Arcata teammates sign college letters of intent together

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By Ray Hamill — A pair of longtime teammates will get to enjoy one more campaign together before embarking on different collegiate journeys, after they signed their letters of intent side by side last week.

Arcata seniors Sagen Sarchett and Morgan Ford will both take their talents to the college softball fields after their final high school season, and both are excited about the prospects.

Sarchett, a catcher, will play at Cal Poly Humboldt, while Ford will pitch for Louisiana Christian University.

For Ford, the decision to play in Louisiana was a relatively easy one after head coach Barry Roberts reached out to offer her a spot.

Roberts first coached the Arcata senior while she was playing for a Team USA selection in Barcelona during the summer.

“He said you should come check it out, and my dad and I went out for a visit and I loved it,” she said. “It’s a small town atmosphere. The campus is really beautiful, and I spent some time with the team and I really liked it. 

“It felt like being at home.”

Sarchett will play closer to home when she joins the Jacks and head coach Shelli Sarchett, who is her mother.

Because of the family connection, the Tigers standout has been around the program for years and knows the players well, making this an easy decision for her.

“I decided to stay home because I don’t like anywhere else as much as I like Humboldt County,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”

She already has benefitted from being around the Humboldt players.

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“Everybody’s so nice, it’s such a great environment,” she said. “I really like this group. They’re all very helpful. As a newbie not knowing many things, they’re very open to sharing their knowledge and experience with me.”

Sarchett and Ford have been playing together for much of the past decade, including traveling together to play regularly for the Sonoma Stack travel team since they were 12.

And before they go their separate ways, they have some unfinished business to take care with the Tigers, who are coached by Sagen’s father Steve.

“I’m hoping that we just continue to get better and have fun and compete this season,” Ford said. “And hopefully make it further into the postseason.”

Both players have become influential team leaders on a young Arcata team, and it’s a role each takes seriously.

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“We do have a pretty young team, and I’m excited to see the new talent,” Sagen said. “And I hope that we can do some damage in league this year.”

The senior catcher is also determined to relish one more go-around against the Tigers’ biggest rivals.

“What I’ll remember the most is definitely the competitive, fun rivalries,” Sagen said. “A big game at McKinleyville or Eureka is fun, and I love our team environment.”

The longtime softball teammates also tried their hands at something new in their final two years at Arcata High and enjoyed plenty of success together on the H-DNL golf courses after being recruited to play by head coach Troy Ghisetti.

“We kind of just took it and ran with it,” Sagen said with a chuckle. “We had a great time.”

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Ford echoed the sentiment. 

“Golf was a lot of fun,” she said. “It was something new and I really liked it and playing with a different group of people.”

Both also enjoyed plenty of success in their new sport while leading the Tigers to a league championship, with Sagen placing second overall individually this year.

The letter signing was held at Arcata High School and was attended by coaches, teammates, friends and family.

“It was awesome,” Ford said of the occasion. “It was nice that our family and friends got to be there.”

Louisiana Christian is an NAIA program.

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