Foothill softball alums excelling as NCAA Division 1 freshmen

West Ranch grad Jessie Harper swings at the ball during Arizona's win over Texas at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics

Four former Foothill League softball players are wasting no time making an impact on the NCAA Division 1 softball scene.

Jessie Harper, Mariah Lopez, Cayla Kessinger and Amanda Doyle started their college softball careers in early February and have already accomplished a lot in their freshman year.

Harper, a West Ranch High grad now at Arizona, was named the Pac-12 player and freshman of the week for the week of March 13-19.

She had a season-high five RBIs and four hits against Hartford on March 11. In total this season, Harper has 35 hits, 28 RBIs, 10 home runs and a .380 batting average for the Wildcats, who are ranked second in the Pac-12.

Saugus High’s Mariah Lopez, now at Oklahoma, recorded a career-high eight strikeouts against Western Kentucky on March 5. Nearly a week later on March 14, she pitched a no-hitter against Long Beach State.

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In that game, she recorded 78 pitches to strike out one, get nine flyouts and 11 groundouts. It’s the 48th no-hitter in Sooner softball history.

Oklahoma sits second in the big 12 conference with a 24-7 overall record.

Mizzou’s Cayla Kessinger, formerly of Saugus, has 11 RBIs, 14 hits and three home runs this season. The Tigers are 17-11 overall this season and 0-2 in SEC play.

Amanda Doyle, a Canyon High alumna playing for Louisiana State University, is tied for fourth-highest on the team in terms of RBIs with 16.

She also has 24 hits, five doubles and three home runs to go along with a .494 slugging percentage.

The Tigers are 23-7 overall and 1-2 in the SEC.

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