2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL

Kama Woodall. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
2017 Hernando County Player of the Year: Springstead senior Kama Woodall. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
SOFTBALL

BY TONY CASTRO
HernandoSport.com

Player of the Year – Kama Woodall

Springstead – Senior

No reason not to watch as Kama Woodall pitched a shut out over Belleview to help advance Springstead to the title game in Class 6A - II. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Kama Woodall                        Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Two-year staff ace … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Unanimously voted unanimously as 2017’s Hernando County Player of the Year … The Spring Hill resident, who transferred to F.W. Springstead after leading St. Petersburg-Canterbury to a trio of Final Fours and a pair of state titles … In 2016, the stud right-hander missed some starts when she cut her hand in a science lab class. … At the plate, Woodall helped herself as the team’s third-best hitter at .379 with 32 hits and 19 runs batted in. … On the hill, Woodall led the county in games started (21), complete games (19), innings pitched (145.0), strikeouts (170), wins (19), and earned run average (0.77). … She yielded a county-best one homer in 532 at-bats, collected a school record 15 wins in a row, had opponents bat a collective .159 while she finished second in the circuit in shutouts (10) … Incredibly, Woodall enjoyed an even better senior campaign in 2017 … On the rubber, she led the local circuit in wins (20), strikeouts (215) earned run average (0.73), least amount of walks (9), ratio of strikeouts to walks: 24 to 1 while finishing third in games started (25), complete games (23) and innings pitched (153.0). … Set Hernando County records for most shutouts (13) in a single season and most career shutouts (23) in two varsity seasons, not three or four … Notched three no-hitters and hurled a perfect game in the regional quarterfinal against Groveland-South Lake, 10-0 … Opposing batters hit .138 against Woodall … At the plate, Woodall slammed 39 hits in 30 games, including 14 for extra bases … She finished with 33 RBI, ranking third in the local circuit … Her eight dingers were a personal record … From April 18-27, she set a new Hernando County record with five homers in five straight games … Hit a solid .453. … Last winter, Woodall signed a national letter of intent to play D-I softball at Raleigh, North Carolina’s NC State University.

QUOTE: “This year, she was the county’s most dominant player. There’s not a whole lot she couldn’t do … Represents the complete package as a student-athlete … She’s a great student, great kid, great hitter and phenomenal pitcher. We’ll be hard pressed to have anyone better than her as a pitcher. …What will I miss? Players like Kama come along once in a generation. I’ll miss everything about her.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Jug Olmstead
Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “She’s a take-charge person in the circle … She set the tone from the circle … Besides being the county’s best pitcher, she hit big homers in big spots … I thought the pressure was on her from the beginning of the season … Springstead was the team to beat because of her … She handled everything well … I’m looking forward to seeing her on TV at the next level.”

NCT Head Coach Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “Kama Woodall is the complete package. … She’s a power pitcher, but she’s so explosive … She’ll be missed in the circle and at the plate … She’s the kind of kid that’ll

be successful in whatever she does … She knows that she’s good and has confidence, but is not close to being arrogant … Kama definitely made the most of her two years in Hernando County … Personally, I’m glad to see her go. You want her to do well at the next level.”

Hernando Head Coach Kevin Bittinger

Tyson Ellis
Tyson Ellis

QUOTE: “She’s a D-I pitcher and it shows … She owned us … She hit her spots and carried herself well … She hit some bombs, too … I thought she did a fantastic job … She deserved this … As a coach, you just wonder what would’ve happened had she played in Hernando County for four years. She already ranks up there among the best players of all-time.”

Central Head Coach Tyson Ellis

QUOTE: “She was so dominant as a hitter and as a pitcher … She did it all … In the higher stakes games, she played even better.”

Weeki Wachee’s Charlene Ross

First Base – Janea’ Mobley

Hernando – Junior

Hernando High's Janea Mobley makes sure of receiving the ball at first base to secure an out in the game with Springstead High. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Janea Mobley                                Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Multi-sport Leopard … Is a three-time All-County weightlifter … Third-year softball letterman and repeat All-County performer …. After collecting 12 hits in 25 games as a freshman, hitting just above the Mendoza line at .203, Mobley sparkled as a sophomore … In 2016, Mobley rebounded with 33 safeties in 24 games, highlighted by 21 runs batted in … Defensively, Mobley converted 185 of 189 chances, ranking second in the county in total chances and put outs. … In 2017, Mobley ranked fourth-best on the Leopards in hitting .419, swatting 36 hits … Tied for first in the circuit in runs batted in with 2016 Player of Year Paige Pfent of Springstead with 36.

