By: Matt Rothman
Legendary softball coach Mark Montimurro has coached many softball players to success, and Coral Springs resident Dani Ebert now joins that roster.
The freshman pitcher from Pompano Beach High School competed on Coach Montimurro’s travel softball team for the last three years, where he helped her develop multiple hitting techniques, defensive skills, and a winning mindset.
“Playing for Coach Mark is always fun because he is competitive and wants to win, and he knows how to get the best out of his players,” Ebert said. “As a pitcher, I love his ability to see a batter’s swing, which determines what pitch to call, making me a more successful pitcher.”
This past season, Ebert was dominant on the mound and pitched to an ERA of 1.60. This year, the 14-year-old was a part of five tournament championships, winning over 20 in her young career.
She earned Tournament MVP at the All-American Games and was selected the Tournaments Most Outstanding Pitcher at the Southeast National Championship. Individually, she has thrown three perfect games and several no-hitters and shoutouts in her career.
“Dani is a true workhorse,” Coach Montimurro said. “She will take the ball every time out and knows how to pitch. There aren’t many better than Dani at escaping jams. She does a masterful job of avoiding the hitter’s sweet spot. Everything is a jam shot or a flair off the end of the barrel.”
Ebert began playing softball at three, participating in several camps under Coach Montimurro. At four, she competed in the Youth Softball Association of Coral Springs and played travel ball for the Coral Springs Panthers for five years.
After suffering a broken leg at 11 after sliding into a base, Ebert missed the entire season after having pins inserted into her lower leg.
Still, she has managed to excel and is likely to play her first season of varsity softball with a team that went 16-6 in 2021. They play their first varsity game against Coral Springs Charter on February 22.
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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.
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