The top 20 high school softball players to watch in the Springfield area for 2022

Bill Welt
State Journal-Register

The high school softball season commences this week.

Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley and Sacred Heart-Griffin feature some of the Springfield area's top players after clashing for the Class 2A sectional title last season. That remains the case this year. 

Here are some of The State Journal-Register's top players to follow this spring.

Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Rosie Bartletti (1) delivers a pitch against Buffalo Tri-City in the first inning during the Class 2A Sectional Championship at Comstock Field in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, June 10, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Rosie Bartletti, Sacred Heart-Griffin 

The Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A third-team all-state pick powered the Cyclones with a 14-3 mark and 2.28 ERA in the circle. She totaled 134 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings. She also had the fourth-best batting average (.443) on the team with 31 hits, 21 RBIs and 32 runs. 

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Savannah Billings, Staunton 

All-South Central Conference first team and ICA third-team all-state, the senior infielder soared with a .638 batting average with 43 hits, 42 RBIs and 36 runs, including seven home runs and 19 doubles. She is committed to Quincy University. 

Grace Blair, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 

Named ICA Class 2A second-team all-state, the senior infielder hit .538 with five home runs and 36 RBIs and will play at University of Illinois Springfield. 

Rylie Burney, Edinburg 

ICA Class 1A second-team all-state, the senior pitcher struck out 58 for a 1.93 ERA. She also hit .455 in 22 at-bats with 10 hits scoring nine runs. 

Maddy Byers, Pawnee 

The senior infielder chalked up a .568 batting average with 15 RBIs and 34 runs in 22 games to earn all-MSM Conference first team last season. 

Buffalo Tri-City’s Daleny Chumbley (4) celebrates a run being scored by the Tornadoes against Sacred Heart-Griffin during the Class 2A Sectional Championship at Comstock Field in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, June 10, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Daleny Chumbley, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 

The senior standout pitcher and ICA Class 2A first-team all-stater is back. She struck out 138 in 74 1/3 innings en route to an 8-1 record and 1.12 ERA. She hit .488 with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs. She announced in November she will play at Eastern Illinois.  

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Addison Cline, Rochester 

The senior shortstop totaled 29 hits with 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored. She smacked three home runs and finished with a .420 batting average last spring.

Jordan Closs, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 

Another stellar senior for the Tornadoes, Closs boasted a 0.68 ERA and 8-1 record. She also hit .459 with five home runs and 32 RBIs. She will play at NAIA St. Francis in Illinois. 

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Cara Farnam, Lincoln 

The junior hit .425 and was named all-Apollo Conference first team last season. The Railsplitters went 10-15.

Kayla Gillespie, North Mac 

An ICA Class 2A third-team all-state pick, the senior pitcher/first baseman struck out 86 and went 6-5 while hitting .345 with one home run and 11 RBIs. 

Kourtney Logsdon, Beardstown 

The senior catcher/outfielder is one of the key returning starters from last year’s 11-4 Tigers. She touted a .526 batting average with 12 doubles and 11 stolen bases. New head coach Kaitlyn Dodson said she brings experience behind the plate and reacts quickly with a strong arm. 

Nivarra Oredina, Athens 

The junior shortstop/catcher emerged as one of the premier players in the area last season. She was named unanimous all-Sangamo Conference first team and ICA second-team all-state with a .517 batting average that included five doubles, five triples and four home runs to go along with 17 RBIs and 31 runs. 

Laney Parker, Lanphier 

The senior shortstop will lead the Lions offensively and defensive and accrued a .450 batting average with two home runs, 14 RBIs and 18 runs last season. Sophomore third baseman Tamaih Jefferson (.325, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 20 runs) is another player to watch for Lanphier. 

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Maddie Roberts, Williamsville 

The senior catcher boasted a .521 batting average with 13 RBIs and 15 runs last season. She will later play at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Senior infielder and Lincoln Land commit Maranda File is another player to watch. 

Ellie Rockford, Sacred Heart-Griffin 

The senior outfielder carried a .483 average (28-for-58), drove in 14 runs and scored 26. She also had 13 stolen bases. 

Elliott Stinson, Rushville-Industry 

The senior ace struck out 127 batters with a 1.46 ERA. Stinson, who’s committed to play at Southern Illinois, additionally hit .576 at the plate.  

Kamryn Sturdy, Buffalo Tri-City/Sangamon Valley 

The sophomore shortstop made a stellar debut last season with a .435 batting average with 38 runs and 28 RBIs. 

Gretchen Trello, Sacred Heart-Griffin 

The senior catcher overwhelmed opponents with a .486 batting average. That included seven home runs and 36 RBIs. 

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Tatum Trotter, Chatham Glenwood 

The senior pitcher/infielder led the Titans to the Class 3A supersectionals with a .417 average. She also had a team-best 24 RBIs and seven doubles.  She also went 3-3 with a 1.95 ERA in the circle. She will later play at Eureka College. 

Mallory Vespa, Springfield High 

The senior pitcher/infielder struck out 106 with a 3.36 ERA and totaled 24 hits and 19 RBIs with a .325 ERA. Senior teammate Alaina Elberson also returns with a .350 batting average and 28 hits. 

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