2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM

SOFTBALL

By TONY CASTRO
HernandoSport.com

Player of the Year – Ali Shenefield

Hernando High – Senior

Ali Shenefield                                     Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

COMMENTS: Fourth-year varsity letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Feted as 2019’s Hernando County Player of the Year … 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 …Splendid third season in 2018 … At the plate, Shenefield cracked 34 hits in 28 games, to finish fifth on the squad in hitting at .405 … She was one of five Leopards to collect at least 21 RBI … Stood out, however, in the circle … The brunette paced the local circuit in every significant pitching category including: games started (27) complete games (25), innings pitched (152.0), strikeouts (278) and wins (23) … She also set a county record with 15 shutouts, snapping the old mark set in 2017 by Springstead’s Kama Woodall (14) … In the postseason, she strung together four shutouts in a row … She set another county record with six straight shutouts over her last six district tilts spanning 2017-18 …Pieced together one the finest all-around seasons ever etched in Hernando County in 2019… At the plate, Shenefield finished second in the county hitting (.457) … Ranked third in at-bats (94), second in hits (43) … Ranked fourth in extra-base hits (12), tied for second in singles (31) … Finished tied with Springstead’s Hannah Rizzuto for the circuit lead in doubles (9) … Ranked third in runs batted in (34) … Ranked fourth locally in on-base percentage (.518) and slugging percentage (.638) … As a leadoff batter, somehow she managed to drive in 91 RBI in 113 career games … Simply owned the pitching circle in 2019 … In 29 appearances, she finished 29 starts, turning in a stellar 25-4 slate … Across a county-best 173.0 innings, she fanned a county record 370 batters against 29 walks … She broke her single season record of 15 shutouts with 18 bagels this season … In just over three-plus seasons on the mound, 5-foot-6 right-hander rewrote the Hernando County career record standards with 92 complete games, 573.1 innings pitched, 935 punchouts and 45 shutouts … Shenefield, who also lettered in golf as a junior and a senior, was a whiz in the classroom maintaining 3.3 unweighted and 3.5 weighted grade point average … She opted against signing with two out-of-state D-I programs to join forces with D-II Rollins College in Winter Park.

Kevin Bittinger

QUOTE: “Anything I say to describe Ali, will sell her short … It is impossible to describe the impact she had on our program … You’ll see her impact for years to come … Her legacy will be permanent … She always worked with the younger kids … The others always looked up to her …People came to see Ali pitch … That‘s a terrific level of respect for her work ethic … It was never about me with Ali, it was always about the team first … She didn‘t have a golden arm … She was a curveball pitcher who became a strikeout pitcher … Rollins is such a lucky school to get someone like Ali … She’s 17 … She’s only going to get better … What I’ll never forget is her freshman year when she said she’s a third baseman … Well, we needed her to throw some bullpens and look at her now … Last year’s regional final loss to Keystone Heights drove her to new heights this year.”

– Bittinger

QUOTE: “Had a great season … Really carried her team to great things.”

Springstead’s Craig Swartout

Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “I watched her progress, she took command of the circle … To me, she has that rare “it” factor that many kids don’t have … She went out with determination and deserves nothing but kudos for her efforts … She gave Hernando that presence in the circle – it was like we’re gonna win every time … I was impressed with her all-around play … She’s a tough out when she steps into the box … I can definitely see her hitting at the next level.”

Nature Coast Technical’s Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “Her numbers were so impressive … They were amazing … She was a game-changer … Without Ali, they don’t go nearly as deep.”

– Weeki Wachee’s Charlene Ross

First Base – Hannah Rizzuto

Springstead – Junior

Hannah Rizzuto

COMMENTS: Third-year letter winner … Initial county selection … Broke in 2017 hitting .267 with 10 runs batted in … Suffered through a sophomore jinx … Batting average sunk to .228 while managing to knock in 12 runs … In 2019, Rizzuto enjoyed a breakout campaign … She raised her batting average to personal-high .398 … Ranked ninth in the local circuit in hitting …After totaling 22 RBI in her first two seasons, she knocked in a personal record 25 this spring … She tied for first place in doubles (9) with HHS’ Ali Shenefield … With the leather, Rizzuto also shined … Finished third in the league in fielding percentage (.984) … Ranked third in put outs, fourth in total chances.

