• Baseball lost to Lake-Sumter Community College, 4-10, with the loss going to Taylor Countryman. Ryan Sebra hit 5-5.
  • CONFERENCE CHAMPS! Softball swept the Santa Fe Saints in a home doubleheader at home to claim the outright conference championship. Get the Recaps!
  • The women's tennis team had a tough go at the Florida State Tennis Tournament, placing fourth out of five teams. Read more in Coach's Corner.

Women’s Softball

Coach’s Corner

Back on the field!

September, Jacksonville, Fla.

The softball team had two scrimmage games on September 7 against the Jacksonville Bandits 18U club team, winning 20-0 and 5-2. The team played very well in it's first game action, balancing good pitching with good defense and strong hitting. The team also ran the bases well. On the mound 5 pitchers saw time with Shelby Kelley tossing four innings of no hit ball with three strike outs. Amanda Andrews followed her in game one, throwing three innings with four strike outs and allowed three hits. Kylie Williams started game two and went three innings with a strike out and allowed two singles. She was followed by Destiney Passmore who came on for two innings of shut out ball and Ashley Jarzombeck closed the game out and allowed 2 runs but also had 3 strike outs. The staff gave up only ten hits in fourteen innings with 11 strike outs and only one walk.

At the plate, Jarzombeck was three for four with an rbi and scored a run. Picking up two hits each were: Taylor Easley, Paige Hoerntlein, Shelby Kelley, Amanda Ochoa and Kylie Williams. Kelley had a double and three rbi, Hoerntlein had a double and 2 rbi, Andrews had a double and 2 rbi, Ochoa had 2 rbi as well and Calin Sims doubled and had 2 rbi. Ashley Jarzombeck had a nice diving play at first and CC Murphy had a great diving stop at third with runners on to save the shut out.
Overall, the team played good defense and showed a high level of intensity and great depth.
The BlueWave will be back on the field at home, Saturday, September 14 for two double headers starting at 10 a.m.

BlueWave loses 5-1 to Central Florida

May 4 in Pensacola, Fla.

Riley Carter did all she could to give BlueWave a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Central Florida, as BlueWave lost 5-1 in seven innings at Pensacola State Tournament on Saturday. BlueWave was led by Carter's hitting. Carter went 1-3 and scored one run. She doubled in the sixth inning. Tori Stamper recorded the win for Central Florida. She allowed one run over seven innings. Stamper struck out five, walked one and gave up three hits. Central Florida went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on a two-run home run by Lizzie Glass. BlueWave 's lone run of the ballgame came in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Paige Hoerntlein.

BlueWave falls to Miami dade 10-6 in spite of Riley Carter's performance

May 3 in Pensacola, Fla.

Riley Carter did all she could to give BlueWave a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Miami dade, as BlueWave lost 10-6 in seven innings at Pensacola state tournament on Friday. Carter got on base three times in the game for BlueWave . She scored two runs and had one RBI. She singled in the first and sixth innings. Miami dade couldn't get anything going as long as Destiney Passmore was on the mound. Miami dade managed just two hits off of Passmore, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during her 2 2/3 innings of work. Lee got the win for Miami dade despite allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings. Lee struck out two, walked five and gave up six hits. Veno, Morgado and Ogle helped lead Miami dade. They combined for four hits and five RBIs. The top of the first saw Miami dade take an early lead, 3-0. A three-run home run by Morgado, scoring Schneider and Ogle started the inning off.

BlueWave scored three runs of its own in the first. BlueWave scored on an RBI single by Shawnee Marchu, an RBI double by Paige Hoerntlein, and an RBI single by Taylor Derickson. Miami dade went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on an error and a walk by Lee. Miami dade piled on four more runs in the top of the fifth. The inning looked promising, as Veno singled, scoring Lee to kick things off. That was followed up by Morgado's single, bringing home Hernandez. A three-run sixth inning helped bring BlueWave within four. An RBI single by Carter, a groundout by Gabby Andino, and a wild pitch sparked BlueWave 's rally. But, Bianco got Derickson to strike out to end the inning.

Shawnee Marchu helps BlueWave down Brevard 2-1

May 3 in Pensacola, Fla.

Shawnee Marchu collected three hits, helping BlueWave to a 2-1 victory over Brevard on Friday at Pensacola State Tournament. She doubled in the first inning and singled in the fifth and seventh innings. Gabby Andino worked out of four tough situations for BlueWave . She pitched three innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit. Andino faced her toughest moment in the fifth inning.

Post-Season Awards

Congratulations to the following members of the Softball team!

Riley Carter Riley Carter
First-Team All Conference
Conference Player of the Year
Paige Hoerntlein Paige Hoerntlein
First-Team All Conference
Taylor Derickson Taylor Derickson
First-Team All Conference
Marjolein Merkx Marjolein Merkx
First-Team All Conference
Kayla Tucker Kayla Tucker
Second-Team All Conference
Gabby Andino Gabriela Andino-Torres
Second-Team All Conference

Destiney Passmore Destiney Passmore
Honorable Mention All Conference
Shawnee Marchu Shawnee Marchu
Honorable Mention All Conference
Toni Martinez Toni Martinez
Honorable Mention All Conference

BlueWave defeats Daytona state 5-0

April 21 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Taylor Derickson went 2-3 as BlueWave took home a 5-0 victory over Daytona state in seven innings at North campus on Sunday. She singled in the third and fifth innings. BlueWave's Mar Merkx kept Daytona state off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was on the hill. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on five hits while ringing up one. BlueWave went up for good in the second, scoring one run on an error. BlueWave piled on three more runs in the bottom of the third. The inning got off to a hot start when Derickson singled, plating Riley Carter. That was followed up by Toni Martinez's single, bringing home Shawnee Marchu and Derickson.

BlueWave take out Daytona state with help from Martinez, 1-0

April 21 in Jacksonville, Fla.

BlueWave beat Daytona state 1-0 in seven innings on Sunday at FSCJ behind Toni Martinez, who went 2-3. She singled in the first and fifth innings. BlueWave 's Mar Merkx kept Daytona state off the scoreboard for all five innings she was on the hill. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on four hits while ringing up none. BlueWave scored its only run of the game on an RBI single by Toni Martinez in the first inning.

BlueWave defeats St. John's 8-4

April 18 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Paige Hoerntlein went 2-4 and hit a home run as BlueWave took home an 8-4 victory over St. John's in seven innings at St. John's on Thursday. She singled in the second inning and homered in the fourth inning. Mar Merkx got it done in the circle on the way to a win. She allowed four runs over seven innings. She struck out none, walked one and surrendered seven hits. BlueWave never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring two runs on a groundout by Shawnee Marchu and an RBI single by Toni Martinez. BlueWave added three more runs in the top of the second. The inning looked promising, as Hoerntlein singled, scoring Ashley Jarzombek to kick things off. That was followed up by Marchu's single, bringing home Hoerntlein. BlueWave posted one run in each of the fourth, sixth and seventh. In the fourth, BlueWave scored on a solo home run by Hoerntlein. A three-run fifth inning helped bring St. John's within two. An RBI double by Stoll and a two-run double by Keene sparked St. John's 's rally. Finally, Merkx induced an inning-ending ground out from Sloat.

BlueWave get on top of St. John's early but can't hang on in 2-1 loss

April 18 in Jacksonville, Fla.

BlueWave jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on and lost 2-1 to St. John's on Thursday. While BlueWave led until the fourth inning, St. John's worked its way back and took the lead on an RBI single by Burton. Bardroff got the win for St. John's . She allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings. Bardroff struck out five, walked two and gave up three hits.

BlueWave defeats Lake Sumter 4-1

April 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Riley Carter had two extra base hits, sparking BlueWave to a 4-1 victory in seven innings over Lake Sumter on Tuesday at North Campus. She homered in the third inning and doubled in the sixth inning. Gabby Andino recorded the win for BlueWave . She allowed one run over four innings. She struck out four, walked six and surrendered two hits. BlueWave went up for good in the first, scoring one run on an RBI single by Paige Hoerntlein. BlueWave tacked on another two runs in the third. Carter kicked things off with a solo blast.

