Bloemers Announces Three Signings for PBA Softball

WEST PALM BEACH – After turning a 8-39 record into a 22-33 mark in one season, the work is far from over for Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) softball coach Kimmy Bloemers, who recently announced three signings for the upcoming 2008 year. The Sailfish, who only lost one senior to graduation this season, look to improve on their NCCAA South Region Championship both with the bat and on defense, hoping to produce a successful campaign in their first year of full-time play in the NCAA.

Leading the list of incoming recruits for PBA is Caitlin Bouschet. Bouschet is a four-time Sun Sentinel All-Area player from Lake Worth, Fla. who played at Palm Beach Central High School. Coach Bloemers is looking forward to Caitlin’s arm, quick glove and her powerful bat at the shortstop position.

Joining Bouschet on the Sailfish squad is catcher and second baseman Abbey Shipman. Shipman, who hails from Orlando, Fla., has a playing resume filled with awards and honors that range from All-Metro (Orlando) teams in 2004, 2005 and 2007 to Honorable Mention All-State accolades in 2007 to receiving the Distinguished Athlete Award from the United States Marines. Coach Bloemers commented, “On top of her great glove and strong bat, Abbey’s leadership has already been made known.”

Adding depth to PBA’s already strong pitching rotation is Heather Laird. Laird played one year at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla. after her four years at Venice High School in Venice, Fla. While at Venice HS, Laird was an integral part of a 46-8 overall team record over four years before going 9-4 as a relief pitcher in her stint at Manatee CC. Heather was a first team All-Area player in both 2005 and 2006, and received All-State accolades in the same years. Laird will pitch alongside current Sailfish hurlers Ashley Jones and Andrea Fugate, both of whom are big reasons for PBA’s turnaround in the 2007 campaign.

With the team’s quick turnaround in Bloemers’ one year at the helm of PBA softball, the sky is the limit for where the Sailfish program will aim for in the future. The team’s next step begins in September, when fall practices begin for the 2008 season.

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