Milford’s Smith earns Gatorade honors

The accolades keep coming for Milford’s Shannon Smith, as the freshman earned Gatorade’s Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year award today.

Smith is the first player from Milford ever selected for the honor, comes a week after she was named the Mid-Wach A MVP and comes on the heels of the Scarlet Hawks solidifying a spot in the Division 1 Central Mass. final on Saturday against St. Peter-Marian.

According to a press release the award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Smith as Massachusetts’ best high school softball player.

Smith is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

Smith was 13-0 with a 0.39 ERA for Milford, notching 167 strikeouts in 90 innings heading into yesterday’s game. Smith has notched eight shutouts and three no-hitters and also hit .500 with 24 RBis in 22 games.

“This year has been a very eye-opening and exciting year for a lot of people,” said Milford coach Brian Macchi. “Shannon has raised the bar for Milford softball. She’s been dominating throughout the year. Now, you hear her name come up around the state, and we’re seeing all different schools come to watch and scout her. She’s bringing us to a whole new level.”

For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

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