The Sun's 2013 All-Area softball teams

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.


First team

P - Ashton Adkins, Bradford, junior: Led the area in strikeouts with 204 in 175 innings pitched, 26-2 record with 1.36 ERA with 15 shutouts in leading the Tornadoes to their first state tournament.

P - Erin Anderson, Columbia, sophomore: Went 14-2 on the season for the Class 6A state champions with a 1.48 ERA, 84 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched, combined with Ashley Shoup on no-hitter in state title game.

P - Ashley Shoup, Columbia, sophomore: Also 14-2 on the season for the state champion Tigers with a 1.29 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 89.1 innings pitched. As a reliever, had a big strikeout with bases loaded in a regional semifinal win over Orange Park Oakleaf.

P - Jessica Wilkinson, Buchholz, senior: The West Florida signee ranked second in area in strikeouts with 175 in 148.2 innings pitched, 13-11 record with a 1.65 ERA for the Bobcats. Also hit four homers at the plate.

P - Audre Bryant, Suwannee, junior: Won six straight, throwing pair of 5-0 shutouts in regional playoff wins over Pensacola West Florida and Panama City Rutherford, and dominating performance in upset at No. 5 Ponte Vedra (8-2) as Bulldogs reached their first state tournament, 6-2 on season with 1.97 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

C - Cassidy McDilda, Buchholz, junior: The Florida State commitment hit .351 with five home runs and 26 RBIs for the Bobcats. Excellent defensive player behind the plate, also an all-area weightlifter.

INF - Jessie TenBroeck, Suwannee, senior: The Stetson signee hit .557 with nine doubles, three triples, two homers, and 21 RBIs; had an area-leading 54 stolen bases and scored 41 runs in leading the Bulldogs to their first state tournament.

INF - Kayli Kvistad, Columbia, junior: The UF commit hit an area-best .617 with five homers, 11 doubles, including a two-run shot in the state final, 37 RBIs and 19 stolen bases for the Class 6A state champion Tigers.

INF - Taylor Cruce, Bradford, sophomore: Led the area with a school-record 13 home runs, including a solo shot in the first inning against Gulliver Prep in the state semifinals, hit .392 with 10 doubles and 42 RBIs.

INF - Summer Damiano, Williston, sophomore: Among the area's leaders in batting average at .537 with seven doubles, one triple and 14 RBIs for the Red Devils.

INF - Tatum Morgan, Columbia, freshman: Batted .412 for the 6A state champions, with 10 doubles, two homers and 16 RBIs. She had two hits and three RBIs in the 6-2 state title win over Pembroke Pines Charter.

OF - Kelsey Waters, Keystone Heights, senior: The State College of Florida signee hit .492 with six doubles, six triples, four homers and 20 RBIs for the regional semifinalists.

OF - Lacey King, Columbia, sophomore: Hit .406 with 11 doubles, three homers and 26 stolen bases for the 6A state champions. Had two hits in the 6-2 state final win over Pembroke Pines Charter.

OF - Amanda Donovan, Gainesville, senior: Batted .394 with eight doubles, three triples and 23 RBIs for the Hurricanes, who reached their first state tournament.

OF - Jaci Atkinson, Bradford, sophomore: The Tornadoes' leadoff hitter who batted .414 with 31 runs scored and committed just one error in the outfield for Bradford, which before this season had never advanced beyond the regional semifinals.

DP - Jordan Roberts, Suwannee, freshman: Tied for second in area for home runs with eight, including solo shot against state champion Lake Wales in the 5A state semifinals, batted .423 with nine doubles and 26 RBIs.

DP - Makailah Brown, Gainesville, sophomore: Led the Hurricanes with a .423 batting average with seven doubles, five triples and 18 RBIs for the 6A Region 2 champions.

UTIL - Stephanie Caudle, Gainesville, senior: At the plate, hit .366 with six doubles, two homers and 40 RBIs; as a pitcher, had 10-3 record with a 1.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts for the 6A state semifinalists.

UTIL - Savannah Jerkins, Santa Fe, senior: The State College of Florida signee had the second lowest ERA in area at 0.96 with a 5-2 record for the Raiders; also batted .419 with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers and 18 RBIs.

