Lassen High School softball player Katie March, center, and her parents — father Jon, left, and mother Heather, right — are all smiles as the standout athlete prepares to sign a National Letter of Intent to attend Sacramento State University on a scholarship next fall. Photo submitted

Grizzlies’ softball slugger, catcher signs with Division 1 Sacramento State

Sometimes an athlete’s wildest dreams really do come true.

Just ask Lassen High School softball player Katie Marsh, who signed of National Letter of Intent to attend Sacramento State University on a scholarship at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the LHS library.

“I’m so excited,” Marsh said. “I’m going to move there in the fall of 2022, so it’s just a few months away. It’s a dream come true. I’ve always watched college ball on TV, and I’ve always wanted to play college softball and now it’s all become so real. It’s crazy.”

She said she plans to earn a business or kinesiology degree and then maybe study cosmetology.

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Marsh said her father played baseball, and he got her started playing softball when she was only 8, “and I always loved it. I’ve always caught since that age … It was never a chore. It was always like, ‘I get to go play softball.’”

She said like most local players she started with the Lassen Chaos, “and the more competitive it got, the more fun it got.”

Marsh said her main role with the Grizzlies is behind the plate catching, but she has played other positions such as shortstop. She also works behind the plate with her traveling team, Sacramento’s California Suncats. It’s one prestigious team to play on as 10 of the Suncats’ Class of 2021 moved on to play college ball.

Marsh said she joined a traveling team from Sacramento to be able to complete at the highest level possible. When she was 12, she played on a traveling team from Reno, but the competition “wasn’t enough,” so a few of us girls joined teams in Sacramento.

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“The competition was the biggest part of why I moved,” Marsh said. “I needed more.”

Not only is March an outstanding catcher who frequently helps call the game with the pitchers, she’s a real slugger too, batting an astronomical .562 last year.

Not surprisingly, Marsh agrees the catcher has the best seat in the park during a softball game.

“You see everything. You don’t miss anything,” she said. “I love it.”

 

What does her coach say about her?   “Katie is such a great kid,” said her coach, Paul Moore. “I’ll put it to you this way — she is one of the reasons I would have a hard time getting out of coaching, because of kids like her. She’s an absolute pleasure. She’s a hard worker, she’s easy to coach and she’s definitely committed.”

Moore pointed out Marsh is only the fourth player in LHS softball history to get a division 1 scholarship right out of high school. He said in last year’s COVID-shortened season, Marsh tied the LHS home run record despite playing in only 20 games instead of 35. And Moore said she’s a good student to boot — her transfer grade point average is 4.32.

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“If we had played a full season, she would have crushed the home run record,” Moore said. “She’s a great hitter — not good — great.”

Moore said one of the best things about Marsh is she the way she gives back to the game by doing things such as coaching younger players on how to hit.

“She’s just a true testament to what it means to be a complete athlete,” Moore said.

 

And what about the Sacramento State Hornets?

“She’s going to a program that’s good, very good,” Moore said. “They’ve been to the NCAA Tournament, and they won the Big Sky Conference three years ago. I think very highly of her coach Lori Perez … I think it’s a great fit. And I think they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Sky Conference.

According to the Sacramento State Softball website the team proudly noted Marsh’s signing the National Letter of Intent.

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“Katie is a hard-nosed player who will bring a competitive edge to Shea Stadium,” Perez said. “She is a vocal player, a leader and will compete every single pitch. She has power at the plate to all fields and the versatility to play in the infield, outfield, and catcher. She will be a significant piece to our battery in the years to come.”

The college website describes March this way.

  • A 5-foot-6 catcher/utility player from Susanville.
    • Entering her fourth season on the varsity team at Lassen High School in Susanville.
    • A first team all-state small schools selection in 2021. In 20 games, she hit .562 with 28 runs, eight doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 37 RBIs, a 1.203 slugging percentage and a massive 1.825 ops.
    • In 2021, she led the Grizzlies to a 17-3 overall record, a 10-0 league mark, and a Northern Athletic League championship.
    • Named the team MVP all three years at LHS thus far.
    • A first team all-league choice as a freshman after batting .406 with 10 doubles, five triples, a homer and 27 RBIs in 24 games.
    • The Grizzlies have combined for a 34-17 overall record and a 21-4 league mark in her first three seasons
    • Has numerous academic awards, including the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
    • Played travel ball for the California Suncats in Sacramento.