Lake-Sumter State College softball player Kayla Fuller has been a leader in her only season with the Lakehawks.
Now that her career at LSSC has come to a close, Fuller is reaping the rewards for her efforts.
The power-hitting outfielder capped off her sophomore season by helping the Lakehawks to their second state tournament berth in school history. She was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference First Team with a solid all-around season.
In addition, Fuller became just the second LSSC player in history to be named to the Florida College Systems Activities Association All State First Team. She also will be a nominee of the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America ballot.
Fuller played only one season at LSSC after transferring from South Georgia State College. With the Lakehawks, Fuller led the team with a .378 batting average, 11 home runs — the second highest single season total in school history — and 55 RBIs.
“Kayla’s bat was amazing for us all season long,” LSSC coach Jill Se mento said. “She always swings hard and pitchers got to where they didn’t want to pitch to her. When they did, she made them pay for it.
“I’d stop short of saying she was a once-in-a-lifetime player, but you don’t come across players like Kayla very often and we were very lucky to get her even if it was just for a year.”
Fuller batted fourth for the Lakehawks in 2014 and helped LSSC to a 26-35 record — the best single-season mark in school history. She played in every game and nearly half of her 70 hits went for extra bases (19 doubles , one triple, 11 home runs).
Semento said Fuller quickly became a team leader, although she wasn’t very vocal.
“Kayla let her play do the talking for her,” Semento said. “She had a very loud bat and led by example.”
Fuller batted .290 as a freshman at South Georgia State, with three homers and 11 RBIs. She lost her scholarship with the school after a coaching change and eventually landed at LSSC for her sophomore year.
Semento said Fuller has offers from a number of four-year schools and is currently weighing her options. Not only is Fuller a standout on the softball field, but Semento said she excels academically as well.
“Kayla was a role model to other teammates in the classroom,” Semento said. “She was the perfect example of how working hard in the classroom can pay off. Not only do great athletes at our level have to be good at their sport, but they have to be a great student as well in order to move up.