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Kylie Sorenson named Foothill League softball Player of the Year again

Lexi Sorensen earns Pitcher of the Year honors

Posted: May 28, 2013 7:36 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:36 p.m.

Sophomore Lexi Sorensen earned the Pitcher of the Year award in her first varsity season.

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West Ranch softball had a long road to climb this season in its quest to repeat as Foothill League champions.

Losing key starters in catcher Janelle Lindvall and pitcher Bailey Foster, coupled with the high level of talent at rival schools around the valley, had even West Ranch head coach Bob Shults tempering expectations.

Not only did the Wildcats repeat as champions, they did so with a 10-0 league record and made the quarterfinals of CIF-Southern Section Division I — the farthest West Ranch has gone in program history.

They couldn’t have done it without Stanford-bound shortstop Kylie Sorenson and sophomore pitcher Lexi Sorensen.

And for their efforts, Sorenson has been honored with her second straight All-Foothill League Player of the Year award. Sorensen was named Pitcher of the Year.

Sorenson becomes the first Foothill League player to be named the league’s MVP in back-to-back season’s since former Valencia pitcher and current Team USA member Jordan Taylor accomplished the feat in 2007 and 2008.

“It’s really nice to have it two years in a row, but it’s even better to win league two years in a row,” Sorenson said. “Especially going 10-0. It’s a good honor to be Player of the Year, but my biggest memory is going 10-0 with this group of girls.”

Sorenson led the Wildcats with 27 RBIs, 15 doubles and eight home runs and hit .433 on the year.

In the Wildcats’ final game of the season, Sorenson delivered a two-RBI double to tie the score at 3-3 before things got away from West Ranch late in the contest.

Sorensen was equally impressive, entering the year with no varsity experience and taking over for last year’s Pitcher of the Year in Foster.

The sophomore pitcher went 20-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 171 2/3 innings pitched and 135 strikeouts.

“Lexi just came out and totally just shut teams down and found her zone every single game,” Sorenson said. “She didn’t let umpires get to her, didn’t let names like (Saugus’) Maddy Jelenicki or (Valencia’s) Kristina Brackpool get to her. She just pitched her game. It was great to play with someone like that, especially at such a young level.”

A look down the All-League team shows just how deep the talent at West Ranch was.

Sophomore Keeley Walsh, Princeton-bound senior second baseman Haley Hineman, and Oregon-bound junior Lauren Lindvall were named to the first team.

Senior Rachel Shotzbarger, junior Alyssa Rodriguez and UCLA-commit and junior catcher Jelenicki earned first team honors from Saugus.

Valencia, which tied Saugus for second place in the league standings, was represented by Penn State-commit Brackpool, UNLV-bound senior pitcher Sydney Mundell and freshman Ally Johnson.

Hart senior Janae Coleman and Canyon junior Julianna Carlos rounded out the first team.

On the second team was West Ranch senior catcher and Long Beach State-commit Lauren Lombardi, Saugus freshman and Oklahoma-comitt Mariah Lopez and sophomore Kaela Morrow. Valencia junior and Fresno State-commit Wendy Cardinali and sophomore and Cal-commit Nicole Joseph, Hart seniors Sierra Quiala and Paxton Provost, Canyon junior Tiffany Dyson and Golden Valley junior Emily Smith rounded out the second team.

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