This morning, ESPNHS and Gatorade announced the Gatorade Players of the Year for baseball across each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Milford's Shannon Smith took the honors in Massachusetts; below are the winners for the five other New England states.
CONNECTICUT: KELLI CONNORS, WATERFORD
The 5-foot-9 senior right-handed pitcher led the Lancers to a 24-1 record entering the Class M state semifinals, scheduled for June 5. A two-time returning Class M All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, Connors owned a 20-1 record in the circle with a 0.87 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 137 innings-pitched entering the state final four. Also the returning All-Area Player of the Year, she batted .379 with one home run and 19 RBI through 25 games. A member of Waterford’s 2009 and 2010 Class M state championship teams, she entered the state tournament with a 67-4 career pitching record.
Also a volleyball standout, Connors has maintained a 3.04 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her time as a youth softball instructor, she has volunteered as a physical education teacher’s assistant at The Friendship School and on behalf of The Colby Sousa Scholarship Fund.
“She’s a hard-working kid,” said Kate Peruzzotti, head coach at rival Fitch High. “What I admire most about her is how well she’s done over the past four years—just the growth has been amazing, how she’s dominated in the circle over her entire high school career. It says a lot about her. She’s been remarkable.”
Connors has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Florida Southern College this fall.
MAINE: JULIA GEAUMONT, THORNTON ACADEMY
The 5-foot-6 senior right-handed pitcher led the Trojans to a 14-2 record entering the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for June 7. Geaumont posted a 14-2 record in the circle along with a 0.84 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 96 innings-pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she is batting .679 with 10 home runs and a 1.509 slugging percentage through 16 games.
Geaumont has maintained a 4.09 GPA in the classroom. The vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a student tutor, a youth softball coach and on behalf of fundraiser walks to benefit cancer research.
“Student athletes like Julia Geaumont are the reason we go into the coaching profession,” said Thornton Academy head coach John Provost. “After just two years in our program, she was voted team captain because of her ability to lead, her dedication to the program and her outstanding contributions during game play and at practice.”
Geaumont has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at Bowdoin College this fall.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TAYLOR CARBONE, ALVIRNE
The 5-foot-10 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Broncos (16-4) to the Division I semifinals, scheduled for June 5. Carbone posted a 13-2 record in the circle along with a 1.02 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 96 innings-pitched through 20 games. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year, Carbone owned a .581 batting average with three home runs, 28 RBI and a .951 slugging percentage entering the state final four.
Carbone has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and has donated her time collecting baseball equipment for needy youth players in Nicaragua.
“Taylor Carbone is one of the most complete players that we have faced,” said Jimmy Clavette, head coach at Timberlane High. “She is a consistent hitter, a solid pitcher and plays multiple positions very well.”
Carbone has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: LINDSAY MAYER, LINCOLN
The 5-foot-4 junior pitcher and shortstop led the Lions to a 19-0 record and a berth in the Division I winner’s bracket semifinals, scheduled for June 4. At the time of her selection, Mayer owned a 16-0 record and a 0.67 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 104 innings-pitched. At the plate, the 2011 First Team All-State honoree hit .467 with three home runs, 23 runs scored, 24 RBI, a .657 on-base percentage and a .911 slugging percentage through 19 games.
Mayer has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom. An accomplished piano player, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.
“Lindsay Mayer is the best all-around player in the state,” said Chris Luppe, head coach of rival Westerly High. “She is as close to a dominant pitcher as there is in the state. She is also a very good defensive shortstop as well as an excellent hitter.”
Mayer has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship beginning in the fall of 2013.
VERMONT: ALEXIS PERRY, ESSEX
The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher led the Hornets to a 17-0 record entering the Division I semifinals against Missisquoi, scheduled for June 6. Perry owned a 14-0 record and a 0.43 ERA in the circle, and a .511 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate through 17 games. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, she recorded 173 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 98 innings pitched.
Perry has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.
“Perry has just been lights out,” said Leslie Dunn, head coach at North Country High. “She’s using different pitches, hitting her spots more often and her pitches are moving more. I feel like she’s even more dominant than she was in the past.”
Perry has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Merrimack College this fall.