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Times' all-North Suncoast softball team

Pitcher of the Year Cortney Radke, Sr., Mitchell

Why we picked her: No North Suncoast pitcher was more dominant on the mound this season. In her first season as the clear No. 1, Radke went 18-3 thanks to various pitches that helped her to 252 strikeouts, 17 complete games and 12 shutouts. All of those statistics helped Radke en route to leading Mitchell to the program's first region final.

Most impressive accomplishment: Of her 15 double-digit strikeout games, perhaps none was more impressive than the 21 strikeouts against Gulf in a 1-0 victory in 12 innings. Radke faced 46 batters in 12 innings and allowed just four hits. She also hit the winning RBI.

Did you know? Radke took to softball after she moved here in 2000. She and her father saw Mitchell's softball field, and she started playing in 2001, picking up pitching three years later. At first, she tried throwing in a baseball style before picking up the proper form. Today, her fastball tops out at 66 mph (she said she has been clocked at 68 mph). She also throws a riseball, curveball, changeup and change curve.

Future plans: Radke has signed a scholarship with the University of North Florida, where she expects to compete with three others for a starting role.

Player of the Year Heather Muccino, Jr., Mitchell

Why we picked her: No bat had more pop than Muccino's. Time and time again, Muccino had clutch hits, raising her batting average to .566 with 47 hits, 20 RBIs, 14 doubles, six triples and two home runs. She also scored 32 runs.

Most impressive accomplishment: In 26 games, Muccino was held hitless just twice. After a four-game hitting streak was snapped in a 1-0 win over Pasco, Muccino went on an 18-game hitting streak from March 5 to April 27. In a doubleheader against Zephyrhills on April 9, Muccino went a combined 6-for-7 with four runs scored and an RBI.

Did you know? Muccino traveled to Italy last summer to play softball with the Junior Olympic Team. She said she was playing in Chicago when she was spotted, then eventually asked to join the team. There were 14 players, two from Florida (the other was River Ridge's Lakyn Shull).

Future plans: Muccino has one season to go but hopes to land a scholarship with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, where she wants to study law enforcement. Muccino said she always watched police shows on television and likes the idea of working in the field and not being stuck behind a desk.

First team

C Sara Brock, Sr., C, Mitchell: Batted .388 with 26 runs, 26 hits, 20 RBIs, eight doubles, three home runs

INF Lizzy Olmstead, Sr., Nature Coast: Batted .512 with 31 runs, 44 hits, 22 RBIs, 13 doubles, four triples, home run

INF McKenzie Burns, Jr., Central: Batted .551 with 21 runs, 38 hits, 11 RBIs, one double, one triple

INF Lizzy Burchfield, Fr., Pasco: Batted .341 with 28 runs, 30 hits, seven RBIs, five doubles, one triple

INF Stephanie Frances, Fr., Sunlake: Batted .500 with 26 runs, 37 hits, 22 RBIs, eight doubles, one home run

OF Briana Hogan, So., Hernando Christian: Batted .419 with 23 runs, 26 hits, 10 RBIs, two doubles, a triple

OF Courtney Durbin, So., Sunlake: Batted .390 with 19 runs, 32 hits, 21 RBIs, six doubles, two triples

OF Madison Morris, Sr., River Ridge: Batted .391 with 24 runs, 34 hits, 13 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples

Util Courtney Riddle, 8th, Hernando Christian: Led the Lions with a 1.00 ERA, 164 strikeouts and batted .431 with 22 RBIs, 10 doubles

DH Courtney Brandt, Jr., Pasco: Batted .444 with 31 runs, 40 hits, 30 RBIs, eight doubles, four triples, two home runs

P Lauren Pasquale, Jr., Zephyrhills: 0.24 ERA, went 16-6 with one save and 162 strikeouts; hit .317 with 26 hits, 20 runs, 14 RBIs

P Lakyn Shull, Sr., River Ridge: 1.27 ERA, 15-3 record, three saves; batted .333 with 29 hits, 35 RBIs

Second team

C Jen Marshall, Sr., Nature Coast

INF Lacey Cook, Sr., Zephyrhills

INF Alex Rogers, Jr., Sunlake

INF Alicia Field, Sr., Hernando Christian

INF Jada Clemons, Fr., Mitchell

OF Ana Alberti, Jr., River Ridge

OF Keeria McKenzie, Sr., Central

OF Brittney Mayhill, Sr., Gulf

Util Tori Jordan, Fr., Zephyrhills

DH Gina Thompson, Sr., Springstead

P Kasey Murray, Sr., Land O'Lakes

P Alexis Adams, So., Springstead

Coach of the Year Scott Bisbe, Mitchell

For the first time in program history, Bisbe guided the Mustangs to a region final and a 22-4 finish.

Honorable mention

Academy at the Lakes: Lauren Evans, Kallie Shirling; Bishop McLaughlin: Amy Szymanowski; Gulf: Rachel Enerson; Hernando: Shelby Stocker; Hernando Christian: Holly Field; Land O'Lakes: Emily Austin; Mitchell: Lydia Kinney, Cori Williams; Nature Coast: Ashley Antczak, Brooke Sager; Pasco: Jordan Lane, Megan Newsome, Kelli Parker; Ridgewood: Shelby Bollinger, Sara Hogan, Brittany Martin, Ashley Squillante; River Ridge: Nicole Bylski; Springstead: Olivia D'Acunto, Elisabeth Markidis; Sunlake: Tyler Riendeau, Jayde Slimak; Wesley Chapel: Gabrielle Brown, Kelsey McGough; Wiregrass Ranch: Rachael Heath, Mary Sorgenfrei; Zephyrhills: Geanna Arnold, Brandi Welch

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