By CONOR NICHOLL for Sports in Kansas
A look at every softball regional in Kansas. Records are based off KSHSAA seedings, unless otherwise noted – especially with key results that included below which occurred after seeding, such as Jayhawk-Linn/Prairie View and Russell/Victoria against Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays.
Individual records and past series records from team pages and/or MaxPreps archives. Past state showings from KSHSAA database.
Regional 1 – Topeka (20-0) is the heavy favorite. The Trojans have captured the Centennial League title for the first time in school history. Topeka features the standout Caryl sisters (Zoe and Adisyn) and ace pitcher NiJaree Canady on an experienced team. Topeka has put together Kansas’ best resume and is a strong favorite for the state title. Topeka has an average score of 13-1. As of May 13, Adisyn carried a .631 average with 37 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Zoe has a .768 average, 1.551 slugging percentage and 63 RBI. Topeka has limited softball historical success, most notably a first-round state loss to Derby in 2019. Topeka is Kansas' lone 20-0 team.
Regional 2 – Lawrence Free State (17-1) and Derby (15-5) are strong favorites to meet for the regional championship. Free State is the two-time defending 6A state champions. Free State has only lost to Washburn Rural and was the Sunflower League’s top team in the state’s best conference. Derby softball has reached state nine consecutive years. Free State has senior pitcher Tatum Clopton, an Oklahoma State signee and reigning Gatorade Player of the Year. Plus, Kinsey Clopton is nationally ranked in the Class of 2024. Free State went 18-7 and 23-2 in its state championship years. FS also has Sara Roszak, who has signed with Kansas, and Georgia Rea, headed to Western Illinois.
Two years ago, Free State beat Washburn Rural, 1-0, in the 6A state title. Free State has 12.5 runs per game and permitted 1.6 runs allowed a contest. Derby has an average score of 9.3-4.5. Free State lost to Washburn Rural, 3-2, for its lone loss this spring. Since then, Free State has five shutouts and a quality 9-4 win against Olathe North. Derby has longtime coach Christy Weve. Morgan Haupt has been Derby’s key pitcher.
Regional 3 – This is a strong regional with Washburn Rural (18-2) and an impressive Dodge City (15-5) team. DC features Raemie Lopp, who has signed with Dodge City Community College. Rural captured the 6A titles in ’95, ’08 and ’14. Rural finished as runner-up in ’19. Lopp leads the team with a .446 average and ranks second with four homers. Junior Mari Landa has a .441 mark with six homers and 10 doubles. Freshman Easha Potts has a .381 average with seven extra-base hits. Lopp is one of two seniors in the starting lineup. DC carries a .336 average as a team. Junior Taryn Coon has a .323 average with 10 extra-base hits. Lopp has a 13-4 record with a 2.25 earned-run average with 93.1 innings. Lopp has 135 strikeouts against 27 walks.
Regional 4 – Garden City (17-3) and Wichita Northwest (16-4) headline. GC sophomore Brie Manwarren carries a .453 average with 10 doubles and six triples. Senior Rilee McGraw has a .415 average with five homers. Senior Anjelina Serrano has a .379 average. GC carries a .366 average as a team. Senior Gisselle Gutierrez had picked up a team-high 13 walks. Manwarren has 111.1 innings pitches with 178 strikeouts against 38 walks allowed. Trina Moquett has achieved consistent success with GC. She is 132-40 with the Buffs and has 210 career wins. Northwest reached the state tournament in ’16 and ’19. GC recently took third in ’17 and qualified for state in ’16.
Regional 1 – Gardner-Edgerton (14-4) is the lone team above .500 in the regional. As of May 6, Kenna Trout had seven homers to tie the school record set in 2018. Harley Pruetting set the school record for RBIs. She had 40 RBIs as of May 6. G-E has three seniors: Lauryn Karr, Emma Crouch and Angelina Gear. Gardner-Edgerton last made state in 2016. G-E has losses to Olathe West, Lawrence Free State, Blue Valley Southwest and Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Regional 2 – Blue Valley (15-5) headlines, but Olathe West (11-9) and Olathe East (8-12) are both in this regional. East is a longtime state power with eight state titles from ’98 to ’13. Izzy Carter has been a standout player for Olathe East, including a 4 of 7 performance in a May 12 doubleheader. Sydnee Christiason has also had a nice season for OE. West beat Olathe East, 21-0, in the season opener. OE has five seniors.
