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Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Sailors used Marshall plan

Senior pitcher, who helped Newport Harbor win first league game in six years, is Newport-Mesa Player of the Year for the second straight year.

July 10, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High's Hattie Marshall, bound for Concordia University, is the Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team Player of the Year.
Newport Harbor High's Hattie Marshall, bound for… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Hattie Marshall did not want the sun to set on her Newport Harbor High softball career before picking up her first Sunset League win.

The numbers were staggeringly against Marshall, a senior pitcher and co-captain, and the Sailors coming into the 2013 season. They hadn't won a league game in six years, losing 52 in a row.

It reached 53 straight league losses before the Sailors played host to Fountain Valley on April 11. The resulting 6-5 victory sent a wide range of emotions through Marshall, who pitched the complete game and went two for three with three runs batted in.

"It was kind of like relief in a way," she said. "Well, not relief. When you finally accomplish a goal you have, you're kind of in a moment of ecstasy and nirvana. We were all crying together after we won it."

Ending the streak was definitely a highlight for the four-year starter, but there were others. Marshall, bound for Concordia University, became the first Newport-Mesa player since Julianne Bass and Ashley Gleason in 2005 to play in the Orange County Coaches All-Star Softball Classic.

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And she and the Sailors also reasserted their dominance in the Battle of the Bay, racking up their sixth straight win over rival Corona del Mar. Marshall made sure she didn't lose to the Sea Kings in her high school career.

"Same with our football team," she said. "All four years, we went undefeated in both sports. That was a nice thing."

Marshall can add one more nice thing to her high school résumé. For the second straight year, she is the is the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year.

Marshall is the first repeat Player of the Year since Estancia's Taylor West accomplished the feat in 2007 and '08. Marshall definitely earned it. She was an unquestioned leader for Newport Harbor (4-24, 1-9 in league), which played a more difficult nonleague schedule than in her junior year. But Marshall seemed to excel no matter who the Sailors were playing.

She led Newport Harbor in most offensive categories, like batting average (.452), home runs (five) and runs batted in (18). She added a team-best six doubles and had a .518 on-base percentage. As a pitcher, she had a 4.02 earned-run average.

Marshall, a three-time Dream Team honoree, also earned first-team All-Sunset League honors for the second straight year.

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