Mara Forsyth came to Wartburg in 2015 before the beginning of her sophomore year and instantly became a leader on the Wartburg softball team.
Forsyth transferred from the University of Northern Iowa where she played softball during her freshman year.
She said having two sisters who went to Wartburg helped make the decision easier and she is very happy with her choice.
“We have a coach who is doing great things with this program,” Forsyth said.
“It’s been an awesome experience. I love my classes here from that perspective as well,” she said.
A native of nearby Charles City, Forsyth plays both first and third base for the Knights.
She also serves as the team’s cleanup hitter.
After a fantastic start to her Wartburg career, she was selected to the IIAC All-Conference 2nd team last year.
Softball head coach Jamie Mueller was hired around the same time Forsyth decided to transfer to Wartburg.
She said having a player as talented as Forsyth is a great thing for any coach.
Mueller praised Forsyth as a top-notch player, and for her work with the team both on and off the field.
“Mara is a big contributer to this program in many ways. She has great leadership skills and she is our hardest worker,” Mueller said.
“Her work ethic is unmatched.”
Mueller said one of the reasons for Forstyth’s success is her ability to not put too much pressure on herself.
She understands it is alright to have an off day now and then.
Away from softball, Forsyth is very passionate about education and loves working with kids.
She gets a great mix of the two as an elementary education major.
She is also a frequent attendee at other Wartburg sporting events and spends time with her family.
Last year, the softball team made the Iowa Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009 and won their first-round game.
The Knights also took the eventual champion Simpson Storm into extra innings.
Both Mueller and Forsyth are very excited about what this year’s team can do. They only lost one senior the previous year.
The team is preparing for the beginning of conference play which begins April 1.
Forsyth said both she and the team are ready to make even more noise this season.
“When we ended last year’s conference tournament, all I could think about was how excited I was for next season,” Forsyth said.
“We didn’t finish how we wanted to. We are hungry for more and want to do great things.”
This past weekend, the softball team added a third victory over Wheaton to their current win streak.
The Knights defeated Wheaton in two games, 2-1 and 9-7.
They ended the week with a record of 10-4.
The Knights will face Coe and Webster this Saturday, and both are home games.