Although her senior season was cut short, the accolades are still rolling in for former May River softball standout Kylee Gleason, who on Thursday was named the 2019-20 Gatorade South Carolina Softball Player of the Year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, and the statewide honor makes Gleason a finalist for the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced in June.
A 5-foot-8 shortstop, Gleason batted .762 with four RBI, six stolen bases, 11 runs scored and a 1.677 OPS in seven games this spring before the remainder of the season was cancelled. An all-state performer, Gleason compiled a .555 career batting average with 134 stolen bases. She hit .683 in the 2019 high school season, with two home runs, 21 RBIs, 41 runs scored, and 42 stolen bases.
A devoted member of her church youth group, Gleason has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and Rainbows Edge Animal Refuge.
“Kylee Gleason is just ridiculously talented,” said Dana Fusetti, Gleason’s coach with the Carolina Elite travel team. “She’s got a great arm, tremendous wheels, and a great bat. She’s known as a slap hitter, but she’s really a triple threat who can hit you a home run if she has to. She’s such a strong player to have on any roster.”
Gleason has maintained a 3.63 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at the University of South Carolina.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.