The PNJ Spring All-Space season has arrived because the Pensacola-area’s prime athletes and coaches from weightlifting, tennis, flag soccer and extra have been honored all through the week.
Superlative winners in a unique sport will proceed to be launched every day via Saturday. All-Space Groups in each sport will likely be revealed Sunday in print and on-line.
At present, we check out our winners in softball represented by Jay, Tempo and West Florida. The Royals captured two awards off the power of this system’s first state title.
Tomorrow, the realm’s prime figures in baseball will likely be celebrated.
Participant of the 12 months
Alayna Lowery, Jay
The softball scene in Pensacola is as robust as ever proper now, however by some means, Lowery had a season ok to be considered because the no-brainer Participant of the 12 months.
Setting a program report with 14 house runs, she led the Royals in batting common (.484), hits (44), RBIs (41) and 14 wins within the circle en path to Jay’s first state championship in program historical past. After being denied the title final season, she wouldn’t let her group be turned away a second time, choosing up each wins at state and clubbing a two-run homer within the title sport.
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These senior numbers confirmed a rise in every class from a season in the past.
Voted because the Class 1A Participant of the 12 months by a statewide panel of highschool baseball coaches and the media, Lowery completed sixth within the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Softball award.
Subsequent for the Royals slugger is hitting the sector with the College of West Florida. Opting to remain near house, she’ll have an opportunity to claim herself as an instantaneous contributor for the Argos.
Co-Pitchers of the 12 months
Jayden Heavener, Tempo
Sydney Scapin, West Florida
It is unimaginable to select only one.
Heavener, the No. 1 participant within the nation for the Class of 2024, had 16 wins whereas sporting a 0.60 ERA and gathering 9 shut outs and eight no-hitters. How does one prime that? You do not, however you make some spectacular feats of your personal.
Scapin, the Jags every-day pitcher, led the realm with 331 strikeouts, capped off by a 37-strikeout, 16-inning playoff effort in opposition to Bishop Kenny. Behind her stardom within the circle, WFHS superior to the Class 4A Regional Last.
Simply sophomores, the 2 needs to be jousting for this award within the coming years, and perhaps subsequent 12 months, certainly one of them will make some headway within the race.
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Hitter of the 12 months
Shelby McKenzie, Tempo
One other sophomore, the Patriots are in good arms for the foreseeable future.
Whereas Heavener is making opposing batters whiff, McKenzie holds down the opposite facet of the ball. Batting for a .495 common, not solely does she hit for common however her swing packs a punch.
McKenzie’s 13 lengthy balls had been one shy of Lowery’s space excessive, however her 11 doubles make her the chief in extra-base knocks. She labored her method as much as 41 RBIs on the season, being the RBI-leader or tied for the lead in every of the Patriots’ three state playoff video games that they scored a run in.
Her robust stick typically made pitchers work round her, including 17 walks to the resume.
Newcomer of the 12 months
Kara Wine, Tate
As a part of her inaugural highschool season, Wine turned the everlasting backstop for Aggie pitchers, and did so along with her teammates’ full confidence.
Displaying a .981 fielding common, Wine confirmed poise and dependability behind the dish. She recorded 85 putouts with 16 assists, turning two double performs. On 103 possibilities, she had simply two errors.
Within the batter’s field, she produced the group’s second finest common with a .365 mark. She was additionally second in hits (27), RBIs (28) and residential runs (4).
With the Aggies graduating a big senior class, they could lean on her to get issues going much more subsequent season.
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Coach of the 12 months
Brian Watson, Jay
There isn’t any arguing this one.
Successful the Class 1A state championship most likely suffices, however the way in which Watson helped his group navigate the early going of the 12 months is much more spectacular. Beginning pitcher Mattie Cochran was out with damage, his daughter and middle fielder Brett Watson was simply coming back from an ACL surgical procedure and the Royals struggled with a slew of rain outs.
By tinkering together with his lineup and discovering out who may assist the place, Watson received manufacturing from participant’s one via 9 within the lineup card. He additionally managed feelings in holding the ladies prepared for motion within the face of cancellations.
Now with this system’s first state title out of the way in which, Watson has simply one other month to relaxation earlier than getting issues formally underway with the soccer group.
Lucas Semb may be reached at Lsemb@pensacol.gannett.com or 850-281-7414. Comply with him on Twitter at @Lucas_Semb for tales and varied Pensacola space rating updates.