles, striking out just once last season. One of the best defensive players in the region, she also had 32 RBIs, 35 runs scored, eight doubles, seven home runs and four stolen bases.

Emma Ritter

John Carroll, sophomore, center fielder

Ritter also impressed as a freshman, batting .643 with a .667 OBP, 1.446 slugging percentage, 36 RBIs and 29 runs scored for the IAAM A Conference champion Patriots. She also hit eight home runs, seven doubles and seven triples and stole 12 bases to earn All-IAAM A Conference honors.

Chloe Sharman

South Carroll, senior, pitcher

The Carroll County Times Player of the Year had 171 strikeouts in 141 innings last spring. She finished 18-6 with a 1.88 ERA to help the Cavaliers earn their first county title in 35 years and reach their first Class 2A state championship game.

Casey Turner

Eastern Tech, senior, shortstop

Turner batted .428 with 27 RBIs last spring to help the Mavericks win their seventh straight Baltimore County crown. The All-Metro second-team selection, who helped turn seven double plays at short, also led the team with three home runs and 31 runs and had a fielding percentage of .912.

Other notables

Karen Ackerman, Maryvale Prep, sophomore, pitcher-second baseman

Hunter Adams, Dundalk, senior, pitcher-shortstop

Gabby Archie, Francis Scott Key, sophomore, infielder

Taylor Baldwin, Mount Carmel, senior, catcher

Mikayla Barnard, Marriotts Ridge, senior, pitcher

Natalie Bates, Eastern Tech, senior, first baseman

Sydni Carroll, South Carroll, sophomore, infielder

Madison Chadwick, Broadneck, junior, outfielder

Kearstyn Chapman, McDonogh, sophomore, pitcher-shortstop

Michelle Cisco, C. Milton Wright, senior, third baseman

Julia Colton, Howard, junior, outfielder

Corinne Corsaro, Manchester Valley, senior, outfielder

Holly Daum, Reservoir, senior, outfielder

Paige Eakes, Howard, sophomore, catcher

Caitlin Ellwanger, Roland Park, senior, shortstop

Madison Gemmill, McDonogh, junior, catcher

Taylor Glover, Winters Mill, senior, infielder

Jordyn Goodman, Lansdowne, senior, pitcher

Shanya Gordon, Howard, senior, outfielder

Emma Kropkowski, John Carroll, junior, pitcher

Hunter Little, Reservoir, senior, shortstop

Jess Miller, Sparrows Point, senior, pitcher

Caroline Mills, Arundel, junior, third baseman

Jordan Nastos, Liberty, sophomore, catcher

Molly Nies, Marriotts Ridge, junior, infielder

Grace Palmieri, Arundel, senior, pitcher-shortstop

Akirra Pullen, Dulaney, senior, pitcher

Olivia Reese, Centennial, sophomore, catcher

Angela Sena, Archbishop Spalding, junior, catcher

Meghan Sheehan, John Carroll, senior, shortstop

Gillian Sinnott, Century, senior, catcher

Amy Stetser, Glenelg, junior, pitcher

Karlee Stocksdale, Mount de Sales, senior, shortstop

Kayla Szczybor, Mercy, senior, first baseman

Michaela Watts, Hereford, sophomore, shortstop

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