Softball: Barrington’s Krzysko named Pioneer Press Lake Shore Player of the Year
Barrington's Loren Krzysko: Pioneer Press Lake Shore Player of the Year. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 6, 2012 2:09PM
Like clockwork, Loren Krzysko just added one more accolade to her lengthy list of softball accomplishments.
Barrington’s all-time leading home-run hitter, who surpassed the school’s home-run mark (22) early in her junior year, has been named the 2012 Pioneer Press All-Lake Shore Player of the Year.
“Back when I was in first grade playing softball, I would be in the outfield kicking the dirt or doing cartwheels,” Krzysko said. “I never imagined I would become a Player of the Year.”
The home run queen’s most memorable moment from the recent spring season showcased her wide-ranging skill set and ability to dominate on the softball field.
Krzysko was 0-for-3 on the day, when she smashed a double, stole third and came around to score on a wild pitch to lead the Fillies over Prospect in an IHSA regional final.
“That was the moment that stands out the most, because we not only won but it was just a great moment because we played so hard and our shortstop, Kelsey Kazmier, made an incredible stop to keep us in the game,” Krzysko said.
The team player, who mans third base for Barrington, also credited her parents, coaches, teammates and supporters for her individual successes.
“Especially my dad who has pushed me and also taught me almost everything I know,” she said. “Everyone has pushed me to become better and not settled with just (being) good.”
En route to also earning all-conference and all-state honors in 2012, Krzysko batted .362 with seven doubles, two triples and 10 home runs for a team-leading 19 extra-base hits. She also stole 24 bases in 25 attempts and recorded 93 putouts in her 101 defensive chances for a .921 fielding percentage.
Krzysko still has one more season on Barrington’s Field of Dreams before she heads to the University of Arkansas to play softball in the Southeastern Conference.
“I love softball, just being out on the field puts me in a good mood to work out,” said Krzysko when asked how she plans to stay motivated to improve. “I always think to myself that there is always someone working harder than you and to become the best, you have to work harder. I really do love working out and being out on the fields. It’s fun and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
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