Academy at the at the Lakes (17-7) takes on Palatka Peniel Baptist Academy (21-4) at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Training Complex (formerly Historic Dodgertown) in Vero Beach.
How they got here
Academy at the Lakes defeated Sarasota Christian 12-0 and Naples Seacrest Country Day 2-0. Peniel Baptist Academy defeated Tallahassee Florida A&M 16-0 and Jacksonville Christ Church’s Academy 12-2.
Academy at the Lakes: P Lexi Kilfoyl, Sr. (.554 avg., 11 HRs, 0.57 ERA); C Hannah Church, Fr. (.456 avg., 9 2Bs, 23 RBIs); 2B/CF Jessica Mott, Jr. (.410, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs); 3B Devyne Davis, So. (.378 avg., 11 2Bs, 21 RBIs)
Peniel Baptist Academy: P/SS Paige Bryan, So. (.615 avg., 2 HRs, 22 RBIs); C Summer Langston, Fr. (.580 avg., 5 HRs, 41 RBIs); OF Alyssa Wallace, Fr. (.524 avg., 12 RBIs);
Academy at the Lakes returns to defend its Class 2A state title. The Wildcats had to battle through injuries all season. Shortstop Brooke Blankenship, a Florida State commit who had plenty of key plays in last year’s title run, is out with an elbow injury. Pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl, an Alabama signee, missed a month in the circle after straining a muscle in her right shoulder. Kilfoyl continued to hit all season and returned to pitching for AATL’s stretch run. Kilfoyl has not allowed a run since the district tournament began. She also has 11 homers on the season. Others have played well, too. Hannah Church is among the team’s top hitters, Jessica Mott has been consistent in the field and at the plate and Devyne Davis filled in admirably at pitcher to relieve Kilfoyl for part of the season. The Wildcats played one of the toughest schedules in the state, which resulted in losses while they were dealing with injuries. But the competition helped them get to Vero Beach. After two seasons as a district runnerup, Peniel Baptist Academy put it all together to reach the state semifinals for the first time. Paige Bryan was named the Putnam County MVP for her performance this season.