Columbia's Kvistad 6A Dairy Farmers' top player
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Columbia junior third baseman Kayli Kvistad has been named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 6A softball player of the year, in a vote of statewide media representatives and the FACA district chairman.
Kvistad, a UF commit, batted .617 with 12 doubles, six home runs, 37 RBIs with 40 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and a .718 on-base percentage in leading the Tigers (28-4) to their first state championship. She had a two-run double in the sixth inning in Columbia's 6-2 championship win over defending state champ Pembroke Pines Charter in Vero Beach on May 12.
Also being honored as coaches of the year, for their classifications, were Columbia's Jimmy Williams in 6A and Daniel Davis, who led Bradford (28-3), which had no seniors, to its first state tournament. This was also the Tigers' first state tournament appearance.
Kvistad will be one of eight candidates from the seven other classification winners, who will be in the running for the 2013 Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Softball Award. Williams and Davis will be two of eight candidates for the overall coach of the year. The overall winners should be announced in the next two to three weeks.