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Sonia Ortiz Ford, Athlete-Softball
Growing up in Camarillo, Sonia played club softball for the El Rio Bobby Sox team and for her high school team, Rio Mesa. Sonia also played basketball at Rio Mesa.
Sonia enrolled at VC in the fall of 1995, where she continued her softball career. It was during Sonia's sophomore year that she became an outstanding softball player. The team finished with at 22-19 record and 2nd place in the Western States Conference (WSC). Qualifying for the State playoffs, the team was a 7th seed. Losing in an earlier round, VC had to come up through the loser's bracket, which paired them against the number 2 seeded Long Beach College team. In two memorable games played in Long Beach, Sonia pitched over 21 innings with V.C. losing in the final innings of game two. In recognition of her incredible effort, Sonia was selected 1st Team All-WSC, and she was voted team MVP by her teammates.
In 1999, Sonia transferred to Oklahoma City University, a NAIA school. OCU was a powerhouse in women's softball - they were national champs four straight years (1994-1997).
During her junior year, Sonia's team won the Sooner Athletic Conference (SCA) Championship. In the NAIA playoffs, OCU swept through the regional, but unfortunately lost to Simon Fraser in the championship game. Leading her team to a 2nd place finish, Sonia was honored as a NAIA 2nd Team All-American.
In 2000, Sonia and the team enjoyed tremendous success. The team won the SCA league championship, and they made it through the championship tournament undefeated. The team's overall record was 63-12. Sonia earned NAIA 1st Team All-America honors, NAIA Tournament MVP, and NAIA Pitcher of the Year. Sonia tied the school record for victories in a season (32). Her 32 victories led the entire nation that year.
In the summer of 2002 and 2003, Sonia played for an international travel team, playing in Europe and the Netherlands. In 2002, Sonia played for the Ventura 5, a fast pitch woman's open league. That year, her team won the American Softball Association (ASA) class C championship, and Sonia earned ASA 1st Team All-American honors.
Sonia joined VC coach Sue Johnson's staff for the 2005 season. Sonia and her husband Brian Ford had their first baby, Jonathan, born December 2005. Sonia and Brian are expecting their second child and they currently reside in Colorado.