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Prep softball: Foothill League All-League teams announced

West Ranch takes Player and Pitcher of the Year awards

Posted: May 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch shortstop Kylie Sorenson, shown throwing in a game on May 17, was named the Foothill League’s Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

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It took a lot for West Ranch softball to finally win its first Foothill League title.

But in no uncertain terms, the Wildcats couldn’t have achieved the feat without the duo of senior pitcher Bailey Foster in the circle and junior and Stanford University commit Kylie Sorenson at shortstop.

The trendy pick to win the Foothill League this season, West Ranch, pulled off the feat with an impressive 9-1 run through league play and its players were rewarded in kind on the coaches’ all-league team.

Called the smartest hitter in the league early this season by West Ranch head coach Bob Shults, Sorenson was named the Foothill League Player of the Year, with Foster announced as the Pitcher of the Year.

On a team that was ripe with talent at all nine positions, Sorenson rose above the pack to lead her team in hits (45), RBIs (33) and home runs (8).

“To be honest, our team did so well this year I think there was at least six girls who could have got that award,” Sorenson said. “I mean I’m really surprised actually because of how great our team was and how many great players there were.

(The coaches) could have given it to anyone — a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. I’m incredibly honored, but I think it’s more of an honor on this team actually because there’s so much competition.”

Foster picked up the honor after transforming into one of the most consistent pitchers in a talent-heavy Foothill League.

This season, Foster found the consistency she had been missing, tossing 149 2/3 innings with a 2.43 ERA and 21-5 record with 117 strikeouts.

“Overall the year was very successful,” Foster said. “As a team, it finished on kind of a bad note, but winning league kind of helps to look back at all our accomplishments. We had a good, successful overall outcome,” said Foster, who was quick to compliment her team, but struggled to talk about herself. “I think that I improved significantly,” Foster said.

“When I came in my sophomore year, I was definitely very different as a pitcher and each year I changed and improved and worked off my team and worked together with (catcher Janelle Lindvall) coming to this year. And our battery got so much stronger.”

The Wildcats also had senior catcher and Oregon commit Janelle Lindvall, sophomore Julia Lombardi and junior Haley Hineman named to the first team.

Saugus junior Alanna Layton, senior Karlee Bickford and sophomore Alyssa Rodriguez and Valencia seniors Carly Mortensen (Pacific commit) and Karlie Habitz (Penn State commit) and junior Penn State commit Kristina Brackpool were also named to the first team.

Hart senior third basemen Tracy Chandless, committed to North Carolina, and Canyon senior catcher Courtney Ziese, committed to Georgia Tech, rounded out the first team.

On the second team, the Wildcats had a pair of sophomore younger sisters in Lauren Lindvall and Molly Sorenson.

Saugus (junior Rachel Shotzbarger and senior Breea Bergara) and Hart (Paxton Provost and Blake Lewis) each had two players named to the second team, while Canyon senior pitcher Hayley Bottino and Golden Valley sophomore Emily Smith made the list.

Valencia freshman Nicole Joseph was the lone freshman on the first or second team.

Canyon freshman Lexi Lotito, Golden Valley junior Rebecca Hernandez, Hart senior Jessica Jones, Saugus sophomore Brandi Burgin, Valencia sophomore Wendy Cardinali and West Ranch freshman Keeley Walsh were honorable mentions.

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