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Softball coach reaches 300 wins

Three seasons after becoming Saint Leo's winningest softball coach, Christi Wade notched her 300th.

That milestone came Friday in the fourth of seven games for the Lions in the Leadoff Classic tournament at Phoenix.

Saint Leo (7-4) went 5-2 to win the Silver bracket of that series, including Friday's 14-1 defeat of New Mexico Highlands, for its most decisive victory of the season.

After that game, the team congratulated Wade on the mound and the coach said the game ball is destined for the Division II school's trophy case.

"It kind of caught me off guard," Wade said of her players' awareness of the milestone. "I knew it was coming, but I didn't think they knew it."

Wade, 303-217 in her 10th season at Saint Leo, surpassed Ray Carver in 2003. Carver, who also coached at Pasco High, went 218-197 in 10 seasons.

"All of it is nice and everything," Wade said of her career milestones, "but my main thing is I want my teams to perform and do well.

"I'm not a person to get caught up in the numbers."

WEEKLY ACE: Saint Leo pitcher Katie Heintz was named Sunshine State Conference pitcher of the week Monday.

The senior All-American went 3-1 with an 0.72 earned-run average at the Leadoff Classic. Heintz, a southpaw, struck out 50 and limited opposing batters to a .179 average.

For the season, Heintz is 4-2 with a 0.69 ERA and 67 strikeouts.