AUGUSTA, Maine — Julia Geaumont was a multisport athlete through her sophomore year at Thornton Academy in Saco.
But after her sophomore year, she decided to stick with softball.
And it proved to be the right decision.
Geaumont was chosen Miss Maine Softball on Thursday after having a sensational year for the Trojans.
“I knew softball was it [my favorite sport] and I wanted to be the best I could at it,” said Geaumont, who was 14-2 as a pitcher during the regular season with an 0.84 ERA. She struck out 136 in 98 innings. She also hit .679 with 10 homers.
“A lot of hard work has paid off,” said Geamount, who had already been selected the Gatorade Player of the Year. “It’s great to get recognized.”
The other finalists were Mo Hannan of Scarborough, Mindy Pye of Bucksport and Janelle Bouchard of Kennebunk.
Geaumont, who will play softball at Bowdoin College, said the other three finalists were equally deserving of the award and that made the award special.
It is decided by the state’s softball coaches and was announced during the Senior All-Star games at Cony High School.
Geamont’s dedication to softball is year-round.
“I lifted four days a week during the offseason and I also work on my [running] speed a few days a week,” said Geaumont, who recently turned 18. “I wanted to get stronger.
“She has worked her butt off,” said Scarborough head coach Tom Griffin, who coached her one summer. “She’s a real competitor. She is really dedicated to the sport. She will do very well at Bowdoin.”
Geamount admitted that her numbers were “pretty impressive” but she said she doesn’t get caught up in her statistics.
She said her primary goal this season was to “help the team win” and she certainly did that as the Trojans reached the Western Maine Class A semifinals.
Geaumont throws six pitches: rise, drop, screwball, curve, changeup and fastball.
“My drop ball is my best pitch,” said Geaumont.
She contemplated playing softball at the Division I level but chose Bowdoin.
“I really wanted the education to go with the softball,” said Geaumont, who will study biochemistry-premed.
“I want to be a doctor or a dentist.”
Catcher Pye hit .606 for the undefeated state Class C champion Bucks with five homers and 29 runs batted in. She was also an excellent receiver for the 20-0 Bucks.
Pitcher-shortstop Hannan overcame a five-game absence due to sickness to lead Scarborough to a 16-0 regular season and a berth in the Western Maine Class A title game.
The three-time All-State selection had three four-hit games among 11 multiple-hit games. She had a couple of homers and three triples.
Catcher Bouchard was the catalyst behind Kennebunk’s 11-5 season. She had four homers and five multiple-hit games.