TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) - The Maine-Endwell softball team has won back-to-back state championships. Emily Hess is a huge reason why. Hess dominated the competition on the mound for the Spartans the past two seasons. Tuesday, she signed her letter of intent to Division-I Florida Gulf Coast University.
Hess was named the Class A Player of the Year and 1st-team All-State in 2017. She went 20-2 with 217 strikeouts, leading her team to its second straight state championship.
Florida is a long way from the Southern Tier, but it's exactly where Hess wants to continue her softball career.
"I always wanted to play in Florida because softball is no fun in the cold," said Maine-Endwell senior Emily Hess. "When I stepped foot on the FGCU campus, it was just unbelievable, and it felt like home to me. I clicked with the coach. I love him. It really all worked out."
"She was everything to the program," said former Maine-Endwell head softball coach Matt Raleigh. "Without her I don't think there's a chance we go as far as we have the last couple of years. As I said earlier, the bigger the game the better she was. Her dominance last year in the postseason will be hard for anyone to repeat at any level anywhere in the state."
Hess plans on majoring in Elementary Education.