Mansfield Sports

March 24, 2014

Lady Wolves ace battles from injury to dominance

As just a sophomore, Mariah Denson has an incredible stat line – even though she was once told she might never pitch again.

With a 1.38 era and 150 strikeouts through 81 innings to start the season, Mariah Denson has proven to be a dominant force on the mound for the Timberview softball team.

The sophomore has five no-hitters and a perfect game on the season, and to prove that she is more than just a strong arm, is also hitting .459 with 13 doubles, two home runs and 30 RBI heading into this week.

The Lady Wolves have outscored opponents by a total margin of 90-6 this season, and coach Donya Mooney said that Denson has played a major role in the teams’ success.

“She is a talented kid with a very balanced softball approach,” Mooney said. “She’s a great hitter, and obviously, she’s a great pitcher.”

The Lady Wolves are off to a perfect start in district to this point, and Mooney said that even though she is a sophomore, Denson is one of the players providing good leadership.

“She is definitely a leader on the field,” Mooney said. “And when she’s in her zone, everyone basically just follows suit. They basically wait for her to get into the huddle to decide what they want to say. She’s a dynamic kid, and they are just an amazing team.”

Denson said that she tries to bring a couple of qualities to the team that she believes will help Timberview be the best it can be.

“I always try to be the best to help my team,” Denson said. “But if it doesn’t work out, I know that they’re behind me helping me out and that I can rely on them.”

Timberview is in first place in the district standings and his one of the top 5A teams in the area, and Denson attributes most of that to the team chemistry.

“I think that our bond has a lot to do with it, because we get along really well,” Denson said. “Teams that get along really well will help each other out. Without that, I don’t think we would be we are.”

Denson has not been without her impediments along the way, as a severe back injury almost derailed her athletic career. She said that has motivated her to become one of the top pitchers in the state.

“I had a fractured L5 (vertebra) in my back,” Denson said. “It happened over time, and I was told by one of my doctors that I would probably not be able to pitch again. It motivated me even more to get where I am today.”

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