Northridge (Calif.) Sierra Canyon High School Class of 2021 infielder Amber Toven signed with Arizona back in November during National Signing Day.
“Amber is a very good defensive player that can hit for average and some power. She is very athletic and will be a solid Division-1 athlete. Amber will bring needed depth in the middle of our defense. She has very good speed and quickness,” said former Arizona coach Mike Candrea.
Toven is ranked the No. 8 recruit nationally by Extra Innings Softball.
The 2021 recruiting class is smaller than the 2020 class, with only four players — Toven, Madi Elish, Paige Dimler, and Allie Enright — but it has versatility.
Here’s the Q&A from part of the interview covering her recruitment to Arizona and getting to play for coach Caitlin Lowe, who has replaced the retired Candrea. The complete interview is in the video below.
What was the recruiting process like for you?
AT: “Growing up playing softball was all about having fun in which it still is, but the whole part of it becoming somewhat of a business now in trying to get recruited was a little bit overwhelming. But at the same time, it was very exciting because it was like, wow, like, I have the potential to play at the collegiate level. And I just thought that was so exciting.”
For Arizona fans that haven’t seen an Amber Toven play or video or anything, how would you describe your game?
AT: “I don’t mean to sound conceited. But I would say I’m pretty smooth on the defensive side. I think that my glove is not flashy, well, I guess flashy, maybe a little bit. I believe that the U of A fans will be somewhat impressed how I perform on the field defensively and then offensively. Yeah, that as well. But defense is my strong suit for sure.”
Let’s fast forward to about a little over a year from now but in February, when you’re stepping on that field, and you see 3,000 Arizona fans screaming then you’re in between the in the lines of the diamond and you’re there at short, whatever position you’re playing, what do you think that moment is going to be like for you?
AT: “I think it’s gonna be overwhelming in a good way. And I think in that moment, I can really look back on all my years in high school and grade school that like all this has really paid off like I’m here on the big stage now. I think that also seeing all those fans there, it would give me motivation to be greater and better. So then I can help the team move forward into going to the Women’s College World Series.”
Toven mentioned that she was primarily recruited by Lowe before signing with Arizona.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.