To her credit: Led Southeast in nearly every important category as a pitcher and hitter. A workhorse on the mound threw 125.1 innings out of the 126 Southeast played while compiling a 2.07 ERA with 212 strikeouts. Led the Seminoles with a .433 batting average and a 14 RBIs. Had .514 on-base percentage and a .566 slugging percentage.
Fast facts: Plans to major in biology in college because she enjoys studying about the human body and wants to work in the medical field. She currently teaches softball to younger girls and wants to continue that after high school and college. The biggest obstacle she had to overcome was getting back on the field after a play at home plate collision that knocked out a lot of her teeth.
Up next: Has accepted a scholarship to play softball for NCAA Division II Young Harris College in Georgia, which finished with its most successful season in school history this past season.
Junior, Lakewood Ranch
To her credit: The slicking fielding shortstop is a first-team repeat selection. She finished second on the team with a .440 batting average, .565 on-base percentage, .667 slugging percentage, 26 hits and four homers. Tied for second on team with 28 RBIs and stole six bases in six attempts and was second on the Mustangs with 33 runs scored.
Fast facts: Kinsey lists her parents as her biggest inspiration. Her father, T.J., was a standout pitcher for Spanish River High School and pitched at the University of North Florida. Her mother, Elizabeth Voight, was a softball standout. She is a member of the Bartow High School Hall of Fame and set the UNF single-season record for stolen bases. Kinsey’s favorite subject is World History.
Up next: Has orally committed to the University of South Florida. She will play for the Tampa Mustangs this summer, participating in the tournaments throughout the country.
To her credit: The area’s most versatile player, James earns her third All-Area first-team selection — this time as a catcher. Her offensive production was unmatched. She slugged an area-best 10 homers while hitting for a .642 batting average with 40 runs scored, 16 RBI, a .736 on-base percentage with an astonishing 1.509 slugging percentage. James also stole 33 bases and struck out only three times in 72 plate appearances.
Fast facts: Comes from an athletic family that includes her father, Ronald, mother, Tequia Steward, and sister, Lawanda James, who also played softball. Her favorite subject is science and her long-range goal is to earn a Ph.D. in physical therapy. Lists her father and Bayshore pitching coach Shawn Schmoll as the two biggest influences in her life. Considered an intelligent, very savvy player who had a huge impact on her teammates.
Up next: Has signed to play for the University of South Florida. She says her immediate goal is to hit a homer in her first collegiate at-bat, have her number retired at USF and earn a spot on Team USA softball.
Senior, Braden River
To her credit: Second on the team with a .564 batting average, 36 RBIs and 41 runs. Led the Pirates with a .650 on-base percentage and seven triples; tied for second with four homers and smacked 13 doubles. The slick fielding first baseman committed only three errors in 194 chances for a team-leading .984 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: Earns her third first-team All-Area selection. Comes from an athletic family that includes her brother Vincent, a standout pitcher at Braden River who played at Florida Southern, and two uncles who made it to Triple-A. Her dream since childhood has been to play for Team USA and/or professionally. Plans to major in business marketing in college and get a masters in sports management. Her favorite subject is art history and lists her hobbies as fishing and collecting autographs. Favorite type of movies are comedies and horror and favorite food is Cuban.
Up next: Has signed with the University of South Florida and will work this summer on getting ready to start her college career.
Junior, Braden River
To her credit: Led the high-powered Braden River offense with a .583 BA, 43 RBIs, 46 runs and 56 hits. Finished with a .608 on-base percentage, 4 homers, 16 doubles and five triples. Committed six errors in 102 chances for a .939 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: A three-time first-team All-Area selection, the second baseman is on the cusp of a rare feat if she makes it again next season. She says her dad, Rob, has played the biggest role in her career noting “he pushed me and never gave up on me.” Hopes to be a veterinarian someday because she loves animals. She says her favorite movie is the “Kingsman” and favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Her toughest obstacle is hitting slumps. “They are the worst,” she says.
