SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Gatorade, in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced Alyssa Williamson of the Scarborough Red Storm as the 2014 Gatorade Maine Softball Player of the Year.
Williamson, the 5-foot-9 senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Red Storm to a 14-0 record and a berth in the Class A state tournament. She compiled huge numbers for the Red Storm this season. Williamson batted .468 with five home runs, 28 RBI through 14 games. Another amazing stat is that Alyssa hasn't struck out in 175 plate appearances dating back to her sophomore year in 2012. She is a three-time First Team All-State selection. Her numbers at the plate are great, but her stats on the mound are staggering. Williamson has a 6-0 record with a 1.32 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
Williamson also excels in the classroom; maintaining a 92.3 average. William also is very active in the community, volunteering on behalf of the Special Olympics; Ruth's Reusable Resources and helps younger kids play as a youth softball coach.
Coaches around the league sing Williamson's praises. "Alyssa Williamson is the top player we've seen this season," said Maureen Curran, head coach at Cheverus High. "She's in a class by herself as a pitcher. She throws hard but her speed isn't what differentiates her from other players in the league. Her control and movement are her distinguishing traits. She's a student of the game, which is evident in both her pitching and her hitting. In addition, she conducts herself with class on and off the field."
This will not be the end of Williamson's softball career. Williamson signed a National Letter of Intent in November to attend Drexel on an athletic scholarship.
Williamson joins two other Scarborough alumni in taking home the Gatorade Player of the Year award; Kelsey Griffin won the award in 2007 and Elizabeth Winslow won in 2000. Other Maine winners include Sonja Morse (2012-13, Cony High School), Julia Geaumont (2011-12, Thornton Academy), Alexis Bogdanovich (2010-11, South Portland High School), Sam Bedore (2009-10, Bangor) and Hannah Hill (2008-09 & 2007-08, Fryeburg Academy).
In its 29th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Williamson as Maine's best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Williamson joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
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