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Naples' (Fla.) Ryan Iamurri might be small, but she has no problem getting noticed.
|Ryan Iamurri may not be the tallest on the field, but she's usually one of the most talented.|
The 4-foot-11 second baseman and outfielder, who also plays soccer and golf, is a member of a very successful Team North Florida club team. In her last season playing club, she recorded a .417 batting average and led her team to a 37-3-3 record against some of the toughest competition in the country.
In her career with Team North Florida, Iamurri has an impressive .363 batting average. The All-State athlete was named the 4A Defensive Player of the Year and an EA SPORTS Second Team All-American. She also boasts an impressive 5.06 ERA.
Her skill is apparent, but she also uses her small physique to give her the edge. Iamurri, who has always been the smallest on her team, uses her height to her advantage on the field.
"I have a smaller strike zone, and people take me for granted," Iamurri said. "The outfield moves in, and I hit a ball over their head, then they move back, and I beat out a hit that drops right in front of them."
Iamurri's skill will be on display next at the 2009 Under Armour All-America Softball Game at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., on July 22.
"I think this is my greatest accomplishment," Iamurri said. "I'm most proud of this personally. To be recognized as one of the best players in the nation is huge."
While the competition is a big draw, she is most looking forward to having the opportunity to play with her future teammates Courtney Conley, Wykeima Davis and Kayla Braud.
"I'm going to play at the University of Alabama next year, so it will be neat to get to know some of the other girls that I will see down the road," Iamurri said. "I'm just excited about everything and seeing the competition."
The Under Armour All-America Softball Game, part of the ESPN RISE Games presented by Target, pits many of the nation's top athletes against one another. For Iamurri, it's just another chance to prove herself.
Iamurri might be short, but she plays big.
Garland Cooper covers high school softball for ESPNRISE.com.