Something about camps seems to bring out the best in Gaby Mizelle, the standout middle infielder from Raleigh, North Carolina who yesterday was announced as one of the Top 25 players in the 2025 Extra Elite 100.
Her club coach, James Lamar, remembers how he first caught his eye.
“Gaby got my attention two years ago at a camp and we knew we had to have her in a Lady Dukes uniform. Her arm strength and smooth hands on defense are off the charts. She consistently drives the ball to the outfield and has one of the best work ethics you will find.”
Last December, Gaby shined among her peers, some of them up to three years older, at the Select 30 National Training Camp in Viera, Florida.
In the Skills Challenge, she finished first in her grad class in several events including the 20-yard-dash in which she finished 6th overall and the overhand velocity test in which she was 10th.
Gaby’s play in tournaments and big games hasn’t gone unnoticed by scouts and even college coaches. She’s been invited to several elite college camps of 30 or less players from top programs in the ACC and SEC, who see what Coach Lamar does.
“She has one of the best work ethics you’ll find,” he continues, “and she is one of the hardest working kids we have in our program.
Here’s more on this outstanding young talent to watch…
Name: GABY MIZELLE
Hometown/ST: Raleigh, NC
Grad Year: 2025
Positions: Middle infield/Utility
Club Team: Lady Dukes Premier 14U - Young/Lamar
Other Sports: Basketball
- USSSA Select 30 All American team (December 2019)
- #1 in 2025 class for overhand velocity (62 mph) at USSSA Select 30 training camp
- #1 in 2025 class for speed (3.02) at USSSA Select 30 training camp
- Only 2025 athlete asked to compete in Select 30 Skills Challenge against top athletes in their respective classes (older)
- "Golden Glove" recipient for 14U Lady Dukes Premier team last season (December 2019)
- Selected MVP, “Silver Slugger” Award for my team at Softball Youth All American Games (January 2019)
- Received Coach's Award for Middle School Basketball team (February 2020)
- Most Outstanding Student 2019 (straight A student)
What’s been your most memorable softball experience?
My most memorable experience was playing at the Scenic City showcase tournament in Tennessee this past fall. I hit very well that weekend including my first over the fence home run. I wish I could have a re-do since I didn't even realize that I had hit the ball over the fence until I saw and heard my teammates celebrating.
*** Scroll down to read more about Gaby including the one thing she’s want to have with her if stranded on a deserted island!…