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  1. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay softball

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    From left, Land O' Lakes' Tia Williams, Palm Harbor University's Savanna Bennett, Canterbury's Taylor Bump, Land O' Lakes' Callie Turner and Chamberlain's Hope Hernandez. (Chris Urson, Times)
  2. Tampa Bay Times all-Hillsborough County softball

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    Player of the year: Hope Hernandez, Sr., Chamberlain

    Chamberlain's Hope Hernandez poses for a photograph Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Westchase. (Chris Urso, Times)
  3. Tampa Bay Times all-North Suncoast softball

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    Player of the year: Tia Williams, Jr., Land O'Lakes

    Land O'Lakes shortstop Tia Williams (22) hits a double at the bottom of the fifth during the Class 6A softball title game between Land O'Lakes and American Heritage at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Final score: Land O'Lakes 3, American Heritage 1. (Andres Leiva, Times)
  4. Tampa Bay Times all-Pinellas County softball

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    Player of the year: Taylor Bump, Sr., Canterbury

    Canterbury shortstop Taylor Bump (13) singles to leftfield in the bottom of the third during the Class 2A softball state semifinal game between Canterbury and Mount Dora Christian at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. (Andres Leiva, Times)
  5. Area softball players rake in state honors

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    The accolades are coming in for Land O'Lakes and Canterbury, the two bay area softball programs that won state titles this season.

    Land O' Lakes pitcher Callie Turner (20) delivers a pitch in the first inning during the Class 6A softball title game between Land O' Lakes and American Heritage at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Final score: Land O' Lakes 3, American Heritage, 1.
  6. Celebration guaranteed for state softball champion Land O'Lakes

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    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.

    Underclassmen Brooke Stanley, right, and Trinity Blanc are a tad excited after Land O’Lakes’ big victory.
  7. Canterbury's latest softball title a gift for coach Jody Moore

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    VERO BEACH

    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.

    The Crusaders celebrate around their trophy after winning the Class 2A state championship. It’s the school’s fourth softball title.
  8. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Tyler Vogel and Tia Williams

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    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.

    Tyler Vogel of Dunedin of Land O’Lakes is our Home Team Hot Shot male winner for the week of May 13-19.
  9. State softball: Down-to-the-wire heartbreak for Palm Harbor University

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    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.

    Palm Harbor outfielder Jada Radecki (77) reacts after she pop flies out to end the Class 9A softball title game between Palm Harbor and West Orange at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Final score: West Orange 1, Palm Harbor 0.
  10. State softball final: Land O'Lakes takes down powerhouse Plantation American Heritage for title

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    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.

    Land O’ Lakes center fielder Jessie McCallister (6) hugs  first baseman Shelby Westbrook (72) after winning the Class 6A softball title game between Land O’ Lakes and American Heritage at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Final score: Land O’ Lakes 3, American Heritage, 1.