QUOTE: “Hannah has really matured as a player … Didn’t allow minor setbacks to get in her way … Just took over first base … Had three errors all season … Dramatically turned things around at the plate … We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg of her potential … Has a good head on her shoulders … She’s got the intangibles you can’t put a price on.”

– Swartout

Second Base – Madison DiCono

Springstead – Senior

Madison DiCono

COMMENTS: Four-year fixture anchoring second base … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Her bread ’n butter was her stout defense … For a fourth straight season, she finished among the top four in the county in assists (43) … Had a knack for making big plays in big-time spots … After hitting a combined .203 after three seasons, Madison hit a personal-high .351 in 2019 … She recorded 27 base hits in 26 games … Played in 113 career games … But every day with a smile etched across her face.

QUOTE: “She’s become an urban legend around here … What she’s done with her glove is mythical … The only other second base man better than Maddie was Lizzie (Olmstead) … She’s one of those players that redefined the position of second base … She not only held it down, but elevated it … She makes the hard plays look routine … All the coaches know who she is and wish they had a player like her … Any coach would be lucky to have someone like Maddie … If we had nine Maddies in the lineup; life couldn’t be better … I’m gonna miss her.”

Swartout

Shortstop – Emily Kolwicz

Springstead – Senior

Emily Kolwicz

COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Rare four-time All-Hernando County selection … Kolwicz, who attended Challenger K-8, was a sprinter in middle school … She was the 100-meter dash champion and 200-meter runner-up in the Hernando County Athletic Conference Championship Meet in 2015 … In 2019, Kolwicz enjoyed her best-ever season … She hit a personal record .410, finishing seventh in the league batting race … Batting leadoff, she set the tone with 34 hits in 26 games … With the glove, she ranked among the top four in assists for a fourth straight season … Does not possess a rocket for an arm, but glides to the ball and makes the routine plays … She broke two of Paige Pfent’s school records for career games played (114) and at-bats (382) … A terrific student/athlete … Outside of the softball diamond, she is two-year member of the prestigious National Honor Society and maintained a 3.8 unweighted and 4.3 weighted grade point average … Was named Springstead High’s Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Year for 2018-19 … The .319 career hitter signed a letter of intent to play beginning next fall with the Lake-Sumter State College Hawks.

QUOTE: “Emily has been a pleasure to be around … She got better every year … I’m excited to see her play in college … She’s the type of player that never let drama bother her … She came to the ballpark looking to do one thing: win a game … She wasn’t a rah-rah person … I’m gonna miss her presence in practice and in the dugout.”

– Swartout

Third Base – Alanis Berrios

Nature Coast Technical – Senior

Alanis Berrios

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman … Three-time All-County pick … Has manned several positions for the Sharks, including pitcher …After relocating from California, Berrios hit .353 as a freshman in 2016, driving in 25 runs … She was named All-County as an outfielder … Dipped to .309 as a sophomore infielder with 21 RBI … In Year 3, Berrios collected 34 hits in 28 games, hitting .395 with 26 RBI … Unsurpassed production in 2019 … Berrios rammed a career-high 40 hits in 27 games behind a personal record .435 batting stroke … Finished fifth in the batting race … Ranked fourth in at-bats (92), and fourth in league in runs batted in (30) … When the curtains came down, Berrios departed the California Street program as the school record holder in games played (114) and at-bats (358) … Alanis accumulated 133 career hits and drove in 102 runs batted in … Left as a career .372 hitter … Signed with D-III Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois

QUOTE: “This year was her best year … From Day 1, she started mostly at first or third base … Watched her game progress as a player until she signed with Aurora University … She should fit in well, they lost their entire infield to graduation, so she’ll have an opportunity to play right away … We’re gonna miss her bat … She was in the top five of seven different offensive categories here … Alanis is the type of player that is hard to replace.”

