Marisa (Jensen) Pierce

Marisa Jensen was in no hurry to hang up her softball cleats and glove following a successful career at Deckerville High School.

The biggest challenge was finding the right fit for the Thumb Area student/athlete. That’s where SC4 came into play.

“Growing up in a small town, I wanted to keep that small-town feel at college and SC4 allowed me to do that,” Jensen said. “There was the smaller class sizes and a daily commute from home.”

“It allowed me a smooth transition to the next chapter in my life and opened many doors for me along the way both academically and athletically. Academically it allowed me to take all the core classes while playing softball and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.”

“Athletically, it allowed me to grow and develop physically into the player that I was able to become at the future level. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Jensen enjoyed two solid seasons on the softball diamond for the Skippers.

“Marisa was a great player and teammate,” SC4 softball coach Ron Matthews said. “She was a very hard worker.”

Following her SC4 career, the hard-hitting first baseman/catcher earned First-Team All-WHAC honors during the 2009 season at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She finished the season with 41 hits in 40 games with six home runs, 32 RBIs and a .964 fielding percentage.

During the 2010 season, Jensen claimed all-conference honors once again. She connected on 10 home runs, drove in 29 runs and compiled a .959 fielding percentage.

Marisa, her husband, Kenny, and two daughters, Eralin and Elyse, live in Kingston.