Regional 3 – Olathe North (14-6) and Olathe Northwest (12-8) are the lone squads that have more than six wins in the regional and should have a rematch. ON was a final four team in 2019. Olathe Northwest has featured standout freshman Kendall Yarnell, who is also among the state’s top discus throwers. Northwest beat North, 11-4, on May 11. ONW is 9-1 in its last 10 games with only a 13-3 loss to Lawrence Free State.
Regional 4 – Olathe South (13-6) is highly favored to face Shawnee Mission North (13-7) in the finals. North defeated OS, 5-0, on April 27. South has recently won state titles in ’15 and ’16 with 23-2 records.
Regional 1 – Spring Hill (19-1) is the top seed and strong 5A state favorite. Spring Hill, with coach Shelly Huber, has won state titles in ’16 and ’17. SH has a collective .383 batting average, 0.82 earned-run average and a .981 fielding percentage. Junior Maggie McNally has a .484 average and three homers. Senior Julia Hess has a .442 average. Senior Malia January has a .422 average with seven homers. Senior Gaige Pinkerton has a .400 average. Spring Hill has struck out just 63 times this season. In particular, Pinkerton has been exceptional in the field with no errors, no passed balls and two runners caught stealing. SH has turned 10 double plays and committed just eight errors. Among 5A East teams, Spring Hill has permitted just 0.95 runs a game – no one else is better than 3.15 a game.
Regional 2 – The Frontier League/United Kansas Conference features three of the four squads in the regional with Basehor-Linwood (17-3), Bonner Springs (13-7) and K.C. Piper (10-10). Basehor has not lost since April 22. The Bobcats had three season split against Shawnee Heights, De Soto and Topeka Seaman. Basehor swept Silver Lake on April 29 with 9-8 and 8-3 victories. On April 27, Bonner and Piper split a doubleheader. Piper won 1-0 in extra innings, and Bonner earned an 11-3 victory.
Regional 3 – Shawnee Heights (16-4) and Pittsburg (14-6) are the top-two teams. SH has won three consecutive 5A state titles with 25-0, 25-0 and 22-1 records. Pittsburg has enjoyed an impressive turnaround this spring behind a host of young players.
Regional 4 – All four teams have potential to win with Blue Valley Southwest (16-4), St. Thomas Aquinas (8-12), Topeka Seaman (15-5) and Mill Valley (9-11). BVSW won the Eastern Kansas League. Southwest swept Aquinas, 12-2 and 8-6, on April 6. SW split with Mill Valley with an 11-0 victory and 8-6 loss on April 26. Southwest has recently made the state tournament in ’16, ’17 and ’19 with a state runner-up in ’17. Mill Valley’s Ava Bredwell has signed with Nebraska softball. This year, Bredwell has set school records for single season and career triples. She has 18 career triples and eight this year as of May 4. Belle Bonn has signed with Embry-Riddle softball. Emma McCall, Haley Bryant and Ellie Tribble are also key players.
Regional 1 – Bishop Carroll (18-0) is one of two undefeated squads in Kansas, along with Topeka. Class 2-1A Jayhawk Linn was undefeated at the time of regional seeding, though then lost its regular season finale. While BC is certainly the favorite, Salina South (11-9) and Bishop Carroll rival Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (10-10). South features left-handed pitcher Jenna Henderson, who has signed with Seminole State. Carroll has outscored teams 226-18. The Golden Eagles have a collective .517 average and 1.00 earned-run average. Junior Kiley Brewster has a .655 average with 12 doubles, three triples and four homers. Senior Gabby Eck is at .585 with 12 doubles, two triples and two homers. Junior Kendall Forbes has a .583 average with 15 extra-base hits.