– Olmstead

Catcher – Taliyah Dowdell

Hernando High – Junior

Taliyah Dowdell

COMMENTS: Three-year varsity starter … Multi-sport athlete, who plays basketball … Three-peat All-County pick … At 5-foot-5, the sturdily-built Dowdell hit safely in 19 of the 30 games in 2017 … In all, Dowdell broke in with 34 hits and hit .472 … Despite playing catcher, she could run with the best scoring 27 runs while driving in 20 runs … No sophomore jinx in 2018 … Dowdell finished as the third-best hitter on a team at a .461 clip … In all, she collected 41 safeties, including a team-best 18 extra-base hits … Set a Hernando County single-season mark with an unheard of 10 triples … Tied for third on the team in runs batted in with 28 … Led the local circuit in runs scored with 45, or one more than Spingstead’s Mariah Galhouse (44) … With the leather, Dowdell led the local circuit in total chances (290), put outs (286) and fielding percentage (.997) … Unmitigated success in 2019 … The right-handed hitting Dowdell led the local circuit in games played (31), at-bats (104) and runs scored (37) – tied with Galhouse … Put up MVP-type stats with a league-best 46 safeties, including a Hernando County-high 17 extra-base hits … Paced the local league in three-baggers (5) and runs batted in (43) … Finished third in slugging percentage (.730) … Once again led the county in total chances (398), putouts (390), and fielding percentage (.995).

QUOTE: “Not a secret anymore … Can’t believe she didn’t hit the first 12 games of her freshman season … We didn’t want to overwhelm her … As it was, when she was inserted in it was like she belonged … Has so much ability … Hitting-wise, she’s a monster … Will probably bat leadoff next year … She’s fit and she’s explosive … In the tough games, if she hit, we won … Has improved in throwing the ball … Behind the plate, Ali (Shenefield) doesn’t strike out 370 without Taliyah framing pitches as well as she does … She’s a total team player.”

– Bittinger

Pitcher – Mariah Galhouse

Springstead – Senior

Mariah Galhouse

COMMENTS: Second-year in Spring Hill … Repeat All-Hernando County selection… In 2019, the blonde-tressed right-hander twirled in 24 games, making 23 starts and completing 22 tilts … Galhouse finished a superb 16-7 overall, dropping five 1-run losses and two other shutouts: 2-0, 3-0 … She finished runner-up in the county in strikeouts (179), wins (16), shutouts (5) and third in innings pitched (145.0) … Set a Hernando County record with 0.72 earned run average – that bested Springstead’s Kama Woodall’s 0.73 ERA in 2017 … With the leather, Galhouse paced all county defenders with 47 assists … At the plate, Galhouse was Springstead’s unofficial leading hitter at .448 – she didn’t have enough at-bats to qualify … She plated 37 runs to tie HHS’ Taliyah Dowdell for the league lead in scoring … She cracked 30 hits in 27 games, racking up 14 safeties for extra-bases … She finished second in the local circuit in walks (28), ranked second in on-base percentage (.619) and slugging percentage (.791) … Galhouse de-committed from Saint Leo to sign with the D-II University of Tampa Spartans beginning this fall.

QUOTE: “My relationship was really good with Mariah … We kinda clicked right off the bat … Since she got here, she carried the load … Based on our schedule, she pitched phenomenally … Mariah lost three1-run games to the state runner-up Crystal River – that says a lot in my book … She set the record for the lowest-ever ERA … On the bases, she’s a great base runner … When she played shortstop, she read the ball well … She’ll have a very successful career at UT … I know I’m gonna miss her competitiveness.”

