After a stellar career at Teurlings Catholic High School and two solid years with the Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Dayton Marze found himself with a decision to make.

After a stellar career at Teurlings Catholic High School and two solid years with the Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Dayton Marze found himself with a decision to make. After leading all Cajun relievers with five wins during the 2010 season, Marze was drafted in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 426th pick. So Marze was faced with the decision of returning to UL-Lafayette or signing with the Blue Jays. In the end, the offer to play for the Blue Jays was just too good to pass up, so he inked a deal with Toronto and headed to the minors. Although financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed, the Blue Jays will pay for the rest of Marze's education. A couple of weeks ago, Marze was assigned to the Auburn Doubledays, a Class A short season team of the New York-Penn League, where he has already made a couple of appearances. In his first outing in relief came against Batavia on June 19. He gave up two hits and three runs in his one inning on the mound. However, two of those runs were unearned as he suffered the loss. Four days later, he pitched a shutout inning of relief in a win against Mahoning Valley. Marze, the son of Dickey and Valerie Marze, was redshirted in his first year at UL-Lafayette and pitched in a limited amount of games when he played in 2009. However, he had a breakout season in 2010 for the Cajuns out of the bullpen. The 6-2 right-hander led all UL-Lafayette relievers with 50.1 innings pitched as he made a total of 18 appearances. He recorded 34 strikeouts and 16 walks to go along with his 3.22 earned run average and two saves. He helped lead the Ragin' Cajuns to the NCAA Tournament this season, where they fell in regional action in Austin, Texas. Dayton Marze isn't the only athlete in his family to have been drafted to play professional baseball. Dickey Marze, a 1985 graduate of Anacoco, was drafted in the 17th round by the Atlanta Braves out of Northwestern State University, where he was a standout shortstop. He played two years in the minors for the Braves before pursuing other interests. In addition to his father, Dayton's mother Valerie was a collegiate softball player for the Lady Demons at Northwestern State. Dayton Marze is the grandson of Inez and the late Luther Marze of Anacoco and Ann and the late Jerry "Pappy" Salter of Many. He also has a brother named Hayden and a sister named Mackenzie.