She just kept getting better and better in softball every year. In her final season, she was a captain, a Northeastern Conference All-Star, and a big reason why Lynn Classical softball reigned over the large school division this season.
And Fallon Gaudet couldn’t have given her coach, Chris Warren, a better going away gift than she did Sunday at Fraser Field: the Most Valuable Player Award in the Harry Agganis All-Star Classic.
And while that prestigious award will cinch her entrance to the Lynn Classical Hall of Fame one day, Gaudet was likely a lock anyway for helping to continue the decade-long excellence that the softball program has enjoyed during Warren’s tenure.
Gaudet had a long triple, which was the South team’s first hit of the game, and later added a single in the seventh. She nearly piloted her team to an improbable comeback win, but the North held on for a 10-8 victory over the South team that was led by coaches David Guffey of Winthrop and Chris Warren of Classical.
“It was fun playing the game today,” said Gaudet, moments after accepting the sparkling MVP trophy in a home plate ceremony. “It’s fun meeting all the girls from the other teams. It was a good time.”
Gaudet had a few triples during the Rams’ championship season and joined elite company by clearing the fences for a home run at Breed Field. “It was a good hit,” she said of the Agganis Classic’s lone three-base hit of the afternoon.
Gaudet, whose mother, Lucille, was on hand for her MVP-performance, is heading to Curry College in the fall. She’s grateful to Warren for not only bringing out the best in her softball abilities, but for being a mentor on and off the field.
“I’m going to miss him [Warren] so much,” said Gaudet.
Warren, who once played in the Agganis Football Classic, understood the significance of the moment for Gaudet, a Classical athlete winning the MVP award in a game named for Classical alumnus Harry Agganis.
“It’s a great way for Fallon to finish her career,” said Warren. “When you’re an athlete amongst All-Stars and you can shine like that – and she’s been shining for us the last three years. Her performance in this game – a triple, a single, scoring and driving in runs – that’s Fallon Gaudet. She’s done that day in and day out. She works hard. And even on the side, she’s cheering on her teammates from the first inning to the last inning. I couldn’t be happier for her to finish the way she did. And she has some good softball ahead of her, too.”