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Raiders earn post-season honors

The 2010 Raider softball team

Several Seminole State College softball and baseball players have been recognized by the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) and the Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) for their athletic accomplishments during the 2010 season.

Sophomore pitching standout Hope Bitzer swept the softball award categories, being named Player of the Year in the MFC and the state. She also was named to the FCCAA All-State and MFC All-Conference first teams in the At-Large category, as well as the FCCAA and Atlantic District All-Tournament teams in the Pitcher category.

Bitzer, a Lake Mary High School graduate who has signed with Rollins College, is a 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Third-Team All-American. She also is a three-time (career) FCCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week.

Other players receiving recognition were:

Softball

  • Christina Baranet: FCCAA All-State First Team, Outfield; MFC All-Conference First Team, Outfield; FCCAA All-Tournament, Outfield; and Atlantic District All-Tournament, Outfield
  • Ashley Frost: FCCAA All-State Second Team, Catcher; and MFC All-Conference First Team, Catcher
  • Natalie Beach: MFC All-Conference Second Team, Infield; and Atlantic District All-Tournament, Designated Player
  • Chasity Moore: MFC All-Conference Second Team, Outfield; and Atlantic District All-Tournament, Outfield
  • Tara Turner: MFC All-Conference Honorable Mention; FCCAA All-Tournament, Infield; and Atlantic District All-Tournament, Infield
  • Kayla Duncan, Amanda Edelman, Kelly Karshner and Bethany Lawrence: MFC All-Conference Honorable Mention

Baseball

  • Alex Hudak: MFC All-Conference First Team, Outfield; and eighth best MFC player overall
  • Dejai Oliver: MFC All-Conference First Team, Pitcher
  • Stephen Christiansen: MFC All-Conference Second Team, Infield
  • Luis "Gabby" Juarbe: MFC All-Conference Second Team, Designated Hitter
  • Doug Freeman: MFC All-Conference Honorable Mention and MFC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Jacob Knott: MFC All-Conference Honorable Mention and MFC Fireman of the Year (awarded to the best closer in the conference)
  • Willie Medina and Andy Horton: MFC All-Conference Honorable Mention

During the 2010 regular season, Seminole State softball went 16-8 in conference play and 39-15-1 overall. The team finished third in the post-season state tournament after falling to Miami Dade College in the Atlantic District Championship.

Raider baseball went 12-12 in the MFC and 21-25 overall. The team finished third in the conference.

For more information, please visit the Raider athletics home page.

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