QUOTE: “Janea is a very consistent person in our lineup. It was a bit of a struggle when she hit fourth, but found a home in the No. 6 slot. … As a coach, you felt she’d hit it hard somewhere every time she stepped up to the plate. …Tireless worker who stays after practice to work on different facets of her game. … Great kid with a tremendous work ethic … She‘s closing in on 100 hits and 100 runs batted in for her career … A great leader, who is always getting better.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

Second Base – Karli Kimbrough

Hernando – Junior

Karli Kimbrough
Karli Kimbrough

COMMENTS: Tremendous 5-foot-2 multi-sport student/athlete … In 2016-17, Kimbrough was a Leopard starter in volleyball, basketball and softball … In tennis from 2015-16, she was a two-time district and regional champion and two-time state qualifier … Is a two-time All-County selection in tennis … Completed her third softball season for HHS, switching from outfield to second base … A repeat All-County softball selectee … In 2017, Kimbrough batted .341 … Was one of six HHS starters with 30+ hits … Ranked third in runs scored in the county with 35.

… The curly blonde-tressed Kimbrough batted leadoff for most of the season in 2016, hitting a collective .420 after hitting .243 as a freshman. … Set the table for the Purple and Gold as a sophomore with 29 safeties in 25 games, scoring 23 runs.

QUOTE: “She reminds me of the old-school type player; she’s a throwback kid who goes from sport to sport … Batted in the critical No. 2 slot for us … She ran the bases well … Gives A+ effort on the field … Closing in on 100 hits and 100 runs scored … Defensively, she covers so much ground … She’s always where she’s suppose to be.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

Shortstop – Abby Oliver

Springstead – Senior

Abby Oliver. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Abby Oliver            Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Rare four-time All-Hernando County selection … Very effective, but not a flashy shortstop … Absolutely went out with a bang … In her senior campaign, Oliver was one of nine players to play in a county-leading 30 games … She finished ranked fourth in hitting at .409 … She collected 38 hits for a third consecutive season … Totaled 12 multi-hit games … She led the county in runs scored (39) … Showed some pop, finishing second in doubles (13) … In 2016, Oliver batted .427 and paced the county in runs scored (42) and tied with Pfent for the circuit lead in triples (5) … Ranked third locally in homers with three … In 2015, Oliver ranked fifth in the county in hitting (.427), fourth in runs scored (29), third in hits (38) … In 2014, Oliver led SHS in games played (24), at-bats (72), runs scored (28) and was second on the team in hits (29) … Ranked seventh overall in the county’s top 10 at .403. … Graduates from Springstead as the school’s record holder in career games played (108), at-bats (343), runs scored (138) and hits (143) … In never hitting below .400, she was a model of consistency hitting .417 for her prep career … Signed to play NAIA softball at Warner Southern University in Polk County.

QUOTE: “I don’t know how many four-time All-County softball players there have ever been, but Abby was one of the most consistent … The best thing I can say is she was the best teammate … She would literally do anything I asked of her. If people ask who is the one person that represents Springstead softball, without a doubt it would be Abby Oliver. … She’s a total class act and big-time player … She‘ll be among the best we‘ve ever produced … She could do it all. … She has exceptional abilities, but never had an ego. I’ll be fortunate to ever coach another player like Abby Oliver.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Third Base – Emily Kolwicz

Springstead – Sophomore

Emily Kolwicz
Emily Kolwicz

COMMENTS: Two-year starter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Kolwicz, who wears a protective mask when she mans the hot corner … In 2017, Kolwicz led the county in games played (30) … She also paced the local circuit in at-bats (99) for a second straight year … Defensively, the brunette led the county in assists (56) for a second straight season. She topped NCT shortstop Cerina Brooks by a large margin, 56-36 … Kolwicz hit .290 until going 0-for-3 against perhaps Class 6A’s toughest pitcher, Land O’ Lakes southpaw Callie Turner in the regional final … She finished third on the team in runs scored with 27 … In 2016, Kolwicz led the county defenders with 59 assists … At the plate, 2015’s Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference 100-meter dash champion handled the pressures of batting leadoff behind a school record 104 at-bats, and ranked fourth in runs scored (35) … Batted a respectable .317 with 15 RBI … Will be forever be remembered by Spring Hill fans for her first-ever home run, a walk-off three-run laser off NCT senior Alyssa Gonzalez, which erased a bottom of the seventh 9-7 Shark lead that ended in a dramatic come-from-behind Springstead victory, 10-9.

QUOTE: “Emily is a heady player … She plays the game fearlessly … When people bunt on us, she’s the one that helps take the short game away … Plays with a smile on her face; that’s refreshing … Every game means a lot to her … Without her glove, we would’ve been in trouble … I’m expecting tremendous things over her next two years.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Catcher – Paige Pfent

