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Times' all-Pinellas County softball team

First team

P Mallory Allen, So., Boca Ciega: Went 12-7 with a 2.26 ERA to lead Pirates to first playoff appearance since 2004.

P Alyssa Bache, Jr., East Lake: Pitched Eagles to region title with consecutive shutouts of Pinellas Park and Sickles; finished 13-2 with a 0.57 ERA, 220 strikeouts.

P Sarah Read, Sr., Seminole: Went 13-6, threw 130 strikeouts and compiled a 1.25 ERA; also batted .423 with a team-high 31 RBIs.

P Taylor Sabol, So., Palm Harbor University: 21-3 record, 143 strikeouts and 1.11 ERA.

C Jackie Katchuk, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Defensive wiz behind the plate hit .432 for district champion.

INF Emily Crawford, Sr., Seminole: Third baseman drove in 20 runs and led team with a .425 average

INF Hayley Davis, Jr., East Lake: UAB commit scored 20 runs, drove in 18 more, hit five doubles, smashed two home runs, batted .369.

INF Sydney Dinelli, Jr., East Lake: Eagles' spark plug and .400 hitter made just one error; team leader with 25 RBIs.

INF Sammy Martin, Jr., Pinellas Park: Patriots' top batter hit .393, hit 12 doubles, scored 28 runs, drove in 24 RBIs.

OF Ayanna Andrews, Jr., Countryside: Swiped a school-record 45 bases and hit .635 with 38 runs scored.

OF Kirsten Bembnowski, Sr., East Lake: .400 hitter belted five home runs for state semifinalist and made several highlight-reel worthy plays in centerfield.

OF: Devika Choo Chew, Sr., Countryside: Rangy fielder hit .555 and drove in a team-high 30 runs while also stealing 14 bases.

DH Jessica Anderson, Fr., Northside Christian: Hit 51 RBIs, five home runs, 12 doubles and six triples while scoring 57 times for region finalist.

UT Chloe Saganowich, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic: The Notre Dame shortstop signee fanned 151 batters and hit .466 with 29 RBIs and five home runs.

Second team

P Tina Campbell, Sr., Lakewood

P Jessica Johnson, Sr., St. Petersburg

P Krissy Longstreet, Jr., Canterbury

P Emily Winesett, So., Canterbury

C Ashleigh Bynum, Sr., Countryside

INF Stephanie Bonalewicz, Sr., Northside Christian

INF Moriah Connolly, Fr., Palm Harbor University

INF Kara Oberer, So., Osceola

INF Carly Van Auken, Sr., Osceola

OF Megan Copeland, So., Palm Harbor University

OF Amanda Nette, Sr., Seminole

OF Tiffany Race, Jr., Seminole

DH Madison Saganowich, So., St. Petersburg Catholic

UT Samantha McCloskey, So., Clearwater Central Catholic

Coach of the Year Mike Estes, East Lake

The Eagles lost just three times by a combined five runs to compile a 26-3 record while playing arguably the county's toughest schedule. Under Estes' guidance, East Lake captured the region title for just the second time, winning all three region games by a 1-0 count.

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: MacKenzie Overton, Mariah Watts; Boca Ciega: Mary Burkett, Cimberlee Leffler, Alex Lenczyk, Alex Sims; Canterbury: Lacy Adams, Julia Cieutat, Jennifer Crosthwaite, Sarah Fleming, Savvy Mitchell; Clearwater: Mary Ellen Frank; Clearwater Central Catholic: Tiffany Lafond, Jenna Lee; Countryside: Davionna DiSalvatore, Holly Ostrander, Paige Oxendine, Erika Queen; Dunedin: Taylor Blanton, Ashley Ehlers, Samantha Silver; East Lake: Abby Hess, Kelsey Oonk, Marisa Palumbo, Sarah Schutz, Alyssa Weaver; Gibbs: Naja Love; Indian Rocks Christian: Sarah Brangenberg, Emily Carlson, Jen Lyons; Lakewood: Chelsea Jeffares, Sanah Vora, Nicole Warder; Largo: Brittany Collins; Northeast: Christina Hartley, Blakelie Vimond, Sam Wilkerson; Northside Christian: Tiffany Boyer, Katheryn Brown, Kayla Turner; Osceola: Jasmine Acevedo, Haley Brown, Rachael Weaver; Palm Harbor University: Jess Adams, Lindsay Fenlon, Emily Hazzard, Laura Herndon; Pinellas Park: Taylor Klinesmith, Hayley Ledford, Courtney Lonardo, Tatum McDowell, Jenna Rimensnyder; St. Petersburg: Danielle Paquette, Haleigh Reddick, Breanna Setree; St. Petersburg Catholic: Kristy Fudge, Alex Troyer, Kelsey Troyer; Seminole: Ali Bobo, Jen LaBau, Jennie Sittloh; Shorecrest: Alexis Galinski, Jaque Galinski, Hayley Jayson, Hannah Smith, Molly Webber; Tarpon Springs: Annie Causey, Elaina Goodin, Danielle LaBella

Pitcher of the Year Sara Nevins, Sr., Pinellas Park

Why we picked her: Nevins earned our Player of the Year award in a tight race over East Lake's Alyssa Bache, who was virtually unhittable during the playoffs. Nevins, though, was spectacular from the first pitch of the season and threw every game for Pinellas Park to edge out Bache. The USF signee compiled a 21-4 record and county-low 0.41 ERA. In her final season, Nevins led the Patriots to their first PCAC championship and first district championship. Behind Nevins, Pinellas Park advanced to the region semifinals, also a first.

Most impressive accomplishment: Nevins struck out a career-high 331 batters this season, giving her 1,160 total strikeouts for her stellar career. Over the 1701/3 innings Nevins pitched, the lethal left-hander fanned close to two hitters (1.94) an inning. She threw 2,649 total pitches; 1,823 of them were strikes.

Did you know? Nevins has been awarded either our Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year award three years running.

Player of the Year Madison O'Brien, Sr., Palm Harbor U.

Why we picked her: One of the most naturally gifted players the county has ever produced, O'Brien followed three spectacular seasons at the high school level with her best year yet. Hitting in the No. 3 spot, she finished the season with a staggering .658 average after collecting 52 hits. She led all Pinellas County players with seven home runs and 53 RBIs. And she might be even better defensively. Her range at shortstop is limitless, and her right arm should come with a notice reading heavy artillery.

Most impressive accomplishment: As well as O'Brien played during the regular season, she was more dangerous in the postseason. Against Countryside in the district semifinals, O'Brien belted a homer and had two RBIs. In the district final vs. Sarasota, her two-out double in the seventh extended the game and her single in the ninth brought home the winning run and district title. O'Brien single-handedly destroyed Brandon in the region quarterfinal after smashing a grand slam and collecting eight RBIs.

Did you know? O'Brien, who started at second base as a freshman and has been in the lineup ever since, signed with Florida State in November. She will be reunited with her brother Mike, who just completed his junior year.

Times' all-Pinellas County softball team 06/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:02am]
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