SIX NATIONS— Hard work has definitely paid off for Six Nations girls softball player Jazlynne Martin, who is on the cusp of realizing her life long dream.
This third baseman who was a force last summer in the PWSA league where she helped her UTM Brantford team to a strong campaign was all smiles after officially committing on Wednesday, April 8th to play college softball for Onondaga.
“Putting on an Onondaga shirt for the first time will mean a lot to me because I’ve wanted to play college softball since I was a little kid and I’ll finally feel like I made it,” Martin said. ”And, I also know I’ll be making my papa (Seek Hill) proud who I lost in 2015.”
In terms of why she chose Onondaga, Martin simply stated, “When it came to choosing Onondaga a big part was my best friend Madison Henry. She played there the 2019/20 season and always told me how much she loved the environment and her coaches. It is important to me to play somewhere where we feel like a family and I think Onondaga will give me life long friendships.” When not playing ball, Martin will be studying physical education and exercise science.
Last summer Martin had a season to remember as the UTM Brantford squad won gold at a tournament but just fell short at Provincials.
“We communicate well and are great at lifting each other up when we’re down,” Martin said about her team’s strengths from this past year. “I think the best thing about playing is the feeling you get when you make a good play or get a good hit. And it also feels like home to me when I step on the diamond. I forget about everything else going on around me and focus on the game.”
Martin, who grew up idolizing Sydney Romero, has an incredible bright ball future, and will sure to have her Six Nations community rooting for her every step of the way.