Kvistad, Gilliam named softball players of the year

Columbia's Kayli Kvistad finished her senior season with a .609 batting average and an area-best 12 home runs for the regional finalist Tigers.

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Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

Columbia's Kayli Kvistad and Brittany Gilliam of state champion Chiefland were named the Class 6A and 1A softball players of the year, respectively, by the Florida Dairy Farmers on Thursday.

Kvistad, a UF signee, hit .609 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs for the 28-2 Tigers, which fell in the regional finals. This is the second straight year the senior third baseman has won this award.

Gilliam, who has signed with State College of Florida, hit .474 with 11 doubles, four triples and 20 RBIs. She struck out only six times all season and did not commit an error playing center field and first base. Her coach, Wayne Weatherford, was also named 1A coach of the year.

All classification winners, both for players and coaches, will be candidates for overall player and coach of the year.

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