No One Throws A Signing Day Party Like the Firecrackers!

This year's Firecracker players who attending the Signing Day party in Huntington Beach, California.

Two weeks ago Wednesday, hundreds of top softball players across the nation in the Class of 2019 saw their dreams come true as they signed Letters of Intent (LOI) to play at the next level.

Some inked on the dotted line at home, many others did it in school ceremonies, at a dinner party in their honor or at some other similar celebratory situation like a club or high school team get-together.

And then there was the big Firecrackers Signing Day Party where, every year for almost a decade, the organization has assembled on average 40-to-60 top players--most of them from Southern California--together in the organization’s headquarters in Huntington Beach to be part of the biggest known signing party of its type.

On Signing Day evening--Wednesday, November 14, 2018--there were recruits going to schools ranging from Army-West Point to Utah, with Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and other others as well, who attended with their parents and coaches to celebrate with snacks, music and laughs to make it official (some did actually put pen to paper while for others it was more symbolic after their LOI was inked earlier in the day).

Firecrackers President Tony Rico addressed the crowd saying, ““We first have to thank Robyn Ferris for coordinating another great event for our seniors. This event started eight years ago and we are honored again to have another great turnout for our Class of 2019 seniors.”

Among those in attendance was UCLA Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medal winner Amanda Freed-Katchka, who trains and instructs several players in the Firecrackers organization.

In attendance to pay homage to those signees, which also included future Bruin and Extra Elite 100 Top 10 honoree Alyssa Garcia, she said: “It’s so special each year to be able to celebrate the hard work these ladies have put in to get to this point. I've had the opportunity to watch and be a part of several of their journeys and this is a unique group. I'm excited to watch them excel at the next level.”


Here’s the list of the seniors who attended and the Firecracker teams that they play on:

Firecrackers TeamPlayerUniversity
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilMadison JacobusUtah
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilJulia JimenezMichigan
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilAlexis LaudenslagerPrinceton
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilSerena StarksPrinceton
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilSarah LaddMichigan State
Firecrackers - Rico/WeilAlyssa GarciaUCLA
Firecrackers - BrashearJessi AlcalaCal State Fullerton
Firecrackers - BrashearMegan DelgadilloBrigham Young
Firecrackers - BrashearHailey GallegosTexas A&M
Firecrackers - BrashearMegan RyonoColumbia
Firecrackers - BrashearAlyssa HernandezCal State Fullerton
Firecrackers - BrashearKelly RyonoIllinois
Firecrackers - BrashearCarley BrownBrigham Young
Firecrackers - BrashearShelby MaierGeorgia
Firecrackers - BrashearAngelina BebekArmy - West Point
Firecrackers - BrashearAlesia DenbyFresno State
Firecrackers - BrashearSydnie WimpeePurdue
Firecrackers - BrashearAmanda HernandezCal Baptist
Firecrackers - BrashearMiranda GallardoIllinois
Firecrackers - BrashearPaloma UsquianoArkansas
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothChloe BahruthAlabama-Birmingham
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothMiranda LopezEastern Kentucky
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothMackenzie AtkersonArmy - West Point
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothMaya AvilaLong Island-Brooklyn
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothGaby BenjamminLoyola Marymount
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothMikaila PancinoSan Diego
Firecrackers - Brashear/RothKarsyn EatonMolloy College
Firecrackers - KimuraCorry CarrilloBellevue
Firecrackers - KimuraZoe BallenCal State San Marcos
Firecrackers - KimuraRyan BrizoCal Baptist
Firecrackers - SteinerRyann SteinerCal State San Marcos
Firecrackers - CaswellLauren CoxVanguard