Springstead – Junior

Paige Pfent Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Paige Pfent                                   Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Three-year starter … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Was voted 2016‘s Hernando County Player of the Year … As a freshman in 2015, Pfent turned heads on defense and at the plate … A natural field general behind the dish … At the plate, ranked seventh in the county in hitting (.417) … Paced SHS in runs batted in (29) … Ranked second on the Lady Eagles in hits (35) and third in runs scored (24). …There was no sophomore jinx, as the Eagles receiver led the circuit offensively in hits (51), extra-base hits (county record 31), doubles (14), triples (5) home runs (county record 12), runs batted in (county record 52) and batting average (.543) while finishing second in runs scored (40) … Pfent, who possesses a service revolver for an arm behind the plate, led the circuit in total chances (284) and put outs (265) while serving as the team’s vocal leader … In 2017, she opened the season on the wrong foot suffering a concussion and sat out the season’s opening two games … She bounced back with no ill effects compiling 40 hits in 90 at-bats (.444) … The right-handed hitter finished second in the county batting race behind HHS’ Josey Sims … She ranked second in the circuit in extra-base hits (17), finishing second in homers (6) and fourth in doubles (9) … She and HHS’ Janea Mobley tied for the league lead in runs batted in (36) … Defensively, Pfent threw out four of the nine runners who attempted to steal bases on her … For a second straight season, Pfent led all county players with 245 total chances, featuring a circuit-best 231 put outs … She enters her fourth and final prep season as the SHS career leader after three seasons in triples, homers, RBI and batting average … She’s closing in on the school records for games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits and doubles … The career .470 hitter has a legit shot at surpassing Courtney Riddle’s career record of 119 RBI at HHS and Riddle’s career mark of 150 runs batted in across six seasons at HCA and Hernando.

QUOTE: “There’s not another player around like Paige … She can do it all … She’s like a machine … When you look at our close games, there’s always the Pfent factor; she’s a total game changer … She’s the one player that makes other coaches adjust their game plan toward us … I’ve never seen one player change the game like she can at so many levels … Other teams will continue to try to slow her down.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Pitcher – Ali Shenefield

Hernando High – Sophomore

Ali Shenefield Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Ali Shenefield Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Second-year varsity letterman … First-time All-Hernando County selection … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 at third base and collected 26 hits in 26 games batting .342 … Concluded the season as the Lady Leopards’ mound ace … Showed flashes of brilliance with 82 strikeouts across 85.1 innings pitched … In a breakout sophomore campaign, Shenefield was sensational in 2017 … On the hill, she led Hernando County hurlers in games started (29), complete games (27) and tied Springstead‘s Kama Woodall for the circuit lead in wins (20) … Ranked second in the county in innings pitched (163.0), strikeouts (205) and shutouts (10) … Finished third in ERA (1.59) … Finest week? How about tossing three bagels in a row during the Class 5A, District 7 Tournament at NCT for the Lady Leopards to win … At the plate, she was no slouch … The left-handed hitting Shenefield ranked third on the team in hitting (.420), ramming 34 hits in 30 games … Finished fourth on the team in RBI with 23.

QUOTE: “Ali was absolutely everything we needed from a pitcher … She had lots of strikeouts and dropped her walks … She always gave us a chance to win … She never bought in that she was better than anyone … She’s just a team player … I think as a first-year varsity starter, people expected her to break, but she didn’t … For next year? I’m just gonna stay out of her way … She works so hard … It’s my job to put a defense behind her.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

Outfield – Chayse Skinner

Nature Coast Technical – Junior

Nature Coast's Chayse Skinner zeroes in on a fly ball at Springstead High. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 Chayse Skinner                    Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Third-year letter winner … Two-year starter … First-time All-County selection … Has gained momentum with each passing season … As a freshman, she batted .357 with 10 hits, mostly as a pinch hitter or late-inning substitute … In 2016, she started slowly and closed hitting .256 … Demonstrated flashes of brilliance with 23 runs scored and 22 hits while driving in 22 runs batted in … In 2017, Skinner put it all together … She leapt from being the Sharks’ ninth-best hitter to its best … Skinner hit .418, ranking fourth in the county … Besides being a defensive whiz in centerfield, she concluded the season ranked second in the circuit in at-bats (98) and hits (41), tied for second in homers (6), third in extra-base hits (15) and fourth in runs scored (34).

QUOTE: “There’s a ton left in the gate … By batting leadoff, that may give her an extra-bat to win a game or two … The word is out on her … I’ve given her hitting lessons since she was 9 … Once she levels off that swing, she’ll be even more consistent … She’s big enough and tall enough to consistently hit line drives … She knows she needs to eliminate pop ups … In the outfield, she’s our Kevin Kiermaier, she cleans up any mistakes … She’s got an outstanding arm … To me, she’s the epitome of what a college prospect should look like on the field … She’s a five-tool player.”

Nature Coast Technical’s Jug Olmstead

Outfield – Josey Sims

Hernando High – Senior

 Josey Sims Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Josey Sims
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Another multiple sport student-athlete … Fourth-year varsity letterman … First-year All-County pick … One of four sisters to play for HHS for a decade … As a freshman, she was invisible entering as a courtesy runner in nine games … As a reserve in 2015, she hit .381 with eight hits in 21 at-bats … As a first-year starter in centerfield in 2016, the left-handed slap-hitting Sims hit .324 with 23 safeties in 26 games … She blossomed as a senior … Despite missing four games due to injury (jamming her shoulder on a slide at home plate during the Leopard Slam VI), Sims banged out a county-best 46 hits to pace the circuit in batting at .561 … She eventually hit safely in 22 of 26 games … She notched multiple hits 17 times … Pieced together a 12-game hitting streak … Best-ever effort featured a 4-for-4 performance in the season-opening 20-0 rout over Ridgewood. … Despite playing volleyball and soccer, Sims signed with the New Port Richey-based Pasco-Hernando Community College softball team for next year.

