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Prep softball: Katelyn Robinson trying to take Stansbury to a new level

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Katelyn Robinson is Stansbury's star pitcher and hitter, and has the Stallions undefeated and on pace for the best season in school history. Robinson pitches against Bear River High School March 23, 2012.

By Parker Lee

Special to The Tribune

First published Mar 26 2012 07:43PM
Updated Mar 28, 2012 05:03PM

The Stansbury softball team experienced decent success in each of its first two seasons. Now in their third year, the Stallions have won their first nine games, and they are off to their best start since the school opened. They are looking like a special team with one very special player.

Junior Katelyn Robinson has been one of the most daunting hitters in the state since her freshman year. On top of that, she is Stansbury’s best pitcher.

"I haven’t normally been a pitcher growing up or on my club teams, but the team needs me there," Robinson said. "I’m doing it because it’s fun."

It might be fun for Robinson, but her opponents find nothing enjoyable about facing her. Robinson won her first four starts before finally dropping one to Bear River on Friday. Her high-school record as a pitcher is 10-2. That isn’t too bad for someone who doesn’t have much outside pitching experience.

"She throws really hard, and she throws with a lot of movement on the ball," Stansbury coach Bridget Clinton said. "She scares batters."

As much as she frightens hitters, Robinson strikes even more terror into opposing pitchers. She is only halfway through her junior year, but she is already one of the most prolific hitters in state history. Entering this week, she was seventh in career doubles, with 17. With 14 career home runs, she is tied for second all-time. Against Bear River last week, Robinson hit her 15th career triple, which moved her into first place in state history.

Clinton said players like Robinson rarely come around. "You don’t usually see a softball player with the tools that she has," Clinton said. "She has a good arm, and she fields well. She has good speed. She hits for power, and she hits for average. She really is a five-tool player."

When you talk to Robinson, though, she doesn’t get hung up on everything she is personally accomplishing. She is all about the team. Tooele has been a dominating force in high school softball for years, but Robinson said Stansbury has all the pieces to take over as top dog in Tooele County.

"I have great teammates who are really talented, and our coaches are awesome," she said. "We are excited to play Tooele this year because they are our rival and we want to show them what we can do."

Stansbury has never beaten Tooele, so a win against the Buffaloes this year would be a huge step for the Stallions as they pursue their ultimate goal of making a deep run in the state tournament. The first meeting between the two teams this season is on April 3 at Tooele.

Clinton agreed with Robinson about having the right pieces, but added that Robinson is the biggest, most important piece. "She is the leader on this team because she is super competitive and intense," Clinton said. "She wants to win, and she does whatever it takes to make that happen. Her teammates see that. They look to her, and they follow her."

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