By LARRY VAUGHT
It could be any time when Kentucky football recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow is able to shout “Yahtzee” again.
This time, though, it won’t be for a Kentucky football recruit. It could be for another Kentucky recruit, though.
His daughter, Aryanna, who will be a senior at Lexington Catholic, is a terrific softball player. She hits for power and plays third base or first base. She’s a part of an elite travel team and has numerous Division I offers.
“She is a talented young lady and good kid,” said Vince Marrow. “God has blessed her.”
She started playing softball when her father was coaching at Toledo and Vince Marrow knew then she could “run and had a big bat.” She made her first travel team there and when her father went to Nebraska to coach where softball “is pretty hot.” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini’s daughter played on the same team and the coaches went to games together to watch their daughters play.
“As she got older you could really see her speed and power,” Vince Marrow said. “She could always hit pretty well. She has been one of the top kids in her age group. I really knew nothing about softball. We were a football family but I had to learn.”
Marrow was also a very good setter in volleyball but gave up that sport to concentrate on softball — a wise decision based on her scholarship offers. Her father says she will “not go to the west coast” to play but he’s not sure where she might pick.
New Duke assistant coach Josh Bloomer was a high school coach in Louisville who Aryanna Marrow knows from travel softball. He has definitely peaked her interest in playing for Duke.
Vince Marrow often goes to UK softball games. He likes the way UK coach Rachel Lawson recruits and waits to see players develop before offering scholarships.
“It would be an honor for Aryanna to play for her. She has a lot of respect for coach Lawson and her staff,” Vince Marrow said. “I believe she will be making a decision pretty soon and we’ll just see how it all plays out.”