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YOUNGSTOWN, OH- One of The Valley’s most highly sought after softball recruits of 2021 has come off the board.  This week, Ursuline’s Maris Barbato chose The University of Toledo to continue her student-athletic career.

Barbato already owns multiple records only 2 years into her tenure as a part of the Lady Irish Softball Team.  Barbato batted .525 as the leadoff hitter, and has the ability to play anywhere on the diamond.

“I’m very excited, very thankful to go to Toledo…my coaches are amazing!  Coach Szolek, Coach Kernan, and my dad coached me too,” says Barbato.  “I love all my teammates, they make me enjoy the sport.”

During travel ball, Barbato plays for The USSSA Pride Scarlet with several standout softball players.

“I loved his coaching style, I love the coaching staff there…it was like a family atmosphere.”

Barbato still has two seasons with Mike Kernan and the Ursuline Irish, and you can watch their games right here on YSN.

Watch the entire interview below:


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