Prep softball: Five players to watch

Emma Helm

Meadowdale | Sr. | Catcher

Helm hit .605 with 14 home runs, 13 doubles, four triples and 15 walks last season. She was named The Herald’s 2016 Softball Player of the Year. She’ll continue her career next season at the University of Washington.

“She’s been awesome,” Meadowdale head coach Dennis Hopkins told The Herald last year. “She’s a true team player. She never puts herself first. It’s always the team first. Everything she does is to make the team better.”

Maddie Morgan

Lynnwood | Sr. | Infielder

Morgan was a first-team All-Wesco 3A South selection last season after hitting .708 with six home runs. She’ll continue her career at the University of Alabama.

“She is passionate and dedicated,” Royals coach Sara Hall said. “She loves this sport and has dedicated her time over the years to becoming the best she can be. But she is also an extremely kind soul and is incredibly humble and giving. She truly understands what it means to be part of something bigger than herself. She is the best teammate anyone could ask for.”

Sami Reynolds

Snohomish | Jr. | Outfielder

Reynolds hit .462, with a .507 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage last season. She was a first-team All-Wesco 4A selection.

“She’s a team leader,” Panthers coach Lou Kennedy said. “She’s a great defensive outfielder. She’s a smart player — nothing surprises her. Offensively she started as a slap hitter, with good discipline at the plate, but she’s a complete hitter now, (with) serious speed on the bases.”

Taylor Adams

Jackson | Sr. | First Base

Adams earned first-team All-Wesco 4A honors last season after recording a .467 batting average, a .529 on-base percentage, an .800 slugging percentage and belting eight home runs. She’ll continue her career at San Diego State.

“In addition to being strong, Taylor is also a good baserunner with deceptive speed,” Timberwolves coach Kyle Peacocke said.

Sammy Ruiz

Mountlake Terrace | Jr. | Shortstop

Ruiz hit .578 last season with a .605 on-base percentage, a 1.080 slugging percentage and eight home runs. She was an All-Wesco 3A South first-team selection.

“Sammy is a great all-around player and is a natural leader,” Hawks coach Shannon Rasmussen said. “She is a solid shortstop and a power hitter who provides a lot of offense for our team.”

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