By: Matt Rothman
Hoping to become the first team in the state of Florida to win six consecutive State Championships, unfortunately, the Coral Springs Charter softball team had their season cut short due to COVID 19.
The Panthers won six of their first seven games with quality victories over Doral Academy, Monarch, and Palm Beach Gardens.
They also had a group of four seniors who were all part of different state championships. Those four girls were unable to have their senior day game, though all had memorable runs at CSC.
Cassidy Crump, who was in her third season on the team, played in the last two state championships. Crump possesses a big bat and can play all over the field. Through her first seven games, Crump batted .250 and drove in three runs and had two doubles.
Last season was her best offensive year, with nine wins on the board, she hit .500 in 30 games and finished second on the team with five home runs. She is set to attend FIU in the fall, where she will continue her softball career.
Another key player on last year’s team was Kiara Meikle. The senior played both softball and basketball collegiately and has three state championships. Last year, she led the team in hitting at .561, playing mostly in the outfield.
One of their top pitchers, Alina Varga, will graduate. She has been second in the rotation this year behind Brianna Godfrey and allowed only one run in seven innings this season. She also hit .429 at the plate this season after winning four games last year on the mound. Varga will attend UNC Greensboro and play softball in the fall.
The final member of the 2020 class is Kenzie Dircks. She had seven at-bats this season and hit one of the team’s two home runs this year. Dircks was solid on the mound and was very capable of coming up as a pinch-hitter in a close game.
The Panthers will still have a shot at making history next season when they bring much of their team back. However, these four players did a lot to make history with CSC.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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