Regional 2 – Three of the four teams are at least .500 or better with Goddard-Eisenhower (16-4), Hays High (12-8) and Newton (10-10). Eisenhower last made state in ’18 when it lost to Bishop Carroll in the first round. Hays High has played four extra-inning games and also has a 1-0 win against Liberal. Hays High finished 0-3 against Dodge City, though went 1-2 versus Garden City. For HHS, sophomore Morgen Berry has a team-high .429 average. Junior Brenna Schwien has a .394 average with the team’s lone homer. Freshman Aubree Thomas has logged all 136.1 innings in the season’s first 18 games. All but three of Hays High’s hits come from non-seniors.
Regional 3 – Andover (16-4) and Goddard (14-6) are the only teams above .500. This will likely be a rematch from last week. Andover beat Goddard, 1-0, and lost 6-1. Andover opened the season 11-0, including wins against Garden Plain (8-4), Maize (8-0) and sweeps versus Salina South and Maize South. Goddard lost twice to Maize. Last Thursday, Goddard fell 5-2 to Bishop Carroll and beat Wichita Northwest, 6-2. Andover, Eisenhower and Goddard all shared the AVCTL Division II softball crown. Andover was last in the league two years ago, per Chuck Chaney. Andover standout Bailey Way has committed to Arkansas Tech.
Regional 4 – Valley Center (15-5) and Maize (14-6) headline the regional. Maize opened 1-3 with losses to Bishop Carroll, Wichita Northwest and Andover, though is 13-3 since. That includes a 10-8 extra inning win versus Salina South last Thursday. Valley Center last had a final four team in ’17 and qualified for state in ’16. Maize last qualified for state in ’17. The Eagles finished second in ’06 and won the championship in ’10.
Regional 1 – Holton (19-1) is the significant favorite to qualify for state – and possibly win the 4A state title. Holton is highly experienced and has posted final four teams in ’18 and ’19. The Wildcats, under longtime coach John Deitrich, carry a .484 average, .534 on-base percentage and 2.25 earned-run average as a team. Junior Sadey Walker has delivered a massive year with a .675 average, 17 doubles, four triples and nine homers. Sophomore Brooke Flewelling has a .587 average with 11 doubles, one triple and eight homers. Holton is 73-16 in the last four played years. Holton has retooled after seven seniors graduated last year.
Senior Grace Utz, a Cloud County Community College signing, has six homers. Overall, Holton has hit 30 homers. Walker –a frontrunner for 4A Player of the Year at this point – is 10-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 12 games. She has five complete games, three shutouts and a perfect game. Junior Gracie Gallagher is 8-1 with a 2.04 ERA. Incredibly, Walker has 75 strikeouts against seven walks, and Gallagher has 95 strikeouts against just two walks. Holton has won at least 19 games in the last three softball seasons.
This year, Holton also collected several victories against top Kansas City area schools. The Wildcats have beaten Olathe West (11-8), Olathe Northwest (6-5), Shawnee Mission South (16-8) and Shawnee Mission West (13-0). Holton’s only loss came in a 7-6 defeat to Perry-Lecompton on April 29 when it went down by four runs in the first game. Holton won the next contest, 17-1, versus P-L. Holton has won the Big 7 nine times from ’07-‘21, including ’18, ’19 and ’21. Deitrich captured state titles in '95 and '96 at Carbondale.
Regional 2 – Bishop Miege (17-3), Topeka Hayden (12-8) and Paola (11-9) are all over .500. Miege won the 5A softball title in 2002. Miege freshman Jada Gilliland has set the school single season home run record. She had eight as of May 10. Earlier this season, Gilliland hit a 230-foot homer versus Blue Valley and threw a no-hitter on April 15. As well, freshman Katie Kolarik and sophomore Cameron Soldner have been key offensive players. The Stags have two seniors: Cate Boling and Sara Cyewski. Boling has signed to play basketball at Elmhurst. Juniors Jenna Dorsett and Olivia Cerda have been key Miege players. Miege ended the regular season with seven straight wins, including a pair of one-run victories.
