Herald All-Area Softball Team capsules

June 14, 2014 

LaShara James, soph, INF/OF, Bayshore

To her credit: The slick-fielding second baseman led the Bruins in nearly every offensive category with a .580 batting average, .664 on-base percentage, 43 RBIs, 53 runs scored, 51 hits, six triples and eight homers. She had at least one hit in every game and had 10 games of three or more hits. James stole 29 bases in 32 attempts.

Fast facts: Her favorite subject is biology ,and her favorite number and movie is "42," the latter of which detailed the life of Jackie Robinson. James credits much of her success to her father, Ronald, who played football at Bayshore.

Up next: James has verbally committed to USF. This summer, she will be playing for the Jacksonville Gators travel ball team. She hopes to be a physical therapist one day.

Myah Moy, fr. INF, Braden River

To her credit: The second baseman appeared to come out of nowhere and make a big splash in her first year of high school ball. She led the Pirates with a .420 batting average and smacked two homers with thre triples and four doubles and 18 RBIs. She was a vacuum on defense with a .992 fielding percentage.

Fast facts: Moy's favorite subject is English, and she likes studying about ancient times. She loves animals and is thinking about becoming a veterinarian. Her favorite book is "Eight Days to Live," and favorite movie is "Toy Story" because she says it teaches a lot and is cute. Moy credits her father, Rob, as being the most inspirational person in her life.

Up next: She will play summer travel ball with the Tampa Mustangs. Her college plans are still in the future, but Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast are favorites.

JoJo Muldoon, soph., OF, Bayshore

To her credit: The fleet-footed outfielder was an offensive juggernaut. She compiled a .506 batting average with 45 hits, including a team-high 13 doubles along with a .556 on-base percentage, four triples and two homers.

Fast facts: Her favorite subject is English because she has a passion for writing. She would like to be a social worker. Muldoon says her favorite movie is "Coach Carter" because it did an excellent job of showing the importance of coaches who want you to succeed. She says her mother is the greatest inspiration in her life.

Up next: Muldoon plans to play travel ball with Team Mizuno. She hopes to play softball at either FAU or Florida.

Amanda Rak, jr., P, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: The right-hander continued to be one of the area's most dominant pitchers. She compiled a 15-4 record with a 1.20 earned-run average, struck out 106 in 86 innings with 20 walks and held opponents to a .195 batting average and threw eight shutouts.

Fast facts: Her favorite subject is math because she finds it the most challenging. Her favorite book is "Soul Surfer" because she finds it inspiration, and she lists former collegiate All-American pitcher Jennie Finch as her idol and someone she has looked up to since she was a little girl.

Up next: Rak plans to play for the Sarasota Heat 18U Gold traveling team this summer. She verbally committed to Florida Tech and wants to become an accountant.

Jackie Schoff, jr., OF, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: One of the area's most exciting players because of her speed on the base paths, the center fielder finished with a .365 batting average and a .562 on-base percentage. She had 12 extra base hits, scored 34 runs, drove in 25 and stole 18 bases and had a .933 fielding percentage.

Fast facts: Schoff comes from an athletic family that includes her grandfather, Jack Harper, who was a running back for the Miami Dolphins and the University of Florida in the 1960s and played with Steve Spurrier and Bob Griese. Her favorite subject is chemistry, and she enjoys doing experiments. Her favorite movie is "The Blind Side," and she credits her mother, Dawn (track/softball standout at Tampa Chamberlain), for being the most inspirational person in her life.

Up next: Schoff will be with the Sarasota Heat travel ball team this summer. She has verbally committed to Florida International.

Kristin Staley, sr., C, Bayshore

To her credit: The potent offensive player finished with a .505 batting average and .564 on-base percentage, Staley had 49 hits, 18 RBIs and 42 runs scored. She stole 29 bases in 31 attempts for a team-high 94 percent success rate.

Fast facts: Her favorite book is "The Blind Side" because she was inspired by the courage and desire displayed by Michael Oher. She credits both her parents for providing inspiration and helping her during the good and bad times. Her favorite subject is accounting, and she loved all her business classes.

Up next: Staley will attend Flagler College on a softball scholarship. She wants to major in sports management with a minor in marketing and would like to be a marketing agent for a sports team.

