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PHOTO GALLERY: Sacred Heart’s Hansen named Miss Softball

  • Ken Kadwell/@KenKadwell - Special to the Sun at Mt. Pleasant Monday, April 22, 2014.
  • Ken Kadwell/@KenKadwell - Special to the Sun at Mt. Pleasant Monday, April 22, 2014.
  • Ken Kadwell/@KenKadwell - Special to the Sun at Mt. Pleasant Monday, April 22, 2014.
  • Sacred Heart Academy Softball Invite at the Mt. Pleasant High School field Saturday, May 9, 2014.
  • Sacred Heart Academy Softball Invite at the Mt. Pleasant High School field Saturday, May 9, 2014.
  • Skip Traynor - Special to the Sun Sara Hansen goes high on the throw to second during the Sacred Heart Academy Softball Invite at the Mt. Pleasant High School field Saturday, May 9, 2014.
After four record-setting years, Sacred Heart Academy’s Sara Hansen was named the 2014 Miss Softball Position Player by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Hansen, who was also named to the Division 4 All-State team as a shortstop, set numerous state and national records during her four years with the Irish.

As a sophomore, she tied the national record in runs scored in a single season (82), while finishing her career ranked second nationally in consecutive games with a base hit (91) and career runs scored (252). She also ranks first in state history in consecutive games with a hit, hits in a season (100) and runs scored in a single season.

Hansen capped off her prep career this spring by batting .547, while driving in 14 runs on 75 hits and scoring 57 runs. She was also a perfect 50-for-50 in stolen bases. For her career, Hansen established a new state record with 305 hits, while also tallying 91 RBIs, 252 runs scored, a .567 batting average and a .592 on base percentage. As a sophomore in 2012, Hansen led the Irish to the state semifinals, marking the first semifinals appearance for the school since 1994.

Hansen was joined Tuesday by Romeo’s Taylor Weaver, who was named Miss Softball Pitcher. Weaver and Hansen are both continuing their playing careers at Central Michigan University in the fall.

“I think it’s a really cool honor,” Hansen said. “Growing up, I’d always see all these great players receive this honor, so it’s awesome to be chosen.”

Hansen made an immediate impact her freshman year and continued to develop into one of the best softball players the area had seen in years.

“I think everything just started to build after my sophomore season,” she said. “I played during the school year and over the summer, so it shows that hard work does pay off.”

Sacred Heart head coach Amy Gaudard was a witness to Hansen’s development over the last four years.

“I’m so happy for Sara to receive this honor. I’ve been blessed to have been able to coach her for four years,” she said. “I think this honor speaks highly of the teams that Sacred Heart has had over the years. There has been a lot of great talent that has backed Sara up in her four years and helped her accomplish all that she has.

“I’ve played with a lot of talented players, but it’s incredible what all Sara has been able to accomplish offensively. She’s a very unique talent.”

Last Updated: 6/17/2014 5:10:38 PM EST

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