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2012 All-SCV Softball: West Ranch's Kylie Sorenson, Up in the clutch

The junior embraced the pressure of a title run to help the ’Cats to the top

Posted: June 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch junior Kylie Sorenson, a Stanford University commitment, was a consistent presence offensively and defensively this season for the Foothill League champion Wildcats.

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In a semifinal game of the Hart Varsity softball tournament against Chaminade early in the season, Kylie Sorenson came up with runners on and a third-baseman playing too deep to field a bunt.

And West Ranch head coach Bob Shults knew Sorenson would recognize it.

During the course of the season, he continually referred to Sorenson as not just the smartest hitter on his team, but the smartest hitter in the league.

And that’s something that her stats, and her commitment to play collegiate ball at Stanford University, both reflect.

But against Chaminade, Shults wanted her to show off something else. He wanted to see her swing away.

So she did.

That swing was a three-run home run that pushed the Wildcats into the championship game against Camarillo, which they went on to win with another three RBIs from Sorenson.

The moment was similar to many Sorenson had during the year.

The West Ranch leadoff hitter and shortstop was consistent in both her fielding — as evidenced by her .971 fielding percentage — and her hitting.

Sorenson hit .505 on the year, and tallied a team-high 33 RBIs, nine doubles and eight home runs.

The junior was also a calming influence on her teammates.

Often referred to as a quasi-coach on the field.

And as calming as she was to her own team, she had the opposite effect on opponents — almost always putting the ball in play, with just one strikeout, four walks and a .526 on-base percentage on the year.

Midway through the league season, Sorenson said she welcomed the pressure that comes with trying to win the program’s first league title.

And then she went out and proved it.

For that, she is The Signal’s 2012 All-Santa Clarita Softball Player of the Year.

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