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Riverview’s Kayleen Boatwright, left, hopes to study criminology in college. East Bay pitcher Kayla Cox has her sights set on breaking her school’s single-season strikeout record.

BRIAN CASSELLA | Times

Riverview’s Kayleen Boatwright, left, hopes to study criminology in college. East Bay pitcher Kayla Cox has her sights set on breaking her school’s single-season strikeout record.

Player of the Year Kayleen Boatwright, So., Riverview

Riverview's natural leader was a microcosm of the Sharks' season. A slow start was compounded by a hip flexor injury that hobbled the shortstop for the better part of a month. Her recovery was evident in her improved play, allowing her to finish with a .475 batting average including 47 hits, 39 RBIs, eight doubles, three triples and six home runs.

Most impressive accomplishment: After struggling early with her glove, she hunkered down at shortstop, committing just one error in her final 15 games. "I told myself I would have to do better," Boatwright said. "I asked the coach to stay to work on fielding and worked with my dad on hitting."

College plans: Boatwright, who is drawn to criminal justice and watches shows such as Bones and CSI, says: "I want to play softball in college, but I'm more looking academically. I enjoy the game more than going out there to be on the best team; I just want to have fun with it. I've been looking at the University of Tampa as far as academically. They have the major I want, criminology."

Pitcher of the Year Kayla Cox, Jr., East Bay

She carried the Indians in most games with an impressive power performance on the mound, including 267 strikeouts. Her arm guided the Indians to a Class 6A region quarterfinal berth.

Most impressive accomplishment: Her ability to get hitters to miss. Her goal with one year to go is to break East Bay's single-season strikeout record of 320. Included in her 267 strikeouts were 16 games with 10 or more strikeouts. She also had games where she struck out 21 and 31 batters.

College plans: Cox has orally committed to N.C. State, where she expects to continue pitching. In terms of academics, she expects to go undecided and is considering a path to sports management.

First team

P Alex Hartshorn, Sr., Chamberlain: 18-3 with a 0.36 ERA and 163 strikeouts.

P Kayla Suskauer, Sr., Plant: Turned it up in the postseason with a 0.20 ERA, allowing just one earned run with 38 strikeouts in five games en route to region final.

P Kaylyn Camacho, Sr., Bloomingdale: Her pitching, including 196 strikeouts, led Bulls to a Class 5A region final.

P Bailey Schinella, So., Newsome: 0.30 ERA in 116 innings and just five earned runs; hit .521 with 32 RBIs.

C Kasie Hatfield, Jr., Chamberlain: Hit .361 with 30 hits, 21 runs, 25 RBIs, seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.

INF Marissa Menendez, Sr., Chamberlain: Hit .539 with 41 hits, nine doubles, four triples, 18 RBIs.

INF Tara Thomas, Sr., Plant City: Hit .482 with 40 hits, 32 runs scored, nine RBIs, 29 stolen bases.

INF Sarah Bowling, Jr., Plant: Hit .387 with 29 hits, 27 runs, 22 RBIs, five doubles, a triple, six homers.

INF Stephanie Medina, Sr., Chamberlain: First baseman batted .429 with 28 RBIs, seven doubles, two triples, two HRs.

OF Jenn Owens, So., Newsome: Hit .414 with 24 RBIs, four doubles, four triples, one HR.

OF Briana Bell, Jr., Riverview: Hit .438 with 35 hits, seven doubles, one home run, 17 RBIs.

OF Jordan Alexander, Fr., Bloomingdale: Hit .459 with 45 hits, four doubles, 25 runs scored, 18 RBIs.

DH Courtney Kraemer, Sr., Plant: Hit .413 with 31 hits, 19 RBIs, 20 runs, five doubles, five triples, one home run.

UT Bianka Bell, Fr., Riverview: Hit .392 with 29 hits, 29 RBIs, four doubles, three triples, one HR.

Second team

P Tory Bohanan, Fr., Tampa Catholic; P Chelsea Oglevie, Jr., Sickles; P Megan Still, Sr., Plant City; P Tyler Riendeau, So., Robinson; C Tiffany Dick, Sr., Leto; INF Samantha Holle, Sr., Chamberlain; INF Hannah Hensley, Sr., Bloomingdale; INF Kathryn Spack, Jr., Tampa Catholic; INF McKenzie Carter, So., Bloomingdale; OF Erica Arcuri, Jr., Plant; OF Laura Lovell, Sr., Newsome; OF Courtney Duncan, Fr., Armwood; DH Kirstin Austin, Sr., King; UT Jessica Kenny, So., Wharton

Honorable mention

Academy of the Holy Names: Lindsey Krenn, Stevie Cenal, Alex Valdes; Alonso: Kristen Martin; Berkeley Prep: Victoria Johnson, Jenny Weissman; Armwood: Devon Peak; Brandon: Kayla Goff; Blake: Vickie Sampson; Bloomingdale: Kaelyn Castellanos; Cambridge: Alexis Caruso, Lindsey Hagberg; Chamberlain: Angela Kafalas, Kaitlynn Diaz, Amanda Gunter, Ellen Scott; Durant: Kelsey Horton, Erika Wetherington; East Bay: Sierra Rock; Freedom: Megan Paul, Olivia Bloemke; Gaither: Amanda Bueno, Kristen McGrath, Megan McGrath; Hillsborough: Ashley Avary, Destinee Pinkney, Ashlyn Terry; Jefferson: Kaleigh Davis; King: Sophia Tarte; Lennard: Ashley Kelley; Middleton: Tiara Clark; Newsome: Nicollette Levine, Caitie Lytle, Meaghan Schultz, Ashley Gornto; Plant: Kaitlyn Steckel, Reina Baluja; Plant City: Taylor Storey, MacKenzie Audas, Annalise Coffee; Riverview: Taylor McCoy; Seffner Christian: Jamie Cathcart, D.J. Evers, Nicci Hopps; Sickles: Mya Anderson, Alyese Stapf, Ashli Goff, Courtney Goff; Tampa Catholic: Kathryn Spack, Krista Garcia, Christina Martinez, Raven Sepulveda; Wharton: Monica Santos

Coach of the Year Angela Slater, Riverview

In typical Slater fashion, she guided the Sharks through the pitfalls of inexperience to reach the Class 6A region final. She has been to three state finals (winning two) since 1999, and no doubt will have this group in the hunt next season with no significant losses to the starting lineup.

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

All-Hillsborough County softball 06/05/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 10:19pm]
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