Sam Bedore better have a huge trophy case in her home, because the accolades just keep pouring in for the Bangor High School pitcher.
The Rams’ righthander, the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year who led Bangor to its first-ever Eastern Maine Class A championship, was named Miss Maine Softball Tuesday night, given to the state’s top senior player.
Bedore was presented with the award after she played for the Maine squad in the Maine-New Hampshire senior all-star game at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
The Maine All-Stars defeated their Granite State counterparts by a 10-1 score.
“It’s a huge honor, I mean Gatorade Player of the Year was cool and all [but] Miss Maine, I don’t know how to [describe] it,” said Bedore, who is headed to the University of Rhode Island this fall on a softball scholarship.
“I was actually really surprised because there’s so many good softball players in the class of 2010.”
Cheverus of Portland’s Theresa Hendrix was the other finalist for the award.
Bedore compiled an 18-2 record for the Rams this spring, recording 230 strikeouts in 128¤ innings and walking only 37 with a miniscule 0.60 earned run average and two no-hitters.
Bedore’s plate statistics were also robust, as she hit .453 with one home run and 11 runs batted in.
Bedore is the second Bangor player to win the award in three seasons, with Amy Hackett, who recently had a strong season at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, garnering the honor in 2008.
Having two Rams receive the state’s top softball award in three seasons shows that quality softball players are playing in the region.
“Sometimes, the teams up in the north are overlooked,” Bedore said. “The teams in the south are just as good [but] I think it means a lot in the past three years that two people from Bangor have won it.”
She didn’t know how to react after her name was read.
“I’m standing on the line kind of all nervous [and] when I heard my name my heart pounded really hard,” Bedore said.
Bedore doesn’t plan on putting her glove down anytime soon, as her Frozen Ropes 18-U team won their pool with a 4-1 record at the Polar Crush tourney in Devens, Mass., over the weekend.
The Frozen Ropes squad includes fellow Rams Jeri Cosgrove and Sadie Redman and 2009 Miss Maine winner Hannah Hill, who presented Bedore with her award.
“That made it that much more special,” she said. “I’ve played with her for the past three years.”
Hill pitched for Fryeburg Academy and now plays for Seton Hall University.
The Miss Softball honor writes the final chapter of what has been a storybook season for Bedore, both individually and from a team perspective.
“It was such an awesome senior year, so many good things happened for myself and my team,” she said. “To get to the state game was such a good accomplishment for the whole team, we really found out the meaning of team this year, being all in.”
Bedore has a laundry list of coaches and teammates who have helped her along this journey.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I need to thank,” she said. “Coach [Don] Stanhope and coach [Doug] Whitney, and all the other coaches I’ve ever had. It’s helped me to where I am today.
“I looked up to all the upperclassmen my first two years a lot, Emily Heath and Courntey Stevenson were great leaders, really someone to look up to [and] Amy Wadleigh, she just had this natural leader capability.”
Bedore was in a pitching rotation with Wadleigh her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Bedore pitched a strong game for Bangor in a 1-0 Class A state-title loss to South Portland, allowing no earned runs on three hits while compiling eight strikeouts.