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Softball blasts Lake Nona, 16-1, to win its second District Championship in program history (2019)

Softball falls to Apopka in Regional
5/15/2019 10:16:00 PM

In the their first Regional Semifinal appearance in school history, Dr. Phillips Softball stayed in the game against 11th-ranked Apopka (27-1), trailing just 2-0 into the fifth inning, but the Blue Darters put three runs on the board in the seventh inning, including a monster home run that banged off the scoreboard, to pull away for a 7-0 victory. DP (22-6) mustered just two hits off Apopka pitcher Nyah Vogel, a single by Alexa Wexler and a seventh inning double by Ailey Schyck, which tied the school record for doubles in a season (12) set by Hannah Eden in 2018. Schyck also finished her freshman season with a .447 average, five home runs and a school-record 34 RBIs. DP finished their season setting or matching 11 team and individual school records overall. As a team, the Panthers scored a record 253 runs, registered 16 shutouts and tied the school record with 22 victories while winning their second District Championship. In addition, their 75 wins over the last four years marks the most successful stretch in program history over that span of time. Senior Raychel Trocki has earned her place in the school record book as well, finishing her career as one of the most decorated players in school history. Trocki finished her senior season with 21 victories in the circle, one shy of her record 22 set last year, a 1.17 ERA and 234 strikeouts, second-most in school history behind current LSU head coach Beth Dieter (247, 1996). This year, Trocki batted .449 with five home runs, nine doubles, 40 runs scored and a school-record 27 walks. Her grand slam home run that took down West Orange in the Regional Quarterfinal goes down as arguably the most memorable play in our program's 32-year history. Senior Gracie Lopez also left an idelible mark on the program, finishing her season batting .457 with two home runs, six doubles, a school-record seven triples, 27 RBIs, 40 runs scored and was a perfect 34-34 in stolen base attempts. Senior Kati Kelly led the team with a .515 batting average and knocked in 32 runs while also owning a school record with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage set in 2016. Speaking of fielding percentage, you can also add senior Megan Rush to the record book as she finished her senior campaign with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage as well, committing zero errors in 238 total chances this year. Senior Dejia Benn, the emotional leader of the team for four years, finished her final season with a .368 average, five doubles and a school record 46 runs scored in 2019. Seniors Tiare Kong  and Alexa Wexler contributed plenty to the program over their four years and were every bit as responsible for the program's success as well. Congratulations to the entire team and coach Mike Gale on a great playoff run and a most exciting season! 

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