Jessie Patrick from Southlake, Lauren Highsmith of Houston Lamar and Kirsten Shortridge of Birdville High School leads this class of pitchers. Jessie Patrick and Kirsten Shortridge have already verbally committed to Baylor University. Jessie and Lauren have one of the best rise balls I have seen since the Class of 2000 graduated. College Sports Exposure radar Jessis throwing the rise ball at 59 to 60 mph when she was a freshman. She also throws it low enough in the strike zone where the batter has to swing to protect the plate. Jessie also a peel drop, screw ball and change-up. She mixes her pitches and hits her spots like a veteran pitcher. Jessie travel team is the 18U Spring-Klein Impact Gold. She pitches for Southlake Carroll High School.
Lauren Highsmith is the top pitcher in the Houston Area. Lauren has a perfect arm circle and polished mechanics. College Sports Exposure radar Lauren throwing between 63 to 64 mph in the Lamar High School vs Bellaire District Championship game (April 23). Lauren pitches for the 18U Texas Sting Gold. Texas Sting Gold finished 4th at the 2005 Colorado Sparkler. Lauren was clocked throwing her rise ball at 63 mph in a night game at the Colorado Sparkler. Her rise and screw ball are two of her best pitches. She also throws a curve, turn-over drop, change-up and fastball.
Kirsten Shortridge from Birdville High School in Fort Worth and Fort Worth Batbusters Red is another excellent pitcher. She has been reported to throws her fastball at about 65 mph.
Libby Dennis is a 5'10" pitcher from Langham Creek and 16U Texas Storm. She has a very good change-up, rise ball, drop ball, curve-ball, curve-drop and screw ball. College Sports Exposure has radared Libby throwing between 58 and 61 mph. Libby has already made a verbal commitment to Texas State University (Dec., 2004).
Brittany Cuevas is a pitcher for Brazoswood High School and High Voltage. College Sports Exposure radar Brittany throwing 65 mph consistently at the 18U ASA Gold Sector Tournament at Dyess Park in Cypress, Texas.
Anna Whiddon is a 5'7" or 5'8" pitcher from Huntington, Texas near Lufkin. She pitches for 18U Texas Eclipse Gold. She throws her fastball in the 60's. When College Sports Exposure filmed her video, she was radared at 61. She reportedly throws as high as 63 or 64 mph. She has all the pitches; i.e. rise ball, drop ball, screw ball, curve ball, change-up and fastball. Anna also hits home runs. She hit about 4 out of the park home runs when College Sports Exposure filmed her video in Huntington High School.
Cody Trahan is a 5' 11 3/4 inch tall pitcher from Little Cypress Mauriceville and 18U Gold Beuamont Blast. Cody usually throws about 61 mph. College Sports Exposure radared one pitch at 64 mph.
Courtney Bridges is a 5'10" pitcher for the 18U Texas Sting and New Caney High School. Her curve-ball or rise ball are her best movement pitches. Courtney was clocked throwing her curve ball at the 2004 NFCA Ronald McDonald tournament at 65 mph. Courtney also throws a turn-over drop, fastball, change-up and off-speed. She usually throws the off-speed on the outside corner where it curves away from the batter and drops. College Sports Exposure radared Courtney throwing her fastball at 63 mph during her film session. Courtney also hit two home runs out of the Humble High School park when College Sports Exposure filmed her video.
Erin Tresselt is a pitcher for Elkins High School and Texas Magic Gold. She is primarily a drop ball pitcher.
Caityn Luetge is a 5' 7" pitcher from Rockdale, Texas. Caitlyn is another excellent pitcher She plays travel ball with West Express. She throws a fastball, change-up, screwball, turn-over drop, curve, rise and off-speed. Her fastball is reported to be 62 to 65 mph.
Brittany Tomchesson is a pitcher for Foster High School which is north of Rosenberg-Richmond. She throws a fastball, knuckle ball, drop, rise, curve and screw ball. Brittany is reported to throw her fastball between 58 and 60 mph.
Casey Matzke is a pitcher from Wharton High School and 18U Houston Power Gold.
Amanda Lindsey is a pitcher for 18U Missouri City Magic Gold and Lamar Consolidated High School. She throws a fastball, very good change-up and drop. She is reported to throw her fastball between 58 and 62 mph.
Meagan Kaufmann is a 5' 7" pitcher for the 18U Texas Gulf Coast Challengers and Bay Area Christian School in League City, Texas. She has a fastball, change-up, drop, rise, drop change and knuckle ball.