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2026 Top 25 Recruiting Rankings

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Here are the best 25 players in the class of 2026

In formulating rankings for the sophomore through senior classes, Softball America places an emphasis on real-time developmental growth in conducting player-profile analysis. Prospect potential, projected upside, overall and position-specific athleticism, as well as other quantifiable metrics, are key components of evaluation. At the same time, current skill set, production and impact at the club and/or high school level are fundamental analytical data points.

Updated on: 8/15/2023
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    Ava Hodo

    Orange Beach (Orange Beach, Ala.) C

    CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier - Thompson
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    There's no bat more powerful in the 2026 class than Hodo's. At Orange Beach High School, she tallied 68 hits, boasted a .453 average, hit 14 doubles, 21 home runs, drove in 75 runs and recorded a 1.580 OPS. Those statistics helped propel Orange Beach to a 4A state championship. Hodo was named a First-Team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
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    Caroline Stanton

    Buford P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Lady Dukes National - Lamar/Burgess
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Stanton is the best two-way player in her class. She was 11-0 with a 0.79 earned run average in her freshman campaign. With the bat, she tallied a .425 batting average with 14 home runs, 37 runs batted in and a 1.492 OPS. She propelled Buford to a 7A state championship and was named the All-Region 8AAAAAAA Player of the Year.
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    Ella-Kate Smith

    Katy (Katy, Texas) P/OF

    CLUB TEAM: Impact Gold - Jazz 16U
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Smith did not waver against some of the toughest competition in the country. During her 2023 summer travel ball season, Smith hit for a .400 average and drove in 48 runs with 14 home runs. In the circle, she struck out 115 batters in 99.1 innings of work and had a 1.34 earned run average. At the conclusion of her high school season, she was named a 19-6A First-Team All-District selection.
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    Madelyn Doty

    Grandview (Grandview, Texas) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Texas Glory - Naudin
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Earlier this year, Doty represented Team USA's U-15 squad and helped the red, white and blue secure the gold medal. At Grandview, Doty went 19-3 with a 1.37 earned run average and 231 strikeouts. She was also productive at the plate, posting a .427 batting average with seven home runs and 35 runs batted in. Doty was named a 2023 Blue Bell/TSWA 3A First-Team All-State selection.
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    Ava Lorenzatti

    Beecher (Beecher, Ill.) P

    CLUB TEAM: Beverly Bandits - Moran
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Lorenzatti is the strikeout queen in the 2026 class, as she fanned 250 batters over 121.1 innings pitched, which averages out to 2.06 strikeouts per seven innings. Lorenzatti had 13 double-digit strikeout performances. Along with her high strikeout rate, she had a 0.87 earned run average and a 12-3 record. At the plate, she hit for a .402 average with 33 hits and 20 runs batted in. She was named an All-Area selection by the Daily Southtown.
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    Abreya Perry

    Valley Center (Valley Center, Kan.) OF

    CLUB TEAM: Aces Fastpitch 16U
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Perry's freshman campaign was picture perfect, as she was named a First-Team 5A All-State selection and won the 5A state championship. Perry was able to earned those accolades by posting a .570 average with 51 runs scored, 29 runs batted in and a pair of home runs.
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    Alexandria Williams

    Stockbridge (Stockbridge, Ga.) MIF

    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact - Holcombe
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Williams posted excellent numbers in every offensive category in 2023. She hit for a .517 average with 12 doubles, nine home runs, 45 runs scored, 29 runs driven in and a 1.176 slugging percentage. She also finished the season with 28 stolen bases.
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    Jada Savage

    East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) P

    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact - Taylor
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Savage found plenty of success during her first year at East Coweta, leading the team to the GHSA 7A state championship game. She finished the season with a 1.25 earned run average and 18-3 record. Savage struck out 213 batters over 128.2 innings and held opponents to a .154 batting average. She was named a 7A First-Team All-State honoree.
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    Ava Papaleo

    Ursuline (New Rochelle, N.Y.) OF

    CLUB TEAM: Rhode Island Thunder 16U National - Lotti
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Papaleo caused headaches for the opposition, as she posted a .556 average on 40 hits. She had 18 doubles, a pair of triples, eight home runs and 43 runs batted in. She also stole 27 bases and finished the season with a 1.153 slugging percentage.
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    Halle Kate Bailey

    Alcoa (Rockford, Tenn.) MIF

    CLUB TEAM: Mojo - Lewis
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    It was almost automatic that Bailey would reach base in 2023, as she had a .646 on-base percentage paired with a .595 batting average. She also drove in 24 runs, while scoring 64 runs. Bailey was named to the Class AA All-State Team and was the All-Daily Times Softball Player of the Year.
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    Lilly Hauser

    Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta, Calif.) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Athletics Mercado - Tidd
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    The Murrieta, Calif. native hit for a .556 average with nine doubles and 18 runs batted in. In the circle, Hauser struck out 76 batters over 57.1 innings and tallied a 2.44 earned run average.
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    Nevaeh Williams