Swartout

Outfield – Morgan Johnson

Nature Coast Technical – Junior

Morgan Johnson

COMMENTS: Third-year letter winner … Initial All-County selection … Prototype slap hitter from the left side … Ultra quick … As a freshman in 2017, Johnson batted .338 with 24 hits in 29 tilts … Demonstrated no power with one extra-base hit and four runs batted in … In Year 2, Morgan batted .320 collecting 29 safeties across 30 games … Accumulated eight hits for extra-bases … Finished second on the squad in runs scored (33) … RBI barometer climbed to 17 … Through 20 games in 2019, Johnson was terrorizing the bases … Suffered a season-ending high ankle injury and missed the season’s final seven games … Still managed to hit a personal-best .458 … Finished third in the local circuit in hitting … Totaled a personal-best 33 hits, highlighted by nine for extra-bases … Drove in a career-best 24 runs … Finished second on the team in runs scored (25).

QUOTE: “In 20 games, she totally matured as an all-around player … Replaced our D-I hitter, Chayse Skinner, at the top of the lineup – which was a monumental task … It was a shame she got hurt … She was on pace for the single season hit record … She was the one that set the tone as the leadoff batter … Outstanding on-base percentage and she’s a smart base runner … Has grown to be a consistent hitter … We’re looking for even more power from her … Can play either left field or center … Carries a 3.8 grade point average.

– Olmstead

Outfield – Nakayla Roberts

Hernando High – Senior

Nakayla Roberts

COMMENTS: Athletically gifted … Multi-sport athlete who plays volleyball, is the team’s leading scorer in basketball, was a four-year starter in softball and stood out in track and field in the shot put and discus … Named All-County in basketball and track and for the second time in softball … In 2016, Roberts broke in hitting .338 as a frosh with 23 safeties in 25 games … Suffered from the sophomore jinx in 2017, hitting .279 with six RBI … Bounced back in 2018 with a terrific season … She racked up a career-best 34 hits in 28 games to hit .425 … Connected on 13 extra-base hits and drove in six times as many runs as she did the year before (36) from the No. 8 hole… Has a cannon for an arm and can run as evidenced by her 23 runs scored… In 2019, she served as the Lady Leopards’ sixth-best hitter at .370 … Collected 30 hits in 27 games … Graduated as a .357 hitter with 106 lifetime safeties across 108 career games.

QUOTE: “I think she was tired … Her sports season began in August and featured volleyball, basketball, track and softball … That’s what she did for four years … I think most people would gladly take her numbers … I’ve never coached a kid that was so talented … Who earns 14 letters? … To me, Nakayla is a throwback kinda kid … We moved her around the lineup … She never complained … Quite simply they don’t make players like Nakayla Roberts anymore.”

– Bittinger

Outfield – Jenna Ryan

Springstead – Junior

Jenna Ryan

COMMENTS: Third-year player … Initial All-Hernando County selection … Debuted in 2017, struggled collecting 18 hits in 30 games, hitting .231 … After returning from injury in 2018, Ryan totaled 16 hits in 21 games … Drove in 15 RBI, but improved her batting average to .296 … Finished as the Lady Eagles’ sixth-best hitter in 2019 ,,, Hit a personal-best .308 … Mashed 24 hits in 27 games … Finished second on the team in runs batted in with 26 … Was only the second prep player – other being NCT’s D-I Chayse Skinner – to have hit two homeruns off Hernando High’s stud hurler Ali Shenefield … This year’s two-run blast in Spring Hill helped the Eagles blank the Leopards, 3-0 … Also, did a yeoman’s job as a backup hurler in 2019 … Across 13.1 innings, Ryan fanned 13 batters against three walks and finished 4-0 with 1.05 ERA.

QUOTE: “Jenna came into her own this year … She was always been a pretty good defensive player (in centerfield) … She needs to tweak her swing so her average will continue to rise … She’s a very underrated player … I think she’ll have the ability to have a big year next season while pitching.”