Carter leads BlueWave to 2-0 victory thanks to 11 strikeouts

April 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Riley Carter threw a shutout to lift BlueWave to a 2-0 win over Lake Sumter at North Campus in seven innings. Carter's 11 strikeouts helped BlueWave to the victory. BlueWave 's pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits. BlueWave didn't relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the third inning when it scored on a wild pitch.

Hoerntlein leads BlueWave to 10-5 win over Seminole

April 13 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Saturday was a great day for Paige Hoerntlein, as she hit two home runs to carry BlueWave to a 10-5 victory over Seminole in seven innings. Hoerntlein racked up six RBIs on three hits for BlueWave . She singled in the fourth inning and homered in the first and fifth innings. The game was back-and-forth heading into the fifth, with five lead changes. BlueWave pulled out the win thanks to a strong fifth inning. BlueWave went up for good on a two-run home run by Riley Carter off Johnson, plating Ashley Jarzombek. BlueWave hit three home runs in the win. Additional home runs for BlueWave came when Hoerntlein homered in the first and fifth innings. Gabby Andino got the win for BlueWave despite allowing five runs over seven innings. She struck out five, walked seven and surrendered eight hits. The top of the first saw BlueWave take an early lead, 4-0. Carter singled to start things off before Hoerntlein homered, scoring Andino and Carter. BlueWave then tacked on more runs when Derickson scored on an RBI single by Shawnee Marchu. Seminole survived BlueWave 's surge and put up four runs of its own in the first. Seminole scored on a two-run double by Monayarji, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Walsh. Seminole scored one run of its own in the second. Seminole scored on a sacrifice fly by Brown.

BlueWave falls to Seminole 7-2 in spite of Marchu's performance

April 13 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Shawnee Marchu did all she could to give BlueWave a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Seminole, as BlueWave lost 7-2 in seven innings on Saturday. Marchu paced BlueWave at the plate. Marchu went 3-4 and drove in one. She singled in the first, sixth, and seventh innings. #10 recorded the win for Seminole. She allowed two runs over seven innings. #10 struck out five, walked none and gave up eight hits.

BlueWave take out Central Florida with help from Derickson, 6-5

April 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Taylor Derickson had two extra base hits as BlueWave took home a 6-5 victory over Central Florida in seven innings at Ocala on Tuesday. She doubled in the sixth and seventh innings. Mar Merkx got the win for BlueWave . She pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings. She struck out one, walked none and surrendered no hits.

Bluewave outslugs Central Florida in 7-3 defeat

April 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.

BlueWave lost 7-3 in seven innings at Ocala on Tuesday, despite outhitting Central Florida nine to four. The bottom of the first saw Central Florida take an early lead, 2-0. The scoreboard lit up again for Central Florida when Nathan scored on an RBI single by Lizzie Glass. The game was never in doubt after the second, as Central Florida scored one run on an RBI double by Chandler Bridges. It didn't take long for Central Florida to answer as it scored three runs of its own in the fourth. Central Florida scored on a two-run error and a wild pitch.

Bluewave survives Santa Fe rally, escapes with 3-2 victory

April 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Santa Fe wasn't able to come back from the big hole it dug itself into against BlueWave , and Santa Fe lost 3-2 to BlueWave after falling behind by three runs in the fifth inning. Santa Fe scored two runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Hoeft. Unfortunately, Santa Fe wasn't able to take the lead back. Riley Carter put herself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for BlueWave . She homered in the fifth inning and doubled in the seventh inning. Gabby Andino was a workhorse on the rubber for BlueWave. Andino pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs, four hits and six walks while striking out four. The game's last lead went to BlueWave thanks to a fourth inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by Taylor Derickson.

Bluewave drops 5-1 game to Santa Fe despite efforts of Martinez

April 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Toni Martinez went 1-3 and hit a home run, but BlueWave still fell to Santa Fe 5-1 in seven innings on Tuesday at Gainesville. Santa Fe never trailed after scoring two runs in the fifth on two singles. Santa Fe built upon its lead with three runs in the sixth. A clutch error scored Lozada and Masso to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Fiallo's single, scoring #16. BlueWave 's lone run of the ballgame came in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Martinez.

March Update

April 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The softball team has won 10 of it's last 12 games to up the record to 28-18 and second place in the conference. Sophomore pitcher Gabby Andino had a two big games in back to back days, tossing a one hitter against St John's River State College, giving up only an infield single and then had a no hitter against the College of Central Florida who had been one of the leading hitting teams in the state. The team gave her plenty of support, defeating SJRSC 8-0 and CCF 10-0.

Polk State College

Feb. 10 in Winter Haven, Fla.

Sunday's play for the BlueWave continued to be the story of defensive miscues. Despite the team's bad start, they showed a lot of heart with a big seventh inning comeback. Trailing 4-0, Destiney Passmore started things with a sharply hit double and moved to third on a ground out. Ashley Jarzombeck had her second hit of the game to put runners on the corners. Denise Flores followed with a double of her own bringing the top of the order to the plate with the score 4-2. Riley Carter hit a sharp ground ball to second which was mishandled, scoring Flores. Shawnee Marchu came in to pinch hit, scoring Carter to tie the game. Then Paige Hoerntlein blasted a two run homerun to put FSCJ up by two. Carter had come in to pitch in relief of Dani Hassey and allowed only one runner on an infield hit, striking out the last two hitters. Taylor Derickson stayed hot, with two hits in the game.
The coaches hoped the late rally would serve as a springboard but the team continued to struggle defensively, putting themselves in a hole as they gave up runs in five different innings after taking a short lived lead in the first when Riley Carter singled to start the game and scored when Gabby Andino sacraficed her to third and Paige Hoerntlein's ground ball drove her in. The only bright spot was another late rally in the seventh, showing good fight. Down 8-1, on the verge of a run rule, the team rallied. Brooke Peaver had a one out single to start things. Jacquie Reiser followed with a sharply hit single through third to put two runners aboard. After a strike out, Carter had an infield hit, followed by Gabby Andino's rbi single. Hoerntlein continued to hit the ball hard, driving a single through the right side but a ground out ended the threat, giving the team back to back splits in road double headers. Peaver, Andino, and Carter each had two hits on the game.
The team has a few days off before traveling Friday to play Thomas University, Friday, then on to Covington, GA to play in the Georgia Perimeter tournament..

Brevard Community College

Feb. 9 in Palm Bay, Fla.

The BlueWave softball team split a road double header with Brevard to move to a 10-6 season record. The team reverted to their play in the first week, squandering a 4-0 lead with very poor defensive play, giving up 5 unearned runs. Pitchers Gabby Andino, 4 inning, (5 unearned runs) and Marjolein Merkx, (3 innings, no runs), combined to limit the Titans to only 4 hits in the contest. then a late rally, fueled by pinch hits from Shawnee Marchu and Taylor Derickson was thwarted by an over aggressive base running error to help Brevard hold on to win.

Game two was 3-1 victory. Dani Hassey got the win, shutting Brevard down through 4 innings, then after a bout of wildness, Riley Carter moved to the mound, getting the team out of a 2nd and third, no outs jam. She adjusted to the shrinking strike zone and a lead off batter being awarded first base on a hit by pitch on an obvious bunt attempt to get to ground outs and a strike out to end the game. BlueWave hit the ball very hard in game two but had a lot of line shots go directly to the defense. Taylor Derickson was the offensive leader, going to for three with a triple. Grethel's Munoz also doubled in the game and Paige Hoerntlein had an RBI single.

Florida State University (FSU)

Sept. 29 in Tallahassee, Fla.

