ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced its inaugural Miss Softball Award recipient, recognizing King Philip Regional junior pitcher Meghan Rico. The award will be presented annually to the top high school softball player in Massachusetts.
The Miss Softball Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state lacrosse coaches. Rico will be presented with the award at a later date.
“Meghan Rico burst on the scene as a sophomore, helping King Philip capture the D1 title one year ago, since then she’s established herself as the pitcher to beat in the state, lifting the Warriors to a second-straight championship,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools. “Pitching is paramount in softball and Rico was the most dominant player in the state at the most important position in the field.”
Rico went 21-0 with a miniscule ERA of 0.15. She allowed just 29 hits over 144 innings thrown with 313 strikeouts and 24 walks. The George Washington University commit allowed only seven runs all season, three of which were earned, and threw two perfect games. Rico also threw four shutouts in the postseason on the Warriors’ drive to their repeat D1 title performance.
At the plate, Rico hit at a .350 clip with a home run and six RBI.
Rico was named Hockomock League MVP while leading Jim Leonard’s team to an undefeated 26-0 season.
“Every time you watch Rico pitch, you go in expecting something special to happen,” Barboza said. “She’s set a precedent of near perfection in the circle that is without parallel. It’s amazing to think that she has yet another season to improve upon what has already been a remarkable high school career.”