Regional 3 – Eudora (16-4) and Chanute (13-7) are over .500. Eudora has most recently made state in ’07, ’16 and ’19. Eudora finished second in ’07. Chanute had a pair of quality wins against Frontenac on April 22 with 7-6 and 16-14 victories.
Regional 4 – Wamego (15-5) and Ottawa (15-5) have both put together nice seasons and headline the regional. Wamego has enjoyed big offensive numbers from Toree Hoobler, Ashten Pierson and Alexi Billings, and strong pitching in the circle from Halley Ashbury and Maya Gallagher. Hoobler has signed with Johnson County Community College, and Ashbury has signed with Hutchinson Community College. Pierson, a middle infielder, is ranked No. 37 nationally in the Class of 2023. Wamego last made state in 2017 when it lost in the first round to Independence. Ottawa reached state in 2009 and won state softball in ’03. Senior Riley Titus has a .431 average. Junior Alex Powell has enjoyed a huge season for Ottawa with a .415 average and 11 homers. She is 9-1 with a 3.77 ERA in the circle.
Regional 1 – Clay Center (18-2) is heavily favored to go back to state behind ace pitcher Clara Edwards, a South Dakota signing and one of the state’s top players for all classes. Edwards is in strong running for Class 4A Player of the Year, along with Holton’s Sadey Walker.
Regional 2 – Andale-Garden Plain (17-3) has Kyla Eck, who has signed with Division I University of the Pacific. A-GP was second in ’19, qualified in ’17-18 and was second in ’15. A-GP also was second in ’09, first in ’10 and first in ’11. Jaysa Anderson has signed with Barton CCC.
Regional 3 – Perennial powers Pratt and Augusta could meet in the regional championship game. Augusta is the defending 4A state champion after a 24-1 season in 2019. Augusta has also won titles in ’15, ’14, ’06 and ’00. Pratt won the Class 4A, Division II title in 2014.
Regional 4 – Clearwater (15-5) has delivered a strong season and paces the regional. Winfield (12-8) is second. Clearwater has seven seniors. Ireland Cotton has signed to play at Barton County Community College, and Briona Woods has signed with Butler County Community College. Woods was recently named Clearwater Female Athlete of the Year.
Burlington – This is a wide-open regional that features all eight teams between 10-10 and 15-4. Prairie View leads, followed by West Franklin (14-6), Osawatomie (11-5), Council Grove (13-7), Osage City (12-7), Anderson County (11-8), host Burlington (10-8) and Wellsville (10-0). Osage City is a definite contender behind Hayden Serna, who has signed with Division II Central Missouri softball.
Prairie View earned a quality 5-1 win versus Jayhawk-Linn in the regular season finale. J-L was undefeated entering the contest. PV lost two games to Frontenac in early season and split with Wellsville on May 11. PV won the Pioneer League. Junior Braxton Stainbrook has enjoyed a nice season. Julia Paisley threw a three-inning perfect game earlier this season.
Cheney – This will likely come down to Cheney (19-1) and Kingman/Norwich (15-5), with the host Cardinals as the favorite. Cheney has significant state experience in volleyball, basketball, softball and track with many of the same girls involved in multiple sports. Cheney pitcher Korri Lies has delivered a big season. Seniors Kylee Scheer and Lexi Cline are also key players. Cheney has reached the state softball tournament in ’17, ’18 and ’19 and has lost in the first round each time.
Frontenac – Probably the most compelling regional of any class with five CNC teams all in contention, though Frontenac has not lost to any of the contenders. Host Frontenac (16-4) headlines, along with Columbus (15-5), Galena (12-8), Baxter Springs (12-8) and Girard (12-8). Frontenac is the defending 3A champion after a 20-6 season in ’19. Frontenac split with Fort Scott and Colgan in early season. Frontenac swept Columbus, Galena, Baxter Springs and Girard – all since April 19. Galena has Riley McNemar, who has signed with Auburn. Frontenac has standout junior Heather Arnett and has had a huge year from pitcher Mia Brown who is coming back from a very bad leg injury in volleyball, the Raiders only have one senior. Frontenac coach Cassie Rhuems has won state titles in '16 and '19 at her alma mater.