The BlueWave made their first trip to play FSU at Joanne Graf field on Saturday and while the score was not really close it was not a good indication of the play of the Blue Wave. FSC actually drew first blood, scoring a run in the second when Grethel Munoz led off with a double that was drilled to the base of the fence. Brooke Peaver was hit by a pitch but the Wave could not move the runners and brought Erycka Ruiz to the plate with two outs. She rolled a ground ball down the first base line that hit the bag and bounced high in the air. A hustling Ruiz was able to beat the play and Munoz never broke stride in heading to the plate and made a great backdoor slide to just get under the catcher's tag. Riley Carter threw four innings and threw pretty well, giving up two unearned runs in the second and the team imploded defensively in the fourth and 5 runs scored. The ACC powerhouse, Seminoles return a strong team that lost only one starter from last year and the speed unnerved the Blue Wave a bit on defense. FSU combined their great speed with some very strong hitters who drilled a couple of hits after FSC opened up the inning for them. Paige Hoerntlein also had a double and Taylor Derickson drilled a sacrafice fly in the sixth inning. Alena Tarpley had two outstanding catches in centerfield. Danielle Hassey allowed no hits but gave up a run on a walk and a wild pitch in her two innings. Rain came in before Marjolein Merkx could take the mound. The team returns to action as they travel to Savannah to play Armstrong Atlantic on Friday and then go to St Augustine on Saturday to take on Indian River and Flagler.

Scrimmage Games

Sept. 15 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Blue Wave took to the field on Saturday and actually played even better than the previous week even though the record did not indicate such. The games were against two of Jacksonville's finest travel teams, The Storm-Silva and the Players-Verderese. In the first set of games against the Storm, FSCJ tied the first game, 0-0 and won game two, 8-1. The Wave hit the ball hard in game one, but right at people and couldn't get the big hit, stranding 9 runners. The pitching was outstanding as Marjolein Merkx and Riley Carter combined to toss a two hitter. Each gave up a single, while Merkx had 2 strike outs and Carter had 3. In game two, an 8-1 victory, the pitching continued to carry the day but the bats woke up as well. Dani Hassey worked the first three innings, striking out nine, while giving up no hits and allowing two walks. Destiney Passmore came in to throw the next two innings, allowing one run on two hits while picking up four strike outs. Ashley Jarzombeck finished things off with a scoreless final inning. Carter paced the offense, going 3-3 with a double and two runs scored. Paige Hoerntlein was two for three with two doubles. Heather Hamlin and Jacquie Reiser each had doubles as well.

The second set of games has similar results but this time in the opener against the Players, the Blue Wave provided all of the offense. The team broke open a close game in the fourth inning, picking up 4 runs to make the score 7-0. They added three more in the fifth before stopping the game. Carter had two hits and Brooke Peaver had a double to drive in the first run in the first inning. Carter got the start, going three innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out two. Merkx picked up the last two innings and allowed no hits. Hassey went the first four innings for FSCJ in the day's final game and in the second a walk, an error and two bloop hits led to three runs for the Players. Hassey finished with three strike outs. Jarzombeck came on to throw two scoreless innings to keep the Wave in the game, down 3-0. The team battled back in the fourth as the first two runners reached base but after two outs and the runners moved up to second and third, Peaver blasted a shot that looked to be a game tying three run homer, but the wind knocked the ball down at the fence and the Blue Wave had to settle for a two run double, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Mady Scribner led off the fifth with a single but was thrown out at third after Alena Tarpley's shot into right field. Tarpley was stranded on second to end the inning. Due to a time limit the Wave had only the sixth inning to try to tie the game. Hoerntlein managed a two out single but that was all the team could muster and split the series against the Players.

Many girls saw action again but the team was a little short-handed due to some injuries and a few players being held out due to a conditioning stipulation. The team will have some practice time coming up and hopefully have a chance to heal up some injuries before traveling to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles of FSU, a first for the Blue Wave.

Scrimmage Games

Sept. 8 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The FSCJ softball team debuted as the Blue Wave with a strong showing, sweeping local 18U club teams, the Jacksonville Bandits, 2-1 and 7-3 and the Florida Storm-Marsh, 8-2 and 4-3. Six pitchers saw action and 22 players in all got significant playing time in the scrimmage games. The team was split into two squads, with each playing the travel teams once. In game one, Riley Carter and Lynn Dollekamp each had two hits. Carter had a two out single in the bottom of the seventh for the win, breaking the 1-1 tie. Dollekamp, Brooke Peaver and Heather Hamlin all had doubles in the game. Marjolein Merkx got the start on the mound and the sophomore pitcher tossed three scoreless innings, allowing only one single while striking out 3. Sophomore, transfer, Riley Carter threw the next two innings, allowing only one baserunner, while striking out 3 and freshman, Ashley Jarzombeck closed the last two innings. She gave up a lead off double but got three straight ground outs. One run did score to tie the game but she didn't allow a run in the seventh as the international tie break was used, allowing the Blue Wave to score a run for a win in the home half of the seventh.

In game two the Blue Wave put together a lot of hits and some excellent base running to score in four of the innings. Alena Tarpley and Paige Hoerntlein each had two hits. Tarpley also had a double, as did Jacquie Reiser. Freshman, Dani Hassey got the start on the mound. Some freshman jitters led to 4 walks in her three innings but she settled in to record 8 strikeouts and was dominating. Lefty, sophomore, Gabby Andino came in behind her and was masterful, facing only 6 hitters in two innings, recording 5 strike outs and a ground out. Redshirt freshman, Destiney Passmore finished the game, allowing a single and two walks, but escaped with no runs scored as she had one strike out.

Against the Storm, The Wave got off to a fast start as Merkx allowed only a two out walk in the top of the first. Then the team took advantage of some wildness by the Storm pitcher and some hard hit balls to jump out to a four run lead. Taylor Derickson's double was the big hit in the inning. Gethel Munoz had a two rbi single as well. Peaver had two hits in the game that only went 4 innings due to time constraints and a rain delay. Merkx finished the day throwing five scoreless innings while striking out five batters. Jarzombeck threw the next two innings, allowing two hits, while striking out 3 and Carter closed things out with a 1,2,3 inning with one strike out. She threw 3 innings on the day, allowing no runs with 3 strike outs.

Game two was similar as FSCJ took advantage of wildness and timely hits to jump out to a big lead. Hassey shut down the Storm in the first and freshmen Denise Flores and Laura Herrera started things with a walk and hit by pitch. Andino, Hoerntlein and Passmore followed with successive singles, then following an out, Mady Scribner added an rbi single. Hassey struggled a bit in the second but worked her way out of the jam to make her debut with 9 strike outs in five innings. Andino picked up another excellent inning, as one runner reached on an error and she struck out two. Passmore finished up strong, allowing a runner on an error and a walk but had two strike outs. The game only went four innings, again due to time and a little rain.

The team played well together in a promising start for the 2012-13 season. The talent and depth was evident as was the teamwork and hustle. The team returns home next Saturday for four more games against local 18U teams, Players-Verderese and Storm-Silva.

Jessie van Aalst

Jessie van Aalst, NJCAA All American

NJCAA All American

Jessie van Aalst named to the NJCAA All American First Team!

Congratulations to sophomore Jessie van Aalst for her selection to NJCAA All American First Team as a utility player in recognition of her pitching, hitting and defensive skills. She leaves Florida State College as a two-time All-Conference, All-State, Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and two-time All American!

Post-Season Awards

Congratulations to the following members of the Softball team!