QUOTE: “Josey battled the demons following in her sister Ashley’s footsteps …But Ashley never hit .550 or better and she’s playing D-I ball … For us, Josey covered a lot of ground in center … At the plate, I’d look up and she’d have another two-hit game and was constantly getting on base … She did the job as our leadoff batter … Quiet kid, who goes about her business … After having a Sims girl on our team for a decade, I’m gonna miss Jason and Quana and the his girls.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

Outfield – Delaney Woodall

Springstead – Junior

Delaney Woodall Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Delaney Woodall                                                                                          Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Two-year starter … First-time All-Hernando County selection … Came out from behind the shadows of being Kama Woodall’s ‘little sis.’ … As a freshman, with a bum labrum, Woodall didn’t have an extra base hit and hit a quiet .205. … In 2016, in her first full season at the varsity level, the defensive-minded Delaney improved slightly to .226 … In 2017, with her confidence brimming, Woodall climbed to a career-best .325 … She was promoted from batting sixth to batting leadoff … She collected a personal best 25 hits in 27 games, featuring six doubles and 15 RBI.

QUOTE: “As a coach, the pick I’m most proud of is Delaney … In her defense, she’s always had a mountain of potential … She’s lightning fast and is a great defensive centerfielder … I don’t think she gets enough credit for what she’s done … This year, her game rose. She’s a very good softball player … For us, she’s the one that sets the table and she does a great job as a leader … I’m most happy with Delaney being recognized.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Designated Hitter – Kayla Cruz

Springstead – Junior

Kayla Cruz Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Kayla Cruz                                                       Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Three-year starter … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … First county player to achieve All-County for two different teams since Alex Gaffney (2006-07) … Transferred from Weeki Wachee to Springstead after her freshman campaign … As a junior in 2017, Cruz was third on the Lady Eagles’ squad in hitting at .437 … She registered 38 hits in 29 games … She ranked fifth in RBI (32) … She finished fourth in total defensive chances with 134 … As a pitcher, she finished 5-1; she’s 13-1 in two seasons on the mound … She fanned 52 batters in 38 frames … Her strikeouts to walks ration is a ridiculous: 26 to 1 … Her ERA was second-best in the county at 0.92 … In 2016 with the glove, Cruz committed one error and ranked fourth in the circuit in total chances (162) and put outs (147). …Cruz flourished as the Lady Eagles’ fourth-best hitter at .347, knocking in 27 RBI and ranked second in the circuit in homers (4) … On the bump, the right-hander finished 8-0 with 62 strikeouts in 52.0 innings pitched against measly two walks …Cruz ranked second in county in ERA (0.81) with seven complete games in eight starts. … In 2015, Cruz was the Hornets’ first-ever All-County softball selection … Paced Weeki Wachee in games played (25), hits (27), runs batted in (14) and batting average (.415) … Made a huge difference on the mound with 25 appearances including 14 complete games, a team-best 131.0 innings pitched, 128 Ks compared to 18 walks.

QUOTE: “Look at her numbers. She gave us an advantage every time she stepped up to the plate … She too is a dominating presence offensively and defensively … Heck, she’s 13-1 as a pitcher over the last two years … I love that she’s such a competitor … If I told her to play right field, she’d play it with the same zeal she pitches or plays first base … Every successful team has to have a Kayla Cruz a straight up baller on it. For any of the naysayers, they’ll understand her complete skill set next year.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

UTIL – Kaylee Frascatore

Hernando High – Senior

Hernando High's Kaylee Frascatore rounds the bases after her home run in the District Championship game against Nature Coast. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Kaylee Frascatore  Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Fourth-year letterman … Always blessed with talent; daughter of ex-Major Leaguer John Frascatore … Multi-sport athlete who also excelled in soccer … Was named All-County in softball for the first time … As a freshman, she started in the outfield in the regional final in 2014, concluded the season hitting a career-low .173 … Steadily improved from that point forward … As a sophomore infielder, Frascatore cracked 30 hits and knocked in 20 runs to hit .333 … In 2016, the right-handed hitting Frascatore hit .358, collected 24 hits while driving in 25 RBI … As a senior, Frascatore put it all together … In her finest offensive season, she amassed 36 hits … She paced the county in extra-base hits (20), and set the HHS single season mark for doubles (15) … She finished third in the circuit in RBI (34) … Of her three dingers, she unloaded two bombs against archrival NCT in the district final and regional semifinal wins … Hit safely in five of her last six games … Concluded her prep career with 113 games, 103 career hits and 95 runs batted in … Signed with NAIA’s Milligan College, just minutes from Elizabethton and Johnson City, Tenn.

