Colgan’s Marietta twins sign to St. Louis University softball

Ashley and Allie Marietta sign Monday at St. Mary's Colgan High School in Pittsburg.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – It wasn’t always the plan for Ashley and Allie Marietta to stick together in college.

“We kind of said that we were going to explore all the options that were presented to us,” Allie says, “Ultimately we wanted to stay together, but if we were led in different paths, we were willing to explore other options to make sure we got the best fit.”

As it ended up, the twins are headed down the same path – signing on Monday afternoon to continue their softball careers at Division I St. Louis University.

“As our journey progressed, we decided it would be best for both our academic and softball careers to stay together,” Ashley says, “I’m really happy that we’re going together.”

“We realized more and more that we did want to be together,” Allie says of the recruiting process, “Everything in St. Louis kind of just fell into place. It means a lot. On and off the field, we’re going to push each other to be our best every day,”

Both Ashley and Allie have had outstanding careers to this point for the Panthers.

Ashley is a 2X All-State selection (2019, 2021) in the outfield for Colgan, hitting .481 as a junior last season.

Allie is a 2X All-State selection as well, earning All-State honors as an outfielder in 2019 and as a catcher in 2021. She hit .532 as a junior last season – after COVID-19 erased the pair’s sophomore campaign in 2020.

The twins have helped lead Colgan to back-to-back 2-1A state championships (2019, 2021) with their senior season still to come.

“That’s something that not a lot of people get to say they did,” Allie says of winning back-to-back rings, “That whole journey through the two state tournaments was incredible.”

As for why St. Louis University was the right choice for the two after high school.

“Academics were really a priority when we were looking into a school,” Ashley says, “St. Louis puts an emphasis on being both a student and an athlete. When we went to camp there, the people were just top-notch and we just loved the atmosphere.”

“The people were second to none,” Allie adds, “The team culture was something we knew we could fit into and thrive in…and be the best competitors that we could be for the next four years.”

While their time at Colgan is about to come to a close, the twins credit the school and the people around them for helping them earn the opportunity to continue on in a different jersey.

“Colgan has really emphasized time management and the skills needed to go play at the next level,” Allie says, “The teams and the friends that we’ve made here have really driven us to succeed and find who we want to be and what we want to do with our lives.”

“This school puts an emphasis on growing in every single area of your life, from faith to being a good student to being a good athlete,” Ashley says, “The time management and leadership skills…all of those intangible things that Colgan has taught me will make the transition into college much easier. We owe a big thank you to our parents, our family, our coaches and everyone who supported us along the way.”