For the last six seasons, the Amateur Softball Assn. has released a preseason list of 50 players to watch for the USA National Collegiate player-of-the-year award.
Twelve of the players have local ties, and 10 of those attend schools outside Southern California.
Six of the players already have been covered in this space — two each from Arizona and Arizona State and one each from Northwestern and Oklahoma.
Here is a look at how the other four out-of-staters are doing this season:
Although Marshall (23-22, 7-11) finds itself in seventh place in the Conference USA standings, junior catcher Rachel Folden (Diamond Bar HS) hasn't slowed down after two stellar seasons at the school.
Folden leads the team in average (.415), slugging percentage (.772), on-base percentage (.562), runs scored (34), walks (38) and home runs (11). She is second in hits (51), doubles (11) and RBIs (39).
Defensively, Folden has picked off eight runners.
Washington is in the middle of the tough Pacific 10 Conference standings with a 4-4 record, but the Huskies are 27-11 overall and can play with any team.
Senior second baseman Dominique Lastrapes (Laguna Hills HS), a third-team All-American last season, has started all 37 games in which she has played and is batting .315. Last season she batted .353.
Lastrapes doesn't lead in any offensive category for the Huskies but does have 19 runs scored, two home runs and 23 RBIs.
Just ahead of Washington in the Pac-10 standings is Oregon State (33-13, 5-3), which is led by junior utility player Cambria Miranda (Camarillo HS), who mostly plays in the outfield but also at second base.
Miranda, the team's No. 3 hitter, has a team-leading .348 average. She also is first in home runs (eight), RBIs (40), runs scored (39), hits (49), doubles (nine), triples (six), slugging percentage (.667) and on-base percentage (.446).
Two-time senior All-American second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana Miller HS) is having another productive season for Florida State (31-19, 8-6), which is fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
This month, Wootson, the team's leadoff hitter, hit two home runs in an 8-0 win over Georgia Tech to become Florida State's career leader with 26.
In addition to her power — Wootson has nine home runs this season — she also leads the Seminoles in hits (55), doubles (10), walks (22), runs scored (46) and stolen bases (28) and is batting .335.
Besides the watch-list players at the aforementioned schools, there are a few other locals having outstanding seasons for those teams as well.
At Washington, senior first baseman Dena Tyson (Corona HS) is batting a whopping .472 and also leads the team with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs.
Tyson was the Pac-10 player of the week last week when she went nine for 12 and hit three home runs as the Huskies were 3-1 against the Oregon schools and Portland State.
Tyson, who has a career average of .245, is leading the Pac-10 at .609.
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Twelve of the 50 players listed to watch for the USA National Collegiate player-of-the-year award have local ties, and 10 of those attend schools outside Southern California.
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