Westerville Ohio Capitals Age 23-Under fastpitch team

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Someone to know: Fastpitch softball pitcher Michael Cantrell

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

In just nine years, Michael Cantrell has become one of the young promising pitchers in the USA.
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“I’m a very antsy person, so when the fastpitch season is coming up all I want to do is play softball,” – Michael Cantrell

MECHANICSBURG, OH – Young pitchers who follow the heady advice of veteran pitchers generally have a good start in becoming first-rate fastpitch pitchers.

Michael Cantrell is one of them. Though he’s only 20 years old, he’s learned much in his nine years in the circle, where he windmilled his first pitch as a 12-year-old.

He credits veteran pitchers Rich Markham, Ron Marstiller, Scott Sutherland and Bill Hillhouse with giving him sound advice in learning the trade.

“Over the span of my career I have taken their information and used it,” Cantrell said. “All of them are successful pitchers, and combined they have a lot of knowledge.”

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NAFA Team Preview: The Westerville, Ohio, Age 23-Under Capitals

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Team Name and where from: Capitals 23-Under, Westerville, OH
Team Manager: Rich Markham
Year Team Established: 2010
Number of NAFA World Series appearances: First time

Team History: The Capitals have competed in Ohio since 1985 except for four years during which the Manager, Rich Markham, was in San Diego.

The team has always included new players, most of whom were under age 30. While he was in San Diego, Rich assembled a team that competed in the 1999 ASA 23-Under National Championship in Austin, MN.

In 2007, Rich was back in Ohio. A 15-year-old left-handed pitcher, Michael Cantrell, joined the team. We began then to try to assemble an Ohio team for either age 19-Under or 23-Under competition.

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