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Here's something interesting... High-level athletics runs in the family, as Marla's father, Mike, played college baseball at Pacific University during his collegiate years.
Quotable quote: "Be grateful for every opportunity you get. It sounds cliché, but if you think about it, not many girls get the opportunity to play on in college. For the younger players, soak up every opportunity you have to learn and get better. Every day counts and gets you that much better than your opponent."
What's she up to now? After her collegiate career's completion, Marla participated in the 2016 European Championship Cup on a German team, the Wesseling Vermins. She joined former teammate Nichole Toven on the squad and participated in the championship series of games for the teams. Upon returning to the US, Gooding rejoined the Toledo softball program as an assistant while she completes her degree.
Keep up: You can find Marla on Twitter @marlagooding5