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Shortstop prepares to take her game to the next level

Leader of young Thunder squad, Powell heads to SF State
By: Russ Edmondson, The Placer Herald
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Summer Powell, who graduated from Rocklin High on Friday, will continue her softball career on scholarship at San Francisco State in the fall. Powell was the starting shortstop for the Thunder for the last two years. She played varsity ball for three seasons and is the only senior from this year’s Rocklin team that will play softball in college. “As far as I’m concerned, she is one of the best shortstops in the Sacramento area and will have no problem at San Francisco State holding her own at shortstop,” Rocklin coach Bob Townsend said. Powell was an all-Sierra Foothill League selection as a junior and earned an honorable mention for her play this season. Powell closed her high school career by playing in the Optimist All-Star game on May 27. She played shortstop and went 0-for-3. Whitney High seniors Tegan Schmidt, Courtney Galli and Stephanie Nippert also played for the North in the game as did Rocklin senior Katie Swenson. The South beat the North 5-4. “It was really cool – I’d never been able to play against all those people that I played against,” said Powell about the Optimist game. Powell will arrive at San Francisco State on Aug. 19. “I am very excited. (Playing college softball has) always been a dream of mine and I’ll be playing with three of my teammates from my ASA team (Mizuno All American),” Powell said. “I’m working on my hitting a lot, every day off the tee with my dad and trying to improve my throw. I established a bad habit. (The goal is) just to become better for this summer.” Powell was a captain on this year’s team and she finished up batting .258 with 18 RBI. Her RBI total was tied for second best on the team. She hit .308 with nine RBI as a junior. “I liked being a senior and being a captain . . . and being a leader on the team,” Powell said. The Thunder were young this season and Townsend noticed Powell working with the younger players throughout the year. “She did work (with her teammates) and tried to help the girls in the cage, correct their swing and work with their swing,” Townsend said. “She did a great job.”