College World Series Features More Than 100 Elite Little League® Baseball and Softball Graduates

This May and June, the top baseball and softball players from around the NCAA came together to compete in the Division I College World Series and Women’s College World Series. Among those elite performers were more than 100 baseball and softball players who got their start in the sport playing in the Little League program.

Below is the list of the 83 baseball players and 23 softball players and coaches who competed at the 2018 CWS and WCWS, respectively.

College World Series

Arkansas
  • Jax Biggers – Missouri City (Texas) LL
  • Kevin Kopps – Lamar (Texas) LL
  • Barrett Loseke – Tulsa (Okla.) LL
  • Cole Turney – Lamar (Texas) LL
Florida
  • Andrew Baker – Haines City (Fla.) LL
  • Nick Blasucci – Buckingham (Fla.) LL
  • Connor Churchill – East Lake (Fla.) LL
  • Tyler Dyson – Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) LL
  • Jonah Girand – Maitland (Fla.) LL
  • Jonathan India – North Springs (Fla.)
  • Jack Leftwich – Maitland (Fla.) LL
  • Tommy Mace – Citrus Park (Fla.) LL
  • Brady McConnell – Merritt Island (Fla.) LL
  • Garrett Milchin – Winter Garden (Fla.) LL
  • Shane Shifflett – Englewood (Fla.) Area Youth Baseball LL
  • Brady Smith – Niceville (Fla.) Valparaiso LL
Mississippi State
  • Graham Ashcraft – Huntsville (Ala.) Eastern LL
  • Justin Foscue – Huntsville (Ala.) American LL
  • Hunter Vansau – Crawford (Texas) LL
  • Jordan Westburg – New Braunfels (Texas) American LL
North Carolina
  • Austin Bergner – Dade City (Fla.) LL
  • Ben Casparius – Westport (Conn.) LL
  • Kyle Datres – Loyalsock Twp. (Pa.) LL – Son of LLBWS Team Host, Lynn Datres
  • Ike Freeman – East Rowan (N.C.) LL
  • Joey Lancellotti – Bensalem (Pa.) Ramblers LL
  • Brandon Martorano – Marlboro Twp. (N.J.) LL
Kyle Datres, son of Little League Baseball World Series Team Host Lynn Datres, enjoying his time in Little League.
Oregon State
  • Kevin Abel – Clairemont Mesa (Calif.) LL
  • Andy Armstrong – Sprague (Ore.) LL
  • Nathan Burns – West Bend (Wis.) National LL
  • Joe Casey – Corvallis (Ore.) LL
  • Christian Chamberlain – Washoe (Nev.) LL/Centennial (Nev.) LL
  • Troy Claunch – Vacaville (Calif.) Central LL
  • Dakota Donovan – Washington (Utah) LL
  • Brandon Eisert – Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha LL
  • Cadyn Grenier – Paseo Verde (Nev.) LL
  • Michael Gretler – Bonney Lake/Sumner (Wash.) LL
  • Steven Kwan – Sunnyvale (Calif.) Southern LL
  • Tyler Malone – Woodcreek (Calif.) LL
  • Kyler McMahan – Alderwood (Wash.) LL
  • Ryan Ober – South Snohomish (Wash.) LL
  • Mitchell Verburg – Lake Oswego (Ore.) LL
  • Elliot Willy – Bend (Ore.) South LL
  • Zack Zalesky – Corvallis (Ore.) LL
Texas
  • Sam Bertelson – Northern (Texas) LL
  • Matteo Bocchi – Emilia (Italy) LL – 2008 LLBWS
  • Turner Gauntt – West University (Texas) LL
  • Blair Henley – West Side (Texas) LL
  • Bennett Inoff – Post Oak (Texas) LL
  • Nolan Kingham – Peccole (Nev.) LL
  • Nico O’Donnell – McAllister Park (Texas) American LL
  • Ryan Reynolds – First Colony National LL
  • Parker Joe Robinson – Trabuco Canyon (Calif.) LL
  • Chase Shugart – Bridge City (Texas) LL
  • Bryson Smith – Greater Naples (Fla.) LL
  • Michael Streitmann – West University (Texas) LL
  • Zach Zubia – Lamar (Texas) LL
Matteo Bocchi
Matteo Bocchi played in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series for Emilia (Italy) Little League.
Texas Tech
  • Connor Beck – Northern (Texas) LL
  • Michael Davis – Lubbock (Texas) Southwest LL
  • Dylan Dusek – Sugar Land (Texas) LL
  • Caleb Freeman – Abilene (Texas) Southern LL
  • Braxton Fulford – Lubbock (Texas) Southwest LL
  • Steven Gingery – Ocean View (Calif.) LL
  • Dane Haveman – Katy (Texas) American LL
  • Gabe Holt – Warner Robins (Ga.) American LL
  • Parker Kelly – Wichita Falls (Texas) LL
  • John McMillon – Jasper (Texas) Youth Baseball LL
Washington
  • Mason Cerrillo – Auburn (Wash.) LL
  • Adam Davenport – Sno Valley (Wash.) North LL
  • Cole Eigenhuis – Benicia (Calif.) LL
  • Jack Enger – Bellevue (Wash.) West LL
  • Harrison Goonewardene – Mercer Island (Wash.) LL
  • Noah Hsue – Mercer Island (Wash.) LL
  • Jack Johnson – Magnolia LL (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Jordan Jones – Kent (Wash.) LL
  • Christian Jones – Steel Lake (Wash.) LL
  • Lucas Knowles – South Kitsap (Wash.) Western LL
  • Dylan Lamb – Queen Anne LL (Seattle, Wash.) – Brother of Jake Lamb
  • Brandon Leitgeb – Cedar Mill (Ore.) LL
  • Casey Longaker – Petaluma (Calif.) American LL
  • Leo Nierenberg – North Oakland (Calif.) LL
  • Michael Petrie – Mercer Island (Wash.) LL
  • Jonathan Schiffer – Irvine (Calif.) Ranch LL
  • Braiden Ward – Atwater (Calif.) LL

