Brett Sorensen isn’t sure if he’ll ever play another baseball game.

Brett Sorensen isn’t sure if he’ll ever play another baseball game.
“If that’s the case, at least I went out with a bang at Washburn University,” said the Grain Valley High School Hall of Famer, who led the 2009 Ichabods in batting with a .358 average, 58 hits, 45 RBIs and was tied for the team lead with five home runs.
Those types of numbers helped him clinch a spot on the All-MIAA second team.
But will they be good enough to help him continue playing the game he loves?
“I sure hope so,” said Sorensen, the all-time career (18) and single-season (10) wins leader at Grain Valley. “But I’ve had a few tryouts and haven’t received any phone calls, so we’ll see what happens.”
He had a private tryout with the Florida Marlins at Washburn and also attended a Kansas City Royals tryout. There’s also the chance he might try out for the Kansas City T-Bones or the Wichita (Kan.) Wing Nuts.
“I want to keep playing, because I love the game so much,” said Sorensen, who needs six hours this semester to complete a double major in business and accounting at the Topeka, Kan., university.
However, if playing baseball isn’t in his future, umpiring certainly is.
“Brett Sorensen is one of the best umpires in the area,” said longtime American Legion Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics manager Mike Rooney.
“I’ve heard guys say he’s one of the best young umpires – which he is – but he’s also one of the best umpires. Period. He’s as consistent behind the plate as any guy who calls a game.”
A’s ace Kyle Seithel will back that statement.
Seithel faced the Lee’s Summit Post 189 Auxiliary Outlaws in the Fifth District American Legion Tournament and came away with 14 strikeouts and a 6-2 win. The lanky right-hander spent the night before his start watching the Outlaws and took notes on the middle of their lineup.
His preparation paid off as hitters Nos. 2-5 went 0-for-16 with 10 strikeouts and a key double play.
“I like pitching with Sorensen calling the balls and strikes because he’s so consistent,” Seithel said after the game. “He played the game, so he knows how important it is to call the balls and strikes on the black. If you hit the corner of the plate, right on the black, he’s going to call it a strike.”
That type of consistency made Sorensen a hot commodity as an umpire this summer.
 “Kyle did a great job hitting the corners,” Rooney said, “and (Sorensen) was very consistent all night long with his calls of balls and strikes and Kyle took advantage of that. When you have someone behind the plate who is consistent, it makes all the difference in the world for your pitchers.”
Sorensen worked many of the Wood Bat Invitational games and was behind the plate for the American Legion Fifth District All-Star Game.
“When I hear that I have the respect of the managers and the players, well, that just makes me feel good,” said Sorensen, who also played baseball this past summer for Milgram’s of the Ban Johnson League.
“It got pretty hectic during the Wood Bat Invitational because I’d umpire two or three games then go play a Ban Johnson doubleheader. But I never minded, because it’s baseball. I was doing what I love.”
When asked if his background as a player helped make him a successful umpire, Sorensen laughed.
“I was so tough on umpires when I played,” he admitted. “I never knew how tough the job was until I started umpiring. Now, I take the same approach in umpiring that I did when I played.
“I want to make the big call – like I used to want to get the big hit or make the big pitch. I still get a thrill from baseball, even when I’m behind the plate, and not up to bat.
“If my baseball career is over, I’m going to try and take my umpiring skills to the next level – I may try to get some MINK (Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) League games.
“Or even see what it takes to be a professional umpire. I know the chances aren’t that good of making it, but if you do, well, you’re still part of baseball. And that sounds pretty good to me.”