The PTP softball players of the week

The fans’ pick

C/OF/INF Olivia Elliott, Jr., Cambridge Christian

Five years ago, Olivia Elliott wanted to play baseball at Cambridge Christian. After all, that was the sport she grew up with in Little League. 

That never happened. Instead, Elliott joined the school’s varsity softball team — as a sixth-grader. 

Elliott had an immediate impact. She hit .490 in her debut high school season, which ranked fourth on the team.   

Her batting average has continued to soar, so much that Elliott, now a junior, currently leads the nation with an .842 average (minimum 20 plate appearances). 

Two weeks ago, the Central Florida commit went a combined 5-for-6 with three homers, nine RBIs and six runs scored in wins over Lakeside Christian and Foundation Christian Academy. 

Fans were impressed. Elliott received more than 43 percent of the votes (7,122) to beat out Sickles’ Robyn Herron, who had more than 32 percent (5,342). 

The PTP picks

3B/2B/C Mariah Gradzki, So., Dunedin: Went a combined 8-for-13 with three homers, two triples and six RBIs to help the Falcons go 3-1 for the week. 

P/1B Robyn Herron, Jr., Sickles: Allowed a combined two hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out 33 in wins over previously undefeated Steinbrenner and East Lake.