Land O’ Lakes High leads area on softball All-State teams

With the high school softball season complete, the 2017 Miracle Sports All-State teams were released June 9, honoring the top players in the state of Florida.

The Land O’ Lakes High varsity softball team was recognized at the Pasco County Commissioners June 6 meeting. Last month, the Gators won the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 6A State Championship.
(Courtesy of Pasco County)

The Land O’ Lakes High Gators had the most representatives from The Laker/Lutz News Coverage area in all classifications, with a total of five selections in Class 6A — four first-team, one second-team. Moreover, Gators head coach Mitch Wilkins and sophomore pitcher Callie Turner were named Class 6A Coach of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Wilkins guided the Gators (29-3) to its first fastpitch title last month — a first for a Pasco County program since Ridgewood High won in 1992.

Turner, meanwhile, was an integral part of the Gators’ success, proving to be one of the state’s most dominant aces. The University of Tennessee commit won 17 games, tallying a 0.21 ERA and 249 strikeouts in 132.2 innings pitched.

In her 20 starts, Turner tallied 18 complete games, 10 shutouts and four no-hitters.

Also a standout hitter, Turner posted a .319 batting average with 14 RBIs.

Besides Turner, Gators outfielder Jessie McCallister, utility player Ashley Smith and designated player Tia Williams were first-teamers, while sophomore infielder Shelby Westbrook was a second-team selection.

Other schools in our coverage area also were well represented on the All-State list.

Academy at the Lakes, Steinbrenner, Sunlake and Wharton high schools each had three representatives — as either first or second team selections or honorable mentions.

Carrollwood Day School, Pasco High and Wesley Chapel High each had one representative in their respective classifications.

There were no All-State representatives in our coverage area from Classes 9A, 5A, 4A or 1A.


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