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Sara Lillie’s fiery personality benefits Vista Murrieta softball program

By in Press Enterprise on May 17, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Sara Lillie wanted to be a pitcher when she started playing softball.

As the years passed, however, Lillie discovered she was better suited to be the one receiving pitches instead of the one who delivers them.

“Being a catcher kind of came naturally for me,” Lillie said. “I’m pretty competitive and demanding, and those are things you see with most catchers. It’s a position that requires being a leader on the field, and that’s something I strive to be. It’s the position that suits me the best.”

Lillie, a senior at Vista Murrieta, is one of the area’s premier catchers both offensively and defensively. She batted .465 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in during the regular season, helping the program win its first Southwestern League title since 2012. The Broncos (17-6) open the Division 1 playoffs Thursday afternoon at home against Chino Hills (24-7).

“Sara is a true student of the game, and she’s also a fierce competitor who wants everyone around her to be successful,” said Broncos coach Katie Terrazas, in her first season leading her alma mater. “Sara has a great work ethic and is someone who’s constantly looking to improve.”

Lillie, who has signed with Oregon State, said her fiery personality and competitive drive is a common family trait. Her parents, Greg and Sue, are former athletes and coaches. And her brother, Ryan, is the ace of UCR pitching staff who could be an early-round pick in the June draft. Ryan was a catcher before switching positions as a freshman at UCR.

“We’d always compare who had the better game,” Sara said about the sibling rivalry. “If he got two hits in a game, then I wanted to get three. Ryan being looked at in the draft is driving me to be a better player.”

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