Barrera, Romero, Osorio and Van Zee on USA Softball College Player of the Year watchlist
USA Softball announced the 50 players on its 2018 College Player of the Year watch list. Not surprisingly, there are a handful of players from the Inland area are included in the group.
Utah sophomore Alyssa Barrera, a Chino Hills native who graduated from Bishop Amat, is one of the youngest players on the list, Barrera made an immediate impact for the Utes last season, batting .381 with 47 runs scored and 23 runs batted in.
Oklahoma junior Sydney Romero, a Vista Murrieta graduate, is considered one of the top all-around hitters in the nation. Romero hit .339 with 12 home runs, 59 RBIs and 57 runs for the Sooners last season. Her sister Sierra won the award in 2016 while at Michigan.
Alabama senior Alexis Osorio, a King graduate, is one of the most dominant pitchers in the nation. Osorio went 23-8 with four saves and a 1.21 ERA in the circle last season for the Crimson Tide. She struck out 334 batters in 203 innings (11.5 Ks / 7 innings).
Washington senior Taylor VanZee, a Hemet graduate, is among the more versatile players in the nation, having played several position for the Huskies over the year. VanZee batted .367 with 26 extra-base hits and 49 RBIs during her junior season.
The list will be paired down throughout the season: Top 25 (April 25), Top 10 (May 9) and three finalists (May 23). The winner will be announced May 29.