Taleas Marble Set Multiple Records at WNC
Western Nevada College Wildcats softball player Taleas Marble is continuing her sport at a university next year, but not before setting a number of records at WNC in 2012. The sophomore has signed a letter of intent to play next year at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, in Odessa.
Marble said UT Permian Basin coaches watched her play during the Region 18 tournament, then head coach Annalyn Burch offered her a scholarship.
“The coach just started last year, and she wanted some older girls who are producing,” Marble said.
Marble’s intensity and focus caught Burch’s attention.
“What interested me most was her obvious passion,” Burch said. “That drive and motivation; it looks like she wants it more than any other person.”
As a Wildcat, Marble crushed the softball on a weekly basis this spring, setting records in eight offensive categories while being named to the NJCAA All-Region 18 second team.
“I knew about the home runs; I didn’t know about the other records,” Marble said.
Batting third in the Wildcats' order, Marble decimated Scenic West Athletic Conference pitching, hitting .391 with 16 homers. Both of those totals were school records, along with her three triples, 29 walks, 52 RBI, 133 total bases, .764 slugging average and .467 on-base average.
It's wonderful," said WNC Assistant Coach Rosie Contri. "She wreaked of confidence. She would get in the batter's box and would have a definite determination on her face. No matter what they threw her, she was going to hit," Contri said.
The third baseman out of Corrine, Utah, also socked 11 doubles and fanned only 11 times in 174 at-bats.
“She’s going to put the bat on the ball,” Burch said. “She’s got phenomenal hand-eye coordination and good patience.
“For somebody who hits home runs, it doesn’t look like she’s trying to hit the ball over the fence.”
Marble credited her coaching staff and teammates for her increased power numbers. Having Jennifer Quam and Melanie Pfeiffer consistently get on base in front of her and cleanup hitter Nikki DiSera delivering hits behind her didn’t allow teams to pitch around Marble. Marble said prior to coming to WNC, she had hit five home runs in all of her softball career.
“Everything clicked. The coaching helped, and I started using my hips a lot more, getting my power through my hips,” she said.
Coach Leah Wentworth was able to add Marble to the Wildcats' roster after she played her freshman season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. There, she was third on the team with a .353 batting average. She also hit four doubles, one triple and one homer in 68 at-bats.
"It was definitely a blessing, and we were very, very grateful to have her as part of the squad," Contri said. "The attitude she brought to the team was phenomenal."
Marble said she made the decision to transfer after receiving only one at-bat during the 2011 Region 18 tournament and not playing defensively.
“I just wanted to go play,” she said.
Marble's ability to routinely deliver big hits quickly endeared her to Wentworth.
"We can always count on her to come through with a hit when we need her to," said Wentworth after Marble homered in a win against North Idaho early in the conference season. Marble came to the Wildcats as an outfielder, but she was able to fill a spot in the infield, playing the hot corner at third base.
"The best thing about Taleas is she's a utility player. You tell her where to play and she'll play it," Contri said.
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