Top 100 Senior Softball Players in the Nation – The Countdown Continues #30-21

Hot 100 UPDATED 2015′s… #30-21 (10/29)

We continue our look at the UPDATED top 100 players in the 2015 class… we’re spotlighting 10 each day as we countdown from 100 to No. 1.  These seniors were chosen based on input and feedback from college and club coaches in the spring and summer following our initial 2015 Hot 100 posted in January, 2014.

Criteria for choosing and ranking the players including performances at the club and high school levels and projecting how they will play at the collegiate level.

Today we feature players No. 30 to 21 with standout players from California (4), Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Texas (2) and Virginia.

Click here to see Hot 100 2015′s #100-91#90-81#80-71#70-61#60-51#50-41#40-31

No. Player Position Club College
30 Caitlyn Brooks
#30 - Caitlyn Brooks
P So Cal Choppers Notre Dame
Caitlyn has elevated her game in the circle and at the plate over the last year and coaches have noticed. She’s throwing in the mid 60’s and has several out pitches, but her biggest strength may be how she keeps the ball down and mixes up speeds. She was a 1st Team NFCA All-West Region pick after going 21-4 with a 1.18 ERA and 258 strikeouts in 160 innings. At the plate she hit .513 with 42 RBI, six triples and five homers with a .623 on-base percentage. She’s taking hitting lessons from former USA Olympic Team member Nicole Giordano and heading into her final year of high school ball has a .838 winning percentage on the mound with 22 career homers on offense.
29 Brianne Tautalafua
#29 - Brianne Tautalafua
IF/OF Firecrackers Rico UCLA
Brianne led her high school team to a second straight CIF L.A. City Section Div. I title but it came with a price: in the championship game she tore her ACL and had surgery this summer meaning she’s out for the indefinite future. However, she could be back for her final high school season. When healthy, Brianna is one of the nation’s top hitters. As a junior she was a 1st Team MaxPreps All-American, 2nd Team Full Count Softball All-American and 1st Team All-State pick after hitting 19 home runs, batting .563 with 60 RBI, 63 runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.402. Her older sister, Darian, plays at Long Beach State and was a 2011 Area Player of the Year.
28 Toni Polk
#28 - Toni Polk
SS Gold Coast Hurricanes Penn State
Toni excels in everything she does: she has a 4.0 GPA taking AP classes and was the first female in her school history to earn all-league honors in three sports: softball, volleyball and basketball. She was a New York All-State selection and was also the Niagara Frontier Player of the Year in softball after hitting .400 with 29 RBI, four triples and five home runs. Tori is also a threat on the bases as she had 10 steals at TCS and PGF Nationals. The senior is a lefty with slapper speed and surprising pop in her bat. She can play anywhere in the infield or outfield and Tori’s versatility is what helped her start varsity in the eighth grade
27 Rylee Pierce
#27 - Rylee Pierce
C Fresno Force Missouri
Rylee missed her junior year of high school ball after tearing her ACL in basketball, but she’s back on the field now catching and saying she’s 100 percent. A physically imposing athlete at 5-foot-9 who averaged 10 ppg and eight boards per game in basketball, Rylee is also a standout in water polo. The Nor Cal senior can play catcher, the left side of the infield and even outfield as her defensive skills are outstanding, but her bat is her strongest attribute. As a sophomore she hit .511 with 51 RBI and 14 home runs. She was a CalHiSports All-State Underclass pick in 2013 and is also vocal leader behind the plate and raises the game of those around her.
26 Lauren Lewis
#26 - Lauren Lewis
OF Tennessee Fury Kentucky
Lauren led her team to the Tennessee Div. II state softball title game last spring after winning three straight state championships dating back to the eighth grade when she started on the varsity team. She is a power-hitting outfielder with a strong arm and set a school record with 11 home runs as a freshman to earn MaxPreps All-American honors. The two-time All-State pick is the daughter of Tennessee Fury head coach Kirk Lewis and has been a key cog in helping the Fury teams she’s played on make it to four Top 10 finishes at ASA Nationals.
25 Kiana Sherlund
#25 - Kiana Sherlund
IF/OF Lady Lightning Gold Team Miken North Carolina
Kiana, or “Key” as she is called by her coaches and teammates, has become a leader on the Lady Lightning team that finished tied for 9th at PGF Nationals this year. She is a triple threat leadoff hitter who can slap, drag or hit with home run power. Key ignites the offense and on defense steals hits from the other teams with an arm that can throw out runners trying to stretch a base. Her strength is her speed as she set her high school’s indoor track record in the 55-meter dash and has been clocked with a legit 2.60 home-to-first time. Key earned 1st Team Full Count Softball All-American and Virginia 6A All-State honors this year after hitting .630 with 26 steals.
24 Taylor Lynch
#24 - Taylor Lynch
IF/OF Texas Glory Oklahoma State
Taylor is a spark plug, the emotional leader who is mechanically unconventional at the plate, but can bunt, slap and drop bombs equally well. She’s a leadoff hitter who rises to the challenge of big games and is outworked by no one. Taylor hit .656 for her high school team and got even better with runners in scoring position, batting .680. Her on-base percentage last spring was a stellar .705. The District 15-4A Defensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Dallas/Ft. Worth, she was the glue that held the Texas Glory together this year and the unquestioned leader of the team.
23 Cali Harrod
#23 - Cali Harrod
INF Atlanta Vipers Loveless Florida State
Cali is an athletic middle infielder with power potential at the plate and she frequently can go on a tear knocking the ball out of the yard. She’s also versatile in that she can play the left side of the infield, but may project more as a second baseman in college. Cali has great base running instincts and last fall was 33-for-34 in steals while hitting .561 with nine homers. This fall she helped her team make it to the State Tournament and, well liked on and off the field, she was even named Homecoming Queen earlier in October.
22 Aubrey Leach
#22 - Aubrey Leach
2B/OF Sudden Impact Gold Tennessee
Aubrey is one of the top leadoff hitters in the country and can play the soft game, power slap and now has added power to her game. She also has a discerning eye and draws a lot of walks. Her coaches say Aubrey is one of the smartest players they’ve ever coaches as well. She’s a spark plug who works hard to be the best and was a 1st Team NFCA All-American and 2nd Team Full Count Softball All-American after batting .589 with 49 RBI, 51 steals, 66 runs scored, eight triples and six home runs. Over the summer, playing against top competition, she hit .400 with 49 runs scored and helped the Sudden Impact Gold take co-champion honors at the So Cal A’s Invitational.
21 Gia Rodoni
#21 - Gia Rodoni
P Grapettes Baylor
Gia has been well known as a national recruit starting in the eighth grade when she stood out at several OnDeck Elite Camps and Jamborees. Gia is an elite pitcher who throws 64-65 mph and is proficient at keeping the ball down and throwing for strikes. This summer she had a first strike percentage of 75% and got out half of the batters facing her in three pitches or less. At the high school level she earned 2nd Team All-State honors after throwing 157 strikeouts in 71 innings and compiling a 0.59 ERA while hitting .444. A great teammate and role model, Gia also has a 4.0 GPA and is a charismatic leader whom coaches love.

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