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Addison Allaire of the Trenton softball team is named FHSAA Class 1A Player of the Year


Two weeks after winning the state title, the accolades continued to pour in for Trenton's softball team on Monday. See which Tigers star received the prestigious award.

Two weeks after winning the state title, the Trenton softball team continues to receive praise and recognition.

On Monday, the Florida Dairy Farmers' top players in each class were announced and Tigers freshman Addison Allaire was named the Class 1A honoree.

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

The POYs and COYs are selected from a panel of coaches and media representatives from across the state.

Allaire and Anderson were the only softball players from the Gainesville area to take home the award. GHS freshman pitcher Leanna Bourdage and her coach Chris Chronister both finished a close second in 5A.

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

Allaire and Anderson, along with Evan Fleming, are the only local athletes to be named the 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 1600-meter runs.

Allaire helped the Tigers regain first place in Class 1A. She finished second in the class with 213 Ks and a 0.99 ERA. Her 13 wins earned them third place in 1A.

At bat, she hit seven home runs (2nd in 1A) and had 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 deficit against Branford in the seventh inning to win the 1A state title, 6-5, in eight innings.

“They beat us for six innings, but that's why it's a seven-inning game,” Anderson said after the state championship game. “They had to play the whole game, and we beat Branford in the seventh and eighth innings.”

Allaire bested two local products, Ellie Frierson of Branford taking second and Kadence Compton of Fort White taking third.

Anderson, meanwhile, prevailed over Buccaneers coach Oscar Saavedra.

Allaire and Anderson now hope to be named Miss Softball and national coach of the year, which should be announced in the next week or two.

Noah Ram covers high school sports in the Gainesville area and athletics at the University of Florida for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him at Nram@gannett.com and follow him @Noah_ram1 on twitter.

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