O'Steen, Jerkins, Reimer sign with colleges

Lafayette softball player Lindsay O’Steen, center, signed a letter of intent with College of Central Florida on Wednesday. College of Central Florida head softball coach Kerri Ryskamp (left) is with Lafayette softball coach Derek Garland. O’Steen was the 2012 Gainesville Sun Small School Athlete of the Year. (Submitted photo/Jack Howdeshell)

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.

Lindsay O’Steen

School: Lafayette

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher

Height: 5-foot-10

College chosen: Central Florida College (Ocala)

Other schools considered: Chipola College

Stats: First-team all-area in 2012, went 11-2 on the mound with a 2.59 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched. Also hit .388 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 46 RBIs for the Class 1A state champions. O’Steen, who was The Sun’s Small School Athlete of the Year in 2012, was this season’s Small School Volleyball Player of the Year.

Quotable: “I really liked the coach and the campus at Central Florida. Although I really enjoyed playing volleyball and winning a state title again was great, I really love playing softball and am thankful to continue to play it in college. Our goal is to win the state title again in softball this year, and coach (Derek) Garland said we shouldn’t be complacent. We know it will take a lot of work to get back to play for a state title.”

Savannah Jerkins

School: Santa Fe

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher

Height: 5-foot-5

College chosen: State College of Florida (Bradenton)

Other schools considered: St. Leo, Eckerd College

Stats: A second-team all-area player in 2012 when she played center field for the Raiders, hitting .391 on the season with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Quotable: “It (State College of Florida) is very small, like a close-knit family like I had here, but I’m taking it with me. It is not a big school. They recruited me as a pitcher/hitter, which is cool because not many pitchers get to hit in college.”

Jake Reimer

School: Gainesville

Sport: Baseball

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 175 pounds

College chosen: Daytona State College (Daytona Beach)

Other schools considered: Seminole Community College and Polk State College

Stats: In 2012, a second team all-area player who went 4-3 on the mound with a 1.97 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.

Quotable: “I just like the atmosphere there and it is close to the beach. Me and the pitching coach there (Chris Riley) work well together. He watched me pitch. I think we will have a pretty productive season this season and are looking for more team leadership.”

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