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Florida Softball adds Washington infielder Rylee Holtorf from portal


The Gators have added an infielder through the transfer portal for the second straight day, and he adds a veteran presence to a young infield

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The departure of Skylar Wallace forced Florida’s softball department to address two issues this offseason.

One of them replaced her game. Wallace hit 41 HRs and 174 RBIs in her three seasons in Gainesville.

Second was filling her leadership void. A fifth-year with a fiery personality, Wallace lifted the team all season.

Coach Tim Walton decided to fill both holes with two players.

First, the Gators added Alabama shortstop Kenleigh Cahalan on Wednesday. The junior was named All-SEC second team last season.

On Thursday, UF tried to address the leadership part with the addition of Rylee Holtorf.

The Peoria, Arizona native arrives courtesy of Washington. The former Husky was named All-PAC-12 First Team in 2024. She hit 11 HRs and drove in 25 RBIs on 51 hits. For her career, she has a career average of .290 with 17 HRs and 56 RBIs.

She was the 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona and won a state title in 2019 along with her teammate, current UF catcher Jocelyn Erickson.

The graduate transfer will become Florida’s oldest infielder. Three of the 2024 starters — Ava Brown at 1B, Mia Williams at 2B and Ariel Kowalewski at 3B — were all freshmen.

“We are incredibly excited to add experience and depth to the youngest team from last year’s Women’s College World Series,” Walton said in a press release. “Rylee Holtorf brings a wealth of experience and a desire to continue to improve.”

Several big names remain available in the transfer portal, including former Stanford pitcher and 2024 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year NiJaree Canady.

Noah Ram covers high school sports in the Gainesville area and University of Florida track and field for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him @Noah_ram1 on Twitter.