CLEARWATER — After playing a series of makeshift games, softball players from all age levels gathered around the pavilion area at Eddie C. Moore complex. They listened attentively as 10 college coaches answered their questions about the recruiting process.
A.J. Andrews has taken over the spotlight in softball. Last year, the former Countryside High and LSU standout became the first female to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in the award's 59-year existence.
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.