Taylor Bell, sr., Manatee
To her credit: The Hurricanes' top hitter and four-year starter finished the season with a .442 batting average that included three doubles, three triples and a home run. The slick-fielding shortstop with good range and a strong arm had a .965 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: Bell says her sister, Heather, who played softball for Bayshore and University of West Florida, is the most inspirational person in her playing career. Bell wants to became a mechanical engineer and design amusement rides. Her favorite subject is math and favorite book is "Interstellar." She was the school's prom queen this year.
Up next: Bell signed to play for the University of Central Florida. This summer, she is playing for the Tampa Mustangs Boynton and will be traveling to Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina.
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Kinsey Goelz, soph., Braden River
To her credit: The shortstop proved to be a clutch hitter in leading the Pirates with 28 RBIs while compiling a .356 batting average; she hit four homers, eight doubles and two triples with 20 runs scored and a .451 on-base percentage. She was solid with the glove, finished with a .923 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: Goelz comes from an athletic family. Her mother, Elizabeth (Voight), was a standout softball player and is in the Bartow High School Hall of Fame. Her dad, TJ, played baseball for Spanish River and the University of North Florida. Goelz won an outstanding academic achievement award the past two years and lists world history as her favorite subject. She wants to work in sports someday,
Up next: Goelz verbally committed to USF. She will play travel ball this summer with the Tampa Mustangs, participating in events throughout the country, including Colorado and California.
Bethaney Keen, jr., Braden River
To her credit: Keen led the Pirates with a .500 batting average, .830 slugging percentage and 12 doubles and tied for the team lead with five homers. She scored 25 runs and drove in 22. Keen is an exceptional contact hitter who struck only twice in 101 plate appearances. The slick-fielding first baseman committed only four errors in 262 chances for a team-best .985 fielding percentage among regulars.
Fast facts: Keen was an All-Area first-team selection two years ago as a freshman. Her favorite subject is history, and she says she would like to work in sports marketing someday. Other goals are to play for Team USA and/or professionally overseas. Her brother, Vincent, pitched for Braden River and Florida Southern.
Up next: Keen committed to USF. This summer, she will be touring the country with her travel ball team. She wants to be like Derek Jeter because she says he is well-respected as a player and a person.
Kyra Klarkowski, jr., Lakewood Ranch
To her credit: The fleet-footed center fielder led the Mustangs in nearly every offensive category. She had a ,429 batting average with 26 RBIs, 18 runs scored, six homers, .535 on-base percentage and .860 slugging percentage.
Fast facts: Klarkowski would like to be a physician's assistant someday because she loves helping others. Her favorite subject is science because she likes to know why things are the way they are. She owns a 4.3 GPA. Her uncle, Chad Kreuter, played 16 years in the major leagues, mainly as a catcher.
Up next: She will be playing throughout the country this summer with her travel ball team, the Tampa Mustangs. Klarkowski has committed to the University of Central Florida.
LaShara James, jr., Bayshore
To her credit: James led the area with a .683 batting average with six homers, four triples, eight doubles and a team-high 38 RBIs. She stole 25 bases and scored 29 runs while playing catcher, outfield and second base for the Bruins.
Fast facts: A repeat first-team selection, James is arguably the area's most dynamic player. Her favorite subject is science, and her future goals are earning a master's degree in physical therapy and playing on the USA softball team. She sees herself as the female version of Jackie Robinson and says her favorite movie is "42". Her father, James, played football at Bayshore.
Up next: James has verbally committed to USF. This summer, she will be playing for the Sarasota Heat.
Mackenzie Meyer, soph., Lakewood Ranch
To her credit: The versatile second baseman was one of the Mustangs' offensive leaders. She finished the season with a .387 batting average, four homers, 26 runs scored and 18 RBIs. Her season highlight was a two-out, walk-off three-run homer in a victory over Palmetto.
