BFA-St. Albans’ Meghan Connor submitted her final assignment for senior year on Wednesday: A narrative piece reflecting on her four years of high school.
The next morning, Connor woke to an email saying she was named Vermont’s Gatorade softball player of the year for a 2020 season that was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It certainly didn’t end for any of the seniors the way we expected it to. We are trying to make the best of it,” Connor said in a phone interview.
And Thursday’s news was an example of that.
“It’s definitely a little strange, just because the traditional way is to have a season and then have an award based on that season,” Connor said. “I just wasn’t expecting this to happen. It’s an interesting way to do it, but still a very cool experience.”
The multi-sport standout closed out her BFA career with program records for hits (103), home runs (23) and RBIs (113). The 5-foot-6 catcher also batted .512 over three All-Metro first-team selections, and garnered the highest praise possible from longtime coach Bert Berthiaume.
“I’ve coached for 33 years and have coached some very talented players, including three previous Gatorade winners,” Berthiaume said in a news release. “Meghan Connor is the best player that I’ve coached. It was disappointing to have her lose her senior year, but she has left her mark on the program.”
In BFA’s run to a memorable Division I last spring, Connor hit .541 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs with a .590 on-base percentage. Connor applied the tag at home plate on the title-clinching play in the 3-2 triumph over rival Missisquoi.
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Connor, who has a 3.53 GPA, will attend Endicott College in the fall to continue her softball career.
Unable to use this season’s results and statistics due to COVID-19 cancellations, Gatorade said its committee considered “as many performance indicators as possible, including but not limited to off-season achievements with club teams, previous accomplishments, and the latest scout analysis and recruit rankings” to determine state winners. The vetting process for academics and character remained the same, Gatorade said.
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