QUOTE: “Kaylee finished as hot as I’ve ever seen her play … From her freshman year, she just kept improving … In four years, I don’t know if I was tougher on any player than Kaylee. I called her Rotten. But it stoked her fire. I saw the potential in her at an early age. She was a four-year starter at three different positions. Over the last five weeks, it was as if everything just clicked for her. I saw power and consistency that we knew she had all along. Always had a knack for the bigger hits. Nearly got to 100 RBI. I hope she understood what I tried to do for her. The potential for this kind of finish was always there.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

UTIL – Taliyah Dowdell

Hernando High – Freshman

Taliyah Dowdell
Taliyah Dowdell

COMMENTS: First varsity season … Another multi-sport athlete, who plays basketball … First-time All-County pick … At 5-foot-5, Dowdell hit safely in 19 of the 30 games she played in … Remarkably, she hit safely in her first five post-season games until she received an 0-for-3 collar against eventual state runner-up Eustis … Before the regional final, Dowdell had hit safely in 10-of-16 at-bats (.625) … In all, Dowdell broke in with 34 hits and 30 games, hitting ..472 … Despite playing catcher, she could run with the best scoring 27 runs while driving in 20 runs … Opposing teams didn’t run on her until Eustis stole third base twice in the regional final.

QUOTE: “Every year someone comes in and knocks my socks off; this year it was Taliyah … I heard she was a solid player. When (last year’s starting catcher) Susie (Niethammer) got hurt, Taliyah got a chance to play and made the most of her opportunities. … We kinda let her develop for a few games, but she’s got the goods to play at this (varsity) level. … She was such a pleasant surprise.. Great work ethic. She’s gonna be something by the time she’s a senior.“

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

UTIL – Brooke Spaulding

Weeki Wachee – Senior

Weeki Wachee's Brooke Spaulding throws across the diamond during a game versus Central High. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Brooke Spaulding                 Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Four-year letter winner … First-time All-County selection … Multi-sport student-athlete, who placed seventh in the FHSAA State Finals in weightlifting at 154 pounds … In a four-year career, Spaulding played in a school record 98 games, recording a school record 104 career safeties … Broke in hitting .382 as a freshman … Dipped to .333 as a sophomore and then .295 as a junior … In 2017, Spaulding rebounded amassing 32 hits while driving in a career-high 20 RBI to finish hitting .508 … She signed with Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College to play collegiate softball beginning next fall.

QUOTE: “Her senior year was her best year … Her work ethic is phenomenal and great kid, too … Great family … We’re gonna miss her leadership the most.”

Weeki Wachee’s Charlene Ross

 

 

UTIL – Alice “Ali” Bronson

Hernando High – Senior

Alice Bronson Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Alice Bronson    Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Multi-dimensional student-athlete … Hadn’t played varsity softball since starting as a sixth-grade season at third base for the Class 1A Final Four HCA Lions … A rash of injuries at HHS (ankle, shoulder and knee) kept her from returning to the diamond … In the interim, as a tremendous all-around performer she received All-Hernando County honors in volleyball and basketball … In her first and only varsity softball season for the Purple and Gold, Bronson hit .319 with 22 hits in 28 games … She was one of seven Leopards to hit a homer and ranked third on the team in RBI with 24.

QUOTE: “For Ali to come back from her injuries was amazing. She regretted not having the chance to play softball. After coming back, she was so thankful to play. To have an athlete like her return to softball and be chosen by the other coaches, validates the coaches’ decisions we made to get her ready. Sure, she was a work in progress … Yes, she struggled at times, but from districts on she proved to be a big spark. … I’m so glad she got an opportunity to play softball. Making All-County in softball is the frosting on the cake.”

Hernando’s Kevin Bittinger

 

Coach of the Year – Kevin Bittinger

Hernando High – 12th Year

Kevin Bittinger Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Kevin Bittinger                                                                                          Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Six-time All-Hernando County selection … Repeat COY selection in 2006-07 and 2013-15 … Bittinger guided HHS to its eleventh 20-plus win season at 21-10 … Bittinger’s fourth district title tied the school record set from 1998-2001 under Hall of Famer Ernie Chatman … This year’s 5A-7 crown at NCT was Hernando High’s county-leading 12th overall in 28 seasons … After claiming regional wins over Port Orange-Atlantic and NCT, the Purple and Gold fell to eventual state runner-up Eustis, 4-0 … The regional final loss was Bittinger’s third in as many tries … Earlier in the season, Bittinger pocketed his school record 200th career win … Only Chatman (241) and Springstead’s Craig Swartout (253) have notched more lifetime Hernando County softball wins … Bittinger has coached the Purple and Gold program the most seasons (12), the most games (325), posted the most wins (203), most losses (122) and raised the most county championship banners (5).

