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Thu. June 11, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay softball teams (with video)

Pinellas Player of the Year: Logyn Lilley, Sr., Palm Harbor University

Why we picked her: Lilley was the veteran on a team with a combined 13 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. She provided leadership, as well as some pop at the plate. This season, Lilley hit a career-high .729 with 50 RBIs and 38 runs scored. Her play helped PHU keep its seven-year playoff streak alive with a district title and an appearance in the region semifinals, where the Hurricanes lost to eventual Class 8A state champion Newsome. 

Biggest accomplishment: A four-year starter, Lilley finished her career with 215 hits, becoming the first player in Pinellas County — and perhaps the state — to achieve that mark. She also set a county record with 180 career RBIs.

What’s next: Lilley signed with Tennessee in November. The Volunteers finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation. Lilley will continue playing in tournaments with her travel team before heading to Knoxville in August. 

Quotable: “It was a great season because we were a young team and I was able to help our team become better. The stats do not mean as much to me as how our team is performing. I probably look at stuff more like RBIs and on-base percentage because those are things that are helping our team score runs and win.”

Pinellas Pitcher of the Year: Kama Woodall, So., Canterbury

Why we picked her: The three-year starter has become one of the premier pitchers in the area. She had already started — and won — two Class 2A championship games and was trying for her third. Canterbury came up just short, losing to eventual champion Aucilla Christian in the 2A semifinals. Still, Woodall had a solid season with a 15-2 record, 0.58 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 107.2 innings. 

Biggest accomplishment: Woodall was at her best at the end of the season. She threw six straight shutouts leading up to the state semifinal game. Woodall’s scoreless streak ended with a 1-0 loss in the semifinals but she had 12 strikeouts — her second-highest total of the season — and allowed just three hits.  

What’s next: Last summer, Woodall committed to North Carolina State, which was ranked No. 19 this season. She will continue to play softball with her travel team. 

Quotable: “The season went really well for us. It was one of our best of all time. We had a lot of wins against a lot of really good teams. It just didn’t come out the way we wanted it to. This last state appearance doesn’t even feel like it happened because we didn’t get the result we wanted. It’s just always an expectation of our team to get the state tournament.”

North Suncoast Player of the Year: Megan Lane, Sr., Hernando

Why we picked her: No one was more active on the base paths than Lane. She had an on-base percentage of .706. Once Lane was on first, she didn’t stay there for long. Given the green light, Lane stole bases at a record pace, finishing with a bay-area record 87, a total that ranked second in the nation. She also batted .646 and hit safely in her last 17 games. That production was a big reason the Leopards made the playoffs as a district champion despite graduating several starters from the year before.

Most impressive accomplishment: Lane finished her high school career with 243 stolen bases. She not only swiped a staggering amount of bases but was efficient in doing it. Lane was caught stealing just 13 times in her career. This season, she had a stolen base in every game and twice had seven in a game. 

What’s next: Lane will take her base-running talents to Mercer, where she is expected to compete for playing time as a freshman.

Quotable: “My goal once I get on base is to go from first to third as quickly as possible. I usually try to do it in two pitches. I don’t really work on speed. It’s just more of getting a good lead and having good anticipation. It’s a lot of stolen bases, but I’m just as happy with how our team did. We lost a lot of players, and it was kind of surprising how well we played.”

North Suncoast Pitcher of the Year: Louisa Disi, Sr., Springstead

Why we picked her: Disi mowed down batters with efficiency. She finished with a 21-5 record, 1.22 ERA and 305 strikeouts. Disi also posted 11 shutouts and held opponents to a .119 batting average against her. At the plate, she was just as impressive with a team-leading five home runs and 28 RBIs. Those numbers were a big reason the Eagles went 7-1 in Class 6A, District 10 to earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament. About the only thing Disi and Springstead were unable to do was make the playoffs. The Eagles lost to Mitchell in the district semifinals. 

Most impressive accomplishment: Disi led the area with 305 strikeouts this season. That total also set the Hernando County record, surpassing the mark of 271 held by former Hernando standout Chrissy Hartley, now the pitching coach for the Eagles. 