Gabriela Andino-Torres Gabriela Andino-Torres
First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
FCSAA Second-Team All-State (outfielder)
Atlantic District All-Tournament Team (outfielder)
FCSAA All-Tournament Team (outfielder)
Rachel Hellyer Rachel Hellyer
First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
FCSAA Second-Team All-State (pitcher)
Atlantic District All-Tournament Team (pitcher)
Kirstie Flink Kristie Flink
First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
FCSAA First-Team All-State (catcher)
Atlantic District All-Tournament Team (catcher)
Jessie van Aalst Jessie van Aalst
First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
FCSAA First-Team All-State (at-large)
Marisa Oldaker Marisa Oldaker
First-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
Brooklyn Tindall Brooklyn Tindall
Second-Team All-Mid-Florida Conference
Coach Jami Lind Coach Jami Lind
Coach of the Year
 

NJCAA Region 8A/FCSAA Atlantic District Tournament

Game I: April 27 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Stars won the first game against College of Central Florida, 2-1, in twelve innings. Rachael Hellyer was the winning pitcher and allowed no runs in the 11 innings she threw. In the bottom of the 12th inning Darcey Cochran led off with a single and moved to second on Marisa Oldaker’s bunt, then advanced to third on Gabby Andino’s infield single. Kirstie Flink then ended the game as she drove the ball deep in the gap for a walk off game winning hit.

In game two the Stars lost to Santa Fe College, 3-5. FSC took a 3-2 lead into the seventh but could not hold on and Santa Fe hit a one-out, three-run home run to get ahead and we the Stars were not able to score.

The team plays again Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT) against Daytona State College. The game will be broadcast live online at psblive.com.

Waycross College

April 24 in Waycross, Ga.

Florida State College concluded regular season play with non-conference match up against Waycross College. Both teams are preparing for post-season play.

In game one, Rachael Hellyer picked the victory, scattering six hits through six innings and Marisa Oldaker came on in the seventh with the bases loaded and escaped the jam with no runners crossing the plate. The Stars could only muster six hits in the game but took advantage of some wildness by the Waycross pitcher and some heads-up baserunning to put up three runs in the second inning, then hold on for the victory. Brooklyn Tindall picked up two hits in the game.

In game two, Jessie van Aalst continued to pitch well, giving up only five hits while recording seven strikeouts and walking no one. She took a 6-2 lead into the sixth where Gabby Andino came on to pitch. After a walk, the Stars defense fell apart behind her, allowing Waycross back in the game, 6-5, even though Andino only gave up one hit. Van Aalst came back in to pitch getting the Stars out of the jam, still in front 6-5. Offensively, the Stars pounded out 16 hits but the real story was Alexis Slider who was three for three with the three home runs, a walk and a hit by pitch. The sophomore drilled a line drive to left center that just cleared the fence in the second to to stake the team to a 1-0 lead. Then in the fourth, Jeanna Berman started the inning, reaching on a hit by pitch and Slider followed with a towering shot over the fence to put FSC up 4-0. Then, after Waycross had cut the lead to 6-5, Slider led off the top of the seventh with another home run, a deep blast to left field. She becomes the first FSC softball player to hit three home runs in a single game. Van Aalst also had a big game with three hits, including two doubles. Kirstie Flink was 2-4, with two doubles. Also, recording two hits on the game were Shawnee Marchu and Brooklyn Tindall who each had a double as well.

The team will leave for Pensacola on Wednesday. The Stars return to action at the state tournament on Friday as the number one seed and will take on College of Central Florida in game one at noon.

Mid-Florida Confence ChampionsSanta Fe College

April 15 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florida State College softball team got to celebrate it’s conference championship on their home field as they swept the Santa Fe Saints to claim the outright conference championship.

The Stars took game one 5-2 behind the pitching of Rachael Hellyer, while Jessie van Aalst provided most of the offense with a thre- run home run in the first inning. The game started with a lot of action as Hellyer walked the first hitter, got an out on a bunt and a fly ball to left field for out two. The Stars then intenionally walked the next hitter to put runners on first and second. A ground ball got through the infield but left fielder Brooklyn Tindall charged the ball and threw a strike to catcher Kirstie Flink to escape the jam with no runs scored. The Stars wasted no time getting on the board as Marisa Oldaker singled and moved to second when Gabby Andino drew a walk. A single by Flink got through and scored one run, then Jessie van Aalst delivered a deep blast for a three-run home run to extend the lead to 4-0. The Stars couldn’t add more runs and Santa Fe cut into the lead with a single run in the fifth on a bloop double and infield error to make the score 4-1. FSC picked up a run the home half of the sixth as Oldaker had a two-out single and then scored when Gabby Andino doubled in the gap to extend the lead to 5-1. Hellyer retired the first two batters in the seventh then gave up a home run and a double and Oldaker came on for the save, striking out the next hitter to end the game. This win assured the Stars of no worst than a conference co-championship.

The coaches decided to start Hellyer in game two and she easily retired the first two hitters. The next batter reached on catcher’s interference then the clean up hitter for the Saints drilled a two-run home run. After the next hitter doubled, Jessie van Aalst came on to pitch and got the Stars out of the inning with no further damage done. The Stars evened the score in the bottom of the first when Gabby Andino drew a walk and then scored after a van Aalst single was picked up by the centerfielder and thrown to third but the ball eluded the Santa Fe third baseman and went in the dugout scoring Andino and moving van Aalst to third. She scored on wild pitch to knot the score at two apiece. Van Aalst threw one of her best games of the season allowing only one hit through the rest of the game while recording seven strikeouts. The Stars scored the go ahead run in the fourth when Kirstie Flink singled and moved to third on van Aalst single to the fence in deep centerfield. After Toni Martinez was walked to load the bases, Brooklyn Tindall hit a sharp ground ball but Flink was forced out at the plate. Van Aalst scored on a pitch that got away. That was all the Stars could muster but van Aalst made the run stand up with a briliant performance. She retired the last seven hitters of the game.

The Stars are now Mid-Florida conference champions! The team will have games next Saturday against Tallahasse and Monday will go to Waycross for games to help the the team stay sharp.

Seminole State College

April 12 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Stars split a home doubleheader against the Raiders of Seminole State College, are now tied for first place with Santa Fe and remain a game in front of Seminole.

The doubleheader was a tale of two teams as the Stars dominated in game one, scoring in every inning en route to 12 runs. They were on the verge of run ruling the Raiders but a few defensive miscues and timely hits let the Raiders stay in the game. Rachael Hellyer got the win with Marisa Oldaker tossing the last three innings for the save. Toni Martinez was 3-4 in the game with a home run and four RBIx. Darcey Cochran also had three hits while Gabby Andino and Brooke Peaver had two hits each. Seminole State struck first with a two-run home run in the top of the first but the Stars picked up three runs in the home half and hit the ball throughout the game for the win.

Game two was an exact reversal as the Stars took a two-run lead with a two-run first inning but the lead was short lived as Seminole picked up three runs in the second. The Stars could not stop the Raiders in game two as the visitors took advantage of any mistake with well placed hits, bouncing over the head of an infielder or falling just between the infield and outfield. The game was still close at 4-2 when Brooklyn Tindall lined a ball off the top of the fence to start the fourth for a double but the Stars were not able to score her. The ball hit the top of the fence, seemingly headed over, but bounced up in the air and fell back into the outfield. That wasted scoring opportunity was large. Seminole pitching was wild but the Stars could not come up with the big hit to take advantage of the baserunners and Seminole took advantage of their opportunities.

The Stars still control their own destiny as they host Santa Fe on Saturday.

Daytona State College

April 10 in Jacksonville, Fla.

As the Stars softball team finally returned home for some games they looked like themselves in sweeping conference rival Daytona State College in a pair of 1-0 victories.

The Stars returned to the formula that had staked them to a good start in the season which is dominating pitching, solid defense and clutch hitting. Rachael Hellyer took control in game one, scattering seven hits while recording six strike outs, keeping the Falcon hitters off balance the whole game. Freshmen Brooklyn Tindall and Brooke Peaver carried the offense as each had two hits in the game. In the fourth inning, Tindall reached on a walk then scored on Peaver’s double in the gap. Tindall had two doubles in the game. Both also turned in key defensive plays to help record the shutout.

In game two, Jessie van Aalst was dominating as well, allowing only two singles while striking out eight hitters en route to the complete game victory. The Stars had several chances to score early in the game but couldn’t come up with the big hit. In the bottom of the seventh with the score resembling a soccer game at 0-0, Marisa Oldaker led off with a single. Then Kirstie Flink drilled the first pitch she saw deep off of the fence in left center and the speedy Oldaker was able to score from first, ending the game in an exciting walk off fashion.

