ASHEBORO — When it comes to baseball in Randolph County, the Marsh family has certainly been instrumental.
Now, the youngest of the four Marsh brothers has earned an impressive honor given to him by the American Legion Department of North Carolina. Tanner Marsh was named the Area III Player of the Year for his efforts last summer in helping Randolph County Post 45 to another successful season.
Marsh, a senior at Asheboro High School, will be playing collegiately at Liberty in the fall. He is expected to play this summer for Post 45.
“He was a leader on and off the field,” said veteran Randolph County Post 45 coach Ronnie Pugh of Marsh, who was an infielder and pitcher for the team. “He did a very good job.”
In a letter dated Jan. 26, Marsh was informed of his honor. Marsh and the other Area players of the year will be honored in May at the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held at Belmont Abbey College. The exact date has not been set.
Marsh has three older brothers who have played for Post 45. Tristan, Trevor and Tatum all enjoyed spectacular careers with Trevor earning the American Legion National Player of the Year Award in 2019.
“The youngest one has to be the toughest one,” said Pugh of Marsh, who also had two cousins, Bryce Marsh and Blake Marsh, in the program. “The youngest one doesn’t get any breaks from the older ones.”
Marsh has obviously handled that aspect quite well.