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Lady Royals Softball Wins State Championship

The First Academy Lady Royals Varsity Softball team capped off a 23-6 season by winning the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 2A State Championship, defeating Jacksonville’s University Christian 8-2 at Legends Way Softball Complex in Clermont, FL, on Wednesday.

In her 6th season as the Royals Head Coach, Kaley Gangelhoff led the team to the title game defeating Evangelical Christian 3-0 on Tuesday. Senior left-handed pitcher Hannah Harper pitched all 7 innings in Tuesday and Wednesday’s Championship Series games, and finished the Championship with a line of 7IP, 5K’s 3BB and 8H. Harper was named the 2022 FACA 2A District 11 Player of the year. Senior Camille Mackedon and Sophomore Alexis Zerquera led the Royals from the plate as they each went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI’s, Including a 3-run Home Run from Zerquera in the bottom of the 5th inning, her first in her Varsity Career.

Wednesday’s championship win was the Royals’ first state title in school history. Along the path to their 23-6 season, TFA defeated Orlando Christian Prep 4-0 for the Class 2A District 7 Championship and Mount Dora Christian Academy 4-0 for the Class 2A Region 2 Championship.

The Royals graduated two seniors in the 2022 season, including Harper who will go on to pitch at the University of West Florida, and short-stop Camille Mackedon, who had the game-winning catch in the title game. Mackedon and Harper made the FACA All-State team along with junior second baseman Mollie Duling, sophomore catcher Molly Sheridan, and sophomore first baseman Alexis Zerquera. Harper, Mackedon, Duling, Sheridan, and sophomore flex player Grace Grant were also named to the FACA All-Academic team.

The Softball State Championship is not the only gold the Royals earned this year. Earlier in May, Senior Will Richards took home the FHSAA State Title in Track and Field for the Boys Long Jump with a jump of 6.92 meters (22 feet, 8.5 inches). The softball title win also comes exactly one year after the Royals Baseball team took home the Class 3A State Championship in 2021.

The entire TFA Family gives a big congratulations to the Lady Royals for their hard work on and off the field!