Danni Farley of Wellington named All-Area large-schools softball player of year


PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Danni Farley, Wellington, Sr., Pitcher

Why?

She was dominant on the mound this season, finishing 14-1 with a 0.37 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 94 innings. Farley also batted .348 with four home runs. She has signed with the University of Florida.

What was the highlight of your season? During the Jupiter tournament when we played Viera and were coming off of the loss from Sarasota. I think that was the best game we played during the season. We held a strong defense and our offense was outstanding. I personally had 14 strikeouts on the mound, and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and a double.

When did you first start playing softball? At 10 years old. I started much later then my peers, who started around 6-8 years old. I had a lot of catching up to do to get to the playing level of everyone else.

Why did you pick the University of Florida to continue your playing career? It has always been my dream school. Before I was even playing softball, I dreamed of going to UF. Since I started playing softball much older than everyone else, I knew that there was a slim chance that I would ever get recruited by such a prestigious program. I am forever grateful that they are giving me the opportunity to play with one of the top programs in the nation.

Who is the athlete you most admire? Tom Brady was never the biggest, strongest, best football player, but he never gave up and never let anyone tell him that he can’t do anything he set his mind to, and he has become one of the most successful players ever. That’s what I strive to do.

What is the song that gets you pumped up before a game? “The Champion,” by Carrie Underwood. Her lyrics really speak to me, and I feel every word that she is saying.

What was your favorite movie of the past year? The Kingsman film series.

What is your favorite social media tool? Twitter, because there are a variety of things to see from Gators Softball to funny videos.

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FIRST TEAM

CATCHER: Emma Morgan, Boca Raton, Jr.: Batted a team-high .477 for the Bobcats, who were a surprise regional semifinalist. She also had four homers, 22 RBIs, and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

INFIELDER: Sarah Longley, Wellington, Jr.: The University of Florida commit batted .383 for the district-champion Wolverines and added 27 RBIs.

INFIELDER: Brooke Barnard, Palm Beach Gardens, Fr.: In her first season with the Gators, she batted .443 with six homers and 36 RBIs.

INFIELDER: Anna Knight, West Boca Raton, Sr.: Closed her Bulls’ career with a .473 batting average and a team-high 24 RBIs.

INFIELDER: Gigi Aurichio, Spanish River, Sr.: Batted a team-best .446 for the Sharks, and added three home runs and 22 RBIs.

OUTFIELDER: Brianna Clary, Palm Beach Gardens, Jr.: A contact hitter who rarely strikes out, she batted .506 with an on-base percentage of .559. She also stole 12 bases.

OUTFIELDER: Eva Zeidel, Spanish River, Fr.: Batted .433 for the district-champion Sharks, and added 34 runs.

OUTFIELDER: Chrissy Fontaine, Jupiter, Fr.: The versatile freshman batted a team-leading .408 with 34 RBIs and 25 runs. She struck out just three times all season.

PITCHER: Marisa Mellone, Jupiter, So.: In her first season as the Warriors’ starter, she went 17-4 with a 1.09 ERA and 150 strikeouts.

PITCHER: Alina Varga, West Boca Raton, So.: She was dominant on the mound this season, finishing with a 1.47 ERA and 225 strikeouts. She also hit six homers and drove in 34 runs.

PITCHER: Kaitlyn Cunningham, Olympic Heights, So.: She struck out 102 batters in 103 innings pitched, and finished with an ERA of 1.22. Also batted .359 with two homers.

UTILITY: Rileigh Manning, Forest Hill, Sr.: Her main position was shortstop, but she also was a pitcher, catcher and third baseman for the Falcons. She batted a team-leading .536.

SECOND TEAM

CATCHER: Ashley Goebel, Jupiter, Sr.

INFIELDER: Cassidy Trimble, Park Vista, Sr.

INFIELDER: Maddie Prickett, Seminole Ridge, Fr.

INFIELDER: Bailey Cain, Wellington, Sr.

INFIELDER: Nicole Hayslip, Royal Palm Beach, Jr.

OUTFIELDER: Gabi Obando, Olympic Heights, So.

OUTFIELDER: Kaylee DiNatali, Park Vista, Jr.

OUTFIELDER: Kate Desimone, Wellington, So.

PITCHER: Tyrina Jones, Park Vista, Fr.

PITCHER: Katelynn Robine, Palm Beach Gardens, Fr.

PITCHER: Kayla Bruno, Royal Palm Beach, So.

UTILITY: Alexis Mobilia, Wellington, So.

HONORABLE MENTION

Boca Raton: Alexis Johnson, Madison Ihnat; Dwyer: Casey Goguts, Gabbie Haas, Daija Torchia; Forest Hill: Natalie Rodriguez, Emily Albelo, Dee Martin, Cyndel Streeter, Jamie Cooney; John I. Leonard: Elizabeth Rambo; Jupiter: Kendall Baer, Megan McCants; Olympic Heights: Theresa Stettner, Madison Manning, Gillian Lapis, Alex Perez; Palm Beach Gardens: Jaden Walker, Carolynn Von Werne, Haley Hoffman, Brooke Mathews, Savannah Jones, Breanna Robine; Park Vista: Jules Schumacher, Olivia Zehl, Christianna Ekonomou; Royal Palm Beach: Megann Linardos, Jillian Estevez, Chelsea Gibbins; Seminole Ridge: Paytyn Hazelton, Karie Abel, Kayla Wright; Spanish River: LeeAnn Rosenbush, Riley Brashears; Wellington: Raegan Conley, Katie Schmidt, Lexi Butler; West Boca Raton: Jessica Jaruszewski, Stephanie Proenza.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Steve Ahern, Jupiter: Led a young Warriors team to within one win of the Class 9A state semifinals. Jupiter, which lost in 13 innings to Davie-Western in the regional championship game, finished 25-4.



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