Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, Fr., Canterbury
Why we picked her: The ace of the staff dominated this season, finishing 14-4 with a 0.86 ERA and 196 strikeouts. Her four losses all came in the regular season against teams that eventually made the state semifinals: Hagerty (8A), Oakleaf (6A), Ponte Vedra (5A) and River Ridge (5A). In the postseason, Woodall pitched in every game, including a 1-0 win over Aucilla Christian in the Class 2A state championship game. It was second straight season Woodall started — and won — a state title game.
Most impressive accomplishment: At the start of the season, Woodall shared pitching duties with Hailey Hopkins. But when the district tournament started, Woodall became the workhorse of the staff. She had six shutouts and allowed just five hits in her final seven games, including a perfect game against Hernando Christian in the district semifinals. In two other games down the stretch, she was one batter away from a perfect game. “I’d have to say winning back-to-back state titles was definitely my accomplishment this year,” Woodall said.
Did you know? Woodall is afraid of clowns. “I watched It when I was real little and it freaked me out. Clowns are super scary, “ she said.
What’s next: Woodall will pitch with her travel team, the 16U Gold Coast Hurricanes, this summer and play in fall leagues to get ready for her sophomore season.
Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Jr., Palm Harbor University
Why we picked her: The Hurricanes were a team in transition, especially after graduating the county player of the year each of the past two seasons. It was up to Lilley to keep PHU in playoff contention. She didn’t disappoint. The slugger hit .630 with seven home runs and county-leading 44 RBIs. According to MaxPreps, Lilley led Class 8A in three offensive categories and was third in three others. In 81 at-bats, she struck out just three times.
Most impressive accomplishment: PHU was on a three-game losing streak at the start of the district tournament and was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Against Bradenton Manatee in the semifinals, the Hurricanes trailed 5-2 before rallying to win 12-5. Lilley was 3-for-4 and scored twice in that game. In the district final against Sarasota Riverview, Lilley hit two home runs and accounted for all five runs in a 6-5 loss. “For me, the biggest accomplishment was the success my team had despite losing players and having a lot of younger players on the team,” Lilley said.
Did you know? Lilley’s first name actually is Kyndra. Logyn is her middle name. She also played soccer as a freshman and dreamed of playing in college at one point.
What’s next: Lilley is a Long Island University softball commit and is playing this summer with her travel team, 18U Team Mizuno gold.
Coach of the year
Kristie Delk, East Lake: The first-year coach had an uneven regular season, but had her team playing the best when it mattered with wins in six of the last seven games to secure the program’s eighth straight playoff appearance, as well as the first district title and postseason wins in three years.
P Aubrey Ehlers, Jr., Dunedin: Finished 19-6 with a 1.70 ERA to lead Falcons to their third straight playoff berth..
P Riley Randolph, Jr., Northeast: Florida Gulf Coast recruit was 15-6 with 0.89 ERA and 164 strikeouts.
P Alyssa Queen, Sr., Countryside: Last year’s pitcher of the year was 16-4 with a 2.20 ERA.
P Mariah Watts, Sr., Lakewood: Wisconsin signee overcame shoulder injury to go 10-5 with a 0.14 ERA and 161 strikeouts.
C Danielle Romanello, Fr., Canterbury: Florida recruit hit .575 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs for two-time state champions.
IF Taylor Bump, Fr., Canterbury: Hit .557 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs.
IF Tiona Hill, Sr., Dunedin: College of Central Florida signee had team’s lone RBI in region quarterfinal loss to Hernando.
IF Keeley Mayers, Jr., Countryside: Team MVP hit .389 with 17 RBIs and eight doubles.
OF Aliyah Andrews, So., East Lake: LSU recruit hit .465 with 15 stolen bases and threw out four runners at home.
OF Katie Flanagan, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Table setter hit .466 and had a team-leading 19 stolen bases.
OF Samantha Sharpe, Sr., Countryside: Hit .413 with 10 RBIs and seven doubles for conference champion Cougars.
DH Hailey Hopkins, Jr., Canterbury: Led state champs with eight homers and hit .476 with 29 RBIs.
UTIL Rachel Taylor, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Hit .494 with three homers and 30 RBIs for the district champions.
P Allison Keen, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic
P Corynn Miner, So., Admiral Farragut
P Diana Rayder, So., East Lake
P Lindsey White, Jr., Tarpon Springs
C Brittany Creamer, Sr., Countryside
IF Ashley Bonalewicz, Sr., East Lake
IF Mackenzie Jahn, Jr., Seminole
IF Ashley McNally, Jr., Northeast
IF Olivia Silver, Jr., Dunedin
OF Andrea Fredericks, Jr., Countryside
F Alayna Gallagher, Sr., Palm Harbor University
OF Lindsay Graves, So., Canterbury
DH Abbie Sexton, Jr., Dunedin
UTIL Allysa Johnson, Sr., Clearwater
Admiral Farragut: Maiya Fudge, Kyndal Olander, Claudia Pizzarelli
Boca Ciega: Alexis Blasingane, Morgan Rickey, Caylie Van Auken
Calvary Christian: Gaby Alvarado, Rachel Hunt
Canterbury: Maddie Posey
Clearwater: Savannah Summy
Clearwater Central Catholic: Ashley Hancock
Countryside: Makensie Griffin, Erin Jankiewicz, Sommer Pollard, Stella Preston, Brooke Sharpe
Dixie Hollins: Kim Kyle, Carlee Lucas, Savannah Southerland, Brittnie Vandonge
Dunedin: Mandy Alman, Taylor Scott
East Lake: Maddie Bertisch, Nicci Palumbo, Hannah Roberts, Katie Shoulta
Gibbs: Brianna Perez
Indian Rocks Christian: Hannah Burris, Olivia Ross-Johnson
Lakeside Christian: Brittany Bailey, Madyson Brown, Heather Meyer, Michelle Reagh
Lakewood: Mara Brody, Allison Campbell, Angelina Carney, Elinor Gale, Sarah Snell, Andrea Vargas
Largo: Leshawna Grey, Cassie Sutfin, Taylor Toolan, Abagail Welker
Northeast: Relynn Capra, Janae Duty, Aja Eglton, Chrissa Ellie, Ashley McNally, Kayla Stellwag
Osceola: Becca Bunday, Hannah Ciatto, Lindsey Hall, Sarah Huskey, Maria Kappos, Kaitlyn Newman, Rachel Piscitello, MacKenna Willis, Malorie Wallace
Palm Harbor University: Brittany Lennon, Baily Wilson
Pinellas Park: Makayla Beck, Cristina Gomez, Zoey Ledford, Samantha McHenry, Rachel Morton, Alexis Pereiro, Jordan Staton
Seminole: Brooke McEntire, Savanna Rumore, Megan Withrow
St. Petersburg: Alexa Beaulieu, Carly Danner, Kaitlin Fanning, Sarah Grafton, Olivia McCoy, Katie Reith, Alex Sulte, Emma Weiland
St. Petersburg Catholic: Lena Trehy
Tarpon Springs: Julie Allen, Andrea Faison, Kelsey Linn, Emily Merino