Gifted with the ability to play any position on the field (with the possible exception of pitcher) Bastrop High senior Cade Cantrell is the type of player that gives a coach a lot of options.
“Cade's skill set fits most positions,” Bastrop coach Whit Whitlock said. “He's going to be successful pretty much anywhere you put him. He's a solid player. You know he's going to be there every day. Whether you send him to right field or first base, it's going to be, 'Yes, sir.'”
Cade Cantrell has split time between first base and right field this season, while catching on occasion early in the season.
Offensively, he's batting .283 with a .472 on-base percentage. Like his twin brother, shortstop Ty Cantrell, Cade has a knack for getting on base.
“Both of them know the strike zone,” Whitlock said. “They both have a real good eye at the plate and put the bat on the ball.”
Now in his third season as a starter for the baseball team, Cade Cantrell also helped start the Rams' soccer program two years ago. As a senior goalkeeper, the 3.68 student led the entire state with 14.36 saves per game and was voted first-team All-District.
Top 1st: When did you start playing baseball?
Cade Cantrell: I played for Crawdaddy's (Cooper Lake Grocery) my first year of T-Ball.
I didn't play my second year of T-Ball, but the next year in pitching machine, I started playing for Seapac. We were pretty good. We came in first one year and second the next.
Bottom 1st: What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of baseball?
Cantrell: My favorite part about baseball is that you have more than one opportunity to make up for your mistakes.
My least favorite part is conditioning.
Top 2nd: What is the biggest improvement you have made since your freshman year?
Cantrell: Most younger players, when they strike out or make an error, completely shut down. I've gotten better at not letting it ruin the rest of the game.
Bottom 2nd: Who is the toughest pitcher you have ever faced?
Cantrell: There was a kid from LaSalle a couple of years ago that threw like 92-94, but I don't remember his name.
Brandon Bristo from OCS throws really good.
Top 3rd: How important was it to beat Neville earlier this year?
Cantrell: It was very important because it was a confidence booster and it was the first time we had beaten them since 2004. I was probably playing for Seapac the last time Bastrop beat Neville.
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Cantrell: Not really. Well, not at all. When I come back to the dugout, I don't have to worry about taking the equipment off and putting it back on. I always hated putting the equipment back on.
Top 4th: What advice would you give to the younger players?
Cantrell: I would tell them to remember that the game is seven innings and to not let one mistake ruin your whole game.
Bottom 4th: If you could change one thing about your high school athletic career, what would you do differently?
Cantrell: I wouldn't take so many practices off. In a lot of practices, I just went through the motions. I wouldn't go through the motions as much.
Top 5th: What was it like to be a part of starting the soccer program at Bastrop High?
Cantrell: It was pretty cool.
I was kind of iffy on whether I was going to play my senior year, but coach (Joey Toncrey) really wanted me to play. It was fun, so I'm glad I did.
I was able to meet some new people. Neville had a couple of soccer players on their baseball team and it was kind of cool getting to talk to them.
Bottom 5th: What are you going to miss the most about high school athletics?
Cantrell: I'm going to miss the relationships you build.
Top 6th: What is your favorite hunting story?
Cantrell: One time I went hunting with my papaw (Ronald Hendry) at his hunting club and we got lost. He said, 'It'll be okay. If we can just find a deer stand, I'll know where I am.' When we found one, he said, 'I don't know this deer stand,' so I'm starting to get a little worried. A few minutes later, he figured out where we were.
Bottom 6th: What are your summer plans?
Cantrell: Ty, Cole, his girl friend Katy and I are going to the SEC Baseball Touranment, then I'm going to church camp and working with VBS at my church (Greenacres Baptist) and I'm going to try to get a job.
Top 7th: What are your future plans?
Cantrell: I'm going to UAM and majoring in electro-mechanical technology.
Bottom 7th: What can you do with a degree in electro-mechanical technology?
Cantrell: You can work on valves — that's what my brother (Cole) does — or you can go into welding. I might go offshore for the welding, but I haven't really decided yet.
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