Oakridge advances to Ravenna in a fight for the West Michigan Conference softball to win the championship.
MUSKEGON The 2022 high school softball season is already underway, but we wanted to highlight some of the top returning players from last spring, as well as a few new names to watch out for as we look into the early rounds.
In 2022, here is a list of some of the most prominent Muskegon-area softball players to watch.
Caitlynn Duffey of Reeths-Puffer High School in Muskegon on May 21, 2019. Kayla Renie | MLive.com
Reeths-Puffer, Caitlynn Duffey
Duffey recorded a.353 batting average with five home runs, ten doubles, 34 RBI, 33 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases from the circle. Duffey finished the season with a 3.342 ERA with 204 strikeouts in 111 innings of action.
In Ravenna, Mich, Oakridge's Brooklyn Galdeen delivers a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader. The teams split the doubleheader, putting the West Michigan Conference unbeaten, Ravenna winning the first game 7-3, and Oakridge winning the second game 13-4. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Brooklyn Galdeen and Oakridge are all on the lookout.
The Eagles' senior will play a.513 batting average, with 12 home runs, 69 RBI, 20 doubles, and 69 runs scored. Galdeen finished 18-4 as a starter with a 1.90 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 131 innings.
Emma Gillard, a Ravenna pitcher, plays up during the first game of a doubleheader against Oakridge Friday, May 14, 2021. The teams split the doubleheader, pitting the West Michigan Conference unbeaten, with Ravenna winning the first game 7-3, and Oakridge winning the second game 13-4. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)(Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Ravenna, Emma Gillard
Gillard, a junior for the Bulldogs, was a critical member of a team that went 24-3 last season, scoring a batting average of.575 with three home runs, four triples, four runs scored, and 47 RBI. From the start, Gillard became a starter with an ERA of 2.01 with 167 strikeouts in 132 innings of work.
Kaelinn Jozsa of Oakridge hits the field before scoring a doubleheader against Ravenna on Saturday, May 14, 2021. The teams divided the doubleheader, putting the West Michigan Conference unbeaten, Ravenna winning the first game, 7-3, and Oakridge winning the second game, 13-4. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Oakridge, Kaelinn Jozsa
The Eagles' sophomore had a stellar first season at the varsity level with a 15-1 record as the team's starting pitcher with 102 strikeouts over 82 innings. From the plate, Jozsa recorded a.404 batting average with six home runs, 11 doubles, 42 RBI, and 46 runs scored.
Jasmine Pastor, an Oakridge second baseman, throws to the first base during his field before a doubleheader against Ravenna on Friday, May 14, 2021. The teams split the doubleheader, pitting the West Michigan Conference unbeaten, with Ravenna winning the first game 7-3, and Oakridge taking the second game 13-4. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Oakridge, Jasmine Pastor
Last season, the senior for the Eagles earned All-State accolades with 11 home runs, 66 RBI, 54 runs scored, 18 doubles, and two triples.
Kylie Gould and her teammates, including Ryann Robins, huddle during a Division 4 softball state semifinal against Rudyard Friday, June 18, 2021, with a six-run return on Morgan Bickel's walk-off home run in the ninth inning, claiming a 9-8 victory. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)(Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Holton, Ryann Robins
The sophomore for the Red Devils earned All-State honors last spring with a batting average of.486 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI, and 11 doubles. From the field, she tied a 14-2 record as a starter with a 2.2 ERA with 130 strikeouts.
Grand Haven, Regan Riemersma
The senior for the Buccaneers is one of the better power pitchers in this spring because she already showed plenty of velocity on her pitches with a fastball that regularly levels 60 MPH. The Central Arkansas commitment should keep her squad in every game she starts from the circle.
Holton, Abigail Fowler
The sophomore for the Red Devils earned All-State honors last spring after recording a batting average of.473 with 41 stolen bases. From the circle, she started a 10-day start with a 2.4 ERA and 98 strikeouts.
Reeths-Puffer, Kaylee Jones
With six home runs, 10 doubles, three triples, 19 RBI, and 18 stolen bases, the sophomore for the Rockets hit a.488 batting average.
Kyleigh Martin, from Whitehall, takes on a softball match against the Reeths in Muskegon, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)(Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
Whitehall, Kyleigh Martin
Last spring, the senior for the Vikings recorded a.395 batting average with 11 doubles, three triples, and 44 RBI. Martin from the circle had a 3.56 ERA and a WHIP of 1.22 with 236 strikeouts.
Mona Shores, Elizabeth Savacool
With 12 home runs, 13 doubles, three triples, 37 RBI, and 46 runs scored, the senior for the Sailors averaged a.400.
Kendall Zoulek and Shelby are both married.
Last spring, the senior for the Tigers posted a.547 batting average as she led her team in hits and RBI on her way to all-confernece and all-district honors.
Skylar Smith and Hart are all well-known.
The senior for the Pirates is ending two straight all-conference and all-region seasons and will be counted on as a leader for her team this spring at both catcher and shortstop.
Mason County Central, Alex Luttrell
Last spring, the junior for the Spartans is returning from an all-conference and all-district season, where she achieved.545 on the plate.
Megan Houseman, a North Muskegon junior pitcher, kicks up dust during a game at Ravenna on Thursday, April 29, 2021. For the first time, Matt and Heidi Houseman's daughters are on the same softball team. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)(Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)
North Muskegon's Megan Houseman
Last spring, the senior for the Norse claimed a.462 batting average with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 41 stolen bases.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sydney Dunbar, Fremont
Fruitport, Rylee Lusk
Olive Staal, Fruitport
Grand Haven, Skyler Covelli
Grand Haven, Emily Walcott
Grant, Jayci Hance
Grant, Jaycee Rider
Morgan Marvin and Hart are all on the verge of becoming partners.
Hart, Kloe Klotz
Kent City, Kaila Krueger
Brynn Cole, Ludington
Brynn Fortner, Ludington
Mona Shores, Hannah Geoghan
Mona Shores and Macey Spaniola
Mona Shores, Kristen Hylland
Gabby Moreau and Montague are all over the world.
Montague, Presley Davis
Newaygo, Emmerson Goodin
Olivia DeJohn and Newaygo
North Muskegon, Rylee Cooper
North Muskegon, Madison Balon
North Muskegon, Baila Lang
Oakridge, Delaney Ruel
Oakridge, Ahria Doornbos
Kara Postema and Ravenna
Ravenna, Liberty Willick
Reeths-Puffer, Natalie Kunnen
Shelby, Daphne Clark
Shelby, Kaylynn Clark
Spring Lake, Alexa Carter
Spring Lake, Avery Flynn
Whitehall, Illeana Hatcher
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