April 3, 2013
10 hard-throwing high school softball pitchers from the past

Former Sheldon star Jolene Henderson and current Whitney standout Taylor Cotton aren't the only area pitchers who can bring the heat.

Here are 10 other high-velocity hurlers from through the years. Who would be on your list?

KELLY ANDERSON, WOODLAND
The Bee Pitcher of the Year in 2001 beat Fairfield's Alicia Hollowell 1-0 in a memorable 30-inning game section playoff game and had a streak of 117 innings without allowing a run. Anderson went on to pitch for Cal.

ALLY CARDA, PLEASANT GROVE
Bee Player of the Year in 2009, who led the Eagles to their first and only section softball title that season, struck out 1,118 batters and helped Pleasant Grove win 86 games during her star-studded career. Now plays at UCLA.

NICOLE DEATHERAGE, OAK RIDGE
Bee Player of the Year in 2000, she won 29 games and pitched 17 shutouts and eight no-hitters in leading the Trojans to their second D-II section title in three years. Went on to pitch for Sacramento State.

CHELSEA ENGLE, FOLSOM
The three-time Bee First Team selectee led the area with 366 strikeouts in 171 innings in going 22-5 with an 0.33 ERA as a senior in 2005. Had 10 no-hitters as a junior and finished her prep career with 1,108 strikeouts before going on to pitch at Pacific.

KAREN JACKSON, ROSEVILLE
Went 20-0, threw 128 consecutive scoreless innings and was named Cal-Hi Sports State Softball Player of the Year in leading the Tigers (also State Team of the Year) to the D-I section title in 1990. Went on to be an All-American at Iowa.

TERRI MCFARLAND, HIRAM JOHNSON
Bee Player of the Year in 1988 after going 23-3 and striking out 284 when on to be an All-Big Ten Conference pitcher at Iowa, where she left holding 11 Hawkeye records.

STACI STAFFORD, BELLA VISTA
Struck out 365 batters in 186 innings and compiled an 0.19 earned-run average in being named The Bee's Player of the Year in 1991. Went on to pitch at Nebraska.

RACHELLE TAYLOR, SAN JUAN
Went 23-10 with 0.39 ERA and 252 strikeouts in leading the Spartans to a Capital Athletic League title in 1989. Went on to pitch no-hitters for Oregon against Stanford and Santa Clara.

ANDREA VIDLUND, CASA ROBLE
Led the Rams to three consecutive D-I championships, went 21-4 with 190 strikeouts as a senior in 1999 and handed Fairfield legend Alicia Hollowell her only two losses that season, including the section title game, to earn Cal-Hi's State Softball Player of the Year award. Went on to pitch at Oregon.

AMY WINDMILLER, MIRA LOMA
Blessed with a name synonymous with strikeouts, the 1989 Bee Player of the Year recorded 1,336, a Northern California record at that time. Had 430 strikeouts as a senior and struck out 21 batters in a game as a junior. Went on to pitch at Sacramento City College and Northridge.



About the Prep blog

Bee staff writers Joe Davidson and Bill Paterson provide news, analysis and insight on the area high school sports scene in their Prep Blog. Have a question to ask them? Send them an email any time at jdavidson@sacbee.com or bpaterson@sacbee.com.

Subscribe to Sports Breaking News alerts

Find us on Facebook

Prep Blog on Twitter

Follow "sacbee_preps" and "Sb_joedavidson" on Twitter

November 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Monthly Archives