UTIL - Ashley Maynard, Keystone Heights, senior: Named team MVP, the Southeastern University signee hit .413 with eight doubles, three homers and 17 RBIs for the Indians.

Second team

P - Ashtin Strickland, Santa Fe, sophomore: Posted a 7-5 record with a 1.66 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched for the 15-10 Raiders.

P - Molly Brisendine, Williston, sophomore: Had a 7-6 record for the Red Devils with . 2.50 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched.

P - Codie Powers, Interlachen, senior: Pitched every game for the Rams (10-13) and had a 3.01 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 137.1 innings pitched.

C - Hollianne Dohrn, Columbia, junior: Solid defensive player for the state champion Tigers, hit .330 with four doubles, four homers and 27 RBIs.

INF - Timberly Steichen, Suwannee, sophomore: Had an outstanding postseason for the Bulldogs, hitting .361 with seven doubles, six homers and a team-leading 28 RBIs.

INF - Shelbee Blackburn, Santa Fe, sophomore: Hit .432 with three homers and 19 RBIs for the Raiders.

INF - Miranda Polk, Interlachen, freshman: Batted .439 for the Rams with one triple and 18 RBIs.

INF - Taylor Wooden, Gainesville, senior: Hit .380 with five doubles, one homer and 15 RBIs for the Hurricanes, 6A state semifinalists.

INF - Erin Eiland, Buchholz, junior: Batted .356 with three homers and 25 RBIs for the Bobcats

OF - Brandy Morgan, Columbia, junior: Outstanding defensive player who hit .337 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 19 RBIs. Had the game-winning RBI in a 2-1 win over Lynn Haven Mosley in the regional finals.

OF - Caleigh McCaulley, Columbia, junior: Had key hits in both the regional final and state semifinal for the state champion Tigers, finished with .345 average with nine doubles, two homers and 21 RBIs.

OF - Lainie Rogers, Bradford, sophomore: Batted .370 with seven doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs for Tornadoes, who reached their first state tournament.

DP - Annie Luke, Bradford, freshman: Solid catcher for the Tornadoes, who reached their first state tournament, hitting .370 with five doubles, one homer and 15 RBIs.

DP - Keeley Murray, Columbia, senior: Hit .329 with five doubles, five homers and 22 RBIs for the state champion Tigers.

DP - Leticia Coronado, Williston, senior: Batted .438 with five doubles, one triple, one homer with a team-leading 24 RBIs for the Red Devils.

UTIL - Haejin Choe, Suwannee, sophomore: At the plate, hit .351 with six doubles and 15 RBIs and 10-8 as a pitcher with a 2.90 ERA and 43 strikeouts for the Bulldogs, who reached their first state tournament.

UTIL - Katie Chronister, Gainesville, freshman: Tough pitcher in the postseason for the Hurricanes, who reached their first state tournament. Posted 10-6 record on the mound with 3.06 ERA with 87 strikeouts; also hit .352 with two doubles, one triple and one homer.

HONORABLE MENTION: Bradford: Mackenzie Gault (Jr., 2B), Jordan Davis (So., SS); Buchholz: Marie Thomas (Sr., OF); Columbia: Brittany Morgan (Jr., 1B), Lauren Eaker (Jr., 2B), Jessica Shimmel (Sr., 1B); Eastside: Hannah Wolcott (Jr., Inf.), Fratavia Thomas (Sr., Util.), Ashlyn Curtis (So., Util.); Keystone Heights: Kayla Walker (Sr., SS), Lyndsay Johnson (Sr., OF); Interlachen: Hannah Ogle (Jr., OF), Rachel Johnson (Fr., SS/C); Santa Fe: Lauren Riley (So., 1B/OF), Sydney Hewit (Jr., 2B), Caylee Back (Fr., OF), Megan Strickland (Sr., SS); Suwannee: Shayla Kicklighter (Jr., Inf.); Williston: Ashtin Geiger (Sr., 3B/OF);

Coach of the Year

Jimmy Williams, Columbia

In his eighth year as softball coach in Lake City, led the Tigers to their first state championship, beating defending state champion Pembroke Pines Charter, 6-2, for the Class 6A title. Williams did it with only one senior starter and led by an outstanding group of juniors, led by Player of the Year Kayli Kvistad, a UF commit. Columbia, which reached the state tournament for the first time this season, finished 28-4, setting a school record for wins in a season. The Tigers, who won tight, one-run games in the regional quarterfinal (2-1 over Middleburg) and regional final (2-1 over Lynn Haven Mosley), won both their state semifinal (7-1 over Lakewood Ranch) and state final convincingly.


