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2021 FGCL Rosters Beginning To Take Shape

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After having a plethora of success in the league’s first summer season despite the presence of a pandemic, the Florida Gulf Coast League has seen a steady stream of commitments for the 2021 season. With the addition of three new teams – Sarasota Circus, Skeeters, and Siesta Key Phinz – the FGCL is slated to grow to 10 teams in just its second season.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Myakka City RiverMocs
Head Coach: Michaela Transue

The RiverMocs, led by Missouri volunteer assistant coach, are the defending champions and return league MVP Mack Leonard for the 2021 season.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Ari QuinonesUTWashington
Claire GinderIFFurman
Madi DavisPUCF
Kaylee EricksonCBYU
Lizzie ShubertIFStetson
Mack LeonardPIllinois St
Jazzy ContrerasUTOregon
Madison HarrisPVirginia
Grayson RadcliffeUTIndiana
Saxson RadcliffeCETSU
Casey GogutsCGeorgia Tech

Sarasota Circus
Head Coach: Carsyn Gordon

Carsyn Gordon takes over the Sarasota Circus as head coach. Gordon, a graduate assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic University and former Florida State University softball standout, will be heading up the team following a successful stint as assistant coach for the 17-6 Manatee Squeeze this past season. 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Stormy Kotzelnick INFWashington
Jordyn WolfeLouisville
Jocelyn Alonso FIU
Natalie Morgan Furman
Riley GrunbergUTSA
Taylor Medina UTSA

Bradenton Slice
Head Coach: Gina Snyder

The Slice have eight players returning to the FGCL, including Maddi Banks who transferred from Virginia Tech to Ole Miss during the offseason.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Madison McPhersonP/UTGeorgia Tech
Jazmine DoddOFAlabama St
Adi ReeseIFMurray State College
Neleigh HerringIFWichita St
Breanna RoperIFGeorgia Tech
Riley Ludlam CFurman
Maddi BanksIFOle Miss
Lindsey ToneygayCTowson
Ashley Blessin PMarshall
Jessi PukUTOle Miss

Siesta Key Phinz
Head Coach: Aaron Vail

The Siesta Key Pinz are the newest member of Florida Gulf Coast League Softball heading into the 2021 season. The Phinz will be led by head coach Aaron Vail. Vail is currently an assistant and camp coordinator at Furman University.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Kaitlyn OrmeFerris St
Blake Neleman Georgia Tech
Kinley Stewart Georgia Tech
Alyssa Pinto SDSU
Izzy Owen New Mexico
Emma Whitfield Clemson
Abi StuartClemson
Mia Kraimer South Dakota
Makenzie MacfarlaneUtah State
Mazie MacfarlaneUtah State
Lexie WebbFresno State
Jaeda McFarlandMaryland
Erin BrownSt. Johns
Maia RaderOregon State

Pioneers
Head Coach: Erica Beach

The Pioneers drew the No. 6 seed in the FGCL championships, upsetting the No. 3 Bradenton Slice. Head Coach Erica Beach returns for her second season to lead the Pioneers. Hopefully, she will join Gray Robertson in the booth on their off days.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Kara SaylorOFStetson
Kayla HowardPCampbell
Jordyn Petty1BBarry
Kailey Christian P/SSDelaware
Tyler TrottCColorado State
Cammeo Presutti OFFAU
Hanna Garber OFDelaware
Jada Smallwood3BMaryland
Taylor Gilmore PColorado State
McKayla Timmons UT Ball State

Skeeters
Head Coach: Cara Parker

The new squad will be guided by Cara Parker, who is an assistant coach at Santa Fe (Fla.) College.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Melina Livingston OFPenn State
Jamaica Flowers 2BAlabama State
Lauren Klein PStetson
Emily Winburn PDelaware
Danielle Romanello CSDSU
Morgan BrittP/UTUNC Wilmington
Bailey Turnbow1B/OFETSU
Chloe LeeOFMarshall
Aly Harrell 1BMarshall
Sterling HairstonINFCampbell

Squeeze
Head Coach: Kara Dill

Kara Dill, an assistant at Texas A&M, has been named head coach for the Manatee Squeeze for the 2021 Florida Gulf Coast League season. 

Dill, a native of LaGrange, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. As a student athlete at UK, she was one of the most feared leadoff hitters in the SEC. Dill completed her playing career with the following accolades: eighth in hits, sixth in stolen bases, fifth in batting average at .330, seventh in runs scored and two All-SEC selections.

PlayerPositionUniversity
Megan Ricks IF FGCU
Taylor JohnsonCWisconsin
Jordan Moore OFSamford
Molly Rainey 1BUCF
Maddie Bejarano PUCF
Nikki CuchranIFNorthwestern
Kenna Wilkey PNorthwestern
Madison Owens IF South Carolina
Lauren ShawPIowa

Manatee Impact
Head Coach: TBD

Bradenton Lynx
Head Coach: Lindsay Fico

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