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Updated: 06/11/2014 09:04:05AM

Foundation for Gators title laid in Lake Wales

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For the Gators and Rogers, it was a first-ever NCAA softball championship, and the 33rd national title of any kind for the Gainesville school.

AP PHOTO / SUE OGROCKI

Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers, left, celebrates with teammates following an NCAA Women's College World Series softball tournament game in Oklahoma City last week. Rogers led the Lake Wales Highlanders to a 2007 state softball title, and also the Lake Wales Little League softball program to a World Series title as well in 2005.

AP PHOTO / SUE OROCKI

Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers holds the trophy as the team celebrates following an NCAA Women's College World Series softball tournament game against Alabama in Oklahoma City last week.

AP PHOTOS / SUE OGROCKI

Rogers finished her four-year career with the 12th most wins in NCAA history. And only four pitchers ahead of her on that list also won a national title. She was 4-0 at the College World Series, with an earned run average of 1.00.

Rogers, who is shown here celebrating a World Series preliminary round win over Baylor, is the first Florida Gator to be a four-time All American in softball.

By BRIAN ACKLEY

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Oklahoma City is a long ways from Florida, but Gator softball star Hannah Rogers can look to her success in Lake Wales as an important proving ground for her greatest triumph.

Rogers was named the Most Outstanding Player as the Gainesville school earned its 33rd national championship, and first ever in softball, last week.

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