Catchers are well known for their take-charge attitude behind home plate.
West Holmes senior Natalie Martin is one such player, and her immense talents on the softball field have allowed her to be a leader and develop those take-charge abilities. She will get a lot more chances to do so beyond this spring’s season. Martin recently signed her letter of intent to play softball for the University of Mt. Union.
“I am super excited because this is something I have wanted for a long time,” Martin said. “I have worked hard for a lot of years, so this is very rewarding to be able to play at the next level.”
Martin said having West Holmes head coach Jaime Chenevey and assistance coach Steve Frank push her throughout her career has been instrumental in preparing her for the rigors of playing college softball. She then added that having a college coach who she believes is very much like Chenevey in her approach and commitment is only going to be a positive. She said Mt. Union head coach Meghan Kishman was very impressive during her visit.
“They have the same fundamentals and approach that we have here at West Holmes,” Martin said of Kishman and her staff. “That was one reason why it felt so normal for me there. I went to a practice there, and it felt like it was up to speed, and they were teaching a lot of the things we work on here, only at a higher level.”
Martin said she had a former teammate in travel ball that committed to Mt. Union last year, and when Martin went for her visit, she felt very welcomed and at ease with the team and the program.
Martin has played a number of positions in her career, but she has mainly patrolled third base and catcher. It is behind the plate where she has been recruited by Mt. Union, and she said because of injuries and graduation, the catcher’s position is wide open there, meaning she could step in immediately. Blessed with a canon of an arm behind the plate and ample power as a hitter, Martin fits the mold of a college catcher.
“I don’t know who else is coming in next year to compete for that spot. I only know that I am going to work as hard as I can to earn it,” Martin said. “I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Martin said she will be pursuing a degree in special education with a minor in coaching.