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Sobrato senior shows perseverance through injury, plays last softball game

Lia Nishimatsu, The Bark Opinions Co-editor

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For Sobrato senior Kallie Klinger, being able to play her last game was more than just playing on Senior Night for the Lady Bulldogs. It was a sign of redemption for the full-hearted softball player.

Last year, Klinger underwent reconstructive knee surgery on her ACL, meniscus, and microfracture for the cartilage. Due to this extensive surgery, her softball life was put on hold.

“The healing process doesn’t happen overnight,” said Klinger. “I’ve been going to physical therapy weekly since last summer.”

With the help of her trainer, Mitch, and support from family and friends Klinger has been able to pull through. Determined to play her last year of high school softball, she stayed committed to the Bulldogs.

“Even though Kallie wasn’t able to really play this year, her presence was still well-known,” said Kayla Rooney, a Sobrato freshman on the varsity team. “She showed dedication to the team by being there every practice and every game.”

Klinger might have lost her Redlands scholarship, but she did gain a spot on a local community college team.

“I think I will be better prepared for a college softball team by playing for a community college,” said Klinger. “It’s been awhile since I’ve played at 100 percent, so these next two years will help rebuild my skills.”

Klinger will be pursuing softball at San Jose City College this fall. She plans to transfer to California State University of Long Beach, where she will major in kinesiology and hopefully play softball.

“It’s hard to have something taken away from you, but when you love the sport nothing can stop you from continuing to play,” said Klinger. “Softball was my life and I wasn’t about to let it all slip away.”

 

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