Trinity’s Ramirez: Softball player of the year
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:14AM
Coaches always look for that five-tool player, but they can be extremely difficult to find. After three years of playing softball at Trinity, shortstop Abby Ramirez has proven herself to be a virtual hardware store seemingly able to come up with whatever her team needs at the right time at the plate or in the field.
“She is the best all-around softball player in the state,” said Trinity head coach Bob Osborne. “She does it all. She has the bat, the speed, the glove, and the arm. She really is the best player I have seen in the area since (Oak Park-River Forest alum and Olympic Gold Medalist) Dani Tyler. She is the real deal.”
While that may be such high praise, the numbers back up the claim. Ramirez batted .555 last season with 76 hits including 13 doubles, seven triples, and seven home runs. She knocked in 39 runs while scoring 62 times and swiping 41 bases. Coupling that with her ability to make all the routine plays and making spectacular plays look like sure things, it’s no wonder that she has a bright future looking ahead to her senior year at Trinity and beyond when she takes the field in college at the University of Michigan.
“It means a lot for my coach and my team to have confidence in me,” Ramirez said. Then I have confidence. I always want the ball, and if I’m confident, I’ll make the play. If I’m down on myself then it makes things harder. I’m always waiting on the ball so I’m never caught off guard.”
Ramirez helped Trinity to a 30-win campaign and the program’s eighth consecutive regional championship and first Class 4A Sectional title. She’s already in the middle of the summer season with the Beverly Bandits working hard to continue improving and is looking forward to even greater things in her senior season.
“I thought we had a really good season making it to Super-sectionals, but obviously we wanted to go downstate,” Ramirez said. “We worked really hard to get there and from the beginning to the end of the season we got so much better and became closer as a team. I always think I can improve on hitting especially because I don’t think you can ever stop working on it.”
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