Midwest Recruiting: Top 5 candidates for 2019 Michigan Total Softball Player of the Year: Escanaba’s Salo and Nadolny of L’Anse Creuse are on our radar
Brooke Nadolny, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, p/ss: Nadolny owns a share of the state record for HRs in a season (26) and, with 54, is one behind the career record. She walked 25 times this past season season, 20 of which were intentional. Nadolny led her team to a D1 regional final and her pitching (11 wins) was much improved as well.
Lauren Esman, Richland Gull Lake, of/p: As a sophomore Esman batted .675 with 21 home runs, a school record. She led Gull Lake to a D1 regional final this season. Her HR total was down (7) but her pitching was much improved as her ERA was less than 1.00. She committed to Michigan.
Hannah Cady, Clarkston, c: Cady will be a junior next season and this past season she led Clarkston to a D1 quarterfinal. Through the first 37 games Cady batted .569 with 45 RBI and eight home runs. She struck out twice in 120 plate appearances and made one error and had a .995 fielding percentage. Cady committed to Northwestern.
Gabi Salo, Escanaba, p, so.: Salo was 18-3 as a freshman and in 115 2/3 innings she struck out 185. This past season she threw five no-hitters and led the Eskymos to the school’s first state title (D2) by tossing shutouts in the semifinal and state final. She committed to Wisconsin.
Tessa Nuss, Lake Orion, cf/2b: Nuss will be a senior next season and she batted near .700 throughout her junior year. Lake Orion didn’t get out of its district and must become more of a factor in the state tournament for Nuss to have a shot at the award. She committed to Binghamton University (NY).