Cantler Is Up For New Challenges In 2011

Despite the frigid conditions outside, the 2011 softball season gets underway in just over a week. Mallory Cantler is one of the team's seven seniors and team leaders.

Mallory Cantler is one of the most accomplished North Texas softball players in the program's history. A three-time All-Sun Belt honoree at first base, Cantler has been setting and breaking school records since her freshman year. She is just as accomplished off the field. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Cantler earned her bachelor's degree in three years and is currently working on her MBA. 

Never to face down a challenge, Cantler has given herself new responsibilities as a senior for the 2010-11 season. Despite not pitching her first three years of college, Cantler is headed back to the circle for her senior year.

Cantler has been a pitcher her whole life. She finished her high school career with a 0.28 earned run average. Upon her arrival at North Texas as a freshman, she started out in September working with the pitchers. Along with head coach T.J. Hubbard, they decided for her to focus on hitting and being an everyday player at first base. At the time, the Mean Green had a squad of pitchers and was thin on first basemen. For the next three years, Cantler was a fixture at first base and led the team in batting.

Except for a few times when Hubbard would pull pranks on Cantler by telling her she better warm-up in the bullpen, the Jarrell, Texas native never spent any time in the circle at North Texas. Following the 2010 spring season, the Mean Green found itself thin on pitchers. Hubbard had just two pitchers coming back and only one had collegiate experience. In meetings, Hubbard inquired if Cantler was possibly interested in pitching for her senior season if the coaching staff was unable to bring in more pitchers.

Cantler gave it some thought and began working out during the summer. She called Hubbard mid-way through the break and told him she was up for the challenge. Three years after briefly working out with the pitchers, Cantler headed back to the bullpen in September of 2010 with a goal of pitching in the spring for the Mean Green.

During the fall season of her senior year, Cantler started her first collegiate game in the circle for the Mean Green. Against a local junior college, the senior pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six batters. The pitching did not affect her hitting. She posted three hits and knocked in two runs in the 10-0 win.

Now with a group of four pitchers, Hubbard believes Cantler will be an integral part of the pitching squad in 2011.



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