Up next: Has orally committed to Rutgers and plans to play for the Tampa Mustangs during the offseason in preparation for her final high school season.
To her credit: A three-time first-team All-Area selection, the center fielder finished with a .424 batting average and was second on the team with 18 RBIs and four homers. She compiled a .487 on-base percentage and .696 slugging percentage with two doubles and two homers.
Fast facts: Comes from an athletic set of siblings that includes brothers Josh, Joey and James, who played high school sports. Says her mother, Renate, is the greatest influence in her life. An excellent student, her favorite subject is English. She likes to write poetry. Plans to major in in education in college and hopes to teach and coach softball someday.
Up next: Plans to attend College of Central Florida in Ocala.
Senior, Braden River
To her credit: The shortstop put on a postseason performance for the ages, getting eight hits in her last eight at-bats all the way through the Class 7A state semifinals. For the season, she finished with a .507 batting average with 32 runs scored and 20 RBIs. Had three doubles, three triples and one homer while compiling a .544 on base percentage. Stole seven bases in seven attempts, compiled a .921 fielding percentage with seven errors in 92 chances.
Fast facts: Hitting ninth in the order despite carrying one of the most potent bats in the lineup, Ross never complained, saying “my favorite part about my sport is being able to come through for my team in a big situations when they need me the most.” Was well-tutored by her father, Richard Ross, who was a three-sport athlete at West Orange High School, and mother, Kris Adams, who played softball. Her favorite subject is science because she says she loves anatomy. She says her biggest obstacle is focusing on the positive because sometimes she lets the game get to her if she is not doing well.
Up next: Has signed to play softball for Stetson University where she will enroll in the discovery program to discover what she wants to to do after college.
Junior, Lakewood Ranch
To her credit: Led the Mustangs with a .547 batting average, .619 on-base percentage, .768 slugging percentage, 52 hits and had four triples with two homers and seven doubles. The outfielder stole 29 bases in 32 attempts and scored a team-high 42 runs.
Fast facts: Her favorite part of the game is stealing bases, which is a reason the next closest base stealer on the team had eight. Follows her sister, Sierra, who played for Lakewood Ranch. Hopes to become an athletic trainer and wants to major in exercise science in college; lists math as her favorite subject.
Up next: During the offseason, she plays for her travel team, the Tampa Mustangs, which is coached by T.J. Goelz. Will continue to improve her game in hopes of getting a scholarship to a major program.
To her credit: The area’s most dominant pitcher earns her second All-Area first-team selection and Player of Year honor in three years. In 120 innings, she struck out 206, compiled a 0.29 ERA and held opponents to a .054 batting average. The junior right-hander also showed her prowess with the bat finishing second on the team with a .585 batting average, five homers, .654 on-base percentage and 1.046 slugging percentage with a team leading 15 doubles.
Fast facts: Schmoll excels in the classroom as much as she does on the field. She is a National Honor Society student with a 4.7 GPA, who is already working on her college credits. She plans to be an occupational therapist and hopes to work at All Children’s Hospital someday. Math is her favorite subject and she is a Mu Alpha Theta member. Her father, Shawn, Bayshore pitching coach, played football at Catawba College and mother, Stacy, played softball in Louisiana.
Up next: Has verbally committed to USF and says nothing will change that. Will work during the summer to improve her pitching repertoire to finish up her high school career with another banner season.
Bradenton Christian: Abby Leahy, eighth grade
Bayshore: Courtney Ueltschi, sophomore, Madyson Ramirez, junior.
Braden River: Sarah Crawford, junior, Ali Yawn, sophomore, Brooke Farrow, junior.
Lakewood Ranch: Mackenzie Meyer, junior, Kailey Christian, sophomore, Morgan Cummins, sophomore.
Manatee: Peyton Varela, senior, Kara Saylor, sophomore.
Palmetto: Kyria Holcomb, junior, Ashley Price, freshman