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Fri. August 13, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

Rising sophomore right-hander Emily Gaitan, the ace of the Academy of the Holy Names softball team last spring, has transferred to Riverview, her dad confirmed to the Times this afternoon.

Lance Gaitan said his family has owned a house in Riverview's district for many years and have decided to move back into it.

"My older son actually graduated from school there," Lance Gaitan said.

"We thought it would be a good idea to put (Emily) in private school, and she did well academically, but she just didn't like the school. I hate to say that and would never say anything bad about it, but we thought it would be in her best interest to move back to our house for personal reasons. She's very excited to be going to Riverview."

Gaitan's won-loss record as a freshman (6-11, 2.44) for a very young Jaguars team last season belied her talent and potential. In 100 innings, she struck out 139, and hit .289 at the plate.

Gaitan competed this past summer for Clearwater-based Team Florida, a collection of elite-level bay area players that placed third in the recent ASA 18-under Gold National Championship in Marietta, Ga.

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