ESPNBoston.com and its high school section announced today that Shannon Smith, junior pitcher for the Milford Scarlet Hawks, is the recipient of its second annual “Miss Softball” award, presented annually to the top player in Massachusetts.
The Miss Softball Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state softball coaches. Smith will be presented with the award at a later date.
“In softball, it all comes down to pitching and Shannon Smith was by the far the most dominant and feared pitcher in the circle this year,” said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza, who coordinates the site’s softball coverage. “Her stuff was nearly unhittable all year and paved the way for Milford’s state championship run.”
Smith went 24-0 with a miniscule ERA of 0.08. She allowed just 29 hits over 167 innings thrown with 359 strikeouts and 29 walks. The University of Kentucky commit allowed only six runs all season, two of which were earned. Smith also threw four shutouts in the postseason on the Scarlet Hawks’ drive to the Division 1 state championship and an undefeated 25-0 record.
At the plate, Smith hit at a .460 clip with nine home runs and 40 RBI.
Smith was also named Massachusetts softball Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month, marking the second time the Milford ace claimed the award. Smith first won the award for her freshman campaign.
“Not only did Smith have a great year pitching, her offensive numbers alone would have garnered consideration for our Miss Softball award,” Barboza said. “She’s the true definition of double threat.”