Edmond Memorial’s Baker primed for big year in the circle – Eight OKC area softball underclassmen to watch in 2023

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Last Updated: August 11, 20231.9 min read

Livia Davis (Fr.) — Midwest City P/1B/OF

Though only a freshman, Davis is expected to be an impact player for the Bombers from day one. She made varsity “with her bat and her glove,” said Midwest City first-year head coach Mark Judson, emphasis on the bat.

Keegan Baker (So.) — Edmond Memorial P (pictured above)

As a freshman, Baker stepped in for an injured teammate last year and led the Bulldogs to a state title throwing shutouts in both the semifinal game and the championship game against Broken Arrow. Over a three-game span in the tournament, Baker allowed only a pair of earned runs and tossed 21 strikeouts. Altogether, she amassed a 17-4 record for the 6A champions last year and looks to follow with similar success this season.

Hallie Hightower (Fr.) — Westmoore OF

Hightower could provide a strong defensive presence in her first season for the Jaguars.

Mariah Simpson (So.) — Norman North

Simpson starred for Norman North’s junior varsity team last season and proved that she will be a valuable player this year for the varsity team. She appeared in the regional tournament and laid down big hits in two wins and hopes to be successful batting in the middle of the lineup.

Codi Hibbs (So.) — Guthrie 2B

Hibbs, the returning team newcomer and defensive player of the year, batted .364 and brought in 20 runs this year while earning District 5A-2 second-team honors.

Bailey Rusche (So.) — Carl Albert C

As a freshman last year, Rusche was the Titans’ every day starter behind the dish and posted a .338 average and is expected to only be better this year.

Hayley Ford (Fr.) — Edmond Santa Fe 3B/SS/OF/P

A “defensive gem,” Ford is an anticipated newcomer for the Wolves who can play third, short or outfield and can pitch. Head coach Rhonda Lawson believes players like Ford will help set the Wolves, who finished 22-15-1 last season, over the top.

Dakota Frizzell (So.) — Choctaw P

The returning starter brings strengths in the circle and at bat to the Yellowjackets lineup. Along with teammates Missy Henderson and Kaydrian Fields, Frizzell will lead the team’s battery. Described as a reserved personality, Frizzell lets her game do the talking and brings punch to the game.

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