The two wins kept the Stars in first place in the conference as both Santa Fe and Seminole won their games, staying just one game behind the Stars. The team will host Seminole Thursday and Santa Fe on Saturday.

Conference Update

After make-up games in which Seminole swept Santa Fe, the Stars are back into first place in the conference with a 13-5 record while Seminole and Santa Fe are both 12-6. The Stars control their own fate as they host both teams this coming week.

St. Johns River State College

April 5 in Palatka, Fla.

The Stars overcame a sluggish start to run rule St. Johns River in game one of a doubleheader but could not hold on to a lead in game two and split the conference double header. The loss drops the Stars one game off the conference lead. The team concludes the conference season next week with three big, home doubleheaders in their quest for a second consecutive Mid-Florida Conference championship.

Lake-Sumter Community College

April 3 in Clermont, Fla.

Florida State College softball picked up two conference road wins, sweeping the Lakers of Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) on Tuesday as they played at the National Training Center in Clermont. It was a fairly flat effort by the Stars but they were able to make the big play or get the big hit when needed for victories in the doubleheader.

In game one the score was misleading as the Stars were only up 3-1 going into the fifth inning as they continued to squander scoring opportunities throughout the game. Then Brooke Peaver drew a walk in the top of the fifth with no one on base and two outs and the team went to work. The team then pounded the ball for six runs to get to the final 9-1 margin of victory and get a mercy rule win. Rachael Hellyer was efficient on the mound picking up the win.

In game two the Stars fell behind 0-2 in the first inning, In the top of the third the Stars again put together a two-out rally to score four runs to take a lead that they never relinquished. They added single runs in the fifth and sixth to go up 6-3, as the Lakers had picked up a single run in the fourth. Rachael Hellyer came on in relief of starter Jessie van Aalst in the fouth after the Lakers picked up a run and had runners on second and third and Hellyer kept LSCC from crossing the plate again. The Stars picked up single runs in the fifth and sixth to go up 6-3. The Lakers would not go quietly as they picked up a run in the seventh and had runners on base but Hellyer got a strike out for out two and got the next hitter to ground out to the shortstop to end the game.

College of Central Florida

March 31 in Ocala, Fla.

The Stars of Florida State College got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep against the College of Central Florida Patriots on the road this afternoon.

Game one was a pitcher’s duel with Rachael Hellyer coming out on the good end as she was dominating against the Patriots, allowing only three hits and one walk through six and a third innings. FSC stroked nine hits in the game with Brooke Peaver leading the way with three hits. However, the Stars did not get on the board until the sixth when Marisa Oldaker reached on an error and moved up as Gabby Andino was safe with a bunt hit. Kirstie Flink followed with a sacrifice bunt, moving two runners into scoring positon. Jessie van Aalst then delivered the big base hit as she drove a hard hit ball through the right side, scoring Oldaker and moving Andino to third. Toni Martinez delivered a single for the second RBI. In the bottom of the seventh after one out, CCF hit a home run. A walk followed and Oldaker moved to the mound where she ended the game with two strikeouts and a 2-1 victory.

Game two was much easier as the Stars scored three in the first en route to a 7-0 win, and added four more in the second with Toni Martinez’ home run being the big hit, driving in the last two runs. Marisa Oldaker paced the attack with three hits, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Picking up two hits each for the Stars was Brooke Peaver – who also had a double – Martinez, Gabby Andino and Jessie van Aalst – who also picked up the victory on the mound. She was not as sharp as she had been but still allowed no runs through four innings; Rachael Hellyer came on to pitch the final three innings.

The Stars move to 10-4 in the conference in their quest to repeat as conference champions. They will be back in action on Tuesday, on the road against against Lake-Sumter Community College. The game will be played at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

Seminole State College

March 24 in Sanford, Fla.

The Stars lost two seesaw battles to the Seminole Raiders on the road today. The story of both games was timely hitting by the Raiders who had few scoring opportunities but made the most of their chances while the Stars again squandered many chances throughout the games. Some of it was due to bad luck as hard hit balls went right at the defense and Seminole made some big defensive plays to keep the Stars from having a big inning. In game two, three very tough calls went against the visiting Stars and were impactful on the game. The team fought back in both games but could not hold leads late. In game two the Stars outhit the Raiders 12-5, but Seminole got the timely hits for the win.

This concludes a tough week of road, conference doubleheaders and drops the Stars out of first place in the conference. The team will have a much needed week off before going to Ocala next Saturday in conference action against the Central Florida Patiriots.

Santa Fe College

March 22 in Gainesville, Fla.

The Stars took a road split against Santa Fe on Thursday. For the Stars the story of both games were squandered scoring chances, followed up with late inning heroics.

FSC went up 2-0 against the Saints in game one but a bad baserunning error and some bad luck on hard hit balls kept the game tight and Santa Fe had a two-out rally, thanks to two soft line drives just out of the reach of the Stars and a hard hit ball to go up 3-2. In the top of the seventh Kayla Tucker reached base with one out and moved to third as Darcey Cochran’s single was misplayed. Following a pop-out Gabby Andino, who had been hot all day, singled to tie the game, but the Stars could not take the lead and Santa Fe picked up a run the home half to end the game.

Game two started as a repeat as the Stars moved up 2-0 early but could not add any more runs despite numerous chances. Jessie van Aalst was masterful on the mound, allowing only two scratch hits through the first six innings. In the seventh, she seemingly had the first batter struck out twice but the home plate umpire would not make the call and van Aalst issued her first walk of the game. She had not even had a three ball count until then. After inducing a ground out, the next hitter lifted a high fly to centerfield that carried over the fence to knot the score at 2. Van Aalst stayed strong retiring the next two hitters. The Stars showed great resiliency in the top of the seventh as Marisa Oldaker reached with one out, then stole second. Andino continued to be hot, drilling a line drive down the right field line scoring Oldaker who got in with a beautiful slide. Van Aalst got two pop ups in the home half of the second and got the last batter to hit right back to her to take the victory.

Daytona State College

March 20 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Florida State College Stars picked up two big conference road wins at Daytona Tuesday night.

Game one was a pitchers duel as the game went extra innings with the Stars prevailing 2-1. Rachael Hellyer got the win, allowing only four hits through eight innings. Daytona took the lead in the fourth with a wind blown lead-off double ground ball and a sacrifice fly but the Stars bounced right back, evening the score in the when Marisa Oldaker reached on a one-out single and moved to second on Gabby Andino’s walk. Kirstie Flink singled to tie the score and moved runners to second and third but the Stars were not able to take the lead. In fact, stranded runners were the story for the Stars as they left eleven runners on base. FSC scored in the eighth when Toni Martinez reached on a lead-off walk. Alena Tarpley came in to pinch run but was forced out at second on a ground out by Jeanna Berman. She moved to second on a wild pitch and stayed there on a fly to center. Kayla Tucker reached on a walk and Darcy Cochran’s single found the hole and scored Berman for the go ahead run. Hellyer struck out the first two hitters in the eighth before giving up an infield single but retired the last batter of the game on a fly ball to left field. Oldaker, Jessie van Aalst and Cochran all had two hits in the game.

In game two, the Stars finished the road sweep and extended their win streak to ten games with a 7-2 victory. Jessie van Aalst picked up the win, allowing five hits through six innings while striking out seven Falcon hitters. Rachael Hellyer came on in the seventh to finish off the victory. The Stars had their most balanced scoring attack In game two as eight hitters recorded base hits while the team had a total of 14 hits in the game. They scored in five innings, picking up one in the first, and two in both the second and third to go on top 5-0. In the third Daytona got back in the game with a couple of hard hits and an infield single to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Stars answered back with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Van Aalst not only got the win but helped her own cause with three singles. Picking up two hits apiece for the Stars were Marisa Oldaker, Jeanna Berman, Darcey Cochran and Brooklyn Tindall. Berman had a big RBI-double in the seventh. Toni Martinez picked up a two-run home run in the third.

