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Athlete of the Week: Sammie Merriman

Marana soph wants to leave an impact on softball program

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Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

When Marana softball head coach Dan Collin is asked to describe power-hitting sophomore Sammie Merriman, he gets historical.

"She walks softly and carries a big stick," said Collin with a smile.

That quotation, originally spoken by Teddy Roosevelt concerning U.S. diplomacy and military might, may seem a little over the top, but on Saturday, the Cholla Chargers got a good look at just how bombastic Merriman's bat could be.

In a 4-1 loss to Cholla in the first round of the 4A Sonoran regional tournament, Merriman provided Marana with the team's only run, slamming a sky-high home run in the top of the seventh inning, robbing otherwise-dominant Chargers' pitcher Monet Ormsby of a shutout.

"She kept pitching me inside all day," said Merriman. "So I just tried to do what I do in the batting cages and I found it."

Merriman has found four other home runs this season as well. But that's not all she brings to the field for the Tigers.

"She's a very serious softball player," said Collin.

Merriman agrees.

"I'm very serious," she said. "If we're losing, I'm going to play harder and I want to keep everyone on their toes."

The Tigers will be on their toes until Thursday, as one of the bubble teams possibly excluded when the Arizona Interscholastic Association publishes the brackets for the state tournament beginning May 9.

"It's antagonizing," said Merriman. 'I just want to know."

While Merriman is looking toward Thursday with high anticipation, she is not above stating her goals for the rest of her career at Marana.

"I'm looking for my team to make state every year that I'm here," she said.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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