Hesston – Longtime power Haven (18-2) is the top seed, though Southeast of Saline (15-5) is ranked second, with Smoky Valley (13-7) and Hillsboro (12-8) in the top-four. Haven has Maguire Estill, who has signed with Division II Arkansas-Monticello. Smoky Valley features junior three-sport standout Madi Tolle. Haven has split with Kingman/Norwich and Central Plains. On May 11, Haven beat Smoky Valley, 12-1 and 7-0. Haven was a state final four team in ’18, second place in ’17 and second in ’16.
Larned – This is a relatively wide-open regional. At the time of seeding, Russell/Victoria had put together a surprising 15-3 season. However, on Thursday, R/V lost a doubleheader at Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays. This was a makeup game from earlier in the season. TMP was 8-10 at seeding and currently 10-10.
Hoisington/Central Plains (16-4), Beloit (16-4), Sylvan-Lucas/Lincoln (13-7) and Ellsworth (11-9) are in the mix. TMP, which has two wins against Ellis, could emerge from this regional. TMP has generally played larger classification/Western Athletic Conference schools and finished a combined 0-7 versus the WAC. TMP is one of two teams to beat 15-3 Holcomb. R/V has speedster Taylor Powers, who has signed with Southwestern College and carries a .455 average with 21 steals.
Marysville – Rossville (15-3) headlines the regional that features all teams with at least eight wins. Nemaha Central (13-7) and Rock Creek (12-8) are both in the regional. Rossville hasn’t lost since a pair of one-run defeats to Silver Lake on April 12.
Scott City – GWAC rivals Scott City (16-2) and Holcomb (15-3) are the heavy favorites to meet in the regional final. SC defeated Holcomb, 10-3 and 4-3, on April 6. Holcomb has its excellent freshman class, headlined by ace pitcher Korryn Johnson. The Longhorns have their most wins since the GWAC was formed. Holcomb hasn’t lost since April 8. Cheyenee Cramer has had a huge season for Scott City as she has hit .632 over her freshman year and also 10-2 in circle.
Silver Lake – This will likely be a rematch between Silver Lake (17-3) and Oskaloosa (16-4), which have been two of 3A’s top teams all spring. Silver Lake finished 23-3 with a state title in ’18 and then earned runner-up to Frontenac in ’19. Oskaloosa has finished second at state in ’16, ’18 and ’19. Oskaloosa has a collective .422 average with a 3.43 earned-run average. Senior Ellie Stember carries a .544 average. Senior Reese Curry hits .533, and senior Regan Curry carries a .521 mark. Senior Sophia Rockhold has a .484 average with 10 homers. Rockhold has signed with Emporia State, and the Currys with Central Arkansas. On May 6, Oskaloosa lost, 7-2, to 5A Shawnee Heights. On May 10, Silver Lake beat Oskaloosa, 7-2, and 18-11. Silver Lake is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings versus Oskaloosa. Silver Lake has 13 all-time state titles.
Ell-Saline – Ell-Saline (17-3) is the top seed, though Ellis (12-6) has played very well in the season’s second half after standout freshman pitcher/hitter Kaydawn Haag returned from injury suffered in the state wrestling championship bout. E-S was second in the ’15 state tournament. E-S finished the regular season with six straight victories and 9-1 in its final 10 games. Ell-Saline’s Raleigh Kramer has notched 100 strikeouts this season.
Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic – Marion (18-2) is the top seed, followed by Sedgwick (15-5), Moundridge (14-6) and Remington (10-10). All four are Heart of America teams. Marion, featured on SIK earlier this spring, split with Council Grove in the season opener. Marion went 5-1 against the other contending teams with a split versus Sedgwick on May 4. Marion swept Ell-Saline with 12-3 and 10-6 victories on April 30.
