From Richland’s Addison Pettit to Yelm’s Hailey Brown, there are a host of big-hitting first and third basemen all around the state of Washington who can also do damage in the field.
Because spring sports have been canceled (COVID-19), these teenagers won’t have a chance to show off their skill. But they deserve to be recognized.
On the recommendation of high school softball coaches throughout the state, here are Scorebook Live’s top 10 corner infielders in 2020.
TOP 10 CORNER INFIELDERS
Hailey Brown, Yelm, senior
Has short, compact stroke for powerful first baseman – and batted team-best .506 with eight doubles and 38 RBI last season, including 3-for-4, 3-RBI effort in the 3A title game.
Jocelyn Chagoya, Warden, senior
When this powerful third baseman comes up to bat, people stop and watch. One of 1A’s top power hitters had 28 home runs in two-plus seasons – and finally was fully healthy in 2018 (.575 BA, 12 HR, 60 RBI).
Emmi Clarke, Tumwater, junior
A career .437 hitter in two all-2A Evergreen Conference seasons, Clarke was expected to take a big jump in power this spring. Last season, she led the team in walkoff game-winning hits, and plays a mean third base.
Alysia Fraly, Prairie, sophomore
When you have hit-the-outer-grandstands power, you can hit home runs anywhere – and that is what her quick hands allow. Hit .507 with seven home runs and 40 RBI last year as all-4A GSHL third baseman.
Anna Hook, Bonney Lake, senior
The two-time all-3A PCL first baseman is a typical power hitter – long swing produces strikeouts, but when she gets a hold of one, it is sent into orbit (team-high 10 HR last season). WWU signee smothers all ground balls.
Ashley Jacobson, Glacier Peak, senior
How tough is this lifetime dirt dog? The Stony Brook signee played a good part of last season with a broken back – and still hit eight home runs (she had a three-HR, 10 RBI game, too). Three-time all-4A Wesco first baseman.
Britney Patrick, Pe Ell/Willapa Valley, senior
What didn’t this two-time all-state slugger do a year ago? She had a 1.216 slugging percentage, raking 29 extra-base hits (eight HR, 11 triples, 2B-best 54 RBI) and was the 2B Pacific player of the year. Signed with St. Martin’s.
Addison Pettit, Richland, senior
The two-time all-state first baseman is Eastern Washington’s most terrifying power hitter to face (.649 BA, .738 OBP, 55 RBI last year). In fact, 61 of Bradley University signee’s career 133 career hits have gone for extra bases.
Charity Sevaaetasi, Auburn, senior
Could have been listed as catcher (high school position), but will probably play at third base at Oregon State. Two-time 4A NPSL Olympic MVP stings everything she puts a bat on (10 HR, 34 RBI; hit .581 last year).
Kelly Sweyer, Woodland, senior
A grinder in work ethic, but a bomber in the batter’s box (.440 BA, 5 HR last season) – this all-state third baseman hit a home run so long in the 2A title game, it nearly hit a car. Montana signee also won local HR derby.
Worth mentioning: Riley Anderson, Lynden, jr.; Hope Bostick, Mount Si, sr.; Olivia Charbonneau, Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, sr.; Taylor Clark, Richland, jr.; Kassidi Dean, Jackson, sr.; Taylor Derouen, Eastlake, sr.; Olivia Dimmock, Meadowdale, sr.; Jocelyn Glover, Kettle Falls, sr.; Kaci Gordon, Juanita, sr.; Hallie McDougle, Pullman, sr.; Lily Mittmann, Ridgefield, jr.; Alex Nyberg, Woodinville, jr.; Makenna Oliver, Almira/Coulee-Hartline, sr.; Malia Pinder, North Creek, sr.; Skye Snow, Adna, sr.; Lindsey South, Anacortes, sr.; Annika Waring, W.F. West, sr.
Editor’s note: Tahoma’s Kaiea Higa would have made this all-state team, but suffered a serious leg injury last summer, and would have missed the 2020 season.