The Stars had their best all around games of the season as they combined good pitching with very good hitting and nearly flawless defense. They move their overall record to 31-7 and conference record to 7-1. They will be put the test on Thursday against rival Santa Fe in Gainesville. The team is still number two in the State poll, picking up three first place votes.

Georgia Military Academy

March 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Stars extended their winning streak to 8, defeating Georgia Military College in a doubleheader at North Campus.

In game one, Rachael Hellyer dominated as she tossed six innings with 10 strikeouts and only gave up two hits. Gabby Andino closed out the seventh, striking out one, allowing no hits and one unearned run. The Stars gave up a run in the first but put their hits together in the third to score all seven of their runs. Kayla Tucker, Jessie van Aalst and Cindy van der Zanden paced the offense with two hits apiece. Tucker also added a stolen base. Brooklyn Tindall had a big RBI-double in the third for the big hit in the inning.

Game two was similar to game one as the Stars gave up a run in the top of the first against starter, Jessie van Aalst. The team had a big third inning again putting up five runs, then adding one more in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Stars were on the verge of ending the game with the mercy rule but could not come up with the big hit. Van Aalst pitched five innings, giving up only two hits while striking out three. Megan Hackley came on the sixth and shut down GMC, throwing a good seventh but was victimized by three infield errors. Rachael Hellyer came on the induce a fly ball for the final out of the game as the score had been closed to 8-4. Hitting Stars in the game were Kirstie Flink, going 3-4 with two doubles and one RBI, and Shawnee Marchu who was 2-2 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Jeanna Berman was 1-1 with a walk and hit by a pitch and had 2 RBIs in the game. Brooklyn Tindall also added a two-RBI double.

The team has it’s first weekend off since mid-January and has a big week next week during spring break with conference road games at Daytona, Santa Fe and Seminole. This will be a pivotal week in the Stars’ quest for a conference title.

St. Johns River State College

March 15 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florida State College softball team is riding a little winning streak as today they took two conference wins from the Vikings of St Johns River State College to extend the winning streak to six games. The Stars drew first blood in the third as a Kirstie Flink double scored Marisa Oldaker to stake the team to a 1-0 lead. Rachael Hellyer mostly kept the Vikings off balance as she picked up nine strikeouts in six innings but was victimized by the long ball in the fourth as a two-run home run put SJRSC up 2-1. The Vikings picked up another in the sixth with a double to go up 3-1 and Oldaker took over on the mound shutting down the scoring threat to keep the game at 3-1. Toni Martinez led off the sixth with a walk but two strikeouts followed. Darcey Cochran got a clutch two-out single and pinch runner Brooklyn Tindall did a great job moving to third on the hit, allowing Cochran to take second and put the tying runs in scoring position for Oldaker. She drilled a single to tie the game, then stole second and scored on Gabby Andino’s single for the go ahead run. She then shut the Vikings down in the seventh to pick up the win.

In game two Jessie van Aalst continued to pitch well, giving up an unearned run in the first when a fly ball was lost in the sun. She gave up only four hits while striking out ten hitters. Toni Martinez led off the second with a home run to tie the game. The Stars took the lead in the third when Oldaker led off with a single, stole second and moved up on Andino’s bunt. Flink drove in Oldaker on ground ball and reached when it was bobbled. After a fly out, Martinez singled and Erycka Ruiz singled behind her to plate another run, extending the lead to 3-1. They added two more in the fourth when Kayla Tucker led off with a single and moved up on Darcey Cochran’s bunt. Oldaker continued her good day with another hit and moved to second then the ball was thrown away. Andino ripped a base hit to score Oldaker and put the Stars up 5-1. FSC added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth as again Tucker started the inning with a basehit. After an out, Oldaker picked up another hit. A pop out left the runners where they were but successive hits by Flink and van Aalst put two more up and put the Stars comfortable ahead. Van Aalst allowed only one runner in the seventh, picking up another complete game win.

The Stars are now 27-7 and 5-1 in conference play. The team will be home tomorrow for non-conference action against Georgia Military College.

Lake-Sumter Community College

March 13 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Stars tossed back-to-back shutouts in doubleheader sweep of Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) at the North Campus, extending the shutout streak to four games.

In game one, Rachael Hellyer escaped trouble in the first as LSCC put two runners on but a timely strikeout put an end to the threat and the Lakers never really threatened again, as Hellyer allowed only two hits while striking out nine. The Stars could not muster any offense either and the game remained scoreless until the seventh. FSC had several opportunities in the middle innings but a base running blunder and easy pop-outs ended the chances with nothing on the board. Marisa Oldaker led off the home half of the seventh with a single, stole second and moved to third as Gabby Andino drove the ball to deep right field. Kirstie Flink followed with a single to end the game.

In game two, Jessie van Aalst had one of her best outings on the mound as she allowed only one hit, one walk and one Laker reached on an error. She struck out nine in the game. The Stars made better adjustments with the bats in game two as they picked up four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kayla Tucker, back in the line up after an injury, reached base with a one out walk and moved to third on Darcey Cochran’s double. Marisa Oldaker’s ground out scored Tucker to put the Stars on the board. Gabby Andino singled to pick up another run, then Kirstie Flink had a home run for the final two runs of the inning. Tucker again started things in the third, reaching with a one-out single, stole second and scored on Oldaker’s infield hit. Flink singled to the start the fourth and scored on a Toni Martinez basehit. FSC ended the game with the Mercy rule in the sixth when van Aalst drilled a double to start the inning. After two outs, she scored on Morgan Osman’s misplayed fly ball and then Cochran drilled a base hit to score Osman who made a great backdoor slide to elude the catcher’s tag and end the game. Flink was 3-3 in the contest with a double and home run, and Cochran picked up two hits in the game.

The Stars are home again Thursday at 4 p.m. against St John’s River in more conference action.

Polk State College

March 10-11 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida State College hosted a three-game series against the Eagles from Polk State College over the weekend, going 2-1 in the set.

Friday night, Polk scored late and held on for a 4-1 victory over the Stars. It was the first loss of the season for sophomore pitcher, Rachael Hellyer. She allowed only four hits but three were in one inning sandwiched around an error and one was a home run. The Stars hit the ball fairly hard most of the game but did not have much luck finding holes and a seventh inning rally fell just short.

Saturday, the Stars came out rejuvenated and easily handled Polk, recording two shutouts while scoring nine runs in game one and five the in the second half of the double header. Jessie van Aalst got the start in game one, allowing only three hits while striking out six in a five inning game. FSC scored one in the bottom of the first when Gabby Andino reached with a one-out single and scored on Kirstie Flink’s double. Van Aalst made the run stand up as she kept Polk off balance and the Stars played solid defense behind her. Then the home team erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach. Toni Martinez and Brooklyn Tindall had walks sandwiched around a flyout to put runners on first and second. Then Darcey Cochran reached on a bunt single that was thrown away allowing a run to score and move runners to second and third. Marisa Oldaker singled to pick up an RBI and put runners on the corners. Following a pitching change, Andino walked and Flink, van Aalst and Ashley Eaves had successive singles. The original pitcher went back to the mound and again walked Martinez. Jeanna Berman followed with an RBI single before the second out was finally recorded on a fly out. Erycka Ruiz came on the pinch hit and drew a walk, then a ground out finally ended the inning. Van Aalst struck out two in the final inning to pick up the win.

Game two saw Rachael Hellyer take control on the mound as she struck out the first four batters of the game on her way to a total of ten strikeouts. The Stars picked up a run in the third as Darcey Cochran and Marisa Oldaker used their speed to reach on infield hits and forced two errors. A single and a throw that hit the runner going to second put runners on second and third with one out for Polk but Hellyer pitched out of trouble as she recorded a strikeout and got a weak fly ball for out three. In the fifth Darcey Cochran reached on an error to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Andino singled and Flink walked to load the bases with one out. Van Aalst picked up two RBIs with a single and Ashley Eaves drove in one more run with a single to stretch the lead to 4-0. The Stars picked up one more run in the sixth as Jeanna Berman led off the inning and reached when she was hit by a pitch. After a bunt, Oldaker singled to drive in the game’s final run.

