There were too many times to count when Kalie Robinson would make a catch in center field that was jaw-dropping or eye-catching. Sometimes it was hard to figure out how Robinson could cover so much field so quickly.
Yet she made it look easy all the time. Robinson, who has started in the outfield for the varsity softball team all four years of high school, played her position as well as it could be played. She was a great hitter and showed incredible speed and athleticism as a fast baserunner for the Orioles.
Because of her skills, athleticism, consistent work ethic and excellent play, she earns the 2013 Gazette Athlete of the Year award.
Robinson's accolades throughout her high school career are quite extensive. She earned First Team All-League honors all four years of softball. She earned All-State honors her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, and she likely will earn All-State honors for her senior season as well (that list hasn't been revealed yet). Robinson was named the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League-Div. IV Most Valuable Player as she was one of the main cogs on an Augusta team that went 18-0 during the regular season and finished 23-1 on way to a state runner-up trophy.
During the state tournament, Robinson hit a pair of home runs, including one in the state championship game. In fact, it was that three-run shot that sparked the Orioles to nearly complete an incredible rally. The home run came against DeSoto's Sophia Templin, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in the state. But, with create competitive spirit, Robinson never bought into that hype as she won their battle.
Robinson finished the tournament 6-for-12 with six RBIs.
This season, Robinson hit a career-best .434 with 44 runs, 27 RBIs, two triples and four home runs, and she had a team-high .533 slugging percentage. Defensively, she had a .914 fielding percentage.
For her career, Robinson hit .396 with six home runs, 50 RBIs, 52 runs scored, 14 stolen bases, 15 walks and a .905 fielding percentage in 89 games played.
Robinson also earned All-League Honorable Mention this past girls basketball season. Her defensive performance against Wellington was a big reason the Orioles were able to pull off their major upset in the sub-state semifinal round. Robinson also played volleyball, during which she showed much improvement in the back row.
Robinson will continue her softball career at Friends University next school year.