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West Ranch softball's sister follow-up act

Lauren Lindvall and Mollie Sorenson have started the season on fire

Posted: April 2, 2014 10:32 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 10:32 p.m.

West Ranch softball alumna Kylie Sorenson is tearing it up at Stanford University.

Fellow former Wildcat Janelle Lindvall has been doing much of the same at Oregon since last season.

And while not having them around should be a huge loss for a West Ranch varsity program coming off two straight Foothill League championships, it’s what they left behind that’s keeping the Wildcats at the head of the pack.

Lauren Lindvall and Mollie Sorenson, sisters of Janelle and Kylie, respectively, are doing their best to match their sisters’ successes at the varsity level.

“It’s actually really exciting,” Mollie says. “Me and Lauren have been talking about it a lot lately. It’s our last year and all the other years we’ve been shadowed by our sisters and how great they are. This is our year to show what we can do.”

The younger Lindvall has quickly developed into one of, if not the, best hitter in the always deep Foothill League, and fellow captain Mollie isn’t far behind.

Lauren is currently batting .553 with nine home runs entering today’s Foothill League opener against Hart, while

Mollie is hitting at a healthy .419 clip and is 13 of 14 on stolen base attempts.

The past two seasons, though, have been an adjustment.

Janelle graduated in 2012 and Kylie donned the cap and gown last year.

Lauren only played with Janelle for two years at West Ranch, but Mollie spent nearly her entire softball career alongside her sister.

“(Kylie) would always help me with my swing personally,” Mollie says. “We would hit together. She was like my third coach and it’s been very different being on my own. I’ve always had her to look up to and watch as a model. It’s been very different. It’s been easier since I have Lauren, but playing without Kylie has been really weird this year.”

They may not have their sisters on the diamond with them anymore, but the two certainly have each other.

This year, Lauren has moved from third to shortstop to fill in for the departed Kylie, while Mollie moved from centerfield to second to join Lauren up the middle of the infield.

They’ve been best friends since the age of six, and have played softball together nearly as long.

“Everyone jokes around, ‘Where’s Lauren?’ if I’m somewhere she’s not. We have school and West Ranch softball, weekends we have our travel team. She’s like Kylie pretty much. Last year I was with her almost as much as I was with Kylie.”

And while this will be their last season playing together, with Lauren following her sister to Oregon this fall and Mollie heading off to Penn State, they won’t stop following each other’s careers anytime soon.

“Watching the girls from last year who graduated, seeing their success has been so much fun. Knowing they’re killing it,” Lindvall says. “I would of course love to see Mollie kill it when she gets to Penn State, and I know she will. I can’t wait.”

First, though, they have a couple items left on the docket.

The duo is looking to secure a third straight Foothill League title, and would like to accomplish something their sisters never could: A deep run in the postseason.

The Wildcats have gotten only as far as the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs in program history — an event that happened last season.

“Going a step further with anything is always fun but definitely I think that would be awesome,” Lindvall says. “And especially senior year, to go out with a bang.”

It’s finally their turn to lead the Wildcats, and they’re fully expecting to make the most of their turn in the spotlight.


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