[s—] all the time.” Said Varsho about Marinconz being the youngest of the group. “He fit in perfectly with us, it was just fun being around him. He gave our team a lot of energy.”
It showed, as Marinconz gelled with his teammates immediately and became an everyday player at the top of the lineup. He enjoyed a breakout season individually and became a key contributor to nearly all of the Express’s victories this season.
Marinconz joined Varsho as the two offensive members of the Express to take part in the Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase, where the top prospects from around the league battle in front of college and professional scouts. The two players were also roommates on some of the team’s longer roadtrips.
“It’s fun because he can take it but he can also dish it right out back at you,” said Varsho. “He was fun and he made our team a lot better.”
The Express finished the regular season at 29-42 and missed the playoffs but they were still able to have a memorable season including some thrilling victories. One of which, a walk-off win from the bat of Marinconz.
“That was probably one of the top moments, that was really cool.” Marinconz said about his walk-off single to beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters by a score of 6-5 on July 29. “When you get that opportunity it was definitely nerve racking but when you get it done everybody’s so excited it was just awesome.”
Now that the season is over Marinconz looks toward his next opportunity, launching his collegiate career at Cal Poly. One he has been looking forward to for years.
“I know I’ve wanted to go there since I was a freshman, I committed there after my sophomore summer,” said Marinconz. “I’m just trying to compete for a spot, play as a freshman, do the best I can and make a quick impact on the team.”
And Marinconz said he feels much better equipped to complete that goal after his stellar season in the Northwoods League.
“It’s definitely a faster pace and I’m seeing better pitching, this is pitching that I’m going to see in college.” Said Marinconz about his competition he’s faced while in Eau Claire. “Most of these guys are super good and its just really helping me prepare to play at the next level.”
Marinconz will be moving back to his home state of California after his summer in Eau Claire, but it doesn’t mean his time with the Express is over. When high school players sign with a Northwoods League they are required to play for two years, unless they get injured. Marinconz will be able to don his white Express jersey for one more season under the lights at Carson Park.
“I’m absolutely excited,” said Marinconz. I love this, I love this area, I love the people here, I love the fans, I love the coach, I love the players. A great opportunity, I’m blessed to have it.”