June 22--PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Josie Foreman, Oxbridge Academy, So., Catcher
She helped lead the ThunderWolves to their second consecutive berth in the state tournament, batting .558 with 40 RBIs, four homers and 16 doubles. She also finished with a .993 fielding percentage.
What was the highlight of your season? When we were playing Bishop Verot (in the regional finals), and in the bottom of the sixth they scored three to make the score 4-3. In the top of the sixth I was leadoff batter, and the first pitch of my at-bat I hit one of the farthest home runs I have ever hit.
When did you first start playing softball? When I was four years old. I started in what was called Rising Stars, but when I was five I moved to Coach Pitch.
What are your college plans? I plan on attending the University of South Florida. As of now I don't know what I want to study, but I do know that I want to study something in the field of science, which was another huge reason I chose USF. I am also super excited about going to USF, even though I still have two more years. I love everything about it, and the coaches are amazing.
Who is the athlete you most admire? (First baseman) Shay Knighten at Oklahoma, because she is just a complete stud and plays with so much heart. She always comes through when her team needs her the most.
What is the song that gets you pumped up before a game? Even though it changes quite often, the song that got me pumped up before games this past season is "The Middle" by Zedd.
What was your favorite movie of the past year?
Pitch Perfect 3.
What is your favorite social media tool? Hands down, Twitter.
CATCHER: Lily Schliefer, American Heritage, So.: Batted .456 with eight doubles and 12 RBIs for the Stallions, and also recorded a .988 fielding percentage.
INFIELDER: Casey Armstrong, Trinity Christian, Sr.: Closed her varsity career with a .571 batting average, 27 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
INFIELDER: Chloe Nadler, American Heritage, Jr.: Led the Stallions in batting at .636 and added 10 doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs.
INFIELDER: Mariel Lagoc, Trinity Christian, Jr.: Hit a team-best .575 for the Warriors, and added 20 RBIs, 21 runs and 16 stolen bases.
INFIELDER: Hannah Federico, King's Academy, Jr.: Finished the season as one of the area's top hitters, batting .646 with 51 hits, 23 doubles and 40 RBIs.
OUTFIELDER: Eliza Herbst, Cardinal Newman, Jr.: Batted a team-best .476 for the Crusaders, and added 13 RBIs.
OUTFIELDER: Allison Eloy, Trinity Christian, Fr.: Batted .405 with 17 RBIs, six doubles and 18 stolen bases.
OUTFIELDER: Ariel Girardi, Oxbridge Academy, Jr.: A new addition to the ThunderWolves' lineup, she batted .408 with three home runs and 26 RBIs.
PITCHER: Caridad Estes, Oxbridge Academy, So.: The lefthander went 11-4 with a 1.71 ERA and 83 strikeouts, and also threw two no-hitters.
PITCHER: Rebecca Ross, Lake Worth Christian, Sr.: Started pitching halfway through the season, and finished with 101 strikeouts. She also batted .426 with six doubles and 28 RBIs.
PITCHER: Sarah Polak, Cardinal Newman, So.: She struck out 118 batters this season, and also batted .527 with 18 RBIs.
UTILITY: Jordan Winters, King's Academy, Jr.: A pitcher/infielder for the Lions, she went 11-2 on the mound and also batted .460 with 43 runs and 25 RBIs.
CATCHER: Leslie Berg, Benjamin, So.
INFIELDER: Madalynn Davis, Oxbridge Academy, So.
INFIELDER: Alyssa Grecz, American Heritage, Sr.
INFIELDER: Katie Moral, Lake Worth Christian, Fr.
INFIELDER: Tatianna Davis, Oxbridge Academy, Fr.
OUTFIELDER: Christian Glenn, Oxbridge Academy, Jr.
OUTFIELDER: Molly Lucia, American Heritage, Jr.
OUTFIELDER: Sofia Higgins, King's Academy, Jr.
PITCHER: Helena Klimkiewicz, American Heritage, So.
PITCHER: Alex Cohen, Benjamin, So.
PITCHER: Jaylin Smith, Glades Day, Sr.
UTILITY: Jena Whipple, Oxbridge Academy, Fr.
American Heritage: Shalin Berman, Giada Napolitana, Alexa Chaplin; Benjamin: Sam Sweeny, Julia Palomba, Claire Lord; King's Academy: Mareta Eberhardt, Ella Wilkerson, Margot McFadden, Cai Li Machuga, Sofia Higgins; Lake Worth Christian: Angelina Adolphy, Brook Santiago, Brooke Simpson, Arianna Marton; Oxbridge Academy: Lydia Johnson, Leighton Strickland; Trinity Christian Academy: Hannah Rosenbarger, Jeilyn Caminero.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Juli Duke, Lake Worth Christian: She volunteered to coach a Defenders team that barely had enough players to start the season, and led it to the Class 2A state semifinals. Lake Worth Christian finished 10-5.
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