If four straight trips to the state tournament with wins over some of the largest schools in the area weren’t enough to convince local softball fans Canterbury School’s softball coach Jody Moore has built powerhouse, perhaps the 2011 state title finally convinced them.
It is the first state title in any sport for the northeast St. Petersburg school.
Another sign that the Canterbury School of Florida is on the softball world’s radar is the number of players going on to play college softball.
Last year’s team captain, Krissy Longstreet, currently plays for Francis Marion University in North Carolina.
Today two more Canterbury students were added to the list of Canterbury collegiate softball players.
Lacy Adams signed a letter of intent to play for Division-I Winthrop. Adams is the first player from Canterbury to play Division-I softball.
Also, Emily Winesett signed admission papers to attend Haverford College in Pennsylvania. There, Winesett also plans to play on the school’s softball team.
The two girls were honored at a school assembly, sharing the stage with family members and past coaches, including assistants at Canterbury and travel softball teams coaches.
One such coach was Chuck Poetter, who also coaches one of the state’s powerhouse teams, Palm Harbor University High.
Adams and Winesett were feted for being what Moore deemed “Canterbury lifers.” The girls have played seven seasons of softball at the school dating back to when they were both sixth-graders.
Later, after the ceremony, Moore spoke glowingly about Winesett and Adams.
“Emily has perfected the physics of pitching,” Moore said of Winesett, a two-time Class A pitcher of the year. In 2010, Winesett pitched 13 innings in a region final win.
On Adams, a catcher, “Lacy calls her own game. I don’t call the pitches; she does. She has perfected the academic side of catching.”
Adams may have had the biggest hit in Canterbury softball history. It was her extra-base hit in last year’s state championship game that, after being substituted for a pinch-runner, led to the title-winning run.
Moore noted that one reason the girls are going on to play softball at the next level is that both are flexible in playing multiple positions, a hallmark of Moore’s players past and present.