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All-Suncoast softball team

Softball

Pitcher of the Year Alyssa Bache, So., Countryside

Why we picked her:

Bache's cannon-like right arm sent Countryside into the region semifinals for the second straight year. More than just a hard-thrower, Bache can accurately pinpoint each of her seven pitchers. However, her curveball and riseball are particularly devastating. Competing in the bay area's toughest district, Bache gave up just 12 runs in 12 starts and was unhittable in the 6A-7 tournament.

Key stats: 21-7 with a 0.52 ERA while striking out 297. After not batting as a freshman, Bache was a major part of the Cougars' offense, hitting .424 and driving in a team-high 16 runs.

Most memorable moment: She shut out five straight opponents, starting with 18-0 over Largo in the regular-season finale and culminating in a three-hit gem in a 1-0 victory against East Bay in the region quarterfinals. Along the way, she shut out Seminole in the PCAC title game and stopped Mitchell and Gaither to win the district title. Among Bache's 28 starts, more than half (15) were shutouts.

Future plans: Bache orally committed to Florida before her sophomore season.

Player of the Year Kayleen Boatwright, So., Riverview

Why we picked her:

Talented and youthful, the shortstop enjoyed a true evolution over the course of the season, fighting off struggles and injury to lead the Sharks in the final half of the season to a district title and region final berth. She has been credited with being the team leader thanks to natural abilities that come from her natural talent on the diamond.

Key stats: She batted .475 with 47 hits, 39 RBIs, eight doubles, three triples and six home runs. On defense, she shrugged off early season problems and made just one error over her final 15 games.

Most memorable moment: Boatwright teed off on top-seeded East Bay in the district tournament final. She went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBIs and two home runs in the 9-1 victory.

Future plans: Boatwright still has two seasons left, so she's looking forward to the recruiting process. She also has an interest in criminology.

Coach of the Year Angela Slater, Riverview

Guided the Sharks to the Class 6A region final with a team made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores. At one point, Riverview was 8-8 and took a quick exit at its annual spring tournament. She straightened out the Sharks, who went 10-3 down the stretch en route to a district title and deep playoff run.

First team

P Sara Nevins, Jr., Pinellas Park: Struck out 297 and went 23-3 with a 0.38 ERA.

P Chloe Saganowich, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Went 21-3 with a 0.51 ERA and 243 strikeouts and led Pinellas with nine home runs.

P Alex Hartshorn, Sr., Chamberlain: Went 18-3 with a 0.36 ERA and 163 strikeouts and allowed one or fewer hits nine times.

P Kayla Cox, Jr., East Bay: Led Hillsborough County with 267 strikeouts, including games of 21 and 31.

C Kasie Hatfield, Fr., Chamberlain: Piece of the dynamic Chiefs' infield who hit .361 with 30 hits, 25 RBIs, seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.

IF Samantha Dittman, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Pasco Triple Crown winner with .526 average, eight homers and county-record 62 RBIs.

IF Lucy Schneider, Sr., Pasco: .495 average with 18 multihit games, 10 doubles, three homers and 35 RBIs.

IF Maddie O'Brien, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Batted. 534 with 11 doubles, three triples and four home runs.

IF Marissa Menendez, Sr., Chamberlain: Led the Chiefs with a .539 average, 41 hits, 18 RBIs, nine doubles and four triples.

OF Ayanna Andrews, So., Countryside: Lightning quick leadoff batter drove home the Cougars' only run in a 1-0 region quarterfinal win over East Bay.

OF Briana Bell, Jr., Riverview: Key component in run to region final with .438 average, 35 hits, 17 RBIs, seven doubles and a home run.

OF Jordan Alexander, Fr., Bloomingdale: Talented on defense with a nice bat, hitting .459 with 45 hits, 18 RBIs and four doubles.

DH Colena Lazar, Sr., Pasco: Fearsome hitter batted .489 with 10 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs and won 17 games as a pitcher.

Utility Michelle Bradley, Sr., Land O'Lakes: 10-3 with a 0.54 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 90 innings and hit .472 with three homers.

Second team

P Kayla Suskauer, Sr., Plant; P Kaylyn Camacho, Sr., Bloomingdale; P Taylor Sabol, Fr., Palm Harbor University; P Olivia Kline, Sr., Mitchell; C Jackie Katchuk, Jr., Palm Harbor University; IF Stephanie Medina, Sr., Chamberlain; IF Bailey Schinella, So., Newsome; IF Allison Shirley, Sr., Osceola; IF Sarah Simon, Sr., River Ridge; OF Laura Herndon, Jr., Palm Harbor University; OF Jenn Owens, So., Newsome; OF Brittany Mayhill, Jr., Gulf; DH Sarah Read, Jr., Seminole; Utility Laura Lovell, Jr., Newsome

Honorable mention

Boca Ciega: Britney Wolfenbarger; Canterbury: Krissy Longstreet; East Lake: Kirsten Bembnowski, Sydney Dinelli; Gulf: Jessica Santoli; Hernando: Erica Maldonado; Nature Coast: Jen Marshall; Palm Harbor University: Sarah Broeseker; Pasco: Megan Newsome; Pinellas Park: Tracy Coward; Plant: Courtney Kraemer; Plant City: Tara Thomas; River Ridge: Lakyn Shull, Madison Morris; Riverview: Bianka Bell; Seminole: Jen LaBau; Sunlake: Alex Rogers; Tarpon Springs: Jen Hunter; Zephyrhills: Lauren Pasquale.

Compiled by Bryan Burns, Eduardo A. Encina, Izzy Gould, Joey Knight and Bob Putnam, Times staff writers

All-Suncoast softball team 06/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 6, 2009 11:03pm]

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