Prep softball: Golden Gate's Shadley lead FACA All-District honors

Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
Golden Gate shortstop Marinna Shadley hits against Lely High in the first inning of the Class 5A-District 14 title softball game held at Golden Gate High on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Golden Gate shortstop Marinna Shadley hits against Lely High in the first inning of the Class 5A-District 14 title softball game held at Golden Gate High on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association has selected three local softball players District 18 players of the year.

After winning its first district championship, Golden Gate swept the district’s top player and coach awards in Class 5A. Senior Marinna Shadley, a former All-American, was the district player of the year after batting .616 this season with a .980 slugging percentage. Shadley also went 12-3 on the mound with a 0.83 earned-run average

Titans coach Gerry Shadley, Marinna’s father, is the FACA’s 5A-District 18 Coach of the Year for leading his team to a 20-7 record. Golden Gate’s win total is a single-season school record.

Gulf Coast junior Cali Gutierrez is the 6A district Player of the Year. The left fielder helped the Sharks go 12-9 this year.

In 3A, St. John Neumann sophomore Michelle Peterson is the district Player of the Year. She hit .622 with 31 runs batted in and a 1.156 slugging percentage. Peterson was 5-6 as a pitcher with a 2.01 ERA. The Celtics (8-12) qualified for regionals as district runners-up.

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