Player of the year: Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain
Player of the year: Tia Williams, Jr., Land O'Lakes
Player of the year: Taylor Bump, Sr., Canterbury
The accolades are coming in for Land O'Lakes and Canterbury, the two bay area softball programs that won state titles this season.
VERO BEACH — For nearly an hour on an adjacent field, Land O'Lakes softball players danced, shouted and hugged after defeating Plantation American Heritage 3-1 in the Class 6A state championship game at Historic Dodgertown.
Jody Moore turned 40 years old last week. The Canterbury School of Florida coach knew just what she wanted for a birthday present: another state softball title.
Tyler Vogel Dunedin
Vogel, a sophomore, has stepped up as the Falcons ace when they needed him. Vogel (7-1 with a 1.08 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings) has been especially good after the Dunedin Spring Tournament, which the Falcons won.
VERO BEACH — For the past two seasons, Winter Garden West Orange's Lauren Mathis has established herself as a fearless competitor who thrives on the pressure of May softball by delivering pinpoint pitches in critical moments.
VERO BEACH — It was clear the ball didn't have enough to get past the infield, and the crowd, nearly 100 strong, began to cheer in disbelief. Many fans were already on their feet. Others rose to join them.