Author: Dan O'Meara
Mercy High School senior Alex Sobczak is the recipient of the 2015 Miss Softball Position Player Award presented by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.
A four-year starter for the Marlins, Sobczak played every position on the field during her career, including pitcher.
Sobczak, who will play for the University of Michigan, was her team's lead-off batter and leading scorer, but she also hit with power.
In her prep career, Sobczak batted .524 with 40 doubles, 14 triples and 40 home runs. She scored 210 runs and had 151 RBI. She had a .645 on-base percentage, 1.063 slugging percentage and .965 fielding percentage.
Sobczak, who was primarily a third baseman in recent years, ended her prep career playing catcher.
On the Michigan High School Athletic Association record list, Sobczak is tied for second with three home runs in one game, third for home runs in a season (17), fourth for career homers, sixth for career walks (112), 15th for career batting average and runs scored and 44th for career doubles.
With more than 100 plate appearances in a season, she had the least amount of strikeouts as a sophomore (two) and a junior (three). Sobczak had 475 career plate appearances and just 23 strikeouts.
While helping Mercy reach the Division 1 state semifinals this year, Sobczak batted .440 with seven doubles, five triples and six home runs.
She scored 58 runs and had 33 RBI. She walked 39 times, nearly half of which were intentional passes (18). She also was hit by a pitch four times.