High school seniors competing in spring sports are in danger of having their high school athletics careers cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were supposed to be out representing their schools, creating highlights and memories, and … well … giving us something to write about. So we’re going to write about them. This is the Senior Student-Athlete Spotlight.
It was hard to imagine what Kylee Gleason might do for an encore. The May River softball star has hit over .500 every year during her career with the Sharks, including a silly .683 clip as a junior. Incredibly, she was on pace for an even higher batting average before the 2020 campaign was put on hold.
It’s easy to say softball is life for Gleason. She has been the next-big-thing for years, playing on elite travel teams that competed in the biggest showcases from coast to coast and beginning her high school career as a seventh-grader on the varsity team at Bluffton High School.
When May River opened four years ago, Gleason became part of a strong nucleus that led the program to immediate success. She hit .530 as a freshman, then really came into her own as a sophomore, slashing .595/.630/1.023 with an incredible 19 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs in 84 at-bats.
The breakout campaign earned Gleason a scholarship offer from the University of South Carolina, and she verbally committed to the Gamecocks during her sophomore year, eventually signing her letter-of-intent in November.
With her long-term plans squared away, Gleason didn’t let off the gas. Even as teams tried to pitch around her, she hit .683 as a junior last year, compiling five doubles, two triples, two homers, and 23 RBIs while scoring 40 runs in 21 games.
We’ll never know what kind of numbers she could have put up this year — she was batting .750 with 12 hits in 16 at-bats through five games — but we know Gleason will be swinging a dangerous bat the next time she takes the field, whether it’s as a Shark or a Gamecock.
High school senior student-athletes in Beaufort and Jasper counties can click here to submit their information to be considered for this feature.