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Bradford High’s Rodgers to play softball at FSCJ

Lainie Rodgers signs to play with Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is seated between her mother, Lisa, and her brother, Dylan.

Lainie Rodgers signs to play with Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is seated between her mother, Lisa, and her brother, Dylan.

BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

There was a point where Bradford High School senior Lainie Rodgers wasn’t sure she wanted to play softball in college, but Bradford head coach Daniel Davis suggested she participate in a tryout at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The result? A scholarship offer, which Rodgers gladly accepted.

“I’m super excited,” the second baseman said following her signing ceremony on April 17. “I just really look forward to college now. I look forward to playing there, to continue playing softball.”

Rodgers has had her best season, leading the team in hits, doubles and RBI. Her .453 average (prior to the April 17 District 5-4A semifinal game) was tops on the team, as well.

This season comes after Rodgers’ father, Paul, passed away in December. Rodgers said it is the memory of her father that continues to push her to play her hardest and give everything she has.

“I’m very proud of her and happy for her,” Davis said. “Paul was a friend of mine, so we always talked about what she was going to do in the future and if she wanted to be a college softball player.

“I know that he’s very proud of her, that she’s gotten to this point.”

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