The 2018-2019 high school softball season has concluded with another great year across the country (some states such as Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma play in the fall) so it’s time to honor those talented and hard-working players who had stand-out seasons by releasing our Extra Inning Softball 2019 High School All-Americans Team!
Our list is the deepest and most researched you will find as we feel it necessary to honor all those who deserve to be recognized as an Extra Inning Softball High School All-American and National Player & Coach of the Year.
We’ll begin recognizing the accomplishments of players who excelled at the high school level with the following schedule:
EXTRA INNNG SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICAN TIMELINE
- Monday, July 8 – Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-Americans (Pitchers)
- Tuesday, July 9 - Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-Americans (Catchers)
- Wednesday, July 10 - Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-Americans (Infielders)
- Thursday, July 11 - Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-Americans (Outfielders)
- Friday, July 12 - Extra Inning Softball 1st Team All-Americans (Multi-Purpose)
- Monday, July 15 - Extra Inning Softball 2nd Team All-Americans
- Tuesday, July 16 - Extra Inning Softball High School Player of the Year
- Wednesday, July 17 - Extra Inning Softball High School Coach of the Year
Those chosen will be selected based on the following factors:
- accomplishments, stats and honors
- importance in the success of the team
- on-field abilities, skills & talent
- off-the-field resume, i.e. academic success, community involvement, etc.
To submit a player for consideration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, July 4 (easy day to remember) to ensure possible inclusion on the lists.
Be sure to send in a head shot and/or an action shot if available.
See if you know who this former High School All-American was!
Finally, want an example of an impressive Player Submission?
Here’s one from a few years ago of a then-future college star you will recognize… we’ll make it fun and leave out her name until the end!
... and if you want to forward info to us—and anyone can recommend a player including coaches, players and, yes, even parents—the template below isn’t a bad one to imitate (although it doesn't have to be this extensive!)...
Player All-American Nomination Info
- player name – xxxxx
- high school – St. Thomas Aquinas High School
- grad year – 2014 Graduate
- position – left-handed pitcher
- team record – 30-2 - FHSAA 7A State Champions
- key stats (offense, defense, pitching, fielding, base running, etc.)
- current season - W/L: 20-2, 142.2 Innings; 10 Runs Allowed; 5 Earned Runs; 0.25 ERA; 15 Shutouts; 226 K; 19 BB.
- In her two years at St. Thomas Aquinas High School - W/L: 31-6, 245 Innings Pitched; 18 Earned Runs Allowed; 0.51 ERA, 21 Career Shutouts; 338 K; 33 BB; 2 Saves in 2 years at Aquinas
- club team – Gold Coast Hurricanes 18U Gold - Cooper
- college (if applicable) – University of Maryland (signed)
- photo – See attached
Significant off-the-field accomplishments: academics, other sports, extra-curricular activities, etc.
- Completed 230 community service hours during high school. The bulk of these hours included volunteering at several churches in the community. She was a camp counselor over the summer and she volunteered for various church events during her four years in high school including parish picnics, women’s club events and parish dinners. She also completed service hours for other charitable organizations including Amor en Accion and Invisible Children.
- Attended a 5-day mission trip to Costa Rica. She read to and played with children and painted a local school.
- Graduated with a 4.0 weighted GPA and a 3.7 unweighted GPA from St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.
- Received First Honors and Principal's Honors every quarter in high school
- Played three years of travel softball for Gold Coast Hurricanes 18U Gold (Marty Cooper and Jeff Norman) and one year of travel softball for Plantation Pressure 18U Gold during high school
- Played freshman volleyball for Archbishop McCarthy High School
- Played varsity softball for St. Thomas Aquinas High School during her junior and senior years
- Played varsity softball for Archbishop McCarthy High School during her freshman and sophomore years
- A member of the Key Club during her freshman year
- A member of Future Business Leaders of America during her sophomore year
- A member of the Marine Biology Club during her junior year
Honors (all-league, all-region, all-state, etc.)
- Gatorade Player of the Year 2013-2014 Season – Florida
- Florida Dairy Farmers 7A Player of the Year 2014
- Runner-up Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Softball Award 2014
- Miracle Sports 7A All-State First Team 2014 & 2013 and Third Team 2012
- Student Sports ranked #25 nationally class of 2014 (Nov. 2013)
- FHSAA State 7A Championship MVP for 2014 &2013
- Member of Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Star Team 2014
- Sun Sentinel All-County Player of the Year for 2014
- Miami Herald All Broward 8A-6A (Large Schools) Pitcher of the Year 2013 & 2014
- Miami Herald All Broward 8A-6A Softball First Team 2014 & 2013
- SunSentinel All-County First Team 2013 and 2014 for pitching
- Kissimmee Klassic H.S. Softball Tournament Top Bracket Top Defensive Player-2014
- 2014 Gulliver SlamFest High School Tournament Top Bracket MVP
- St. Thomas Aquinas High School 2013 & 2014 Softball MVP
- Kissimmee Klassic H.S. Softball Tournament Top Bracket MVP 2013
- SunSentinel All-County Second Team 2012 for pitching
- Miami Herald All-Broward Softball Second Team Spring 2011 and 2012
- Rookie of the Year 2011 Varsity Softball Archbishop McCarthy H.S.
- She has a dedication to hard work in both school and softball, sets an example for her teammates both on and off the field, displays teamwork at every practice and game, and has an infectious positive attitude.
- She has displayed leadership abilities both on and off the field. She has been a captain on her high school and travel teams for the past several years. She has led her high school team to back-to-back 7A state championships. She also displays leadership in the community. She has been a camp counselor for two summers at a church vacation bible school as well as attended a 10-day mission trip to Costa Rica.
Team Success (due to player’s impact)
- In her two years at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., she led the team to a record of 31-6 and back-to-back FHSAA State 7A Championships.
- Finishing the 2013 season and into the 2014 season, she led the team to 22 consecutive wins.
- After suffering a concussion in April 2013, she came back to pitch 3 scoreless games in the Regional and the State finals in 2013. Again in 2014, in the 7 play-off games she pitched, she gave up no earned runs (1 unearned run in the Regional semi-final game).
- Her catcher, Gwen Svekis, said it best after the 1-0 win over Harmony in the 2014 state championship game, “I know she said once we got that run (in the first inning) she didn't feel like it was over, but I know how she works and I knew it was over at that point. She is very good under pressure, probably the best pitcher I've ever seen. Once we got that run, in my head, it was over.”
- Mark Schusterman, Head Coach of Gulliver Prep, said, “(She) is the main reason St. Thomas Aquinas beat Harmony and won the state championship. The important thing to remember is that St. Thomas played the toughest competition around and (she) kept them in every game.”
- St. Thomas Aquinas Head Coach, Bryan Baucom, was recently quoted as saying, “She is one of the top 5 softball players that have ever played at our school.
… so who is this remarkably accomplished player?
Scroll down to find out!
ANSWER: Pitcher Meghan King, who helped lead Florida State to a NCAA Div. I National Championship in 2018 and graduated this year (2019) as an All-American and Senior Top 10 Finalist!