Congratulations to the 2013 Gulliver Softball Team. After defeating Bradford High School by a score of 7-2 in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 4A State Softball Semifinal, the team went on to defeat Madison County in the FHSAA 4A State Softball Championship game by a final score of 9-1! Gulliver became the first high school in Miami-Dade County to win four consecutive state championships! With this championship, Gulliver's program is now tied with Naples High School for the second-longest championship streak (1993-1996) in state history. This streak is second only to that of Bartow High School, which won five championships in a row from 2002 to 2006.
The Raiders were led by junior stand-out pitcher Gabbee Draney, who pitched six innings and gave up only one run on two hits while striking out six batters! She even scored two of the Raiders' nine runs. Seniors Ashley Leon and Stephanie Texeira also contributed to the Raiders victory with stellar performances. Leon went 1 for 4 and scored a run; Texeira went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Texeira hit her 17th home run of the season, which gave her the single-season record for the most home runs by any player in Miami-Dade County in the fast-pitch era. Her record also tied her for the second most in state history for a single season. Texeira finished her career with 47 home runs, also the most by any Miami-Dade County player!
Leon, an Auburn signee, and Texeira, an FIU signee, completed their high school softball careers in amazing fashion, capping off four straight softball championships.
Congratulations to Gulliver's Lady Raiders for their fourth consecutive and sixth overall softball state championship!