What’s next: Disi signed with Miami Dade College for the next two seasons and hopes to play for a four-year program after that. 

Quotable: “Usually I get a lot of strikeouts when I play, but this season I just started to rack them up. Probably about one-third of the way toward the end of the season I realized I was only about 80 strikeouts away from the record. So after that I made sure I got a couple extra so I could beat it. When I got the record it was pretty exciting. We couldn’t pull through at the end, but overall it was a good season for the team and for me.”

Hillsborough Player of the Year: Jenna Brownell, Sr., Chamberlain

Why we picked her: The Chiefs’ quest to make their third state tournament appearance in four seasons could have been derailed after two starters left the team, leaving a roster that had just two seniors. Brownell was one of them and she ended up being the catalyst for Chamberlain’s remarkable postseason run that ended with an 8-7 loss to Ocala Forest in the Class 6A state title game. She hit .485 with four home runs and 40 RBIs.

Most impressive accomplishment: At the state tournament, Brownell went on a tear at the plate. She was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 3-0 state semifinal win over Stuart South Fork. In the title game, Brownell was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first inning that gave her team an early lead. She hit another shot in the sixth inning of the title game that reached the warning track and might have won the game had it sailed over the fence.

What’s next: Brownell has signed with North Florida and will play for the Ospreys in the spring.

Quotable: “I feel like everyone kind of overlooked us. We were the underdog. We had a lot of losses. We just came out and surprised everyone. I’m really proud of my team. My goal all year was to be a leader to these girls. I grew up with leaders such as Bianka Bell (now at LSU). I just tried to be the best. I just thought of my team throughout the season and I wanted to come through for them.” 

Hillsborough Pitcher of the Year:  Claire Feldman, Jr., Newsome

Why we picked her: Playing in Class 8A, District 7, one of the toughest districts in the state, Feldman helped the Wolves to a district title and memorable postseason run that ended with the program’s first state title. Feldman’s biggest attribute was making opponents take a seat whenever they faced her on the mound. She recorded double-digits in strikeouts in eight of her starts, including a season-high 17 against Bloomingdale in the district semifinals. Feldman finished with a 10-3 record, as well as a 0.80 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.

Most impressive accomplishment: The bigger the game, the better Feldman pitched. In the district semifinals, Feldman threw a no-hitter to beat defending state champion Bloomingdale. In the state semifinals, Feldman recorded 11 strikeouts in a win against nationally ranked Hagerty. And in the state championship against Miami Coral Reef, Feldman came on in relief in the sixth to get Newsome out of a jam and help secure the title. 

What’s next: Feldman will be back next season as the Wolves defend their state title. She will play in tournaments across the country this summer with her travel team. 

Quotable: “Without a doubt the biggest moment for us was winning the state championship. It was such a great reward for all of our hard work. We set the goal from the beginning of the season that we wanted to win a state championship and it was such a great moment for us.” 

Coach of the Year 

Autumn Dunn, Newsome: The third-year coach guided her team to a charmed run throughout the season. Newsome won the ultra-tough Class 8A, District 7 title to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. After three region wins, the Wolves were in the state semifinals for the first time since 2007. And to cap it all off, they won their first state title.

First team

P Haley Murphy, Fr., Riverview: Had a stellar high school debut with a 0.81 ERA and 240 strikeouts facing tough 8A-7 competition.

P Shannon Saile, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Finished with a 15-3 record, 1.45 ERA and 145 strikeouts. 

P Lace Smith, Sr., Bloomingdale: Buffalo signee was 17-5 with a 1.45 ERA and 198 strikeouts. 

P Danielle Tringali, Jr., Plant: Pitched most of the big games for the Panthers and had a 1.41 ERA and 89 strikeouts. 

C Danielle Romanello, So., Canterbury: Class 2A player of the year hit .573 with 27 RBIs and six home runs. 