Craig Swartout
Craig Swartout

QUOTE: “Coach of the Year can’t be about me. I ask my players to check their egos for the betterment of our team. Everything should start with me … COY doesn’t always go to the coach who won the most games, but it should go to who did the best job … There’s no question in my mind, through Kevin’s sheer will and perseverance that he did the best job. He didn’t cut any corners and turned that team into a great team … He’s one of the best coaches around and I wholeheartedly endorse his selection … I like the way he stuck to his core principles and got the most out of his team.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

QUOTE: “I think Kevin had a lot younger team to manage. He and his staff did more with less. … To get as close as one win away from the Final Four? He deserves it.”

Central Head Coach Tyson Ellis

QUOTE: “It was a real challenge facing those guys, but Kevin brought everyone together … Toward the end, they bonded together. They followed (Ali) Shenefield‘s lead. Had they not had her, they may have gone 14-14. He did a great job with his younger players and blending his older kids. You’ve got to give him kudos.”

NCT Head Coach Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “He did so much with the kids he had. He had a lot of girls reach their full potential.”

Weeki Wachee’s Charlene Ross

2017 HernandoSport.com

All-County Softball

 – Compiled by TONY CASTRO

Kama Woodall . Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
Kama Woodall                                               Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Janea’ Mobley**

HER

11

2B

Karli Kimbrough**

HER

11

SS

Abby Oliver****

SPG

12

3B

Emily Kolwicz**

SPG

10

C

Paige Pfent ***

SPG

11

P

Ali Shenefield

HER

10

OF

Chayse Skinner

NCT

11

OF

Josey Sims

HER

12

OF

Delaney Woodall

SPG

11

DH

Kayla Cruz***

SPG

11

UTIL

Kaylee Frascatore

HER

12

UTIL

Brooke Spaulding

WW

12

UTIL

Taliyah Dowdell

HER

9

UTIL

Alice “Ali” Bronson

HER

12

Player of the Year **Kama Woodall (Springstead) 12th

Coach of the Year ******Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

****** Denotes 6-time selection

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

  ** Denotes 2-time selection.

2016 HernandoSport.com

All-County Softball

Paige Pfent
Paige Pfent
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Kayla Cruz**

SPG

10

2B

Cerina Brooks**

NCT

11

SS

Marianne Sparacia

NCT

12

3B

Emily Kolwicz

SPG

9

C

Chyloe Gonzalez***

NCT

12

P

Kama Woodall

SPG

11

OF

Brittney Rodriguez

NCT

12

OF

Alanis Berrios

NCT

9

OF

Karli Kimbrough

HER

10

DH

Madyson Lamp

WW

9

UTIL

Kenna McQuown

CEN

9

UTIL

Abby Oliver***

SPG

11

UTIL

Janea’ Mobley

HER

10

UTIL

Abbey Primavera**

NCT

11

Player of the Year – **Paige Pfent (Springstead) 10th

Coach of the Year ****Craig Swartout (Springstead)

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2015 HernandoSport.com

All-County Softball

Megan Lane Photo by Joe DiCRISTOFALO
Megan Lane Photo by Joe DiCRISTOFALO
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Darrian Hunter

HER

12

2B

Brianna Harvey**

NCT

12

SS

Abby Oliver**

SPG

10

3B

Danielle Harvey**

HER

12

C

Paige Pfent

SPG

9

P

Louisa Disi****

SPG

12

OF

Courtney David***

NCT

12

OF

Kathryn Gonzalez**

NCT

12

OF

Erika Lewis

HER

12

DH

Celine Kordon

NCT

10

UTIL

Kaeleen Koehler***

CEN

11

UTIL

Brooke Fischbach***

SPG

12

UTIL

Kayla Cruz

WW

9

UTIL

Abbey Primavera

NCT

10

Player of the Year ****Megan Lane (Hernando) 12th

Coach of the Year *****Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

***** Denotes 5-time selection

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2014 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Courtney Riddle
Courtney Riddle
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Louisa Disi***

SPG

11

2B

Summer Solovitch**

HER

12

SS

Tana McDaniel****

HER

12

3B

Danielle Harvey

HER

11

C

Megan Lane***

HER

11

P

Courtney Riddle*****

HER

12

OF

Courtney David**

NCT

12

OF

Sierra Cannon

HER

11

OF

Kathryn Gonzalez

NCT

11

DH

Chyloe Gonzalez**

NCT

10

UTIL

Kaeleen Koehler**

CEN

10

UTIL

Brianna Harvey

NCT

11

UTIL

Abby Oliver

SPG

9

UTIL

Cerina Brooks

NCT

9

Player of the Year – Courtney Riddle (Hernando) 12th

Coach of the Year – ****Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

***** Denotes 5-time selection

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2013 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Katie McCarthy
Katie McCarthy
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Louisa Disi**

SPG

10

2B

Summer Solovitch

HER

11

SS

Tana McDaniel***

HER

11

3B

Hailey Drawe***

SPG

12

C

Megan Lane**

HER

10

P

Courtney Riddle****

HER

11

OF

Ashley Sims**

HER

12

OF

Dana Mackiewicz

NCT

12

OF

Courtney David

NCT

10

DH

Katie McCarthy***

CEN

12

UTIL

Kaeleen Koehler

CEN

9

UTIL

Chyloe Gonzalez

NCT

9

UTIL

Brooke Fischbach

SPG

10

UTIL

Britny Desmond

SPG

11

Player of the Year Courtney Riddle (Hernando) 11th

Coach of the Year ***Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes repeat selection.

