Two Tampa Bay players are among the eight finalists for Florida’s Miss Softball award.
Bloomingdale ace Lace Smith (Class 8A) and Academy at the Lakes standout Lauren Evans (2A) were both named the state’s top players in their respective classes by the Florida Dairy Farmers. (Full disclosure: I’m a voter).
Smith, a junior Buffalo commit, posted a 0.79 ERA and a 25-2 record for the Bulls. She struck out 293 batters and hit .350 herself to take Bloomingdale to its first state title since 1993.
Evans, a senior USF recruit, ranked among the state’s leaders with a .708 batting average, four homers, 10 triples and 29 RBIs. She also scored 32 runs, stole 11 bases and played shortstop.
Bloomingdale’s Mandy Schuerman was named the 8A coach of the year. Canterbury’s Jody Moore earned that honor in 2A after taking the Crusaders to their second consecutive state championship.