The Gainesville Record put it quite simply when describing Chiefland's Taylore Fuller, the publication's three-time all-area player of the year: "One of the area's best players ever."
Heady words for a player who comes from one of the smaller schools in the Gainesville area. Nevertheless, it is an accurate description of one of the nation's most feared hitters. Headed to University of Florida, Fuller batted an astounding .778 on the season with 14 home runs, 33 RBI and 52 runs scored.
Her home run total might have been much higher if not for the 67 walks Fuller drew this year. In fact, opposing pitchers simply stopped pitching to her the second half of the season as she was intentionally walked 30 times.
Fuller is also the only small school player to land on the MaxPreps All-American First Team, thus making her the MaxPreps Small Schools Player of the Year.
Fuller heads a group of 60 players, 30 on the first team and 30 on the second team, who played at schools with enrollments under 1,000.
Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Softball Rankings
Jerry Godfrey of Curtis (River Ridge, La.) earns the Small Schools Coach of the Year honors after leading Curtis to a 32-0 record and the Class 2A state championship. Curtis is ranked No. 1 in the state of Louisiana by the MaxPreps Computer Rankings and is No. 11 overall in the nation.
MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Softball Team
First TeamP - Cheridan Hawkins, Anderson (Calif.), Senior
Two-time All-Northern Section Player of the Year.Stats
- 28-5 record, 440 strikeouts, 0.69 ERA, 203.1 innings pitched, 20 shutouts, .551 batting average, 20 doubles, 46 RBI, 4 home runs.P - Jackie Aguilar, Bourgade Catholic (Phoenix), Senior
Arizona Republic Small Schools Player of the Year... Arizona Division III Player of the Year.Stats
- .547 batting average, 39 RBI, 34 runs, 15 doubles, 3 home runs, 26-3 record, 360 strikeouts, 8 walks, 0.50 ERA, 169 innings pitched.P - Cara Goodwin, Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.), Junior
Alabama Class 4A Pitcher of the Year.Stats
- 43-6 record, 525 strikeouts, 19 shutouts, 0.86 ERA, 318.2 innings pitched.P - Katie Brignac, Curtis (River Ridge, La.), Sophomore
Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A Player of the Year... Times Picayune All-Metro Small Schools Player of the Year.Stats
- 25-0, 220 strikeouts, 15 shutouts, 0.37 ERA.P - Brooke Boetjer, South Putnam (Greencastle, Ind.), Senior
Gatorade State Player of the Year... Indiana Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- 22-0, 0.15 ERA, .547 batting average, 41 RBI, five home runs.P - Lindsey Fadnek, Coalfield (Tenn.), Senior
Knoxville PrepExtra All-Area Team.
Stats - 34-9 record, 567 strikeouts, 0.58 ERA, 264 innings pitched.P - Taylor West, Saks (Anniston, Ala.), Junior
Alabama Class 3A Player of the Year.Stats
- 35-10 record, 17 shutouts, 8 no-hitters, 508 strikeouts, .378 batting average, 10 home runs.