2012 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Tana McDaniel
Tana McDaniel
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Louisa Disi

SPG

9

2B

Elisabeth Markidis***

SPG

12

SS

Brittany Martinez**

SPG

12

3B

Hailey Drawe**

SPG

11

C

Jeri Loffler**

NCT

12

P

Alexis Adams***

SPG

12

OF

Ashley Sims

HER

11

OF

Katie McCarthy**

CEN

11

OF

Destiny Hunter

HER

12

DH

Megan Lane

HER

9

UTIL

Holly Field

HCA

12

UTIL

Tana McDaniel**

HER

10

UTIL

Brooke Fischbach

SPG

9

UTIL

Courtney Riddle***

HER

10

Player of the Year Alexis Adams $$ (Springstead).

Coach of the Year – ***Craig Swartout (Springstead).

$$ Denotes repeat Player of the Year selection.

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection. 

2011 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Alexis Adams
Alexis Adams
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Shannon Cataldo**

SPG

12

2B

Elisabeth Markidis**

SPG

11

SS

Brittany Martinez

SPG

11

3B

Hailey Drawe

SPG

10

C

Megan Platt

HER

12

P

Alexis Adams**

SPG

12

OF

Shelbie Goodwin

HER

12

OF

Brooke Sager**

NCT

12

OF

Anna Poholek

SPG

9

DH

Kala Thompson

HER

10

UTIL

Jeri Loffler

NCT

11

UTIL

Katie McCarthy

CEN

10

UTIL

Tana McDaniel

HER

9

UTIL

Courtney Riddle**

HER

9

Player of the Year Alexis Adams (Springstead).

Coach of the Year **Craig Swartout (Springstead).

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes repeat selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2010 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

McKenzie Burns
McKenzie Burns
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Hailey Royal

HER

11

2B

Lizzy Olmstead***

NCT

12

SS

McKenzie Burns***

CEN

11

3B

Amanda Drawe**

SPG

12

C

Jen Marshall****

NCT

12

P

Alexis Adams

SPG

11

OF

Keeria McKenzie**

CEN

12

OF

Brooke Sager

NCT

11

OF

Shelby Stocker

HER

12

DH

Olivia D’Acunto**

SPG

12

UTIL

Elisabeth Markidis

SPG

10

UTIL

Jamie Lee Basinger****

SPG

12

UTIL

Ashley Antczak***

NCT

12

UTIL

Courtney Riddle

HCA

8

Player of the Year McKenzie Burns (Central) 11th.

Coach of the Year Ernie Chatman (Hernando Christian Academy).

**** Denotes 4-time selection.

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2009 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Erica Maldonado
Erica Maldonado
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Jackie Butler

HCA

12

2B

Lizzy Olmstead**

NCT

11

SS

McKenzie Burns**

CEN

10

3B

Amanda Drawe

SPG

11

C

Jen Marshall***

NCT

11

P

Ashley Antczak**

NCT

11

OF

Keeria McKenzie

CEN

11

OF

Madison Manuel

HCA

OF

Erica Maldonado**

HER

12

DH

Heidi Riley**

HCA

12

UTIL

Kelsey McManus

NCT

10

UTIL

Jamie Lee Basinger***

SPG

11

UTIL

Demi Maldonado

HER

12

Player of the Year – Erica Maldonado (Hernando)

Coach of the Year – Ernie Chatman (Hernando Christian Academy)

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2008 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Becky Powell
Becky Powell
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Heidi Riley

HCA

11

2B

Lizzy Olmstead

NCT

10

SS

Jamie Lee Basinger**

SPG

10

3B

Shannon Cataldo

SPG

9

C

Jen Marshall**

NCT

10

P

Ashley Antczak

NCT

10

OF

Jackie Butler

HCA

11

OF

Jessica Kreider

HER

12

OF

Erica Maldonado

HER

11

DH

Mary Ellen Langley*****

HCA

12

UTIL

McKenzie Burns

CEN

9

UTIL

Olivia D’Acunto

SPG

10

UTIL

Kaitlin Wadsworth

NCT

12

Player of the Year – ^Becky Powell (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Mettina Maggiore (Nature Coast Technical)

***** Denotes 5-time selection

**** Denotes 4-time selection

** Denotes 2-time selection

2007 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Becky Powell
Becky Powell
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Cheyenne Sellers**

