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The 2024 spring softball season featured just one team with a winning record, as the Marathon Lady Fins went 12-6 in FHSAA 2A action. Their wins included a district quarterfinal victory, and though they did not make it out of districts with a title, they earned an at-large bid to regionals. Marathon returns all but one athlete next season, but the spot left vacant on the bench will be that of their dominant starting pitcher, Allison Garcia.

Key West entered the season as the reigning FHSAA 4A Region 4 champs and returned with plenty of talent this season. However, critical injuries plagued the Conchs, and their hopes for a third trip to the final four in as many years would not come to fruition. Key West finished the season 6-15, but it was not without highlights and glimmers of greatness to come.

Coral Shores played just five games this season, losing them all via mercy rule or forfeits. The young team did its best to rebuild but scrambled for eligible players when midseason injuries wiped out the bench.

Photos by Barry Gaukel and Maicey Malgrat

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Player of the Year
Scarlet Niles
Senior, Key West
Center Field

Key West’s Scarlet Niles embraced her leadership role this season, showing the way to the underclassmen with poise, positivity and, chiefly, her bat. The slugging senior amassed 21 hits for the Conchs, 6 of which were home runs. Batting .344, her on-base percentage was .488 and the home runs and a pair of doubles set her slugging percentage at .721. Once on base, she proved deadly to opposing defenses, stealing 7 bases and scoring 16 times. As if that were not enough, the Dartmouth University-bound athlete earned an impressive .965 fielding percentage.

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Allison Garcia
Senior, Marathon

The Lady Fins’ lone senior was the go-to pitcher for Marathon, earning an impressive 11-4 record with a 2.07 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Offensively, the Fins’ captain averaged .432 at the plate with 10 doubles and 16 RBI for a stellar senior campaign.

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Alexandra Rodriguez
Senior, Key West

With her impressive stats, one would never know Alexandra Rodriguez had stepped into a new role this season. Playing shortstop due to team injuries, she had a fielding percentage of .847. Offensively, Rodriguez batted .267, had a .345 on-base percentage and used her speed to steal 7 bases for the Conchs.

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Elena Eubank
Junior, Marathon

Junior Elena Eubank led the Lady Fins in multiple offensive categories. Eubank batted .451 this season and collected 23 hits, which included 7 doubles and a pair of triples. She stole 13 bases, crossed the plate 19 times, and batted another 19 runs in for Marathon this season.

Breanna Breener
Freshman, Key West

As just a freshman, Breanna Breener shouldered the responsibility of pitching like a much older athlete. In her first year with the Lady Conchs, Breener brought home 3 wins and struck out 64 batters while compiling a 2.90 ERA for Key West. Her poise and athleticism give the Conchs’ future a lot of promise for the next three seasons.

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Madelyn Thornton
Freshman, Marathon

Marathon’s catcher proved to be a threat on both sides of the plate, batting .400 on the season with 11 RBIs, 3 doubles, a pair of triples and a home run. Defensively, Thornton was a wall of athleticism. Her accomplishments are even more impressive given Thornton was just a freshman.

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Shylo Sanchez
Sophomore, Key West

With two more seasons of eligibility left, Shylo Sanchez has everything it takes to dominate for the Conchs in the coming years. At catcher, Sanchez had a .932 fielding percentage, amassing 96 putouts at the plate. Offensively, she batted .211, boasted a pair of doubles and batted in 5 runs for Key West.

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Alexa Condella
Junior, Key West

In her junior season, Alexa Condella earned a .321 batting average for the Conchs. She amassed 3 doubles, a pair of triples and drove in 11 runs, and her hitting got stronger as the season went on, making for an exciting senior campaign for the seasoned outfielder.

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Sara Robinson
Freshman, Marathon

Marathon’s Sara Robinson proved to be a versatile player this season, spending time all across the infield and even filling in at pitcher when the Fins found themselves in a jam. Robinson batted .415, stole 11 bases, drove in 12 runs and amassed 22 hits. Three of those hits were doubles and three more were triples, making it even more amazing that she is just a freshman.

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Tavyn Gage
Junior, Key West

Key West’s Tavyn Gage made the switch from first to third base this season and did not miss a beat. The versatile junior had an impressive .904 fielding percentage, proving she was adept at any base. The hard-hitting junior had a .310 batting average, including four doubles this season. She also boasted a .355 on-base percentage, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.