Canton Softball Ready To Play Ball Vs Hammond In Opener
It has been 680 days since anyone has heard that phrase in Section 10 and the Canton Central Softball team and Coach Mike Wentworth are counting the days until the umpire calls those two fabled words.
That call will come on Tuesday as the Golden Bears host Hammond in a nonleague doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m. "After a year without Softball and Baseball who knows what it will look like in Section 10 but just the idea that kids are back on the field is a positive for everyone involved in the sport. "We should be able to continue a Canton tradition of having strong pitching. I am hoping that along with quality senior leadership will keep us competitive this spring." said Coach Wentworth who will be assisted by his daughter Kacie Wentworth Brabaw.
"We will have to replace some key players that have moved on but we have some girls that have put a lot of time and effort into making themselves better. I think we have the potential to be fun to watch this spring.”
Leading the team into a season that is hoped to be a step toward normalcy in Section 10 Athletics are seven seniors including returning All-NAC Central selections in shortstop Lexis Huiatt and Emily Wentworth who will pitch and play first. Wentworth and her cousin sophomore Hadley Alquire will combine on the mound and other key returning players are: Brooke Larrabee (3B) and Hadleigh Thornton (3B/1B/Of) for the Bears who must replace Bella Jaskowski (1B), Bailee Bessette (2B now at SUNY Canton) and Esther Shipman (C).
Coach Wentworth feels that three rookies in Cate DeCoteau C who won the 2021 KB Softball Winter League batting title, Sydney Francis 2B and Hadley Alguire P/1B will be impact players for the Bears.
CANTON SOFTBALL 2021
Seniors: Emily Wentworth (P/1B), Lexis Huiatt (SS), Brooke Larrabee (3B/1B), Hadleigh Thornton (1B/3B/OF), Natalie Warner (OF/1B/3B), Megan Davis(OF/2B/C) Juniors: Cate DeCoteau (C, INF), Alyssa Jacob (OF/3B), Brianna Rogers(OF), Hailey Jordan(OF) Sophomores: Hadley Alguire (P/1B/OF), Sydnee Francis (2B/SS/C).