First team

P - Kalen McGill, P.K. Yonge, junior: Had the area's lowest ERA at 0.83 and a 24-2 record with 154 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched for the Blue Wave, who for the second straight year lost to state finalist Jacksonville Bishop Snyder in the Class 3A regional finals to finish the season 27-3. Pitched the Blue Wave to three wins over 6A state champion Columbia during the season. Also one of the area's top power hitters, batting .444 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Came in third in balloting for Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Player of the Year.

P - Lindsay O'Steen, Lafayette, senior: The College of Central Florida signee posted a 15-3 record with a 2.05 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched. That's on the mound. At the plate, she hit .450 with six doubles, five triples, eight homers and an area-best 46 RBIs for the Hornets, who fell 3-0 to Liberty County in the Class 1A state final, denying Lafayette its second straight softball state title and fourth overall state title in two years. O'Steen, who led the Hornets to back-to-back state titles in volleyball, was the Florida Dairy Farmers 1A Volleyball Player of the Year. She has said, numerous times, she will not play volleyball in college.

P - Shelbie Hutto, Bell, sophomore: Posted a 12-5 record for the Bulldogs, who reached the 1A regional finals for the first time since 2002. Pitched a one-hitter in the district title win over Hilliard (1-0) and scored the winning run after doubling in top of the seventh. Had a 2.60 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 94 innings pitched. Hit .370 with three homers and 18 RBIs.

P - Kendal VanAernam, Dixie County, senior: Pitched in all 25 games for the District 7-1A runner-up Bears, posting a 8-5 record with a 2.40 ERA and 62 strikeouts. Hit 7 doubles and 20 RBIs at the plate.

C - Kylle Cahill-Patray, Oak Hall, sophomore: Among the area leaders with a .576 batting average with 38 RBIs, 12 doubles and two triples for the District 3-3A runner-up Eagles.

INF - Katelyn Blong, Bell, sophomore: Had a team-best .473 batting average with 30 RBIs and 35 runs scored for the Bulldogs, District 6-1A champions who reached the regional finals.

INF - Sara Hendrix, P.K. Yonge, junior: Blue Wave's leadoff batter who hit .458 with 29 stolen bases. Had three hits in the 3A regional final loss to Jacksonville Bishop Snyder.

INF - Vickie Ryan, Bell, junior: Hit .419, scored 39 runs and stole 43 bases for the 1A regional finalists.

INF - Nikki Santiago, P.K. Yonge, sophomore: Batted .410 with 12 RBIs for the 3A regional finalists.

INF - Lacey Swafford, Lafayette, freshman: Leadoff hitter for the 1A state finalists who batted .539 with 17 RBIs, five doubles, four triples, one homer and 39 runs scored. Also 5-3 as a pitcher with 54 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched.

OF -.Katie O'Dell, P.K. Yonge, senior: Batted .600 with 28 RBIs and five home runs for the regional finalist Blue Wave.

OF -.Nikkia Robinson, P.K. Yonge, freshman: Hit .544 with 12 stolen bases and 24 runs scored for the regional finalists.

OF - Garland Evans, P.K. Yonge, sophomore: Had six doubles to go with her .442 batting average with

OF - Randa Conner, Union County, junior: Batted .493 with 19 RBIs, nine doubles, one triple, one homer, five stolen bases and 24 runs scored for the Tigers.

DP - Kaitlyn Burke, P.K. Yonge, freshman: The Blue Wave's catcher hit .426 with two homers and 26 RBIs. Had a grand slam in the District 3-3A final.

UTIL - Sydney Shows, Lafayette, sophomore: Played catcher, shortstop and third base for the 1A state finalists. Hit .576 with 31 RBIs, 8 doubles, 2 triples and 43 runs scored.

UTIL -.Lydia Land, Lafayette, junior: Played second base and catcher for the 1A state finalists, hitting .371 with 29 RBIs, eight doubles, five home runs and 38 runs scored. Had a grand slam in the regional final win over Bell.

