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Thu. May 15, 2014 | Matt Baker | Email

Softball players from three area counties have been chosen to compete in this weekend’s Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-star games in Ocala.

Local representatives on the west team are:

OF Samantha Sharpe, Countryside: Led her team with 31 hits and had nine stolen bases

P/1B Courtney Riddle, Hernando: Batted .485 with 44 RBIs and starred as a pitcher (1.48 ERA, 179 strikeouts).

OF/3B Alayna Gallagher, PHU: Tied for the team lead with 12 steals, while batting .412

INF/P Rachel Taylor, PHU: Hit three homers and batted .494 for the 16-8 Hurricanes

OF Arielle Glass, Berkeley Prep: Key contributor with a  .421 batting average and 21 runs scored.

SS/C Kristin Hoover, Berkeley Prep: Cal signee ranked among the nation’s leaders with 16 homers and batted .612.

UTIL Tana McDaniel, Hernando: Had a .440 batting average and stole 17 bases.

Central’s Tyson Ellis will be the team’s head coach, and Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger will serve as an assistant.

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