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UA softball signs nation’s #1 ranked class

TUCSON –  Coach Mike Candrea and the Arizona softball team have signed the nation’s number 1 recruiting class, according to Extra Inning Softball. Here’s a look at the eight players that were signed:

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Aris Carroll
Infield | Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Ridge High School)
Extra Inning Softball: #83

An all-state and all-district performer at Shadow Ridge High School in Phoenix, Arizona … Named to the honor list each semester of high school (2016-2019) … In Travel Ball, plays for Firecrackers-AZ in Phoenix … Joining her twin, Sophia Carroll, in the class.

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Sophia Carroll

Infield | Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Ridge High School)
Extra Inning Softball: #12 | FloSoftball: #35

An all-state, all-region and all-district performer at Shadow Ridge High School in Phoenix, Arizona … Named to the honor roll at Shadow Ridge …  In Travel Ball, plays for Firecrackers-AZ in Phoenix … Joining her twin, Aris Carroll, in the class.

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Jessie Fontes

Pitcher | Fillmore, Calif. (Adolfo Camarillo High School)
Extra Inning Softball: #24 | FloSoftball: #54

A three-time all-state, all-district, all-county and all-conference performer at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Fillmore, California … Named League MVP all three years … A three-time honor roll recipient … As a junior, went 25-5-1 with a 0.36 ERA with 264 strikeouts in the circle and a .530 batting average at the plate … Competes for the So Cal Choppers in travel ball.

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Giulia Koutsoyanopulos

Utility | Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley High School)
Extra Inning Softball: #43

A second-time all-league performer in 2018 and 2019 and recipient of both the offensive and defensive player award … Carries a wealth of academic awards, and had a 4.6 GPA entering her senior year … Competes for the OC Batbusters in travel ball, and has won the USA Elite Select WFP Championship (2019), Boulder IDT Championship (2018), WFP Championship (2017), National Championship (2015) as well as a pair of PGF runner-ups.

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Devyn Netz

Pitcher/Infield | Sierra Madre, Calif. (Ironwood Ridge High School [Tucson, Ariz.])
Extra Inning Softball: #6 | FloSoftball: #14

A two-time first-team all-state performer at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California, before transferring to Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge for her senior season … Named the 2018 and 2019 conference pitcher of the year at Maranatha … Selected as the Pasadena Star News Player of the Year as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Brother, Dawson Netz, is a freshman on the Arizona baseball team …Competes for So Cal Athletics in travel ball and was named to the 2019 PGF Premier All-Tournament Team.

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Jasmine Perezchica

Outfield | La Quinta, Calif. (Palm Desert High School)
Extra Inning Softball: #10 | FloSoftball: #30

An all-state, all-region, all-district and all-conference performer at Palm Desert High School in La Quinta, California … Named Most Valuable Player three straight years … Competes for the OC Batbusters in travel ball and won three PGF Championships with Athletics Mercado … Her father, Tony Perezchica, is the third-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Carlie Scupin

Infield | Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson High School)
FloSoftball: #21

Named the 2019 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year … Hit .683 with 17 home runs as a junior … Enters her senior year with 41 career home runs, already believed to be a Tucson record … Competes for the Oro Valley Sun Cats in travel ball.

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Allie Skaggs

Utility | Louisville, Ky. (Ironwood Ridge High School [Tucson, Ariz.])
Extra Inning Softball: #13 | FloSoftball: #89

A two-time MaxPreps All-American at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where she played for three seasons before transferring to Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge High School for her senior year … Named the 2019 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year and the 2018 and 2019 Courier Journal Softball Player of the Year … A two-time first-team all-state performer … Named to the Kentucky State All-Academic first team … Holds the Ballard High School career records in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits (220), home runs (41) and doubles in just three seasons … Plays for So Cal Athletics in club ball.

 

 

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