From Ephrata’s Jocelyn Eisen to Monroe’s River Mahler – many of the top athletes in Washington high school softball play in the middle infield.
Based on their recent success, and on the recommendation of coaches throughout the state, here are SBLive’s 10 middle infielders to watch in Washington in 2021. The list is in alphabetical order.
10 MIDDLE INFIELDERS TO WATCH IN WASHINGTON
Jadyn Bushnell, Kamiak, senior
The 4A Wesco seems to be the place for blue-chip shortstops, and this Florida Southern College signee has been super for a long time.
Jada Cargo-Acosta, Port Angeles, senior
What is not to like? The Roughriders’ shortstop has never hit lower than .500, and gobbles everything that comes her way. Lower Columbia signee.
Jocelyn Eisen, Ephrata, senior
This small-school standout is ready to turn “Sin City” into “Slam City” as a UNLV signee. Already holds various school hitting records.
Brooklyn Jones, Bellevue, junior
Never mind that she can skillfully play anywhere in the infield – this all-3A KingCo standout’s bat will also play at any ballpark around.
River Mahler, Monroe, junior
Not only the consensus top infielder in Washington, this fluid Stanford shortstop commit is arguably the state’s top recruit in 2022.
Gianna McCoy, Central Valley, senior
This 4A Greater Spokane League first-team shortstop is so fast, her coach jokes she’d hit .500 just on bunts. Also a highlight-reel defender.
Brynn Nelson, Bonney Lake, senior
She had four hits against Snohomish in the 3A title game in 2018 – and all this Linfield College second-base signee has done is rake ever since.
Cassidy Phelps, Marysville-Pilchuck, senior
Whatever field this all-3A Wesco shortstop shows up – for league games or West Coast showcases – she usually puts on a line-to-line hitting clinic.
Brooklyn Richards, Newport of Bellevue, senior
In a league full of reliable catch-and-throw infielders, she is as good as there is in the 4A KingCo. Signed with Idaho State University.
Kahia Vaifo’ou, Issaquah, senior
All that strength – in her bullet throws across the diamond, and in that dynamite bat. Headed to top-20 junior college Bossier Parish (La.) CC.
There are dozens of outstanding middle infielders in the state. Here are several who were in the conversation for the Top 10:
Saige Brindle, W.F. West, so; Cassie Cannon, Tenino, sr.; Leilanie Dalizon, Kentridge, jr.; Amaya Davis, Kennewick, sr.; Ellie Evans, Eastlake, sr.; Bristol Halvorson, Friday Harbor, sr.; Hannah Jablonski, Kamiakin, sr.; Shelby Lawson, Kennedy Catholic, jr.; Kaine Marcinkowski, Shorecreest, sr.; Camryn McDonald, Othello, so.; Tia Milloy, Redmond, fr.; Zoey Morris, Meadowdale, sr.; MacKenzie Nine, Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, so.; Riley Peschek, Gig Harbor, so.; Trinity Richardson, Shadle Park, jr.; Morgan Saunders, Stanwood, sr.; Rachel Sysum, Jackson, fr.; Alyssa Waltermeyer, Olympia, jr.; Janell Williams, Snohomish, sr.; Taylor Wong, Kentlake, sr.