AUGUSTA — Julia Geaumont tried not to look at, or get awed by, the lofty statistics she put up for the Thornton Academy softball team this spring.

The 14-2 record with a 0.84 ERA? The .679 average with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs?

“I tried not to get caught up in them,” Geaumont said. “But it’s cool now to put it in perspective what I did do this year.”

Geaumont capped her stellar senior season with the Miss Maine Softball award, which she received Thursday night in between the Classes C/D and A/B senior all-star games at Cony Family Field.

“It means a lot of hard work paid off,” Geaumont said. “I was up against the best competition. They were all deserving.”

The Miss Maine Softball award is given annually to the top senior in the state as voted by the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association.

The other finalists included Kennebunk catcher Janelle Bouchard and Scarborough pitcher/shortstop Mo Hannan.

“This year I wanted to go out hard,” said Geaumont, who will attend Bowdoin College in the fall. “I wanted to go out with a bang.”

She did just that.

Geaumont, the Gatorade and Southern Maine Activities Association player of the year, struck out 136 for the Trojans in 16 regular-season games.

She led Thornton (15-3) to the Western A semifinals.

The award also takes career statistics into consideration, and Geaumont certainly shined in her four seasons with the Trojans.

She went 47-10 with a 1.54 ERA and 447 strikeouts. She was a career .514 hitter with 19 home runs and 96 RBIs.

Scarborough coach Tom Griffin, who helped coach the West A/B all-star squad Thursday, hailed Geaumont as a “true competitor.”

“It hasn’t come easy for her,” said Griffin, whose Red Storm handed Geaumont her lone two defeats this season. “She never beat us, but you always knew you’d be in for a battle with her.”

Geaumont and Hannan pitched for both all-star squads because the East didn’t have any pitchers.

The West won 5-2.

Massabesic shortstop Emily Schatz had a two-run single and Gray-New Gloucester’s Maggie Chaplin added an RBI single for the West.

Oxford Hills shortstop Breanna Martin had an RBI double and Lawrence’s Sophia Lindsay drove in a run with a fielder’s choice for the East.

Richmond pitcher Leandra Martin shined for West in a 6-5 victory over the East in the C/D game.

Martin was told upon arriving that she’d pitch all nine innings for the West, which had just 11 players.

“It was tiring in this heat,” she said. “But I like throwing in this weather.”

Martin struck out five, walked two and gave up 12 hits.

The West trailed 4-1 after five innings before rallying in the sixth.

St. Dominic shortstop Mary Caron and Sacopee Valley’s Chelsey Burnell had RBIs in a three-run sixth inning.

The West then won it in the bottom of the ninth when Martin drove in Sacopee center fielder Shelly Pellegrino with an RBI fielder’s choice.

“It feels good to beat the East,” said Martin, who will attend Husson in the fall.

Martin led Richmond to the Western D championship this season. The Bobcats lost to Penobscot Valley in the state title game.

The all-star games also provided Nicole Rugan and Alyssa Brochu another opportunity to don their Cony uniforms after winning the Class A state championship last weekend over South Portland.

“It’s fun and relaxing,” Brochu said of the all-star game. “The playoffs were stressful. One mishap and you were done.”

Added Rugan: “We knew we’d be good but we were hoping we could win Eastern Maine and states. We worked really hard so this game was a lot of fun.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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