The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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May 29, 2014

MT’s Workman to continue career at West Virginia Wesleyan College

Although it’s admittedly not in her favorite sport, Marissa Workman is poised to play at the next level.

Workman, a Midland Trail High School senior, signed last week to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and play softball for the Bobcats, who went 45-16 this past spring and advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional before losing to West Chester (Pa.) University.

Workman, who will pursue an education degree, was a four-year starter for the Midland Trail softball team, as well as a four-year regular in basketball and soccer for the Patriots.

“I’m excited,” she said. Basketball is her sport of choice, but softball “I think is the one I’m best at.”

While anxious to get started in Buckhannon, Workman says she’s got a tough summer ahead of her. The summer workout package she received appears strenuous and includes lifting weights, which she said she hasn’t done much.

Workman played shortstop for the Patriots until midway through her junior season, when she moved behind the plate. “It was rough, but it was what the team needed,” she said of the switch to catcher. “And Coach (Candace) Young was a catcher, so that helped a lot.”

The catcher position grew on her, but she told the Wesleyan coaches she can “pretty much play anywhere” they need her to.

Workman says her main improvement needs to come in the offensive game. “I think I need to work on my batting a lot,” she said. “Being in an A school, we didn’t see a lot of speed or junk pitches, so that will be the biggest transition.”

“I’ve coached Marissa since the third grade,” said Young. “She’s always been ... a go-to player.

“She was the player you wanted to step up to do the things that needed done. Marissa did the little things (behind the scenes). And she was a great leader.”

“I can replace a catcher,” Young said. “I can’t replace the leadership and the things she does for the team.”

— E-mail: skeenan@register-herald.com

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