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  1. Bombers' college camp kick starts recruiting process for softball players

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    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.

    The Clearwater Bombers travel ball organization held a two-day camp over the weekend that concluded with college coaches answering questions about the recruiting process. (Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer)
  2. Softball coaches, parents say travel ball profile is 'spot on'

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    Firecrackers travel team members Gracie Lopez, second from right, of Orlando, comes into the dugout as Jordan Wharton (8), of Inverness,  goes out to bat during Atlanta Legacy Showcase softball tournament on Friday, July 14, in Acworth, Ga. (John Amis/AP for the Tampa Bay Times)
  3. Softball scholarships a pricey pursuit for elite travel teams

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    (from left to right) Alex Hare talks to teammate Brooklyn Wiggins during a rain delay during the ASA Gold Nationals in Clearwater on July 19, 2017. Alex Hare is a student at J.W. Mitchell High School and has committed to Alabama State University for her college athletic career. She plays on a traveling softball team, along with taking personal softball lessons as well.
  4. Countryside alum A.J. Andrews lands in ESPN's annual body issue (w/video)

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    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.

    Former Countryside and LSU softball standout A.J. Andrews will be among 23 athletes to be featured in ESPN The Magazine's body issue. "I have a really ripped back," Andrews says while laughing in the video. [Photo from video]

  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.