Matthew Marsh signs with Division I Niagara University

by Jason Booth

Matthew Marsh, a 17-year-old left-handed picture & out-fielder has signed with Niagara

University in New York USA. Having been accepted into the Academic Exploration program he

has the opportunity to try different subjects based on his interests and strengths before

choosing a specific major. He becomes a Niagara Purple Eagle, this fall!


Marsh came to team Ontario with a breadth of baseball experience. He started with the

Peterborough Tigers at the age of 6 and worked his way through a AAA program in Clarington

Ontario at 12, eventually merging with Whitby for his 15u season.


When Covid-19 hit and disrupted the baseball season, Marsh gravitated towards playing for an

elite team and attended Team Ontario tryouts.


“The first tryouts were so welcoming, and made me feel like I was already part of the

organization! I instantly clicked with pitching coach Kyle McKay, and when I got in the car I told

my dad this is where I wanted to play” Marsh recalls.


We asked Marsh to reflect on his time with Team Ontario, and he told us that his experience

has helped him prepare for this move to College baseball. He remembered that Team Ontario

made him work hard for his starting spot, and he had to prove himself each day. Because of

this, Marsh learned the importance of working hard and putting his best foot forward at every

practice.


Marsh also remembered that the trips involved in the Team Ontario program as inspirational.

He told us that the experience at Team O gave him skills to balance travelling and school

demands. He was able to practice being on the go, and being able to jump into a gameplay

mindset after a long journey, all while playing at an elite level.


Reflecting back on his Team Ontario journey, he wants future players to know about the great

resources available to them. “You can come to the Dugout and train whenever you want … and

if you need to work on something they will help you!” It was evident as he told us about his

experience that this was significant to him, and having access to training facilities gave him the

ability to focus on what he knew he needed to do to improve, and knew that help was always

available.


Marsh told us “once you get to Team O, everyone there will turn into family.” We couldn’t

agree more. We here at Team Ontario love getting to know our players and helping them along

the way to reach their full potential through team development, individual instruction, and

guidance through the academic systems in Ontario and beyond.


Marsh starts with the Niagara University Purple Eagles in the Fall and is most looking forward to

getting to know his new teammates, coaches, campus, and more challenging competition.


His advice to future players? “Work hard, even when no one is watching"


We know that Team Ontario has prepared Marsh for this next step, and are proud of what he

has achieved, and we cannot wait to see where he goes from here! Congratulations Matthew

Marsh!

Matthew Marsh is the fourth player from Team Ontario Baseball to attend Niagara University. Past Team Ontario player who attended Niagara University are:

Matthew Panzica
Alexander Mackinnion
Timothy Crozier