HomeTeam 25: Softball players to watch
Twenty-five players to watch as softball season gets cranked up:
Aliyah Andrews, Sr., East Lake: The centerfielder has already signed with LSU, the same school where her older sister, Ayanna, was a standout. As the Eagles’ leadoff batter last season, Andrews hit .456 with 30 stolen bases.
Taylor Bump, Jr., Canterbury: The Michigan recruit is a four-year starter at shortstop who is solid in the field and at the plate. She hit .467 and did not commit an error for the defending 2A state semifinalists a year ago.
Jordyn Counts, Sr., Northside Christian: Her performance last season, which included a .575 batting average and 150 strikeouts as a pitcher, was a big reason the Mustangs made the playoffs.
Cassidy Davis, Sr., Newsome: One of the most versatile players in the area, the FSU signee sealed the Wolves’ state title last season with a home run, followed by a catch for the final out. She finished the season with a team-leading 24 RBIs and splits time on the mound with Claire Feldman.
Hailee DeCicco, So., Gaither: The ace is one of many pitchers who shined as a freshman last season. She was 8-3 with 0.74 ERA and 63 strikeouts.
Claire Feldman, Sr., Newsome: The Utah signee was the Tampa Bay Times’ Hillsborough County pitcher of the year after going 10-3 with a 0.80 ERA and 155 strikeouts to lead the Wolves to their first state title.
Hope Hernandez, Jr., Chamberlain: The Troy recruit takes over as the offensive leader for the defending Class 6A state finalist. Last season, she hit .385 with 44 runs, including 10 in the Chiefs’ two state tournament games.
Alexis Kilfoyl, Fr., Academy at the Lakes: As an eighth grader last season, Kilfoyl hit .458 with four home runs. She also was 12-2 with a 0.72 ERA and 111 strikeouts.
Brooke Leistl, Sr., Newsome: The USF signee was clutch during the Wolves’ state title run and finished with a .386 average and 22 runs scored.
Elizabeth Mason, Sr., Gaither: The FSU signee is a powerful hitter whose .600 average ranked among the top 25 in the state last season. She had three home runs.
Kayla McGory, Sr., Plant: The North Florida commit hit .400 and had 27 runs. Those numbers should improve on a team that returns nearly every starter.
Corynn Miner, Sr., Admiral Farragut: The Tampa recruit hit .518 with five home runs and 24 RBIs last season. She also was 14-7 with a 0.63 ERA and a whopping 290 strikeouts.
Edmilly Molina, Jr., Plant City: Powerful hitter led the team last season with a .512 average, 33 RBIs and six triples.
Haley Murphy, So., Riverview: Last year, she had a stellar high school debut with 0.81 ERA and 240 strikeouts facing tough competition in Class 8A.
Stella Preston, Sr., Countryside: The Mercer signee was 15-8 last season with a 1.49 ERA and 136 strikeouts.
Hannah Pridemore, Sr., Newsome: The Duke signee is a clutch hitter who led the state champs with a .526 average. She also hit safely in her final 13 games last season.
Abbey Primavera, Jr., Nature Coast: Last season was a breakthrough with a .439 average and 14-5 record and 64 strikeouts on the mound.
Danielle Romanello, Jr., Canterbury: The Florida commit was the state’s Class 2A player of the year last season after hitting .563 with 27 RBIs and six home runs.
Shannon Saile, Sr., Land O’Lakes: The FIU recruit finished with a 15-3 record, 1.45 ERA and 145 strikeouts for the 24-5 Gators last season.
Rachel Seifert, Jr., Seffner Christian: One of the state’s top small private school pitchers, Seifert had 179 strikeouts last season. She also hit .412.
Danielle Tringali, Sr., Plant: The Fairfield signee pitched most of the big games for the Panthers last season and had a 1.41 ERA with 145 strikeouts.
Megan Weisenberg, So., Osceola: In her debut high school season, Weisenberg led the team in hitting average (.407) and RBIs (29) and had a 1.66 ERA along with and 76 strikeouts on the mound.
Alea White, Sr., Cambridge Christian: The Central Florida recruit is a flamethrower who is approaching 1,000 strikeouts in her career. Last season, she went 11-7 with a 0.85 ERA to lead the Lancers to the playoffs.
Bailey Wilson, Jr., Palm Harbor University: A solid hitter at the top of the Hurricanes’ lineup, Wilson finished last season with a .466 average and scored 33 runs.
Kama Woodall, Jr., Springstead: The N.C. State recruit transferred from Canterbury, where she was the Times’ all-Pinellas County pitcher of the year after going 15-2 with a 0.58 ERA and 134 strikeouts last season.