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Collalti is a Giant in the Lineup for St. Charles East HS

05/21/2014 8:49 AM -

In a recent game against Elgin, the ball cleared the fence in right field, but Sarah Collalti raced all the way to third base before realizing she had hit her first career home run.

And it was a grand slam.

“That was the fastest home run trot I’ve ever seen,” St. Charles East coach Kelly Horan said.

There’s a simple explanation for why the speedy Saints’ senior was surprised that she had hit the ball out of the park.

“I’m a whopping five-foot-two,” Collalti said.

She may be small, but as the No. 2 hitter in the Saints’ batting order, Collalti plays big as the left fielder for a 25-5 team currently ranked 10th by the Chicago Sun-Times. She’s hitting .482 with 21 RBI and 20 stolen bases, and is happy to be playing full time after missing a month of her junior year due to a concussion.

The Olivet Nazarene-bound Collalti has brought supreme patience and an eagle’s eye to the plate this season, with 29 walks through 30 games.

Senior Haley Beno is one of Collalti’s good friends and also will play at Olivet next season. As the ace of the Saints’ pitching staff, Beno has special insight on what opposing pitchers face when Collalti is batting.

“I would definitely stay on the corners against her because I know she can hit the ball,” Beno said. “But she’s so picky that you can’t really throw her off the plate because she’ll just watch it. She gets walked so much.”

Collalti is a prototype for today’s left-handed slap hitter with power, and her coach appreciates the high level at which she operates.

“When I need a baserunner on, she’s the kid I want at the plate,” Horan said. “She’s either going to hit the ball or make that pitcher work and draw a walk. She’s the picture of consistency, offensively.”

 “Coach has been having me hit away, which I usually don’t do on my travel team, and here I am, somehow hitting doubles.”

Along with the extremely occasional home run, like the one she hit against Elgin. If she hits another, Collalti is hoping she’s not the last one in the park to realize it.

“When I was about to round third base, I saw my teammates running out of the dugout, and then I knew,” she said.

“I guess I hit it harder than I thought. Must be those extra Wheaties.”




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