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Florida Gulf Coast League Announces Opening Day and Team Rosters

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The Florida Gulf Coast League will open its inaugural season on Thursday, June 18, at Palma Sola Park in Bradenton, Florida. Two-time Olympic gold medallist Michele Smith will throw out the first pitch alongside USF Softball Hall of Famer, Shelley Riker. Riker was a four-year starter at South Florida and still holds the school record for stolen bases. The emcee will be Gray Robertson. Robertson is an SEC Network+ broadcaster, Crimson Tide Sports Network softball analyst and co-host of the Out of the Box Podcast.

The players reported Sunday, June 14 and will participate in a three day mini-camp. Due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, all players and training staff will have daily temperature checks and a full-time athletic training staff is on hand. Spectators will be allowed in certain areas but are not allowed to have contact with players or staff. There are no gate fees but spectators must follow safety guidelines which will be posted at both field locations.

Streaming is held by GameVision ($249.00) and Stream Live Tampa will produce some games for free viewing.

“These athletes are trailblazer,” said Lesley Ginder, FGCL public relations official, “It’s time softball players have the same experience as baseball players.”

The league consists of seven teams – FastpitchU, Impact Softball, Lynx, Pioneers, Rivermocs, Bradenton Slice, and Manatee Squeeze – competing over five weeks. Players represent more than 56 schools and all divisions of collegiate softball. All seven teams have individual owners and players were selected through applications and recruiting.

For more information on the FGCL visit their website

FastpitchU

Lauren King went 7-2 for Rhodes College leading the team in wins, innings pitched (66.0), WHIP (1.29), saves (1), strikeouts (54). (Rhodes College Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Raegan ConleyCFlorida Atlantic (signed)
Dainelle DiazIFStetson
Samantha GuilePNorthwestern St
Savannah HenleyPPurdue (signed)
Lauren KingPRhodes College
Madison LewisOFFL International
Sarah LongleyIFFlorida
Alyssa PerezC/IFSt Leo (signed)
Emma PetersonIFChestnut Hills College
Molly RaineyOFCentral Florida
Breanna RobineIFFlorida Atlantic (signed)
Jade SotoIFCoastal Carolina
Jaime TinoPStetson
Marissa TrezzaIFUT-Tyler
Head Coach: Pete BerriosFurman University Assistant Coach
Asst. Coach: Melissa Martinez
Asst. Coach: Dave Sechler

 


Impact Softball

Kelsey Bennett hit .368 this season for the Hokies (VT Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Maya AmmIFFlorida Atlantic
Megan AckermannPChattanooga St.
Kelsey BennettIFVirginia Tech
Taryn FreshwaterC/1BSouth Florida
Emma HawthorneC/1BNorthwestern St. (signed)
Jensen HowellP/1BNorthwestern St.
Kaitlyn KingPElon
Madeline LindsleyPSt Leo (signed)
Leanne MatthewsIFPenn State
Hannah Perez3B/CWarner
Avery Perkins2BTampa
Logan RobinsonP/UTCharleton College
McKenzie TyanOFNorth Dakota
Head Coach: Ashton Hinds

Lynx

Morgan Overaitis batted .277 this season for Michigan and has since transferred to Virginia Tech (Michigan Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Abigail MorganPFlorida Atlantic
Gaby RuizIFLiberty
Sajarie JonesUTPensacola St
Hannah FaraimoOFEckerd
Jaylnn FordIFFlorida Atlantic
Devyn FlahertyIFFlorida State
Dani BauerPCharleston
Kasey FavaOFUCF
Kaylea EvansOFUSC Upstate (signed)
Mackenzie WoodsCNorth Florida (signed)
Lauren HobbsPStetson (signed)
Morgan OveraitisUTVirginia Tech
Ashlee LykinsOFFurman (signed)
Mekayla FrazierIFElon (signed)
Haley LeeCTexas A&M
Head Coach: Lindsay FicoSanta Fe College

Pioneers

Colorado State’s Taylor Gilmore went 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 43 strikeouts (Colorado State Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Kayla PostenIFBarry
Kayla HowardPCampbell
Skylar BallOFSouthern Utah
Kennedy KrullIFHuntington
Neely PetersonCColorado State
Taylor GilmorePColorado State
Grace PromIFSanta Fe
Makenzie BallCSouthern Utah
Cammeo PresuttiOFFlorida Atlantic
Alivia DoyleCIndiana Tech
Sophie HannabasPSoutheastern LA
Paris WoodsOFSyracuse
Megan PierroIFSouth Florida
Kara SaylorIFStetson
Jordyn PettyIFBarry
Brooklyn LuceroPNC State (signed)
Head Coach: Erica Beach
Asst. Coach: Karlie Milburn

Rivermocs

Ari Quiñones played in 10 games for the Huskies hitting .400 (UW Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Ari QuinonesUTWashington
Gabby BensonUTGeorgia St
Emilee EricksonIFBYU
Claire GinderIFFurman (signed)
Madi DavisPUCF
Kaylee EricksonCBYU
Karley HobbsPTruett McConnell
Maggie TrgoOFWestern Kentucky
Megan WrightOFUCF (signed)
Lizzie ShubertIFStetson
Megan HargravesIFUSF
Jenny JansenOFSouthern Illinois
Mack LeonardPIllinois St
Sarah HandrahanPNebraska -Kearney
Alyssah MullisCGeorgia Southern
Head Coach: Michaela TransueMissouri Volunteer Asst. Coach
Assistant Coach: Camille Morgan
Asst. Coach: Karlie Milburn

Bradenton Slice

USF’s Meghan Sheehan hit .345 on the season, second on the team (USF Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Madison McPhersonP/UTGeorgia Tech
Hayley BejaranoOFCentral Florida
Jazmine DoddOFAlabama St
Meghan SheehanOFSouth Florida
Adi ReeseIFWichita St
Brittany CrowsonPNewberry
Isabel KellyPJames Madison
Kinsey GoetzIFFlorida
Neleigh HerringIFWichita St
Breanna RoperIFGeorgia Tech
Kelsey BrownOFVirginia Tech
Riley LudlamCFurman
Maddi BanksIFVirginia Tech
Katelin DavisOFNorth Florida
Lindsey ToneygayCTowson
Head Coach: Gina Snyder
Asst Coach: Gary Kifer

Manatee Squeeze

Alexis Johns led FIU at the plate with a .375 average (FIU Athletics Photo) 

PlayerPositionUniversity
Stormy KotzelnickIFWashington (signed)
Sommer BakerIFFlorida Atlantic
Paige SchindlerPLouisville
Megan RicksIFFGCU (signed)
Sara BethiaumeOFFlorida Atlantic
Jenna GreenPPresbyterian
Abi StuartCClemson
Taylor JohnsonCWisconsin
Alexis JohnsOFFlorida International
Jordyn WolfeOFLouisville
Nikki Cuchran1BNorthwestern
Kenna WilkeyPNorthwestern
Jordyn KalubUTSouth Florida
Head Coach: Mario HernandezJacksonville University
Assistant Coach: Carysn CordonPalm Beach Atlantic

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