FSC played very well and seemed to have knocked the rust off as they had been nearly two weeks in between games due to weather issues. They will have a chance to stay sharp with home doubleheaders this coming Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday are conference double headers against Lake Sumter Community College and St John’s River State College.

College of Central Florida

March 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Stars opened the conference season at home with the Patriots of the College of Central Florida.

In game one, Rachael Hellyer was dominant on the mound, giving up only one hit while striking out 11 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. FSC put five runs up in the home half of the first taking advantage of a couple of walks and defensive lapses by the Patriots and some timely two-out hitting to take a 5-0 lead. The Stars would never look back, cruising to the 10-0 win. The hitting was balanced through the line up as the home team scored two more in the second and three in the bottom of the fourth.

Game two was a complete reversal as the Stars bats went silent until the seventh and the Patriots took advantage of three errors to take a three-run lead. It looked like FSC would come back as they got back to back infield singles in the seventh for their first hits of the game. After a line out, Toni Martinez walked to load the bases. A pinch hit single up the middle by Ashley Eaves made it 3-1, but a pinch runner got too aggressive and headed to third while the base was occupied and she was put out to record the second out of the game and leave runners on second and third. The final out was a ground out to second, moving the Stars to 1-1 in conference play and 21-6 on the season.

The team is home for a rare single game Friday night against Polk and then hosts the Eagles on Saturday in a doubleheader.

Waycross College

Feb. 25 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Stars came out flat on Saturday, splitting a double-header with the Swampfoxes of Waycross College.

Rachael Hellyer got the win in game one, going four innings and giving up one run. Gabby Andino threw the fifth, retiring the Foxes in order while recording one strikeout. She had a good day at the plate as well going 2-2 in game one with two doubles. Kirstie Flink was also 2-2 with a home run. Toni Martinez added a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth when the Stars broke the game open. Brooklyn Tindall also had two hits in the game.

In game two the Stars scored first as Marisa Oldaker started things off with a single and a stolen base then moved to third on Andino’s ground ball and scored on another ground out by Flink. The lead did not last long as a home run and then two unearned runs in the second put Waycross on top. Another two out error put the Stars further behind but they fought back to tie the game at 4-all in the fifth but wasted a great scoring opportunity. A tw- run homer in the top of the seventh put Waycross back on top and a seventh inning rally by the Stars fell short as they picked up one run but left the tying and winning runs on base.

Sunday’s games with Brevard are cancelled due to impending rain.

Polk State College

Feb. 19 in Winter Haven, Fla.

The Stars concluded their road trip with a 4-0 record with two wins against Polk State College.

Rachael Hellyer got the start on the mound and extended her scoreless streak to 19 innings before giving up two unearned runs in the sixth inning. Florida State College put up three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead and made it stand up for the win. Kirstie Flink swung the hot bat, going 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Gabby Andino also doubled and had two RBIs while Darcey Cochran picked up the other hit. Hellyer allowed only three hits while striking out eight. Marisa Oldaker came on the seventh to pick up the save, setting the Eagles down in order.

In game two, Jessie van Aalst continued to pitch well and was the winner, allowing four hits and striking out two. Hellyer came on to pitch the last two and one third innings for the save, allowing no hits while striking out three. The Stars had 10 hits in the contest but scattered them and picked up single runs in the second, sixth and seventh innings. Florida State College scored in the second as Oldaker’s two-out single scored Jeanna Berman who had been hit by a pitch. In the sixth, Cindy van der Zanden got a two-out single and Darcey Cochran and Oldaker did as well bringing Andino to the plate where she picked up an RBI with a fourth straight single. Flink then drilled a shot to centerfield which could have broken the game open but the Polk center fielder made a highlight reel catch to minimize the damage, putting the Stars up 2-0. In the seventh, van Aalst singled and moved to second on Berman’s bunt. Brooke Peaver then drilled a double to the gap to pick up an insurance run. Oldaker picked up three singles in the game, while Flink and van Aalst each had two hits. The Stars probably played their best defensive game of the year to back up another good pitching performance.

The team returns to action with home games this weekend. 

Brevard Community College

Feb. 18 in Palm Bay, Fla.

The Stars got a road sweep of the Brevard Community College Titans in two well-played games.

In game one, Rachael Hellyer took control early on the mound, allowing only three singles while striking out eight. FSC had runners on base several times but did all of their scoring in the third. Marisa Oldaker singled and stole second to start the inning. Gabby Andino was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Kirstie Flink who doubled, scoring Oldaker and putting the runners on second and third. Andino then scored on a wild pitch and Jessie van Aalst singled to plate Flink for the third run of the inning. Hellyer easily made the lead stand up, posting her second shutout in a row.

In game two, Jessie van Aalst got the start, picking up where she left off last week as she shut down the Titans, not allowing a run until two unearned scored in the sixth. She gave up four hits while striking out seven. Again, the Stars drew first blood in the third as Oldaker had a one out single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Following a strikeout, Flink had had an RBI-double, then scoring on van Aalst’s single.In the fourth, the Stars took advantage of an error, wildness by the pitcher and a two-out single by van Aalst to score 4 more runs. FSC picked up another run in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull away for an easy 9-2 victory.

The team continues the road trip with two games against Polk State College on Sunday in Winter Haven, Fla.

Miami Cup

Feb. 11 in Miami, Fla.

Softball won two out of three games in the first day of the Miami Cup. They defeated Hillsborough Community College 12-3 in the first game with the win going to sophomore Rachael Hellyer. In the second game they defeated Broward College 8-3 with the win going to freshman Meghan Hackley; Gabby Andino, Kristie Flink and Jessie van Aalst each contributed a home run. The team was defeated by Miami Dade College 4-10 in the final game of the day.

Feb. 12 in Miami, Fla.

The pitching staff, assisted by some outstanding defense, stepped up on the second day to throw back-to-back no hitters

Game one was against Saint Thomas University, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and sophomore Jessie van Aalst threw the no-hitter, striking out six, and was backed by Kirstie Flink who was 2-2 with two home runs.

In game two sophomore Rachael Hellyer dominated the State College of Florida Manatees, allowing only two runners while striking out eight in her no-hitter. The Manatees came in ranked number six in the state and had gone 4-0 in the tournament. Games two’s offense was sparked by Kayla Tucker who was 3-3, Flink who was 1-1 with a walk, and Gabby Andino who was 2-4.

The Stars went 4-1 on the weekend and avenged last week’s loss to Hillsborough with a 12-3 victory. On the weekend, freshmen Kayla Tucker and Shawnee Marchu each hit .667, and sophomore Kirstie Flink hit .571 with two doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs. Gabby Andino continued her hot hitting, recording a .368 average while scoring seven runs and knocking in four RBIs. Rachael Hellyer was 2-0, while Meghan Hackley and Jessie van Alst picked up the other two wins. The team is off for the week then play Brevard and Polk on the road next weekend.

Triple Crown Tournament

Feb. 4 in St. Augustine, Fla.

On the first day of the Triple Crown Tournament in St. Augustine, the Stars had two wins and one loss.

Game one against Tallahassee Community College (TCC) ended in a 1-10 loss in a game that got away late. It was 0-0 through three innings with Rachael Hellyer on the mound. The Stars wasted a few scoring opportunities early but still took a one-run lead in the bottom of the third. Tallahassee struck back immediately with two in the with two singles and an error. TCC then hit a two-run home run to extend the lead and had two more home runs in the game for the final margin of victory. The Stars were not very sharp in the game.