– Swartout

Designated Hitter – Madyson Lamp

Hernando – Senior

Madyson Lamp

COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Played first two seasons at Weeki Wachee before transferring to Brooksville … Three-time All-County selection … As a frosh at WWHS, she collected 43 hits in 75 at-bats, hitting .573 with 19 runs batted in … In Year 2, she rapped 34 hits in 24 tilts for a team-best .548 average and 31 RBI … After playing summer travel ball with many of the HHS players, she transferred to the Bell Avenue campus prior to her third season … In 2018, she finished 11 at-bats shy of qualifying for the batting crown … Lamp slugged 43 hits in 29 games for a team-best .566 average … She tied for the team lead in extra-base hits (18) and led the team in round trippers (5) … Led the circuit in runs batted in (41) and tied NCT’s Tori Ratigan in walks (20) … Finished second in the local circuit to two-time Player of the Year Paige Pfent of Springstead in on-base percentage (.650) and slugging percentage (.974) … Enjoyed an MVP-type campaign in 2019 … The right-handed hitting Lamp didn’t have enough official at-bats to qualify for the county batting title … She still slugged .506 … Paced the county in walks (30), homeruns (9), on-base percentage (.642) and slugging percentage (.961) … Finished runner-up in the county in games played (30), extra-base hits (16) and runs batted in (41) … She’ll be remembered for hitting homers in the regional final loss to Keystone Heights in 2018, 3-2, and the game-winner in 2019 at Alachua-Santa Fe, 1-0 … Graduated as a .536 hitter at HHS with a school record 13 homers … She compiled a fine 3.7 unweighted and a weighted 4.0 graded point average … Signed with a JUCO George State College in Douglas, Georgia.

QUOTE: “Talk about a tremendous hitter … Had a tendency to over think things … But she had the goods … All she had to do was grip it and rip it … At the plate, she was a caged animal … She was such a pure hitter … When she hit some of her homers, I just wanted to watch ’em – to admire them for what they were worth for the 5-6 seconds until the ball landed … I’ve never had a kid intentionally walked as many times as she was … That’s hard to handle … But she never complained … She was a team player all the way … It was nice for her to have her moment in the regional final … Once the Santa Fe pitcher made a mistake, Madyson took care of it … At the next level, she can hit … She was a pleasure to have around.”

– Bittinger

UTIL – Solaris Genberg

Hernando – Freshman

Solaris Genberg

COMMENTS: First-year starter … Initial All-Hernando County selection … At 5-foot-5 “Solo” arrived like a blast of cool air from the Rockies … In Year 1, Genberg banged out 39 hits, including a league-best 32 singles … Enjoyed thirteen multiple-hit games … Collected a game-high three hits thrice … She finished second on the team in runs scored (35) … Finished runner-up in the county in games played (30) and at-bats (98) … Due to Shenefield’s mound prowess, the first-year infielder was really never tested … Only touched the ball 30 times in 30 games with the leather.

QUOTE: “Fun kid to coach … Just excited about playing the game … Can’t believe she never played shortstop until this season; was a converted third baseman … Has a great skill set … Has a rocket for an arm … She’s a coachable kind … We had to fix some things with her foot work … She has so much potential; it’s scary.”

– Bittinger

UTIL – Raquel Camuglia

Springstead – Sophomore

Raquel Camuglia

COMMENTS: Second-year letterman … Initial All-County selection … Broke in hitting .270 with 20 hits in 27 games in 2018 … Began to step on the gas pedal in Year 2 … In 2019, Camuglia suffered no sophomore jinx … She elevated all of her stats elevated … Across 27 tilts, she lashed out 24 … Upped her average to personal best .343 … Drove in a team-best 27 runs batted in … Forget she’s a catcher, she fourth on the team in runs scored with 26 … Pieced together a season-high eight-game hitting streak … Saved her best her last … In districts at Lecanto, Camuglia unloaded a pair of moon shot homers – her first two-ever – against Weeki Wachee … She finished 2-for-2 with four runs scored and career-high six runs batted in … Defensively, she’s the county’s finest behind the dish not named Dowdell … Ranked second in the county in total chances (224), putouts (204) and fielding percentage (.987) … Threw out seven of the 19 runners, who attempted to steal bases against her this season.

QUOTE: “Raquel was easily the best catcher in this area … Defensively, she was outstanding … She’s a brick wall behind the plate … Possesses a great arm … She’s gonna continue to elevate her game … She has that “it” factor … Toward the end of this year, she was our best hitter… She’s going to be fun to watch in the future.”