    Montverde Academy (Orlando, Fla.) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Unity 2026 - Johnson
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Williams was named the NVA Softball Player of the Year and an All-State selection thanks to her efforts in the circle. She had a 1.18 earned run average with 101 strikeouts in 100.2 innings pitched. Williams finished the season with a 13-2 record.
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    Maggie Krause

    Northview (Terre Haut, Ind.) P

    CLUB TEAM: Louisville Sluggers Huecker-Norwood 16U
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Krause has established herself as one of the best strikeout pitchers in her class, punching out 275 batters in 146 innings, which averages out to just under two strikeouts per inning. She posted a 1.73 earned run average and a 15-5 record. At the dish, Krause mashed eight home runs, drove in 33 runs and maintained a .390 average.
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    Missy Odom

    Jasper (Jasper, Ala.) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier - Thompson
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Odom was elite in the circle for Jasper High School, as she accumulated a 0.92 earned run average in 107 innings pitched. She also fanned 192 batters. At the plate, she found steady production with a .322 batting average, 13 runs batted in and five home runs. Because of her efforts in the circle and at the plate, Odom was named a 5A All-State selection.
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    Ki'ele Ho-Ching

    Long Beach Polytechnic (Lakewood, Calif.) MIF

    CLUB TEAM: Athletics 16U - Mercado/Hovermale
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Ho-Ching was lethal at the plate, as half of her hits went for extra bases. She posted a .500 batting average with 17 runs batted in and 21 runs scored. Ho-Ching finished her high school season with a 1.47 OPS and a .889 slugging percentage.
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    Addie Rackley

    Buford (Buford, Ga.) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact - Taylor
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Rackley was almost impossible to get out at the Show Me The Money tournament in Florida this past summer. She hit for a .519 average with four doubles and 12 runs batted in. She also hit a home run.
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    Madison Smith

    Katy (Katy, Texas) C

    CLUB TEAM: Unity 16U - Smith
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    In one of travel ball's toughest tournaments at the Colorado Sparkler, Smith tallied 12 hits, which was good for a .520 batting average. She also had four extra-base hits and came around to score on eight occasions. Smith was named the 19-6A All-District Newcomer of the Year at the conclusion of her high school season.
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    Emoni Lam Sam

    Long Beach Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif.) 3B

    CLUB TEAM: Firecrackers Premier RTY
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Lam Sam demonstrated a hefty amount of power this past fall, as she mashed 21 home runs, which was good for a .830 slugging percentage. She also had a .470 on-base percentage and a 1.279 OPS.
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    Lucy Mondok

    East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) P

    CLUB TEAM: Unity 2026 - Johnson
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Mondok found success on both sides of the ball. In the circle, she went 19-5 with a 1.27 earned run average. She struck out 184 batters in 149.1 innings pitched, which helped her to be named a First-Team PCAC North pitcher. At the plate, she tallied 30 hits, boosting her average to .375 with 26 runs batted in and four home runs.
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    Aubrey Moore

    Allatoona (Atlanta, Ga.) P/UTL

    CLUB TEAM: Atlanta Vipers - Tamborra
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Moore was stellar through her spring travel ball season. Through the first 21 games, she hit for a .581 average, while also driving in 29 runs and mashing five long balls. In the circle, she posted a 0.98 earned run average and held opponents to a .144 average.
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    Bella Maria

    Donovan Catholic (Toms River, N.J.) OF

    CLUB TEAM: Intensity 16U - BOD
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Maria was an all-around threat at the plate during her freshman season, as she hit for a .545 average, blasted nine home runs, drove in 32 runs and scored 50 runs. She also hit 12 doubles, stole 11 bases and had a .570 on-base percentage. Those statistics allowed her to be named a Second-Team All-State selection by
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    Taylor Johns

    Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.) C

    CLUB TEAM: Athletics Mercado - Tidd
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Johns quickly made a name for herself in Nevada, as she was named a First-Team All-Southern Nevada selection by Nevada Preps. She earned that recognition after batting .495 with six home runs and 35 runs batted in. She finished the season with a .561 OPS.
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    Katie King

    Wayne Christian (Goldsboro, N.C.) INF

    CLUB TEAM: Birmingham Thunderbolts Premier - Kaplan
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    The North Carolina native hit for a .455 average during her freshman campaign. She posted 35 total hits, with 18 of them going for extra bases. King finished the season with 33 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases.
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    Shayla Bahr

    Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) MIF

    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact - Taylor
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Bahr carried a .452 batting average during her freshman season with 16 extra-base hits. She demonstrated some pop in her bat, as four of those extra-base hits were home runs. Bahr's efforts at the plate propelled Wesleyan to a state championship. She was also named a AAA First-Team All-State selection.
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    Addie Joiner

    East Coweta (Sharpsburg, Ga.) C

    CLUB TEAM: Georgia Impact - Holcombe
    COLLEGE: Uncommitted

    Joiner hit .391 with a .514 on-base percentage during the 2022 travel softball season. She also displayed great run production, as she drove in 42 runs. Joiner was named a Second-Team All-Region selection at the conclusion of her high school season.

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