Arends 18u BB, is a junior committed to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. “She’s really good emotionally, physically, mentality and with maturity. She’s a smart pitcher that continues to get better,” coach Andy Nussbaum said. She was 18-11 this spring with 239 strikeouts to 62 walks and a 2.52 ERA. For the season she hit .382. Nussbaum expects great things from her in 2019. “I think she’ll continue to gain speed and control. She’s one of the area’s most dominant pitchers,” he said.
Abby Meeks 18u JS, Neuqua Valley, The all-DuPage Valley Conference junior second baseman slammed 9 home runs while hitting .448 with 38 RBI as Neuqua won a share of the DVC title. “When Abby hit the ball, she did all kinds of damage, making her one of the most dangerous threats in our lineup,” coach Christina Chrencik said. “Most teams shied away from her, walking her 18 times. She is one of the best young players I’ve ever been around. She is such a competitor and you see her all the time diving for balls at second.”