Monday, March 10, 2014
SACO - John Provost had a very specific message for his pitcher, Julia Geaumont after she nearly pleaded with him to let her run the bases.
In her four years at Thornton Academy, Julia Geaumont pitched every inning of every game. She’ll continue her softball career at Bowdoin.
John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM ALL-STATE SOFTBALL
Erin Bogdanovich, South Portland, junior, pitcher/outfielder
As the leadoff batter for Western Class A champs, she hit .588 with two home runs, 33 runs, 15 RBI and 18 stolen bases. She went 11-1 in the regular season with a 1.01 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 10 walks in 80 innings.
Janelle Bouchard, Kennebunk, senior, catcher
A four-time All-State selection heading to Valparaiso (Ind.) University, Bouchard hit .463 with five home runs, 21 RBI, 23 runs and 14 intentional walks. She had 22 career home runs with 80 RBI.
Meagan Cousins, Old Town, senior, center fielder
Helped the Coyotes to the Class B state championship by hitting .516 with 27 runs, 12 RBI and 52 stolen bases in the regular season.
Julia Geaumont, Thornton Academy, senior, pitcher
The Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, Miss Maine Softball and Telegram Player of the Year, she went 14-2 in the regular season with a 0.84 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 96 innings. She batted .679 with 10 home runs, eight doubles and three triples, along with 35 RBI. She will play at Bowdoin College.
Danica Gleason, South Portland, junior, shortstop
Batted .568 with six triples, one home run, 22 runs scored, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Defensively, she has great range and made just five errors.
Rachel Frye, Oceanside, junior, pitcher
The KVAC Class B East Player of the Year, Frye went 13-1 with a 0.81 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 89 innings. She also batted .392 with 19 RBI.
Mo Hannan, Scarborough, senior, shortstop/pitcher
A four-time All-State selection, she is headed to Southern New Hampshire University. She hit .607 with 20 runs and 21 RBI, and finished her career with a 27-2 record, 0.54 ERA and 360 strikeouts in 187 innings.
Reen Kahl, Monmouth Academy, senior, pitcher
Went 10-2 with 0.78 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 90 innings, and also batted .514 with nine doubles. She's now attending the Coast Guard Academy.
Nicole Rugan, Cony, senior, catcher
Helped the Rams to the Class A state championship by batting .579 in the regular season with six home runs, six triples and eight doubles. She drove in 29 runs and scored 29. Rugan will play field hockey at St. Anselm.
Carla Tripp, Fryeburg Academy, junior, catcher
The WMC Class B player of the year, Tripp helped the Raiders to a fifth straight regional title. She hit .536 with 32 runs scored and 13 RBI.
Sadie Wight, Bucksport, senior, second baseman
A repeat All-State selection, she helped the Golden Bucks to the Class C title, hitting .612 with five home runs, three triples, 13 doubles, 36 runs and 36 RBI.
Alyssa Williamson, Scarborough, sophomore, 1B/pitcher
A repeat All-State selection, Williamson was 5-0 with a 0.23 ERA and batted .536 with three home runs, 29 RBI and 26 runs. She did not strike out once.
Coach of the Year
Ralph Aceto, South Portland
In his fourth year as head coach, he made some key moves throughout the season to help the Red Riots overcome a slow start and reach the Class A state final.
"I told her if she was going to run," said Provost, "she was going to have to hit the ball a long ways."
So she did.
Geaumont, a pitcher at Thornton Academy, put together a stunning senior season. She went 14-2 with a 0.66 earned-run average in the regular season to help the Trojans to the No. 2 seed in Western Class A, striking out 136 batters in 96 innings. She also hit .679 with 10 home runs, eight doubles, three triples and 35 RBI.
"It was just a dominating season," said Provost.
So dominating that Geau-mont, who will attend Bowdoin College and play softball for the Polar Bears, is the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year. She also swept the Gatorade Maine Softball Player of the Year and Miss Maine Softball awards.
Geaumont, who pitched every inning of her four-year career, was humbly honored to receive the accolades.
"It just shows if you put in a lot of effort, you're going to get recognized and going to get rewarded," she said.
Her work ethic is legendary at Thornton Academy. Geaumont gave up all other sports after her sophomore year to concentrate on softball. "I enjoyed it and I liked the opportunities it had to offer," she said. "And I knew if I wanted to excel at it, which I did, I had to give up the other stuff and focus on it."
She trained six days a week at the Parisi Speed School in Saco, often joined by rivals (and friends) Mo Hannan and Erin Giles of Scarborough and Shelby Bryant of McAuley. "We definitely pushed each other to get better," she said.
She lifted four days a week and worked on her speed the other two. On her "off day," she would pitch and hit.
"It all created a lot of endurance for me," she said. "Everything I did became second nature. I was confident going out there."
She had 36 hits in the regular season, and allowed only 34 as a pitcher.
In a 4-3 win over Kennebunk, Geaumont hit two home runs, including a walk-off homer.
"It was really something to see," said Kennebunk Coach Jim Lang. "I loved watching her pitch. She battled, really hit her spots. She was one of the few kids who could pitch inside consistently. She worked the zone.
"She fielded her position flawlessly. And then, from an offensive standpoint, she got better every year."
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