Maddy Zbaraschuk bats in a spring 2010 game for the Sequim High School Wolves. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
By MICHAEL DASHIELL
Before she even got the college tour — one that included a visit to the famous Arch — Maddy Zbaraschuk had an offer to play.
The Sequim High School senior is going to play for the Tritons next year after signing a letter of intent to play for and attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Zbaraschuk had other offers, including one to play at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, but says she feels good about playing in St. Louis next fall.
“It was a hard decision but (I felt) it was a better fit for me,” Zbaraschuk says. “There’s a lot of potential with the new coach. I really love the school.”
That new coach is Brian Levin, who recently signed Zbaraschuk and four other top recruits to his Division II squad.
“Madison can change the game with one swing of the bat,” Levin said. “She has the rare ability to hit for power and average and is an incredible defensive catcher that can also play equally as well in the outfield. Her academic achievements are just as impressive as her athletic, and we look for big things from her in a Tritons uniform.”
As a freshman at Sequim High, Zbaraschuk not only started but also led the Wolves with a .501 batting average and 15 RBIs, hitting four home runs and a triple at the plate to earn all-league honorable mention.
She earned first team status as a sophomore and again as a junior this spring, hitting .550 with five home runs, 23 RBIs and a .680 on-base percentage.
Zbaraschuk also plays club ball for the Tacoma-based Diamond Dusters 18U Gold and the California Salinas Wildcats.
While she spent most of her time behind the plate, Zbaraschuk has played numerous positions on her high school and club teams.
“He (Levin) definitely wants me to catch,” she says.
As part of the recruiting process, Zbaraschuk recorded a workout video that she posted to youtube.com, showing her hitting, fielding, running and throwing skills.
Zbaraschuk says she wants to major in biology, and says she may transfer to the University of Washington or possibly Loma Linda in California.
As for now, she’s ready to travel the 1,700 miles for classes in St. Louis in the fall.
“I’m sure I will (miss home),” Zbaraschuk says. “That’s part of growing up.”