Fast facts: Meyer wants to follow her parents and work in the entertainment field. Her mother, Maradith, is a former professional skater and toured with Disney On Ice and her father Jeff does public-relations work for Disney and Barnum and Bailey. She is a National Honor Society member with a 4.4 GPA, and her favorite subject is history. She says she picked softball over ice skating because it is a messy and dirty sport.
Up next: This summer, Meyer is playing travel ball for Team Mizuno, which will compete in a national tournaments. She has verbally committed to the University of Jacksonville.
Myah Moy, soph., Braden River
To her credit: Moy compiled a .481 batting average and tied for the team lead with five homers; she had 10 doubles and two triples. She led the team with 10 stolen bases (never caught) and 27 runs scored and had 24 RBIs. She made only 2 errors in 121 chances as an infielder for a .983 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: A repeat first-team selection, Moy says English and engineering are her favorite subjects and she would like to work in sports management or sports law. Her favorite movie is "Little Rascals." Moy credits her father, Rob, for being the most inspirational person in her life. She packs a lot of power, especially for someone not very big, and her fielding is exceptional.
Up next: Moy will play for the Tampa Mustangs this summer and travel the country,heading to Chicago, Colorado and California. She wants to play in college, but is not sure where.
JoJo Muldoon, jr., Bayshore
To her credit: A repeat first-team selection, the outfielder finished with a .467 batting average that included 11 doubles, three triples and one homer. She drove in 22 runs and scored 19 and stole 10 bases.
Fast facts: She writes poetry, is an avid reader and writer and lists English as her favorite subject. Muldoon would like to be a social worker. Her favorite movie is "Coach Carter" because she says it showed the passion and desire of athletes and their coach to succeed. She lists her mother, Renate, as the greatest inspiration in her life. Her brother, Josh, plays football for Manatee.
Up next: Muldoon has committed to College of Central Florida in Ocala. She will play travel ball this summer with Team Mizuno.
Megan Stevens, sr., Southeast
To her credit: As the Cal Ripken of area softball, Stevens played every varsity game for Southeast in four years (91) and finished with a career .357 batting average and .500 on-base percentage playing multiple positions, including pitcher and catcher. Last season, she led the Seminoles with .397 batting average and .519 on-base percentage with 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
Fast facts: A decorated student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and FACA Academic All State team. Her favorite subject is math because, she says, "It's straightforward."
Up next: Stevens says her dad, Scott, a volunteer assistant for Southeast, has been the most inspirational person in her career. The best part of softball for her was playing for him.
Up next: Stevens will attend Georgia Tech with hopes of working for a major manufacturing company as an industrial engineer.
Kendall Vedder, sr., Palmetto
To her credit: Vedder finished with a .371 batting average, .430 on-base percentage and .457 slugging percentage with 10 RBIs, 12 runs scored, eight doubles and two triples. A defensive stalwart at shortstop, she committed only four errors in 124 chances for a .977 fielding percentage.
Fast facts: The four-year starter finished her career with her second straight All-Area first team-selection. A National Honor Society member, she wants to pursue a career in sports medicine/exercise science, in part because she wants to give back to her community. Vedder credits her parents and her brother, Brett, a former Palmetto baseball player, for playing a significant role in her career. Her favorite book is "The Hunger Games."
Up next: Vedder has signed to play with NCAA Division I Austin Peay. She will play this summer with the Sarasota Heat travel team.
BAYSHORE -- Taylor Izatt, sr.; Madyson Ramirez, soph; Miriam Schmoll, soph.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- Carley Carbary, jr.
BRADEN RIVER -- Zaire Yancy, soph; Sarah Crawford, soph.
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Maddie Biggs, jr.; Denali Schappacher, soph.
MANATEE -- Peyton Varela, jr.
PALMETTO -- Jordan Whitaker, sr.; Sabria Bruton, sr.
SAINT STEPHEN'S -- Lindsay Barton, sr.
-- Alan Dell, Herald sports writer