– Swartout

UTIL – Alyssa Kelly

Nature Coast Technical – Junior

Alyssa Kelly

COMMENTS: Third-year letterman … Repeat All-County choice … As a freshman in 2017, Kelly ranked as the eighth-best hitter on the team at .253 behind 19 hits and 18 runs batted in … As a pitcher, she totaled one inning of relief … In a breakout 2018 campaign, Kelly rapped 41 hits in 30 games … She smacked three homers, drove in 27 RBI and hit .360 … Most importantly, she ascended to become the Sharks’ ace … She responded with 21 starts and 19 complete games … In all, Kelly finished 15-6 overall hurling 130 innings … She issued 46 walks and fanned 76 … With a new pitching coach (Rich Woodall, who revamped her entire motion and mechanics), Kelly turned in her best mound effort to date … In all, the right-hander pitched in 26 starts and completed 22 tilts … Across 150.0 inning pitched, she mowed down a career-best 161 batters against 46 walks … Kelly finished 15-11 overall with a 3.22 ERA … While her pitching stats climbed, her hitting dipped … Kelly hit .279 with 24 hits in 27 games, highlighted by 17 runs batted in.

QUOTE: “We reinvested with Alyssa with Coach Woodall … He helped her create more velocity on her pitches … I see more improvement ahead … Still working to improve that “it” factor … Needs to be focused on the mound … With her gains in the circle, we lost a little bit at the plate … Hopefully, we can get that back next year … She’s getting some D-II looks already.”

– Olmstead

UTIL – Alexis Lendo

Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore

Alexis Lendo

COMMENTS: Second-year letter winner … First-time All-County selection … Can motor … Has been clocked running to first base in 2.6 seconds … Debuted in 2018, colleting 20 hits – highlighted by 19 singles – across 30 games … She hit .244 behind 10 runs batted in … Once Morgan Johnson was sidelined, Lendo was the Sharks’ offensive catalyst in 2019 … Lendo, who hit .440, reached on 33 hits, including 31 singles … She led the team in runs scored (33) … Finished fourth on the team in runs batted in (17).

QUOTE: “Extremely versatile player ,,, Has played center, right field and first base for us … Probably not as instinctive a player as we’d want, but is getting there … She’s quick … Runs a 2.6 to first base … She’s a game changer when she’s on the bases … Broke the school’s stolen base record … Doesn’t just want to known as a slapper … Is getting NAIA and D-II looks … She’s growing into her body … She’s still learning the game from the left side.”

– Olmstead

UTIL – Haley Zapata

Weeki Wachee – Senior

Hailey Zapata

COMMENTS: Second-year letter winner … Initial All-County selection … In 2018, Zapata collected 14 hits in 23 games for a .226 average … Nearly doubled her batting average in a year … In 2019, Zapata batted a team-best .456 … She rapped 26 hits in 21 tilts.

QUOTE: “Offensively, she was very productive … She anchored shortstop for us … Had a good arm … Great base runner …Quiet type of leader … We’re gonna miss her bat … Went into the US Army Reserve after graduation.”

Ross

Coach of the Year – Kevin Bittinger

Hernando – 14th Year

Kevin Bittinger

COMMENTS: Seven-time All-Hernando County selection … Guided the Lady Leopards to a county-best 27-4 overall record … Along the way, Bittinger secured his seventh Hernando County title … His 27 victories tied his personal record set in 2014 … In his sixth regional appearance, he pushed the Leopards to its third-ever regional title … The Class 5A, Region II crown was the school’s first since 2001 under Ernie Chatman … That was the also the last time the Leopards had reached the FHSAA Final Four… Bittinger became the first Hernando County skipper not named Chatman to lead a local team to the fast-pitch State Finals.