P - Kaylee Garner, Danbury (Texas), Junior
All-Greater Houston Player of the Year... Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- 21-6 record, 294 strikeouts, 0.09 ERA, 8 walksP - Shannon Carrico, Wall (Texas), Senior
Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team... San Angelo All-West Texas Player of the Year.Stats
- 24-6 record, 320 strikeouts, 0.86 ERA, 14 shutoutsP - Jailyn Ford, Bath County (Hot Springs, Va.), Senior
Roanoke All-Area Pitcher of the Year.Stats
- 24-1 record, 335 strikeouts, 11 walks, 0.38 ERA, 167 innings pitched, 6 no-hittersC - Taylore Fuller, Chiefland (Fla.), Senior
Gainesville All-Area Team... Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A State Player of the Year... Committed to Florida.Stats
- .778 batting average, 9 doubles, 6 triples, 14 home runs, 52 runs, 33 RBI.C - Lacey Taylor, City View (Wichita Falls, Texas), Senior
Wichita Falls All-Area Team... Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- .617 batting average, 8 home runs, 40 RBIC - Micaela Bell, Fox Creek (North Augusta, S.C.), Senior
South Carolina Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- .718 batting average, 57 runs, 83 RBI, 27 doubles, 7 triples, 14 home runs.1B - Rachel Ward, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (Tucson, Ariz.), Senior
Arizona Republic All-Division IV Team.Stats
- .583 batting average, 9 doubles, 6 triples, 5 home runs, 58 RBI1B - Taylor Odom, Goreville (Ill.), Junior
Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Team.Stats
- .590 batting average, 60 runs, 24 home runs, 72 RBIIF - Kori Benson, Oak Grove (Bessemer, Ala.), Senior
Alabama Class 4A Player of the Year.Stats
- .503 batting average, 20 doubles, 68 RBI, 21 home runs.IF - Jordan Wheeler, Blue Ridge (Farmer City, Ill.), Senior
Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A All-State Team... Chicago Tribune All-State Second Team.Stats
- .506 batting average, 11 doubles, 13 home runs, 37 RBI, 19-9 record, 1.75 ERA, 239 strikeouts.IF - Emily Carosone, Pine Castle Christian Academy (Orlando, Fla.), Senior
Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Player of the Year... Florida Dairy Farmers 2A Player of the Year.Stats
- .645 batting average, 51 runs, 24 RBIIF - Kelli Schkade, Albany (Texas), Junior
Abilene All-Area Player of the Year... Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- .620 batting average, 18 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs, 72 runs, 52 RBI.IF - Taylor Williams, Flatonia (Texas), Junior
Victoria Advocate All-Area Player of the Year... Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- .449 batting average, 52 RBI, 8 home runs.IF - Kobie Pettis, Argonaut (Jackson, Calif.), Sophomore
Stockton Record All-Area Player of the Year.Stats
- .659 batting average, 53 runs, 31 RBI, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs.OF - Annie Aldrete, Santa Catalina (Monterey, Calif.), Junior
Monterey Herald All-County Player of the Year.Stats
- .544 batting average, 40 runs, 48 RBI, 12 doubles, 8 home runs.OF - Ashlyn Morris, Citrus Valley (Redlands, Calif.), Junior
Southern Section Division VI Player of the Year.Stats
- .543 batting average, 40 runs, 20 RBI, 5 doubles, 1 tripleOF - Torey Sorenson, Williamsville (Ill.), Senior
Illinois Coaches Association 2A All-State Team.Stats
- .528 batting average, 66 RBI, 14 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs.OF - Maddie Dow, Sam Rayburn (Ivanhoe, Texas), Junior
Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team.Stats
- .598 batting average, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs.OF - Ally Thomas, Pequannock (Pompton Plains, N.J.), Senior
New Jersey All-State Team.Stats
- .436 batting average, 9 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, 32 runs, 31 RBI
OF - Maritza Lopez-Portillo, Mater Dei (Chula Vista, Calif.), Senior
All-San Diego Section Team.Stats
- .475 batting average, 44 runs, 57 RBI, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs.UT - Elizabeth Everingham, St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph, Ill.), Senior
Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A All-State Team... Chicago Tribune All-State Team.Stats
- 32-1 record, 1.09 ERA, 238 strikeouts, .600 batting average, 26 doubles, 14 home runs, 76 RBI, 80 runs.UT - Kayla Spini, Mt. Shasta (Calif.), Senior
All-Northern Section Team.Stats
- .458 batting average, 39 runs, 46 RBI, 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 31-4 record, 357 strikeouts, 28 walks, 14 shutouts, .46 ERA.UT - Madeline Lee, Kingwood Christian (Alabaster, Ala.), Senior
Alabama AISA Player of the Year... Birmingham News All-Metro Team.Stats
- .443 batting average, 65 RBI, 24 home runs.