After a one-game break they took on Gordon College out of Georgia. Gabby Andino started on the mound, getting the victory for the Stars. She worked three innings then Meghan Hackley took over, tossing two innings and Marjolein Merkx came on for the save, throwing the last two innings and allowing no hits while striking out three hitters. FSC still was not real sharp and got behind in the game 1-0, but took a 3-1 lead in the third with three straight singles by Alexis Slider, Morgan Osman and Alena Tarpley. Slider was thrown out trying to stretch a single to third for the first out of the inning. After a strikeout stranded the runners, Marisa Oldaker came up with a two-out, two-RBI double. Kirstie Flink doubled behind her for an RBI and a 3-1 lead. Gordon answered in the fourth with a solo run to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Stars came right back with a four-run, two-out rally in the fifth and held on for a 8-3 win.

The final game of the day came against St Petersburg College and was the team’s best effort. Jessie van Aalst got the start and threw a one-hit shutout as the Stars cruised to a 8-0 six inning win. The big inning came in the as the Stars put six runs on the board. One and two hitters, Darcey Cochran and Kayla Tucker, set the inning up with use of the short game and their speed. Gabby Andino, Brooklyn Tindall and Brooke Peaver each had two hits to pace the offense. Toni Martinez hit a game ending double for the Stars who now move to 10-2 on the season and conclude the tournament on Sunday with games against Miami Dade College and Hillsborough Community College.

Feb. 5 in St. Augustine, Fla.

The Stars came out swinging hot bats against the Sharks of Miami Dade College, putting up three first-inning runs. Darcey Cochran and Kirstie Flink drew walks, then Jessie van Aalst drilled a double to score Cochran and move runners to second and third. Gabby Andino singled in Flink, then van Aalst scored on Jeanna Berman’s single. Jessie van Aalst started on the mound and gave up one run in the first but Marisa Oldaker reached on a walk and scored on Flink’s home run to make the score 5-1. The Sharks got a walk to lead off the second, followed by double to put runners on second and third. Rachael Hellyer came on to pitch, struck out the first two hitters and got the third out on a fly ball to centerfield to escape the jam and keep the lead intact. The Stars put up three more in the top of the sixth, highlighted by Berman’s triple to right. Hellyer controlled the Sharks the rest of the way, recording ten strikeouts for the 8-1 victory. Andino had three hits in the game while van Aalst and Berman each had two.

In the last game of the weekend, the Stars had their worst outing. In the top of the first the team got a runner on base and had two hard line-outs, but nothing to show on the scoreboard, setting the tone for the game. Hillsborough Community College (HCC) got one in the first off a tiring Jessie van Aalst, but the Stars never got the sticks going and the Hawks had their best offensive outing of the year, pounding 11 hits and three home runs against van Aalst, Marjolein Merkx and Rachael Hellyer. The team did not play poorly on defense but could never get anything going. The team’s highlight was Brooklyn Tindall’s catch in left field. Tindall fell over the left field fence making the catch and robbing HCC of one more home run. Gabby Andino continued to swing a hot bat, getting two of the team’s three hits.

The team finished the weekend 3-2, moving their overall recored to 11-3 and is now ranked second in the state, just behind Tallahassee Community College. They will play again next weekend in the Miami Cup.

Gulf Coast State College

Feb. 3 in Jacksonville, Fla. (North Campus)

FSC opened it’s home season with a doubleheader sweep of Panhandle power Gulf Coast State College (GCSC).

Jessie van Aalst got the start in game one and kept the Commodores off balance as she scattered four hits and gave up one unearned run in the fourth inning as GCSC went ahead 1-0. The Stars answered right back in the bottom half of the fourth as Kirstie Flink and van Aalst had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Toni Martinez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, bringing Gabby Andino to the plate. She singled to drive in one run, and jeanna Berman and Brooke Peaver followed with RBI singles. Darcey Cochran’s ground ball scored one more run and the Stars moved ahead 5-1. In the home half of the sixth, Flink’s solo home run made the score 6-1 which was the final score.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel. Rachael Hellyer started for the Stars and tossed three innings, scattering three singles and recording three strikeouts. Marjolein Merkx took over on the mound and retired eight batters in a row until an error at second base put a runner on with two outs but another ground ball to second ended the inning. Merkx retired the first two batters in the seventh before giving up back-to-back singles. Marisa Oldaker moved from shortstop to the mound and got the next batter to ground right back to her to end the threat. The Stars wasted numerous scoring chances throughout the game, stranding 11 runners through the first eight inning and keeping Gulf Coast in the game. Oldaker worked the eighth as well, shutting down GCSC in the tie break but the Stars failed to score in the home half, extending the game. Jessie van Aalst returned to the mound in the ninth inning and allowed a run. Oldaker’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the ninth but the Stars could not push across the game winning run. The Commodores again picked up a run the top of the tenth inning. The Stars started their half with van Aalst on second. After a fly out, Gabby Andino was intentionally walked, putting the winning run on first. After the second strikeout out of the inning Brooke Peaver came to the plate and ripped a single up the middle. As van Aalst charged around third, heading for home, the Commodores centerfielder bobbled the ball. In a good piece of aggressive baserunning, Andino never broke stride, heading for third. As Gulf Coast tried to throw her out, the ball got away and and rolled into the dugout allowing the game winning run to score.

The Stars are now 8-1 and play in the Triple Crown Tournament this weekend in St Augustine, Fla..

JUCO Kickoff Tournament and Showcase

Jan. 27-29 in Clearwater, Fla.

The softball team started the season very strongly, winning their first five games and going 6-1 on the weekend at the JUCO Kickoff Tournament and Showcase in Clearwater, Fla.

The Stars, ranked #3 in the state, opened with #1 Indian River State College (IRSC) and defeated the Pioneers in nine innings. The team got a strong pitching performance from starter Rachael Hellyer who tried to make a 1-0 lead stand up, but a double and an error in the seventh let IRSC tie the game. Jessie van Aalst came in with the bases loaded and one out to keep the game tied. In the tie-break, both teams scored lone runs in the eighth and IRSC picked up one in the ninth but the Stars scored two to pick up a win in the season opener.

The team then manhandled Broward Community College 16-2, scoring seven runs in the first inning and shutting down the Seahawks most of the way. Marjolein Merkx picked up the win. Saturday the team picked up three more wins, starting with an 8-2 victory against South Georgia College in game three, then run-ruling ABAC 12-4 in game four. Meghan Hackley got the win in game five, an easy 7-1 victory over Stanly Community College out of North Carolina. Sunday morning the team played Northwest Florida State College and struggled a bit early to fall behind. The team played with a lot of enthusiasm but just couldn’t get the key hit or make the big defensive play and fell 8-2.

In the final game of the weekend, the Stars played Polk State College and fell behind 2-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Kirstie Flink started a rally with a single and van Aalst singled behind her. Toni Marinez and Gabby Andino had back-to-back walks to cut the lead to 2-1, then Kimmie Jo Allen came in to pinch-hit and drove in three with a double. Kayla Tucker’s single put the Stars up 5-2 and van Aalst, who had come on in relief of Merkx, shut the Eagles down in order to wrap up a solid weekend of play.

For the weekend, the team hit .372, lead by Andino’s eight RBIs, 10 runs scored and .619 batting average. Cindy van der Zanden hit .571 with 6 RBIs and Jeanna Berman was at .500 while driving in five runs. Other Stars with outstanding averages were: Kirstie Flink batting at .409; Brooklyn Tindall batting at .400; Shawnee Marchu at batting at .375; Darcey Cochran batting at .368; Toni Martinez batting at .357 with six RBIs and six walks; and van Aalstt batting at .333 with six RBIs and eight runs scored). On the mound, van Aalst was 4-1, while Hackley and Merkx picked up the other two wins. Six pitchers saw action with the team posting a 0.58 batting average.

The team will be put to the test again this weekend as they host Gulf Coast on Friday and then take on more good competition in the Triple Crown tournament in St Augustine. The event will be held at Treaty Park. Game times are 10 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.