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Team Spotlight: Florida Impact Gold Ladd

Florida Impact Fastpitch Organization:

A few years back Head Coach Deena Ladd took her travel team and joined the Florida Impact organization. Florida Impact is an affiliate of the well-recognized national brand - Georgia Impact. Florida Impact Gold Ladd is often considered one of the top teams in the state along

with having appeared on national rankings as well.

The team is looking forward to their competitive Summer schedule which will start up once high school ball has completed. They will be playing against some of the best competition in the country in events such as Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) Show Me The Money, Scenic City, and Atlanta Legacy.

Let's meet the team ...

Head Coach Deena Ladd has been coaching for over 20 years. During her tenure she has produced a runner-up finish at the USA JO Cup 2021 and USA Nationals in Illinois in 2019. She has won several USA State Championships, three straight USSSA State Championships (2017 - 2019), and the PGF State Championship in 2020. Most recently they finished runner-up at the PGF State Championships for 16u to end 2021. In addition to having successful teams and seasons, Coach Ladd prides herself on the development and growth of all the young female athletes she coaches. Her motto is always at the forefront “Stay humble and always be kind.”

Head Coach Deena Ladd

Brianne Loughrey is a right handed pitcher that throws heat with great accuracy, command, and spin on the ball throwing drops, rise, and change ups that help her carry the lowest pitch count and WHIP on the team. Her top pitch is the drop ball that is thrown with heat and precise location that induces many ground balls or strikeouts on helpless hitters. She leads in the circle with poise allowing her defense to shine behind her.

Brianne Loughrey – 2024

Carsyn Kull is an elite teammate and wizard behind the plate. Known for her blocking and framing, she’s a comfort to every pitcher. With a pop time of 1.87, she’s versatile in putting outs on the board. Carsyn has a high softball IQ and incredible accuracy throwing. Carsyn lives for the diving catch – both at catcher and in the outfield. She is a consistent hitter with a high batting average and on base percentage that creates problems for other defenses when on the base paths.

Carsyn Kull - 2025

Gabriella Young is a game-changer on defense. In the outfield she has amazing tracking ability and is not afraid to lay out to make an out. When playing third base she has quick reflexes and utilizes her speed to handle bunts with ease. Offensively, she is a solid line-drive hitter coupled with a strong base running presence. Her no-fear attitude is keen to gaining extra bases and producing runs.

Gabriella Young - 2023

Hailey Hunt possesses sprinter speed, strength power, great hand/eye coordination, and cat like reflexes. She is a lefty slapper that can power slap, soft slap, chop slap, drag bunt, and hit for power. Hailey can play multiple positions including shutting down third base. She excels at three sports in high school while maintaining a 4.1 GPA and also batting above .500 for the softball season.

Hailey Hunt - 2024

Hannah Yetter, aka "Yetter", is a reliable middle infielder making tough plays at second look routine. She has a high softball IQ, knowing where to be and anticipating plays before they happen. She is quick on her feet and able to turn double plays. Her patience at the plate and fast hands combine for her high on base percentage. Hannah is also a catcher who enjoys throwing players out with her quick pop time and throw downs.

Hannah Yetter – 2024

Lyric Pittman is a power hitter with a cannon for an arm at 3rd base and the agility to mix in at middle infield. She consistently hits in the middle of the order and produces a lot of RBI’s as she is know for working counts and adjusting to keep pitchers guessing. She is a great teammate on and off the field with a high softball IQ. Grades are equally important to her as she maintains a 3.9 GPA. She is a 2- sport athlete as she also competes in weightlifting where she placed 5th at States this year.

Lyric Pittman - 2024

Makenzie “Kenzie” Reynolds is one of the most reliable shortstops and defensive players in the game. Her quick feet, good hands and strong arm, make tough plays look routine. She has a high IQ of the game and uses this as a tool to be a team leader. She is a very selfless and positive player and puts in the work that is needed. Kenzie is a line drive, base hitter with power and speed. She uses her speed and base running skills to make her a threat on the bases and make things happen.

Makenzie Reynolds – 2023

McKenzie Gibson is a tri-sport athlete in high school that includes weight-lifting, volleyball and softball. In addition to softball, she also participates in AAU Weight-lifting all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is a proven asset behind the plate as catcher with a good pop time and a cannon for an arm. She is also a proven asset in the outfield, exemplified by making the Miracle Sports Class 6A All-State Team for outfield in her freshman season. She is a lefty hitter that can hit with a mix of power and speed with the ability to slap when needed. Add in her high IQ on the bases and she remains a constant threat to score.

McKenzie Gibson - 2024

Miranda Murch is a naturally talented athlete. When on the mound she has great movement and accuracy on her pitches throwing in the low 60’s. She mixes in a devastating change up or her favorite pitch, the drop ball, to induce routine groundball outs. When not pitching, she serves as a vacuum at first base with amazing glove and foot work. On offense, she serves as a gap to gap power hitter with the ability to hit it out at any time all while being one of the hardest girls on the team to strike out. Her athletic ability and high softball IQ is an asset that will cause any opposing team trouble.

Miranda Murch - 2025

Reagan Lavina is a resilient and versatile player on both offense and defense. The lefty is a solid contact hitter to all parts of the field and hits for power as well. Her softball IQ and quick instincts serve her well defensively. She is an extraordinary game manager behind the plate. When not catching, her quick reflexes and strong fundamentals help her excel at 3B. She is a two sport athlete in high school that has garnered accolades on the clay as well as being a key contributor to the varsity basketball team. Reagan currently holds a 4.0/4.4 GPA.

Reagan Lavina - 2024

Saige Sampson toes the rubber as a right handed pitcher with many pitches in her arsenal including her drop ball, rise, curve and her favorite the change up. She keeps hitters frustrated and guessing while allowing her defense to work behind her. Saige also plays an exceptional first base when not on the mound. At the plate she is a hard line drive hitter to the outfield with an ability to lay down a bunt when needed. Saige is an honored member of the Great Britain National team. Her love and determination for the game pushes her to become an elite player all while being a great teammate and very coachable.

Saige Sampson - 2024

Sophia Mandarine is an extremely committed player that loves to compete. She can pitch with power, with a current high speed of 62 mph, or mix it up with movement pitches that include a hard-breaking rise, breaking changeup, or screwball to keep batters guessing. She takes pride in pitching to get the ball in play to allow her defense to go to work behind her. When she’s not in the circle, she contributes on defense by locking down first base. On offense, she is a gap to gap hitter that thrives with runners in scoring position who is also versatile to execute a well timed sacrifice bunt when needed.

Sophia Mandarine – 2025

Tegan Grizzard is the definition of a utility player. She excels in the leadoff position with an on base percentage hovering around .500 and consistent batting average. As a base runner, she uses her lightning fast speed and intuition - as was evidenced in the fall leading the Impact with 49 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. She has no fear on defense as she consistently goes all out for any ball hit in her direction. She always has a positive attitude with an upbeat personality that reverberates through the dugout. Her teammates feed off of her energy and personality.

Tegan Grizzard - 2024

Twitter: @FlImpactGold06

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