by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas High three-sport standout Kelly Sonnemann sealed her college future Wednesday afternoon, signing a national letter of intent to play softball for Humboldt State University next year.
“It was an ideal fit for me,” Sonnemann said. “I kind of went into the summer not really knowing what I wanted to do. I knew there were some cool places to go. I wanted to get out of Nevada and explore a bit, but also not get too far away from home.
“I got interested in the California State University system and was looking at Chico State and Sonoma State. I came across Humboldt and looked it up. I liked it.”
Sonnemann e-mailed the program and was invited for an official visit in October.
“I was able to work out with the tea, and see the school,” she said. “They called me back a week and a half later and offered me a spot on the team. It was definitely a long week of waiting, but it was worth it. I thought it was really beautiful there. You’re right in the Redwoods and on the other side is the ocean. It’s hilly and there are trees everywhere. It’s nice.”
Sonnemann has started at catcher for the Lady Tiger softball team since her freshman season, helping them to the regional finals last spring. She has also played varsity basketball and tennis for several seasons. She also helped the Tiger tennis team into the regional finals this fall, giving her two regional championship appearances in as many consecutive seasons.
She has garnered both All-Region and All-League honors during her time at Douglas. She is batting .384 with her senior season still to come, with 22 doubles, seven triples, three home runs and 56 RBIs. She has collected 96 hits with an on-base percentage of .479.
Sonnemann said she is looking around at majors, most notably kinesiology in order to get into some sort of athletic training some day.
“I’m leaving it open-ended for now,” she said. “I want to find the right fit for me.”
She said she was happy to get the brief experience with the team this fall.
“It gave me an idea of where I need to be,” she said. “It was encouraging to me, because I felt like I could handle it, but also that it was going to take a lot of work to get there. I know I’m going to have to work really hard, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
She’ll enter Humboldt State primarily as a catcher, but would welcome the opportunity to see any part of the field.
“I’ll play wherever they can find me a spot,” she said. “I’m a catcher, and that’s what I’d hope to play, but ultimately I just want to work my way into playing time.”
Getting the signing out of the way before her senior year was a big step, she said.
“It definitely takes a lot of the pressure off, to know where I am going,” she said. “I can just play and enjoy my senior season now. I don’t have to do the camps this summer or worry about who is watching or who isn’t watching. I know where I’m going and now it’s just about working my hardest to make the best of the opportunity.”