Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Countryside alum A.J. Andrews lands in ESPN's annual body issue (w/video)

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.

Now Andrews will be among 23 athletes to be featured in ESPN The Magazine's body issue. Photos, interviews and videos of the athletes will debut on ESPN.com on July 5. The issue will hit newsstands two days later.

In a promotional video, Andrews shows off her back.

"I have a really ripped back," Andrews says while laughing.

Andrews made a name for herself by making highlight-worthy catches. Last season with the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch softball league, Andrews crashed into a wall to make a catch, taking part of the fence with her as she fell. She also executed a fully-extended dive to make a catch in rightfield before landing at the warning track.

Andrews started making sensational plays common as an infielder in Little League. She began playing outfield more often at Countryside, where she was the Tampa Bay Times' Pinellas County player of the year in 2011 when she hit .537, stole 57 bases and scored 55 runs. She was just as stellar as a centerfielder, tracking down nearly every ball hit her way.

Andrews went on to play at LSU. One diving catch in the College World Series during her senior season two years ago made it onto SportsCenter.

This is her third season playing in the pro league, her second with Akron.

 
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