IF Lindsay Boynton, Sr., Steinbrenner: Mercer signee had impressive offensive numbers with a .533 average, seven homers and 44 RBIs.

IF Elizabeth Jackson, Sr., Bloomingdale: Two-sport athlete hit .507 with seven RBIs and 25 runs scored.

IF Hannah Pridemore, Jr., Newsome: Clutch hitter led state champs with a .526 average and hit safely in her final 13 games.  

IF Erica Serafini, Sr., Steinbrenner: Led team with .556 average, and had three homers and 22 RBIs. 

OF Madisyn Palmer, Sr., River Ridge: Florida Atlantic signee had a .516 average and ended season on an 18-game hit streak. 

OF Hope Hernandez, So., Chamberlain: Hit .385 and scored four of the Chiefs’ 10 runs in their state tournament games. 

OF Aliyah Andrews, Jr., East Lake: LSU commit hit .456, struck out just three times and had 30 stolen bases. 

UTIL Cassidy Davis, Jr., Newsome: Versatile player led team with four home runs, and had 1.07 ERA and 99 strikeouts.

DH Lindsey White, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Power hitter led the bay area with nine home runs and had 30 RBIs for playoff team. 

Second team

P Hailee DeCicco, Fr. Gaither

P Riley Randolph, Sr., Northeast

P Grace Street, Sr., Freedom

P Alea White, Jr., Cambridge Christian

C Elizabeth Mason, Jr., Gaither

IF Maddie Bertisch, Sr., East Lake

IF Taylor Bump, So., Canterbury

IF Lindsey Hupp, Sr., Zephyrhills

IF Keeley Mayers, Sr., Countryside

OF Katie Flanagan, Sr., Palm Harbor University

OF Rachel Heuker, Jr., Plant

OF Janae Perera, Sr., Sickles

UTIL Makenzie Goluba, Sr., River Ridge

DH Edmilly Molina, So., Plant City

Third team

P Aubrey Ehlers, Sr., Dunedin

P Corynn Miner, Jr., Admiral Farragut

P Stella Preston, Jr., Countryside

P Abbey Primavera, So., Nature Coast

C Madison Culver, Sr., East Bay

IF Mackenzie Jahn, Sr., Seminole

IF Adri Jones, Sr., Leto

IF Kelsea Vanderveer, Jr., Mitchell

IF Baily Wilson, So., Palm Harbor University

OF Hannah Ciatto, Jr., Osceola

OF Rachel Graham, Jr., Pasco

OF Jaime Valenta, So., Wiregrass Ranch

UTIL Marcella Parrado, Jr., Leto

DH Abbie Sexton, Sr., Dunedin

Honorable mention

Academy of the Holy Names: Julia Schifino; Academy at the Lakes: Skyler Boynton, Alexis Kilfoyl; Alonso: Megan Wetzel; Anclote: Kourtney Gracie; Berkeley Prep: McKenzie Ward; Boca Ciega: Alexis Blasingane; Caylie VanAuken; Canterbury: Hailey Hopkins, Maddie Posey; Carrollwood Day: Emma Frost; Chamberlain: Shannon Maloney, Reganne McCarl; Countryside: Emily Hollenbeck, Kayla Sanchez; Dixie Hollins: Carlee Lucas; East Lake: Nicci Palumbo; Gulf: Britney Pressler; Hernando: Lauren Moore; Hudson: Sara Brown; Land O’Lakes: Tayler Holt, Gabriella Santiago, Kendall Tipton, Tori Wilkins; Nature Coast: Celine Kordon; Newsome: Brooke Leistl; Northeast: Ashley McNally; Northside Christian: Jordyn Counts; Osceola: Lindsey Hall, Megan Weisenberg; Pasco: Kacie Huber; Plant: Kayla McGory; River Ridge: Anessa Holes, Brook Schwaner; Seminole: Savanna Rumore; Springstead: Abby Oliver; Sunlake: Mariah Melendez, Cassidy Roberts; Tampa Prep: Kamryn Beach; Wiregrass Ranch: Elizabeth Diaz, Lindsey Snyder

 

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