Women’s College World Series

Florida State (Champions)
  • Rock Benavides – Universal (Texas) LL
  • Madison Kennedy – Baker County (Fla.) LL
  • Morgan Klavemann – Refugio (Texas) LL
  • Elizabeth Mason – Citrus Park (Fla.) LL)
  • Sabrina Stutsman – Windermere (Fla.) LL

Washington (Runner-Up)
  • Taran Alvelo – Lucasville (Ohio) LL
  • Julia Deponte – Vacaville (Calif.) LL
  • Maggie Gallagher – Ranier District (Wash.) LL
  • Kaija Gibson – Redmond (Wash.) West LL
  • Emma Helm – Lynnwood Pacific (Wash.) LL
  • Nawai Kaupe – Central East Maui (Hawaii) LL
  • Trysten Melhart – North Snohomish (Wash.) LL
  • Rachel Ogasawara – Waipaio (Hawaii) LL
  • Heather Tarr (Head Coach) – Redmond (Wash.) South LL

 

University of Washington Head Softball Coach Heather Tarr explains a tip that will help not only the players, but the coaches have a great experience.

Florida
  • Hannah Adams - Habersham (Ga.) LL
  • Jordan Matthews - Rancho Niguel (Calif.) LL
  • Aleshia Ocasio - Conway (Fla.) LL
  • Sophia Reynoso - Palmdale (Calif.) LL
  • Danielle Romanello - Southwest (Fla.) LL
Georgia
  • Lauren Mathis - Windermere (Fla.) LL – Played in the 2012 LLSWS
Oregon
  • Maggie Balint - Avon Grove (Pa.) Little League
UCLA
  • Rachel Garcia - California District 51 LL
  • Briana Perez - Martinez (Calif.) LL

NOTE: If you know of a player that we have missed, please e-mail the information, including name, current Major League team and the name of the city or town where they played Little League, to media@LittleLeague.org.

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