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April 3, 2013

Yale slugger

Phillips grad Onorato leads Ivy League in homers

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”I told her they would get to see plenty this year. She is just so strong, disciplined, and focused, and when she goes after a pitch she gets her money’s worth.

“What most impresses me about Sarah besides how she’s swinging the bat, is that she’s the best blocking catcher I’ve ever coached — her instincts and quickness behind the plate are unmatched, and she has saved many runs.

“She also relates to each pitcher differently, as they all have very different personalities. She’s the complete package, and I feel so lucky to have a player like Sarah, who is only a sophomore, on our team in my first year at Yale.”

Although she had a respectable season as a freshman, Onorato was not satisfied. She set out to help lead the team to one of the top two spots in the Ivy League North division while striving to get a hit in every game.

The results of those goals are spectacular thus far. The Bulldogs, who face Bryant College and North Andover’s Britt Hart in a non-league game today, are currently first in the Ivy North and she has indeed gotten a hit in every game.

Always active and a superb student, Onorato is a beat reporter for the Yale Daily News and she works for Yale Sports Publicity in the fall and winter as a statistician for the volleyball and women’s basketball teams.

A psychology major, she also has managed to find the time to sport a 3.85 grade-point average (out of 4).

None of this surprises veteran Phillips softball coach Peter Drench.

“Sarah was a genuine star for four years at PA, a true student-athlete, to use an often-abused term,” said Drench. “She has continued to improve as a collegiate ballplayer at Yale. ... I thought she would.”

Even Drench, however, is stunned by the home run total. “I never expected that,” he said.

Red-hot start Through 22 games, Yale catcher Sarah Onorato of North Reading has been the team's best hitter in every significant category. Average: .419 Doubles: 7 Home runs: 9 RBIs: 17 Runs: 21 On-base percentage: .469

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