Kirsten Samuels, sr. Utility, Saint Stephen's

To her credit: Samuels led the Falcons with a .540 batting average. She compiled a .591 on-base percentage and never struck out during the season, while compiling 12 doubles and four triples and scoring 12 runs.

Fast facts: Normally a second baseman, Samuels took the mound for the Falcons last season to help fill a void and turned into one of the most versatile players in the area. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honors Society. She says her favorite subject is environmental science because she enjoys learning how the world works.

Up next: Samuels plans to play softball at Division III Rhodes College in Memphis, which plays in the Southern Athletic Conference and finished 26-14 last season. She will play travel ball this summer.

Miriam Schmoll, fr. P, Bayshore

To her credit: In pitching the girls program to its first state tournament appearance, the right-hander compiled a 16-4 record with a 1.21 ERA while striking out 211 in 132 2/3 innings and holding opponents to a .208 batting average.

Fast facts: Schmoll started playing softball at 4 years old and became a pitcher when she was 7. She is taking all honors courses, has compiled a 4.6 grade-point average and is on course to receive her AA degree when she graduates high school. Her favorite subject in school is math because she loves numbers. Schmoll had a .444 batting average and was second on the Bruins with 30 RBIs and five homers.

Up next: Schmoll will play for the Palm Beach Gators travel ball team this summer. She has verbally committed to USF and says she would like to be a cardiologist someday.

Kendall Vedder, jr. INF, Palmetto

To her credit: The slick-fielding shortstop showed her prowess with the bat, leading the team with a.603 slugging percentage and finishing with a .397 batting average. She drove in 22 runs and scored 22 and had a .453 on-base percentage.

Fast facts: Vedder has been a starter since her freshman year. A National Honor Society member, she hopes to become a doctor someday and work in sports medicine. Science is her favorite subject, and she enjoys archery. Her brother, Brett, played four years of varsity baseball for Palmetto. She lists her parents as the most inspirational people in her life.

Up next: Vedder will play travel ball with the Sarasota Heat this summer and hopes to go to college on a softball scholarship.

Emilie Wingate, jr., INF, Palmetto

To her credit: The second baseman teamed with Vedder to give Palmetto one of the best middle infields in the area. She finished with a .403 batting average and led the Tigers with 24 runs scored and had a .488 on-base percentage, .537 slugging percentage and 14 RBIs.

Fast facts: Her favorite subject is science. She would like to be an athletic trainer someday. Her favorite book is "Mockingjay," which is the final installment of "The Hunger Games." She says her parents have been the most inspirational people in her life because they are always pushing her to be the best.

Up next: Wingate will play travel ball this summer; has not yet decided on a college, but wants to play softball at the next level.

Kenya Yancy, sr., OF, Braden River

To her credit: A four-year starter, Yancy moved to center field this season after playing infield and showed some unique talent with huge range while throwing out four runners at the plate. She continued to produce at the plate with a .375 batting average and scored 15 runs despite missing a portion of the season due to an injury.

Fast facts: A three-time All-Area first-team choice, she was the only freshman to make the Herald 2011 All-Area first team when she batted .484 and scored a team-high 31 runs. Yancy comes from an athletic family; her grandfather, Hugh Yancy, played in the Chicago White Sox organization, and her father, Carlos, played football for Georgia and was drafted by the New England Patriots.

Up next: Yancy committed to USF as a sophomore and signed with the Bulls this school year, citing a strong desire to play for their longtime head coach, Ken Eriksen.

Honorable mention

BAYSHORE -- Marina Clark, soph.; Madyson Ramirez, fr.; Reesie Karkoff, fr.

BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- Kara Saylor, 8th.

BRADEN RIVER -- Bethaney Keen, soph.; Kinsey Goelz, fr.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Korrin Cline, sr.; Kyra Klarkowski, soph.

MANATEE -- Marriah Wise, sr.; Taylor Bell, jr.

PALMETTO -- Sabria Bruton, jr.; Jordan Whitaker, jr.

SOUTHEAST -- Megan Stevens, jr.

SAINT STEPHEN'S -- Lane Barnes, soph.

-- Capsules by Alan Dell, Herald staff

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