QUOTE: “I’m a lucky man … If you want a program to be successful you have to have players like Lamp, Dowdell, Shenefield who are willing to sacrifice to get there … Take someone like Alyssa Forte … She was willing to sacrifice to move to a different position (second base) for the betterment of the program … It’s not just the production, but the willingness to sacrifice … After losing to Keystone Heights in the regional finals last year, we set an early goal for this team … This group just kept pushing and the kids bought in … And I want to clarify something … When It’s Coach of the Year, it’s really Coaching Staff of the Year … I worked very closely with Casey (Ellis) and Megan (Platt) and we know what needs to be addressed … As a whole, we all want to win … It’s been a tremendous help having them on the staff … I can’t say enough about their contributions.”

– Bittinger

Craig Swartout

QUOTE: “Any time you make it to the Final Four, that’s a huge accomplishment … That’s a testament to his knowledge of the game.“

– Swartout

Jug Olmstead

QUOTE: “It’s a credit to Kevin to get his team to go the Final Four … I thought they had the person in the circle who could take them there … I thought after they lost to Cypress Creek in the district championship, to go on the road and win three games was extremely impressive … That’s a great job in motivating his kids.”

– Olmstead

Charlene Ross

QUOTE: “Hernando had a great season … He maximized his talent for his team to go so far.”

Weeki Wachee’s Charlene Ross

2019 HernandoSport.com

All-Hernando County Softball Team
– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

Ali Shenefield                             Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Hannah Rizzuto

SPG

11

2B

Madison DiCono

SPG

12

SS

Emily Kolwicz****

SPG

12

3B

Alanis Berrios***

NCT

12

C

Taliyah Dowdell***

HER

11

P

Mariah Galhouse **

SPG

12

OF

Nakayla Roberts **

HER

12

OF

Morgan Johnson

NCT

11

OF

Jenna Ryan

SPG

11

DH

Madyson Lamp***

HER

12

UTIL

Solaris Genberg

HER

9

UTIL

Alyssa Kelly **

NCT

11

UTIL

Alexis Lendo

NCT

10

UTIL

Raquel Camuglia

SPG

10

UTIL

Haley Zapata

WW

12

Player of the Year – Ali Shenefield ***12th Hernando)

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

******* Denotes 7-time selection

**** Denotes 4-time selection.

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2018 HernandoSport.com

All-Hernando County Softball Team

Paige Pfent
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

POS

 

NAME

 

SCH

 

YR

1B

Janea’ Mobley***

HER

12

2B

Madison DiCono

SPG

11

SS

Mariah Galhouse

SPG

11

3B

Emily Kolwicz***

SPG

11

C

Taliyah Dowdell**

HER

10

P

Ali Shenefield**

HER

11

OF

Chayse Skinner**

NCT

12

OF

Karli Kimbrough***

HER

12

OF

Nakayla Roberts

HER

11

DH

Madyson Lamp**

HER

11

UTIL

Kayla Cruz****

SPG

12

UTIL

Kenna McQuown**

CEN

11

UTIL

Alanis Berrios**

NCT

11

UTIL

Abigail Pons**

WW

12

UTIL

Alyssa Kelly

NCT

10

Player of the Year ****Paige Pfent (Springstead) 12th

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

***** Denotes 5-time selection.

**** Denotes 4-time selection.

*** Denotes 3-time selection.

** Denotes 2-time selection.

2017 HernandoSport.com

All-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Abby Oliver                                                                                                  Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Hernando senior Megan Lane obliterated the Hernando County fast-pitch softball record book in 2015. 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-Hernando County Softball Team

Courtney Riddle                                                                                                Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Hailey Drawe
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Alexis Adams
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Tana McDaniel
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Cheyenne Sellers
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Liz Wallace
 

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-Hernando County Softball Team

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-Hernando County Softball Team

Springstead catcher Caitlin DeCristofaro proudly shows off her new Sr. Petersburg Jr. College jersey at a signing ceremony at SHS. With her from left, are her dad Jerry, coach Craig Swartout, St Pete coach Dr. Lance Lamport,  and former softball coach Carmine Rufa and mom, Kathy DeCristofaro. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO.
 

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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