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SOFTBALL

Trenton softball freshman Addison Allaire earns prestigious statewide honor after state title

The honors continued to roll in Monday for Trenton softball, two weeks after winning a state title. See which Tigers star received the prestigious honor.

Noah Ram
Gainesville Sun

Two weeks removed from a state title, praise and recognition continue to come in for the Trenton softball team.

Monday, the Florida Dairy Farmers Players of the Year in each class were announced, and Tigers freshman Addison Allaire was named the Class 1A recipient.

Her coach, Clint Anderson, was named the Coach of the Year for Class 1A.

The POYs and COYs are picked from a panel of coaches and media members statewide.

Allaire and Anderson were the only Gainesville area softball products to take home the honor. GHS freshman pitcher Leanna Bourdage and coach Chris Chronister each narrowly landed in second place in 5A.

The 'Canes themselves fell in the 5A title game to Parrish Community 3-2. The Bulls had the player and coach of the year for 5A.

Allaire and Anderson join Evan Fleming as the only local athletes to be named best in their sport by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

Fleming, a Buchholz senior, was named Athlete of the Year in Class 4A after state titles in the 800 and 1600m.

Running five-wide, Evan Fleming (2829) of Gainesville Buchholz, Lucas Oliveira (2878) of Coral Reef, Mason Spearin (3730) of Wiregrass Ranch, Dawson Isbell (3276) of Niceville and Rashad Hemissi (2760) of Apopka sprint for the line in the boys 800-meter run during the FHSAA Class 4A high school track and field meet in Jacksonville on May 18, 2024. Fleming won in 1:54.50. [Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union]

Allaire helped restore the Tigers place at the top of Class 1A . She placed second in the class with 213 Ks and a 0.99 ERA. Her 13 wins ranked third in 1A.

At the plate, she hit seven home runs (2nd in 1A) and drove in 33 RBIs (8th in 1A).

In his third year at the helm, Anderson led the Tigers to a 23-2 record and their third state title in the last five years.

Trenton overcame a 4-0 seventh inning deficit to Branford to win the 1A state title 6-5 in eight innings.

Trenton head coach Clint Anderson holds up the championship trophy after he Class 1A state softball championship game at Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont on Saturday, May 25, 2024. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

"They beat us for six innings, but that's why it is a seven inning game," Anderson said after the state title game. "You got to play the whole game, and we beat Branford in the seventh and eighth innings."

Allaire beat out a duo of local products. Branford's Ellie Frierson finished in second, and Fort White's Kadence Compton in third.

Anderson, meanwhile, edged out Buccaneers coach Oscar Saavedra.

Allaire and Anderson now will hope to be named Miss Softball and statewide coach of the year. That should be announced in the next week or two.

The Trenton Tigers celebrate after winning the Class 1A state softball championship game at Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont on Saturday, May 25, 2024. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

Noah Ram covers Gainesville-area high school sports and University of Florida athletics for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him atֱNram@gannett.comֱand follow himֱֱon Twitter.