Florida Softball POY: Sydney Wright

Florida Softball POY: Sydney Wright

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Florida Softball POY: Sydney Wright

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THE WINNER: Sydney Wright

THE BASICS

School: Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP
Height: 5-foot-9

Athletic achievement: She posted a 27-5 record in the circle along with a 0.51 ERA this past season, leading the Cardinals (28-5) to the Class 3A state championship game. Wright struck out 288 batters and walked 47 in 220.2 innings pitched with 18 shutouts and three no-hitters. At the plate, the two-time Florida Times-Union Player of the Year batted .443 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and an .821 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Wright has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a nursing home, as a youth softball coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to assist the Wounded Warriors Project.

THE PRAISE

“Sydney Wright was one of the toughest outs we faced,” said Steve Callahan, head coach of Providence School (Jacksonville, Fla.). “We had a little success with her in the circle, but it seems that every time we would make a little run she could reach back for a little extra and shut us down.”

THE FUTURE: Wright has signed with Arkansas.

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