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Mercy's Alex Sobczak named State Champs' top player; chases career home run record

Softball   | Scott Burnstein

Mercy's Alex Sobczak named State Champs' top player; chases career home run record

 

 

 

Farmington Hills – Slugging for the fences is Alex Sobczak’s specialty.

Sobczak, a senior infielder at Farmington Hills Mercy who signed with Michigan, is State Champs’ No. 1 player for 2015 and she’s become quite accustomed to blasting pitches out of the park.

Twice Sobczak was named first team all-state in Division 1 by the coaches association. Entering this season Sobczak was tied for fifth for career home runs (35).

As a sophomore Sobczak crushed 17 homers, the second highest mark in state history in a single season. Last year she waded through a constant flow of intentional walks yet still went on to hit .613 with 62 RBI and nine home runs. If Sobczak his 15 home runs this spring, she will become the state’s all-time home run queen surpassing current record-holder Taylor Johnson, who smashed 49 homers at Belding (2007-2010).

Sizing up her chances of reaching the 50-homer plateau, Sobczak is undaunted by the challenge and remains humble and team-oriented.

“I know I’m capable of it,” she said. “I don’t think of it much though, if it’s meant to be, it will be meant to be. For me, winning is the most important thing. I want to win with my team. I’ll be more satisfied with another great season with me and my teammates than if I break the record.”

Sobczak and her teammates are two-time defending Catholic League A-B Division champions and have captured three straight district title