AUGUSTA, Maine — The number two is Hannah Hill’s lucky number for a number of reasons.
For one, it’s the Fryeburg Academy senior’s jersey number. It also equals the number of Class B state championships she won with the Raiders, and the amount of rewards she took home Thursday night.
Hill added some more hardware to her trophy case, as she not only was named the Western Maine Class B regional player of the year, but was honored as Miss Maine Softball, which recognizes the state’s top senior player.
Hill was presented with the award between the Maine Association of Softball Coaches Senior All-Star games at Cony High School.
“It’s an honor, it’s a blessing, I feel so privileged,” said the humble Hill, who was selected by the coaches association.
“[The other girls] are all good athletes, they love softball, and most of them work at it year round,” she added.
Individual accomplishments are usually the furthest thing from Hill’s mind.
“I never really like to think much about awards,” she said.
With that being the case, Hill, who has been pitching for 10 years, put bringing a state championship — or two — back to Fryeburg higher on her to-do list.
“I dreamed more honestly about winning a state championship with my team, which we accomplished,” she said. “I didn’t make it (individual awards) a high priority I have to say, on my list.”
In fact, it was Hill who scored the run that gave her team its second straight state crown in a 2-1 win over Medomak Valley of Waldoboro on June 20.
The righthander, who pitched two perfect innings in the Class A-B all-star game with four strikeouts, will attend Seton Hall University in the fall with a full softball scholarship.
Other regional MVP’s were:
• Catie Funk of Scarborough and Chelsea Soule of Cony in Class A;
• Kristen Espling of Caribou in Class B;
• Erika Lackey of Houlton and Aleece Daleo of Sacopee Valley of Hiram in Class C and
• Forest Hills of Jackman’s Crystal Allen and Suzanne Poulin of Ashland in Class D.