Katie O’Leary was the catalyst in the Ripon Christian High softball team’s run to a historic Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship.
The senior was 9 for 11 in three playoff games and accounted for all of the Knights’ offense in a 2-1 victory over Stone Ridge Christian in the semifinal round.
She hit a solo home run to tie the game, and then doubled in the winning run to catapult Ripon Christian – long a basketball and volleyball powerhouse – into its first softball section final.
In three postseason games, O’Leary had three doubles, two home runs, six RBI, and eight runs. She was on base nearly 82 percent of the time.
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Ripon Christian parlayed that success in the semifinal into a resounding victory over Stone Ridge Christian in the final. The Knights pounded their counterpart from Merced, 13-3, raising the blue banner.
“Her vocal leadership and calming presence settled down the team in the last couple games when the pressure was on,” Ripon Christian athletic director Kevin Tameling said.
O’Leary’s prowess isn’t limited to the diamond. She recently signed a letter of intent with Brown University of the Ivy League.
Parents: David and Theresa O’Leary
Where were you born: Tracy
Favorite class: Calculus
Favorite teacher: Mr. Heyboer
Favorite hobby: learning random new skill or reading
Favorite athlete: Jamie Moyer
Favorite meal: Homemade beef stew
Favorite app: Instagram
Favorite emoji: Smiley face
Can’t stop listening to: Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts) by Shane and Shane
3 things you’d want on a desert island: Jack Sparrow; books; jar of peanut butter
Finish this sentence: I want to be “the best possible me I can be.”