Melanie Murphy of Melbourne High was chosen as the Miracle Sports Class 7A Pitcher of the Year on its all-state teams for 2015. She was one of eight Brevard County softball players given recognition on one of the teams.
Murphy, a senior during the spring, posted a 0.80 earned run average with a 16-3 record for the Bulldogs, a 7A regional semifinalist. She struck out 200 batters in 132 innings pitched while walking 20. Offensively, Murphy hit .444 and drove in 35 runners.
Two Viera players also made the 7A list, Kaitlyn Jensen as an infielder and Kiana East at utility. Jensen batted .382 and drove in 30 runners, while East hit .433 and struck out 109 from the pitcher’s mound. Melbourne infielder Ashe-Leigh Wells, who hit .453 and stole 22 bases, was on the second team.
Megan Kugelmann of Cocoa Beach made the 4A first team as a pitcher. Kugelmann, who surpassed 1,000 career strikeouts during the season, finished the year with a 1.06 ERA and a 21-7 record. She struck out 277 in 2015. Teammate Lina Shaver, who stole 18 bases, made the second team as an outfielder.
Rockledge’s Molly McLaughlin was listed among the infielders making the 5A first team. Also a pitcher, she batted .517, drove in 28 and stole 21 bases.
In Class 3A, Melbourne Central Catholic’s Kat Keeling was named to the first team. Keeling batted .559, drove in 33 and posted a 0.72 ERA as a pitcher.
Grimes signs with EFSC
Covenant Christian product Emma Grimes has chosen to transfer to Eastern Florida State College from St. Thomas University of Miami. She will play for her dad, Jim Grimes, in the Titans program.
Her St. Thomas team went 27-5 last season and won the the Sun Conference. She hit seven 3-pointers in a game against Clearwater Christian College.
Emma Grimes, a 5-foot-7 guard, left Covenant Christian as the career scoring leader with 1,498 points.
Astronaut, Heritage excel in Airo 7v7 tournament
Two Brevard County teams advanced to the final eight of the recent Airo 7v7 football tournament at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee. Sixty-four high school teams from Florida competed.
Astronaut collected a pool play win over eventual tournament runner-up Palmetto (19-10). Then the War Eagles caught fire in the playoff games, defeating Spruce Creek (20-18), Winter Springs (24-23) and Tate (27-24) before being eliminated by Boone.
Heritage went 2-1-1 in pool play and then won playoff games against Bishop Verot (33-6), Forest (24-5) and Bishop Moore (27-15) before losing to Clearwater.