The 2019 PGF All-Americans were announced today with 20 players on each of the East and West Rosters (see teams below).
The PGF All-American Game featuring the players will take place on Saturday, July 27th at Deanna Manning Stadium in Bill Barber Park, Irvine California and will be nationally televised live on ESPNU at 4:30 pm PST.
Considered the best collection of graduated high school softball seniors in the nation, the PGF All-Americans list includes the majority of the Top 10 players in the 2019 Extra Inning Softball Elite 100 including the #1 overall ranked player, Kelley Lynch (Washington signee and the Gatorade National Player of the Year), the top-ranked catcher in Julia Cottrill (Florida), the top infielder in Maya Brady (UCLA) and the top outfielder in Ciara Briggs (LSU).
The 40 All-American Game participants are broken down into East/West teams of 20 on each side and the overall talent is so deep and impressive that of the 40 who will compete in the PGF All-American Game, all but one were in the 2019 Extra Elite 100 rankings!
As this is a year that the USA Softball U-19 National Team will compete, several of the players who made the PGF All-American roster will be playing for Team USA and unable to play; replacements will be announced later.
The pitching is traditionally strong in the PGF All-American Game and last summer’s event was a great example as the 2018 game featured among others: Megan Faraimo (UCLA), Danielle Williams (Northwestern), Shea O’Leary (Texas) and Ashley Rogers (Tennessee). Montana Fouts (Alabama) was selected last year, but couldn’t participate as she was in Japan.
College-wise, Florida, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington each have four 2019 signees chosen as All-Americans for this year’s game followed by Arizona State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan with three each and Alabama, Florida State, Northwestern and Tennessee all having two.
The PGF Regional All-American Teams were announce on May 6, 2019 and the PGF All-Americans were chosen from these regional squads.
The players were selected after being nominated by high school and travel coaches and PGF Selection Committee members led by Derek and Joann Allister of OnDeck Softball, who are the All-American Game Directors.
Others on the selection committed including representatives from the Gatorade Player of the Year program, USA Today, Brentt Eads of Extra Inning Softball and PGF.
2019 PGF ALL-AMERICANS (EAST)
2019 PGF ALL-AMERICANS (WEST)