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Marion’s Natalie Sigel – Salina Area Athlete Spotlight Presented By Salina Tech

By Hayden Swope

Natalie Sigel of Marion was a first team all-league outfielder last season for the Warriors and will be one of the key players on a Marion team that can be highly competitive in the Heart of America league.

“Being chosen to be in the magazine is a really exciting and unique opportunity,” Sigel said. “I would not have made it without my family and friends.”

Between mental blocks and injuries, Sigel has prepared for the spring season by staying focused.

“A really important skill I prepare for the season is the mental game as well as arm strength,” Sigel said. “I have struggled every year that I have played with arm injuries and shoulder stability.”

While the stats on the field are important, Sigel has aimed for the team togetherness off the field as well. 

“This year I want to focus on creating a more family-based environment with our team,” Sigel said. “It would be really awesome to make it to state again like we did my freshman year. Also to improve my accuracy of my change up.”

With the future fastly approaching, Sigel wants to hold onto all the memories she has had over the years, and how softball has changed her life for the better.   

“My future plans are to attend a four-year college and start a new chapter of my life,” Sigel said. “I have been asked many times if I want to pursue a college softball career and I have decided that it is not the path I want to take. I want to continue my love for the game in other ways, like helping with little league teams, doing lessons with younger players, and one day maybe be a coach. Softball is much more than a game to me. I have met some of my best friends and made some of my best memories playing softball.” 

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