SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State softball head coach Lori Perez announced the signing of three local high school seniors to National Letters of Intent today, and each will enroll as freshmen next fall.
The signees are comprised of second baseman Zamari Hinton of Sacramento's Sheldon High School, shortstop/outfielder Marissa Maligad of Elk Grove's Pleasant Grove High School, and corner infielder Cassidy Martin of Antelope's Center High School. In addition, all three play their travel ball for the Lady Magic of Elk Grove.
"I am thrilled to announce the signings of Zamari Hinton, Cassidy Martin, and Marissa Maligad," Perez said. "I feel proud to have three quality local players that chose to stay close and play for their hometown University.
"In addition, they all come from the same travel ball organization, the Lady Magic. I believe the fact that they have played together will be a tremendous asset to our squad. This group will bring speed to our lineup in addition to a defensive skill set that will be fun to watch."
Hinton, a 5-foot-1 second baseman from Elk Grove, will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Sheldon High School in the spring. A three-time all-Delta River League selection, she was named to the first team as a junior, and second team during both her freshman and sophomore years. Hinton also picked up first team all-city accolades in 2013. During her three seasons, Sheldon has combined for a 62-28 overall record, including back-to-back Sac Joaquin Div. I section championships in 2011 and 2012. In 76 career games, she is hitting .450 with a .514 on-base percentage, 97 runs, 43 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. She has yet to hit less than .400 in any of her three seasons, including a sophomore year where she batted .522 with a .681 slugging percentage. Hinton also hit .458 as a junior and .400 as a freshman, and is averaging 1.3 runs per game during her career.
"Zamari has the skill set to be very successful at this level. She is an offensive threat at the plate with her ability to hit for average and will use her speed to beat out close plays. She has great range at second base and will make plays that will surprise our fans," Perez said.
Maligad, a 5-foot-2 shortstop/outfielder from Mather, will enter her fourth season with the varsity squad at Pleasant Grove High School in the spring. She has received all-Delta River League honors each of her three seasons thus far, including a first team selection as a junior, and second team during both her freshman and sophomore years. Maligad has helped Pleasant Grove to a combined 57-32 overall record and 22-8 conference mark during her three seasons, including a league championship in 2013 where she was the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter. In 81 career games, she is hitting .325 with a .410 on-base percentage, 79 hits, 20 RBIs, 59 runs and 33 walks. She has improved her batting average all three seasons, including a .374 mark last year with four doubles, five triples, seven stolen bases and a .482 on-base percentage.
"Marissa is a tough, gritty player. She will be fun to watch at shortstop and is athletic enough to play the outfield. I am excited to see what she and Zamari can do together in the middle infield given their experience together. Marissa will also bring speed and is a definite threat at the plate," Perez said.
Martin, a 5-foot-3 first baseman/third baseman from Antelope, will enter her fourth year with the varsity team at Center High School this spring. A three-time first team all-Pioneer Valley League selection, Martin has raised her batting average every season thus far, including .368 as a freshman, .438 as a sophomore and .448 as a junior. She will enter her senior season with a .419 career batting average as well as a .505 on-base percentage and .592 slugging percentage. Martin also has 19 stolen bases, 16 doubles, three triples and three home runs. She was named team MVP last season after leading the Cougars in multiple categories, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Martin was also 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts.
"I am excited to have another Center High School product on our squad. Former Hornets and Center High products Rachel Miles and Amy Jo McKenzie were impact players here, and I believe Cassidy will have that same type of impact. She can hit for average, power and is an RBI producer. She has great hands at third base and has the ability to play at first base if needed," Perez said.
Sacramento State Signees
||L/R||Elk Grove, Calif./Sheldon HS
||Fr.||5-2||L/R||Mather, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS
||3B/1B||Fr.||5-3||R/R||Antelope, Calif./Center HS