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Raider Marissa Morris signs letter of intent with UConn. Another DI softball player comes out of Torrington.

POSTED December 08, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Surrounded by her parents, Torrington senior Marissa Morris signs her letter of intent to play softball at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2015. Morris is a standout catcher for THS.

TORRINGTON: The fact that she wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of playing softball speaks volumes about what kind of softball player Marissa Morris became.

The senior at Torrington High School signed a Letter of Intent to play at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2015 before a library full of friend’s families and her coach, Marianne Musselman.

It marks the second straight year that a Raider has held court in the Torrington Media Center. Just a year ago, her teammate Sydney Matzko signed to play with the University of North Carolina.

“I told my dad that softball was not the sport for me,” Morris told the gathering. “When I started to play on a travel team, I liked the competitiveness of it and I got back into it when I was 12.”

Morris played for the Connecticut Charmers Gold travel team and it was through that organization that she gained attention from a number of terrific schools.

Based in Milford, the Charmers are the only Gold Travel team who play their games all over the country and it’s a pipeline for local players looking to play at the next level.

“I’ve been working real hard for this since eighth grade,” Morris said. “That’s when I started playing towards the recruiting process and finally it has paid off.”

Torrington won the Naugatuck Valley League Championship over Seymour two years ago, during Morris’ sophomore campaign and it was there that her diamond relationship with Matzko started to flourish.

“Working with Sydney (Matzko) was great,” Morris said. “Having that dynamic pitcher/catcher duo was great along with having a strong offense and defense behind us really helped us.”

UConn is coming off a tough 2014 campaign in which they posted a 13-38 record under legendary head coach Karen Mullins, who retired after 31 seasons and was replaced by Jen McIntyre who is no stranger to Morris.

“I was recruited by coach Mullins at UConn,” Morris said, “But coach McIntyre was at Boston University last year and I met her while they were recruiting me as well. When she made the switch to UConn it was a clear and easy decision.”

Morris has one more season left with the Raiders and has already collected some impressive hardware while maintaining a high GPA of 4.0.

She was named captain of the team for the upcoming season and has earned All-NVL Copper selection the past two campaigns.

“Top athletes have to be tenacious,” Raider Musselman said. “And she’s tenacious. She’s a hard worker who loves the game. She knows the ins and outs of the game, she know what to do with the ball at all times. I think she has a really good shot at being super.”

With Matzko gone this season, Musselman is counting on her captain to be the leader on the field, something both she and Matzko did a year ago.

Morris plays two positions, catching and third base, something that bodes well for her future as she gives herself more chances to get into the lineup.

So, Raider fans, get ready to watch the send-off season of another Division I player from right here in the Northwest Corner.

It’s getting more Big Time every day.    

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