Courtney Mirabella, sr., P, Braden River
To her credit: Mirabella will go down as arguably the best prep school softball pitcher in Manatee County history. She was the state strikeout queen, fanning 288 batters in 146 2/3 innings to average 1.97 strikeouts per inning while compiling a state-best 0.24 ERA and 16-4 record. She recorded 945 strikeouts during her high school career with a 63-17 record and a sub-1.00 ERA. In her last two years, Mirabella struck out 529 batters in 270 1/3 innings.
Fast fact: She is an avid reader and lists "The Outsiders" as her favorite book. She loves scary movies. Her favorite subject is math because she says there is always one right answer. Mirabella hopes to own a Mercedes someday and play on the USA national softball team.
Up next: Mirabella is headed to ACC tournament champion N.C. State, where she hopes to step into the starting rotation next season.
-- Alan Dell, Herald sports writer