Mariah Godde, a junior on last year's Warriors softball team, has signed a national letter of intent to play Division I softball at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland in 2018.

"I am really excited to be living on the East Coast," Godde said. "I know it's far from my family, but I love it back there, and I'm just looking at it as a new adventure."

Mount St. Mary's, founded in 1808, is a Catholic school located in Emmitsburg, Md., and a member of the Northeast Conference.

"The college is so beautiful and is surrounded by history," Godde said. "I will be five miles south of Gettysburg and an hour from Washington, D.C."

Godde would have been a senior on the Warriors this season, but her family moved to Ventura just before the start of the 2016-17 school year.

"I go to a small private school now that doesn't have sports, so this high school season, instead of playing high school ball, I am going to be coaching a Little League team," Godde said.

"But my three years playing at THS were a lot of fun, and I'm thankful for all the moments I spent with the Warriors that helped build me as a person and as an athlete."

Godde was a pitcher and infielder and hit .536 last season for the Warriors with four homers, eight triples and 22 RBIs. She led the team with 42 runs and 19 stolen bases.

As a pitcher, she was 8-3 with an ERA of 0.32 in 62 2-3 innings. She had 78 strikeouts while walking just 13 batters.

"My coach recruited me last summer as a utility player and pitcher," Godde said. "She loved my versatility on the field and told me they would be looking at me in several positions."

Godde said when she visited the campus, "they had me playing shortstop the whole time."

"I have been told they are weak there, so it is a good chance that will be my primary position, but I'll be happy to play anywhere," Godde said. "They have a good pitching staff right now, so I'm not sure how much pitching I will do, but I intend to work my way into the rotation."

Godde has pitching in her blood. Her grandfather, George Perez, was a pitcher and teammate of Robert Clemente for one season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958.

Godde said she will be attending the school on a scholarship for both academics and athletics that will cover about 60 percent of her expenses, "and the scholarship can grow every year."

"The athletic facilities are amazing being a D-I school, and I fell in love with them instantly," she said. She said the fact that it was a Catholic school also played a large part in her decision to go to Mount St. Mary's.

"The school and scholarship felt so right and everything came together perfectly in so many ways," Godde said. "I'm really thankful to my parents for paying for my travel ball and always supporting me all my life at every game and in every type of weather. I'm also thankful to all my coaches and teammates throughout the years."

Sports Writer, Tehachapi News