Arizona Softball

All-America honors for pair of Arizona softball recruits

Marissa Schuld before the state title game. (Photo by Andy Morales,

Two Arizona softball recruits have earned All-American honors from MaxPreps.

Committed junior Marissa Schuld made first-team All-American as a utility player. She helped lead Pinnacle High in Phoenix to the Class 6A state title game, finishing the season with a 22-1 record as a pitcher while hitting .505.

She struck out 248 batters in 131 innings, with an ERA of 0.80. She slugged 15 home runs in 137 plate appearances.

Pitcher Hanah Bowen, who signed a letter-of-intent last fall, earned second-team honors. She was 24-1 for Ramona (Calif.) High School with a 0.94 ERA, striking out 184 in 151 innings. Bowen, listed as a pitcher/third baseman when Arizona announced her signing, also hit .489.

Bowen should be key as Arizona rebuilds its pitching staff around junior-to-be Taylor McQuillin — the Cats also signed incoming freshman Taylor Gilmore and could be looking for help on the transfer market. But the freshman to watch from the five-player class might be speedy outfielder Jenna Kean, from MaxPreps’ Team of the Year — Los Alamitos (Calif.) High.

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