Leon-Bluestem – Bluestem and Yates Center are both 17-3, though Burlingame (15-3) and longtime power Chase County (12-7) are also firmly in contention. Any of these four teams could win. Burlingame split with Oskaloosa and has two losses versus Mission Valley. Chase County has a 5-4 win versus Mission Valley and a split versus Osage City. Chase County has a .338 average with a 1.93 earned-run average. Junior Abby Tubach has a .582 average with 12 extra-base hits, including three homers. Senior Brylee Potter has a .462 mark with 11 extra-base hits. Senior Audrey Tabach has a .450 average with 10 doubles.
Jayhawk-Linn – Jayhawk-Linn has dominated its schedule after a Final Four run in 2019 and an experienced group coming back. J-L is 19-0 at the time of seeding, though lost 5-1 to Prairie View in the regular season finale on May 13. Marmaton Valley is the second seed at 11-5. J-L defeated Marmaton Valley, 4-3 and 8-1, on April 15.
Pittsburg-Colgan – Humboldt is the No. 1 seed at 17-2, although the tournament will be played at the Pittsburg State softball complex. Pittsburg-Colgan (16-3) is the defending state champion and a strong contender to repeat. Third-seeded Arma-Northeast (16-4) has enjoyed its best season in years behind standout freshman Shelby Underwood. Colgan has senior Kaitlin Crossland, the ’19 2-1A Player of the Year. She and twins Ashley and Allie Marietta are among 2-1A’s top players. Northeast has won eight in a row. Underwood carries a .509 average with seven homers. Senior Rachel Fox leads with a .576 average, and sophomore Kenzie Jackson has a .523 mark. Underwood and Fox have split time in the circle. Underwood has a 2.20 ERA in 13 appearances with 90 strikeouts against 13 walks in 54 innings.
Sedan – Cedar Vale/Dexter (17-2) and Belle Plaine (16-4) headline the regional, with BP as the likely favorite. BP split with 3A Cheney and is the only Kansas team to beat the Cardinals in girls’ basketball or softball this school year. BP plays in a challenging league and is highly experienced. BP has a .380 average with a 2.80 earned-run average. Freshman Delaynie Esterly has a .516 mark with two homers. Freshman Gabby Lujan is hitting .468. Sophomore Josie Walker carries a .424 average with 12 doubles and three triples. Lujan, freshman Maddy Talbot and junior Tory Talbot have shared time in the circle.
Spearville – The final should be a rematch between Spearville (19-1) and Bucklin/South Central (12-6). The pair is the region’s lone two teams above .500. Spearville has won 14 in a row. On April 6, Spearville beat Bucklin, 5-4, and lost 9-8. The Lancers carry a .406 average with a .563 on-base percentage and 2.19 ERA.
Senior Addia Nau carries a .604 mark with 11 doubles and two homers. Senior Stephanie Miller is hitting .556 with nine extra-base hits. Miller is 10-0 with a 1.30 ERA. Bucklin has won six in a row. The Red Aces have a .301 average with all but two of the team’s hits from non-seniors. Sophomore Halie Feikert carries a .556 average with 10 doubles. Junior Emalea Warden carries a .513 average with seven doubles. Freshman Sydnie Jones has a .421 mark. Warden and sophomore Emery Commerford have split time in the circle.
Riverside – Mission Valley (19-1) paces the regional, but Troy (13-3) and Wabaunsee (10-10) are also in the mix. Wabaunsee captured the 2-1A state title in 2018, finished third in ’17 and won the championship in ’07. Mission Valley won crowns in ’01 and ’03 and took second in ’05. MV swept Wabaunsee, 5-0 and 5-3, on April 6. MV has a total margin of 209-32. Overall, the Vikings have a .416 average and 1.45 earned-run average.
Four players are hitting between .500 and .538: senior Mac Murray, junior Jaycie Calvaruzo, senior Megan Deters and senior Angela Akerstrom. Before this season, Mission Valley was 1-8 in its last nine games versus Wabaunsee. Overall, Wabaunsee has a .377 average. Junior Kara Hafenstine has a .556 average with 11 doubles and six homers for Wabaunsee. Senior Jordan Magette is an experienced four-year player. She has played in 60 career games with a .310 average, including a .431 mark and four homers this season. Overall, she has a 15-5 record with a 4.15 earned-run average in 138.1 innings.
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