Clay County baseball, softball players receive honors from Florida Dairy Farmers

Don Johnson

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Brad Hodges was named Class 2A Player of the Year.Photo courtesy of St. Johns Country Day School Facebook page.

St. Johns Country Day pitcher Brad Hodges and Middleburg High pitcher Mallory Forrester were recently named the top players of the year in their classifications by the Florida Dairy Farmers, according to a press release.

As top players in their classifications, they also were finalists for the 2022 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball awards.

As Class 2A Player of the Year, Hodges finished second in the Mr. Baseball voting, behind senior outfielder Roman Anthony of Douglas High School.

Hodges received 88 total points and three first place votes compared to Anthony’s 13 first place votes and 159 total points.

As Class 5A Player of the Year, Forrester finished fifth in the voting for Miss Softball. Sophomore pitcher Jasmine Francik of Melbourne High School won the award.

Hodges, a senior, helped his team to a 23-5 record and a spot in the regional finals with a 10-0 record and 1.28 ERA. He had 114 strikeouts in 60 innings. He also hit .516 with 11 doubles, 9 home runs, 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs. He is a University of Virginia commit.

Forrester, a senior, helped her squad to the state title with a 13-5 record. She had a 1.08 ERA in 136 innings with 271 strikeouts and 53 walks. She has signed with Flagler College.

Todd Fitz-Gerald of Douglas High School has been named the Florida Dairy Farmers 2022 Baseball Coach of the Year, the press release said.

Lindsay Ingram of Deltona High School has been named the Florida Dairy Farmers 2022 Softball Coach of the Year. Middleburg softball head coach Ashley Houston finished third in the voting.

The Mr. Baseball, Miss Softball, Baseball Coach of the Year and Softball Coach of the Year were announced following balloting by a statewide panel of high school baseball and softball coaches and prep media representatives.

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