Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School’s Alee Burke might have been sitting in the wrong dugout, but even the opposition could admire her pitching and hitting. 

“Visitation is our archrival, but you can’t deny that Alee Burke was great,” said John Soroka, head coach of Visitation’s rival, National Cathedral School. “I don’t think Visitation would’ve been anywhere near the team they ended up being the past two years without her,” he told Gatorade, who awarded her the honor of 2015 State Softball Player of the Year.  

According to Gatorade, “The 5-foot-6 senior right-handed pitcher led the Cubs to a 13-5 record, a second consecutive Independent School League AA championship and the DCSAA title this past season. A returning Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Met selection, Burke posted a 13-5 record with a 1.40 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-ISL selection, she batted .500 with nine extra-base hits, 20 runs scored and 22 RBI, recording a .561 on-base percentage and .821 slugging percentage.”

Burke was nominated by her coach not only for her prowess on the pitch, but also her exemplary grades and dedication to community service. She said that her favorite service activity is giving gifts to a family at Christmas time, like the nearly 10 children she and her family served last year. “It was pretty cool that they got to enjoy their Christmas,” she said. 

In the fall, Burke will head to Ohio to play softball at Notre Dame College, taking with her many fond memories of high school, especially of her time spent with softball teammates. “I have so many mixed emotions about leaving Visitation, but getting to win my last high school game and have a championship… it’s a really good feeling,” she said. Burke, who fittingly drinks “a lot” of Gatorade, she said, was excited to win the award, and almost as proud as her father, who has articles of her triumphs displayed on his office door. “I wasn’t really expecting it, so when I found out I was really happy,” said Burke. Her favorite Gatorade flavor? “I gotta go with light blue,” she said.