Six Bucs Named to FCSAA All-State Team

Six Bucs Named to FCSAA All-State Team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Six Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers were honored by the State ahead of the FCSAA State Tournament on Wednesday as D'Yani McKinley, Lea Chevrier, and Sietske Drijvers led the group as 1st Team All-State selections while Sydney McCray, Esmee Ames, and Virginia Mambelli were named 2nd Team All-State picks.

After going a perfect 23-0 in the circle during the regular season, Lea Chevrier was one of three FSW 1st Team All-State selections.  Chevrier finished third in the state in wins with 23 while her 1.63 ERA was fifth best among FCSAA hurlers. She struck out 131 and allowed just 95 hits in her 133 innings of work. 

D'Yani McKinley joined her on the 1st Team All-State list, hitting .394 which ranked in the top 20 in the state while stealing 35 bases during the regular season which placed her in the top 10. 

The third Buc to pick up 1st Team All-State honors was catcher Sietske Drijvers. Drijvers played 55 games behind the plate for the Bucs during the regular season, hitting .338 with a team best 50 RBIs which was good for 10th in the state.  Drivers was one of just five players in the state this season to drive in at least 50 runs and steal 10 or more bases. 

Another trio of Bucs were named 2nd Team All-State picks.

Virginia Mambelli, the Bucs leading hitter this season was a 2nd Team choice after hitting .415 which ranked ninth in the state during the regular season. Mambelli's 13 doubles were tops on the team while her 48 RBIs were second most to Drijvers' 50 and ranked 11th in the state.

Esmee Ames joined her on the 2nd Team.  Ames ranked second in the state this season with a 1.55 ERA while going 19-5 in the circle with five saves which was third best in the state. She finished the regular season with 128 strikeouts in 117 1/3 innings pitched, putting her fourth in the state with 7.64 strikeouts per game. 

Last but not least was Sydney McCray who was the Bucs lone repeat All-Stater. McCray was a catalyst at the top of one of the Nation's top offenses, hitting .363 with 46 stolen bases and 69 runs scored, both of which ranked in the top five in the state. 

The Bucs six All-State selections were tied with Central Florida and Northwest Florida for most in the state.

FSW returns to the field on Wednesday when they open the 2024 FCSAA State Tournament in Clearwater with a date against Eastern Florida State at 4 PM.