UTIL - Kate Grace Olinger, Oak Hall, eighth grade: Pitched every game for the Eagles, finishing with a 14-8 record with a 3.15 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 125 innings pitched. Also hit .382 with six doubles, two triples and 30 RBIs.

Second team

P - Holly Tucker, Union County, junior: Posted a 7-2 record with a 2.33 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched for the Tigers.

P - Carleigh Hartzog, Trenton, freshman: Posted a 7-3 record with a 2.61 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched

P - Kaylan Tucker, Union County, freshman: Posted a 4-1 record with a 3.03 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. Also batted .426 with 17 RBIs, five doubles and one homer.

C - Mika Ward, Bell, freshman: Had a team-best .493 batting average with 22 RBIs and 11 stolen bases for the regional finalists.

INF - Mariah Bowen, Union County, senior: HIt .339 with 24 RBIs, six doubles and one homer for the Tigers.

INF - Jolene Sanders, Dixie County, sophomore: The Bears' first baseman hit .364 with 28 RBIs and two grand slams on the season for the District 7-1A runners-up.

INF - Kyndall Williams, Trenton, eighth grade: Batted .375 with 31 RBIs, three homers and 28 runs scored.

INF - Taylor Getman, Oak Hall, sixth grade: Had six doubles, two triples and 17 RBIs to go with her .426 batting average for the District 3-3A runner-up Eagles.

OF - Ashley Freeman, Lafayette, sophomore: Hit .417 for the state finalists with seven RBIs, two doubles, two triples and 14 stolen bases.

OF - Kacee Langford, Trenton, sophomore: Tigers leadoff hitter who batted .418 with 12 RBIs, one homer and 12 stolen bases.

OF - Kylah Dawson, Trenton, sophomore: Batted .351 with 18 RBIs, two doubles, one triple and 26 runs scored for the Tigers.

DP - Ashlyn Harden, Union County, senior: Batted .432 with 17 RBIs, four doubles and two homers for the Tigers.

UTIL - Shelby West, Oak Hall, freshman: Played shortstop and catcher for the Eagles, hitting .508 with 15 RBIs, five doubles and two triples.

UTIL - Kaitlyn Stanley, Newberry, senior: Primarily played catcher and other positions, batted .423 for the Panthers.

UTIL - Kaylan Tucker, Union County, freshman: Batted .426 with 17 RBIs, five doubles and one homer. As a pitcher, posted 4-1 record with a 3.03 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched.

HONORABLE MENTION: Bronson: Jasmine Parker (So., 3B/SS), Crystal Short (So., P); Dixie County: Caroline Whittington (Sr., SS), Allie Rogers (So., OF); Hawthorne: KeKe McGruder (Fr., Util.), Shambreka Fomby (8th grade, SS), Kortney Masters (8th grade, INF); St. Francis: Felicia Fallo (Sr., C), Kylie Maris (So., SS), Alexis Strafuss (Fr., 3B), Mary Alice Klenk (Fr., 1B); Trenton: Emma Kate Redd (Sr., C); Union County: Kayla Andrews (So., 1B), Harlee Rimes (Sr., SS), Kendallyn Johns (Jr., 3B), Tristyn Southerland (So., LF), Jordyn Driggers (Jr., C).

Coach of the Year

Derek Garland, Lafayette

In his eighth and final season as coach of the Hornets, Garland led them to their second straight state title game, falling short to Liberty County (3-0). Lafayette, which reached the state tournament four times under Garland and won it all in 2012, has won eight straight district titles. He said after Lafayette's state loss in Vero Beach a month ago how special it meant to him to be a part of such a special group softball players. Many of those same players, such as Lindsay O'Steen, Lydia Land and Sydney Shows, were also part of the volleyball team that won consecutive Class 1A state titles. Garland resigned after a 21-6 season and assistant Billy Shows will take over as coach of the Hornets. Paul Silverman of P.K. Yonge, whose Blue Wave went 27-3 but fell in the 3A regional finals to Jacksonville Bishop Snyder, was also considered for this honor.

Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, player of the year and coach of the year were selected by Larry Savage with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to repeated e-mails sent to the school requesting information.

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