Player of the Year Alyssa Bache, So., Countryside
If there were one player to build a team around, Bache would be the choice. Throwing every pitch for the Cougars, Bache went 21-7 with a 0.52 ERA. The 6-footer throws a knee-buckling curve, and batters couldn't lay off her rise ball, which helped her strikeout total reach 297. Pitching in the bay area's toughest district (6A-7), Bache gave up just 12 runs in 12 district starts. Behind Bache, Countryside advanced to the region semifinals.
Most impressive accomplishment: In a pivotal point of the season, Bache threw five straight shutouts. After an 18-0 win over Largo in the regular-season finale, Bache shut out Seminole to help the Cougars earn their third PCAC title in a row, then blanked Gaither and Mitchell to win the district title, Countryside's second straight. Bache tossed a three-hitter in the region quarters to send the Cougars past East Bay 1-0. In all, Bache threw 15 shutouts in 28 starts and had a perfect game — her first — against Clearwater.
Did you know? Bache, who orally committed to Florida in November, hadn't batted in a competitive game for more than three years but ended up hitting .424, drove in a team-high 16 runs from the cleanup spot and quickly became one of the county's most feared batters.
Pitcher of the Year Sara Nevins, Jr., Pinellas Park
Using a combination of seven lethal pitches, Nevins led Pinellas Park to a 22-2 regular-season record. Nevins finished the season with the most wins (23), lowest ERA (0.38) and tied Bache for most strikeouts in the county. At the plate, Nevins was Pinellas Park's best hitter (.519 avg.), run producer (25 RBIs) and launched two home runs.
Most impressive accomplishment: The hard-throwing left-hander struck out 297, giving her 827 total for her career — 1,000 is within reach.
Did you know? Nevins' desire to stay close to home led to her oral commitment to USF as a sophomore. That, and USF's medical program. Nevins wants to be an anesthesiologist but that could change. "I keep going from different things. Before I wanted to be a brain surgeon," she said. Perhaps Nevins' interest in the medical field can be traced to an accident she suffered as a freshman when she fell off a friend's car and fractured her skull in four places.
P Krissy Longstreet, So., Canterbury: Threw six shutout innings in state semifinal (Class A) victory; county-leading 37 RBIs.
P Sarah Read, Jr., Seminole: Pitched Warhawks to south county championship and district (5A-11) title; hit .587 and drove in 33 runs.
P Taylor Sabol, Fr., Palm Harbor University: 17-2 with a 1.02 ERA.
P Chloe Saganowich, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: 21-3 with a 0.51 ERA, 243 strikeouts; hit a county-high nine home runs.
C Jackie Katchuk, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Forced to play catcher with Kaitlyn Santo injured, Katchuk blossomed into the county's best behind the plate.
1B Jen LaBau, Jr., Seminole: Standout defender batted .425 with 27 RBIs.
2B Sydney Dinelli, So., East Lake: Gritty player rarely made a mistake in the field, drove in 31 runs.
SS Madison O'Brien, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Winning hits in 5A-9 semifinal, championship game to lead PHU to district title.
3B Allison Shirley, Sr., Osceola: Will play volleyball at North Florida, competes in triathlons and is a good ballplayer: .423 avg., four HRs.
OF Ayanna Andrews, So., Countryside: County's fastest player batted .436, was a threat to score every time she reached base.
OF Kirsten Bembnowski, Jr., East Lake: Florida Gulf Coast signee led Eagles to their fourth straight region appearance.
OF Laura Herndon, Jr., Palm Harbor University: Rangy centerfielder batted .469 hitting in the five spot.
DH Britney Wolfenbarger, Sr., Boca Ciega: Led the county with a .611 batting average and drove in 30 runs.
UT Jen Hunter, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Batted .493 and smashed five home runs; gifted enough defensively to play any position.
P Mallory Allen, Fr., Boca Ciega; P Jessica Anderson, eighth grade, Northside Christian; P Jordan Bennett, So., Osceola; P Hayley Davis, So., East Lake; C Melanie Stickney, Sr., Northeast; 1B Dayna DeBaylo, Sr., Osceola; 2B Bonnie Joyner, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic; SS Tracy Coward, Jr., Pinellas Park; 3B Sarah Broeseker, Sr., Palm Harbor University; OF Stephanie Juergens, Sr., Osceola; OF Nikki Parker, So., St. Petersburg Catholic; OF Tiffany Race, So., Seminole; DH Kristy Fudge, Fr., St. Petersburg Catholic; UT Samantha McCloskey, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic
Boca Ciega: Michelle Laorenza, Alex Lenczyk, Piggy Middlebrooks; Canterbury: Jennifer Crosthwaite, Sarah Fleming, Macey Hall, Emily Winesett; CCC: Kelly Coston; Countryside: Brittany Dattilo, Devika Choo Chew, Shenee Thomas; Dixie Hollins: Kelsey Smith; Dunedin: Taylor Blanton, Brittany Botelho, Ashley Ehlers; East Lake: Kelsey Oonk, Sarah Schutz, Amanda Weaver, Alicia Welsh; Indian Rocks Christian: Jen Lyons, Dominique Miller, Sarah Rappach; Lakewood: Tina Campbell, Chelsea Jeffares, Courtney Parker, Nicole Warder; Northeast: Blakelie Vimond, Samantha Wilkerson; Northside Christian: Stephanie Bonalewicz, Kirstie Fisher, Lauren Tozour, Osceola: Jasmine Acevedo, Meghan Edwards, Kara Oberer, Carly Van Auken; Palm Harbor U.: Lindsay Fenlon, Emily Hazzard, Courtney Pavlock; Pinellas Park: Hayley Ledford, Tricia Lukert, Samantha Martin, Tatum Mcdowell, Jenna Rimensnyder; Seminole: Emily Crawford, Amanda Nette; Shorecrest: Alexis Galinski, Jaque Galinski; St. Petersburg: Tori Hambleton, Jessica Johnson, Sarah Revitzer; St. Petersburg Catholic: Shelby Ginty, Madison Saganowich; Tarpon Springs: Jessica Allen, Annie Causey, Sierra Gaines, Felicia Vaporis
Coach of the Year Jody Moore, Canterbury
Since arriving at Canterbury four seasons ago, all Moore has done is win. She coached Canterbury to its second straight region title, fourth straight district title and had the Crusaders one win from a state championship.
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer