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All-Santa Clarita Valley softball: West Ranch's Kylie Sorenson

Sorenson experienced program firsts in all four of her seasons

Posted: June 20, 2013 8:58 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 8:58 p.m.

West Ranch shortstop Kylie Sorenson experienced program firsts in all four of her seasons.

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After the West Ranch Wildcats were eliminated from the postseason, Wildcats head coach Bob Shults didn’t hold back his appreciation for shortstop Kylie Sorenson.

“She is the best player in this valley,” he said at the time.

It was clear throughout the season.

Sorenson was the most complete player in the Foothill League, displaying a calmness in the field and an aggressiveness at the plate.

For that, she became the first player since former Valencia pitcher Jordan Taylor in 2007 and 2008 to be named Foothill League Player of the Year two years in a row.

She was the heart and soul of a Wildcats team that wasn’t expected to win a league title, and yet, went a perfect 10-0 in league play.

In her final high school season, Sorenson hit .433 with team-highs of eight home runs, 15 doubles and 27 RBIs from the leadoff spot.

She was at her best when it mattered most, too, picking up RBIs in the Wildcats’ final two postseason games and helping West Ranch to its first quarterfinals appearance in school history.

In the Wildcats quarterfinal loss to Santiago, Sorenson kept hope alive with a game-tying, two-RBI double to center to tie the score in the fifth inning.

In four years with the West Ranch softball program, Sorenson continued to improve and helped the Wildcats make history along the way.

She was part of West Ranch’s first postseason appearance in school history after playing in all 29 games her freshman season.

In 2011, she helped West Ranch win its first playoff game and won the team’s first Foothill League title in 2012.

West Ranch will be without her services next season, but the road she helped blaze will always be a measuring stick for future Wildcats’ squads.

Now, she’ll take her talents to Stanford, where she looks to be another in a string of Foothill League veterans excelling at top collegiate programs.

She’s already blazed one trail at the high school level — now she’ll try to blaze another one with a Cardinal team that has never won an NCAA softball championship.

If history is any indication, Sorenson should have quite the impact in Palo Alto.

For now, though, we celebrate her tremendous high school season, naming Kylie Sorenson The Signal’s 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year.

 

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