South Portland standout Danica Gleason was named Miss Maine Softball, as the best senior player in the state, Thursday evening at the senior all-star games in Augusta. Gleason hit .670, had an on-base percentage of .820, rapped 40 hits in 16 games, including six doubles, four triples and four home runs, while driving in 35 runs and stealing 10 bases in 10 attempts. She only struck out seven times. Gleason, who spent most of her time at shortstop, also played every other position on the field.
“I was definitely surprised,” said Gleason, who battled back from a knee injury suffered during basketball season. “It’s a very cool honor. At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t sure how long I could play. I was still favoring my back leg. I broke out in the third or fourth game and felt more comfortable.”
South Portland coach Ralph Aceto wasn’t surprised Gleason received the honor.
“We knew when Danica was a freshman that she’d be a great player,” Aceto said. “She works hard. She can do it all. She has all the tools. She became a great leader. Not vocal, but by example. The best thing is she’s really a well grounded kid.”
Gleason plans to attend and play basketball and baseball at St. Joseph’s College in Standish next year.