Julia Geaumont got ready for the softball season by working out six days a week in the fall and winter.

All that work — four days of lifting, two of speed work — paid off.

Geaumont, a senior at Thornton Academy, was named the Gatorade Maine softball player of the year Wednesday, combining a great season in the pitching circle and at the plate.

Geaumont batted .679 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI. She also had eight doubles and three triples among her 36 hits. As a pitcher she went 14-2 for the second-ranked Trojans with a 0.656 ERA. She struck out 136 and walked 12 in 96 innings.

“It was just a dominating season in both the circle and at the plate,” said Trojans Coach John Provost. “I don’t know what else to say.

“She is an extremely smart kid and put in a tremendous amount of work in the offseason the last four years. She deserves every accolade she gets.”

Geaumont, who will attend Bowdoin College next fall and play softball, is looking forward to the Western Class A playoffs, which begin today for the Trojans against Massabesic.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “I want to feed off this feeling. I want to show if you do work hard and try your best, it will get you far and get you recognized.”

Geaumont gave up all other sports after her sophomore year to concentrate on softball. Winning the award, she said, “shows me how much all the hard work really paid off.”

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