June 28, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State softball added Hailey Torrez to its 2014 roster, head coach Erin Thorpe announced Friday. Torrez signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos as a junior after spending two seasons at Central Arizona Community College. She is one of the most decorated position players in Colorado high school softball history and was featured on the cover of the September 2009 issue of ESPN Rise Magazine. (Read the cover story HERE)
"We are very excited to welcome Hailey to the softball program," said Thorpe. "She is a very versatile player capable of contributing to numerous positions but most importantly she will add depth to our catcher position. Offensively, she is very capable of being a middle-of-the-order type hitter and run producer giving us another bat to drive in runs."
Torrez led Central Arizona to a 90-29 record during two seasons, including a conference championship this season under head coach Sandra Wente. She was the Vaqueros' starting shortstop as a freshman before moving back to her natural position of catcher as a sophomore.
Torrez was named second-team all-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in 2013, hitting .398 with 12 home runs and 35 runs driven in. Her .720 slugging percentage was seventh-best in the ACCAC. As a freshman Torrez hit .346, scoring 45 runs and driving in 42. She guided the Vaqueros to a runner-up finish in the district tournament.
Her success at the junior college level came on the heels of a nearly unblemished high school career. Torrez guided Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo., to four-consecutive 5A state championships as the starting catcher all four years under head coach Dawn Gaffin. Torrez led the Lightning to a 95-4-1 record during her career, including a 40-1 mark in league games. Two of the four losses in four years came in extra innings, one in 21 innings and another in 19 frames. Her career ended on a 63-game unbeaten streak, including the entirety of her junior and senior campaigns.
Individually, she was named first-team all-league and all-region four times and earned at least honorable mention 5A all-state honors all four years. Torrez compiled a career .460 batting average, hit 20 home runs and drove in 107 runs at Legacy.
Torrez' most accomplished season came as a sophomore. She was named NFCA All-America First Team and All-West First Team. Torrez hit .628 with 53 hits in 25 games, including 15 doubles and seven home runs, while driving in 39. She blasted a three-run home run to lift Legacy to victory in the state title game and was named the Colorado Player of the Year for all classifications by The Denver Post.
The Lightning went 24-0-1 in Torrez' junior campaign, becoming the first school in Colorado prep history to win three-straight state softball titles. She hit .400 with 13 doubles and six homers. She drove in 27 and was named LHS Clutch Player of the Year.
As a senior Torrez capped her career helping the Lightning to a perfect 25-0 season and a fourth state championship. She batted .429 with 31 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and 21 runs driven in. The softball team became the first team in any sport at LHS to win every game it played in a season.
She finished her prep career with a perfect fielding percentage behind the plate and was lauded in ESPN RISE Magazine for calling her own game since her sophomore season.
"I chose Boise State because of the up-and-coming program, amazing coaching staff, the opportunity to make a difference in the team and to help compete for a Mountain West championship," said Torrez.