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Former Lodi Flame Brooke Ortiz recovering from torn ACL

Softball player prepares for final season at Fresno State

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 am

One dropped ball, one devastating setback. For her first two years at Fresno State, Lodi’s Brooke Ortiz had been the team’s leading batter, and 2013 started out with more of the same. She was hitting .361 with seven RBIs through 18 games as a junior, when she tried to steal second on Feb. 24 at Santa Clara. But in an instant, the standout second baseman — and her left knee — were caught in no-man’s land.

A shallow fly to center had her changing course back to first — until the outfielder dropped the ball.

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