BATESVILLE -- Lyon College strengthened its pitching staff and power at the plate on Wednesday when the Scots' softball program welcomed Monette's Carla Marroquin to the program. The transfer from Texarkana Junior College signed a letter-of-intent with Lyon.
The pitcher, who was an honor student, graduated fifth in her class. She was invited to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star softball game in both 2009 and 2010.
Upon completion of high school, Marroquin signed to play college ball at Texarkana College for the next two seasons. She suffered an injury early on during her freshman year and was red-shirted. She said that allowed her to come back stronger in her sophomore season as she helped theLady Bulldogs to a Region IX championship in 2012.
"It was tough when I got hurt at Texarkana, but it also helped me get stronger as a pitcher and to develop other things besides the physical aspect of my game," Marroquin explained. "I had a lot of confidence in high school, but I struggled with that part of my game in college after I was injured. But I think fighting back from the injury and playing against good competition made me a lot stronger when I came back."
Marroquin, who also played basketball for two years in high school, improved her game on the diamond by playing on a Select softball team during the summer of her high school tenure.
"Playing on Select teams gave me consistent competitiveness that you sometimes don't get playing at a (Class) 2A high school level," Marroquin said. "As a batter, I would face pitcher who threw in the high-50s (mph) to low 60s and sometimes I went up against pitcher who barely got the ball over the plate and pitched barely 50. So the competition was a lot more consistent because teams had good players from all over.
"Then went I made the switch to college, I found out, as a pitcher, that opposing lineups are much more competitive. In high school you could pick the batters you had to really throw well to, but in college most of the time the lineups are strong 1-9."
Marroquin is hoping to achieve one of her goals of helping the Scots to the national tournament. She is joining a number of players she played with and against, so she's glad she'll be seeing familiar faces in the Lyon College camp.
"I played with and against quite a few of the softball girls here and one of my good friends is here at Lyon," she said. "There's a 'home' feeling about the college and I think we're going to have a good year this season."
Carla plans to major in accounting. She is the daughter of Cesar and Rebeca Marroquin of Monette.