HER

12

2B

Katie Geiger***

HER

12

SS

Jamie Lee Basinger

SPG

9

3B

Alex Gaffney***

HER

12

C

Hilary Fiocca****

SPG

12

P

Becky Powell***

SPG

12

OF

Katelyn Vanderham****

HER

12

OF

Chelsea Chipoletti****

HER

12

OF

Destinee Mormando**

SPG

12

DH

Mary Ellen Langley****

HCA

11

UTIL

Ashley Lewie****

HER

12

UTIL

Ari Lowman***

HER

12

UTIL

Jen Marshall

NCT

9

Player of the Year – Becky Powell (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

**** Denotes 4-time selection

*** Denotes 3-time selection

** Denotes 2-time selection

2006 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Katelyn Vanderham
Katelyn Vanderham
 POS          NAME  SCH  YR

1B

Cheyenne Sellers

HER

11

2B

Katie Geiger**

HER

11

SS

Destinee Mormando

SPG

11

3B

Alex Gaffney**

CEN

11

C

Hilary Fiocca***

SPG

11

P

Becky Powell**

SPG

11

OF

Katelyn Vanderham***

HER

11

OF

Chelsea Chipoletti***

HER

11

OF

Tasha Cox**

SPG

12

DH

Mary Ellen Langley***

HCA

10

UTIL

Ashley Lewie***

HER

11

UTIL

Ari Lowman**

HER

11

UTIL

Jourdan Kraemer

CEN

11

Player of the Year – Katelyn Vanderham (Hernando)

Coach of the Year – Kevin Bittinger (Hernando)

*** Denotes 3-time selection

** Denotes 2-time selection

2005 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Stephanie Discepolo
Stephanie Discepolo
 POS              NAME SCH YR

1B

Stephanie Discepolo***

SPG

12

2B

Katie Geiger

HER

10

SS

Chelsea Chipoletti**

HER

10

3B

Becky Powell

SPG

10

C

Alex Gaffney

CEN

10

P

Ari Lowman

HER

10

OF

Katelyn Vanderham**

CEN

10

OF

Sophia Gill**

HER

12

OF

Tasha Cox

SPG

11

DH

Mary Ellen Langley**

HCA

9

UTIL

Ashley Lewie**

HER

10

UTIL

Hilary Fiocca**

SPG

10

UTIL

Ashley Liberatore***

SPG

12

Player of the Year – Stephanie Discepolo (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Doug Rogers (Hernando)

*** Denotes 3-time selection

** Denotes 2-time selection

2004 Hernando Today

All-County Team

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers
POS               NAME SCH YR

1B

Liz Wallace**

CEN

12

2B

Jackie Manfredo

CEN

12

SS

Ashley Liberatore**

SPG

11

3B

Chelsea Chipoletti

HER

9

C

Hilary Fiocca

SPG

9

P

Stephanie Cox

SPG

12

OF

Katelyn Vanderham

CEN

9

OF

Heather Benson

SPG

12

OF

Sophia Gill

HER

11

UTIL

Mary Ellen Langley

HCA

8

UTIL

Ashley Lewie

HER

9

UTIL

Ashley Rogers**

HER

12

Player of the Year – Stephanie Discepolo (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Doug Rogers (Hernando)

** Denotes 2-time selection

2003 Hernando Today

All-County Softball

Emily Eicholtz
Emily Eicholtz
POS                 NAME SCH YR

1B

Stephanie Discepolo

SPG

10

2B

Kristi Langworthy

HER

12

SS

Diana Eckert**

SPG

12

3B

Scottisha Scrivens**

HER

12

C

Caitlin DeCristofaro**

SPG

12

P

Emily Eicholtz**

SPG

12

OF

Samantha Downing**

CEN

12

OF

Megan Allen**

SPG

12

OF

Whitney Massingale

HER

12

UTIL

Ashley Liberatore

SPG

9

UTIL

Carolyn Gant

HER

12

UTIL

Liz Wallace

CEN

11

Player of the Year – Emily Eicholtz (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Craig Swartout (Springstead)

** Denotes 2-time selection

2002 Hernando Today

All-County Softball Team

Emily Eicholtz
Emily Eicholtz
POS              NAME SCH YR

1B

Ashley Rogers

HER

11

2B

Vicki Albert

SPG

12

SS

Lindsay Grey

CEN

12

3B

Vanessa Ziegler

SPG

12

C

Shauna Dampier

CEN

12

P

Jenny Clark

SPG

12

DH

Caitlin DeCristofaro

SPG

11

OF

Samantha Downing

CEN

11

OF

Megan Allen

SPG

11

OF

Nicole Young

HER

12

UTIL

Scottisha Scrivens

HER

11

UTIL

Diana Eckert

SPG

11

UTIL

Christen Baldwin

HER

12

Player of the Year – Emily Eicholtz (Springstead)

Coach of the Year – Carmine Rufa (Springstead)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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