Windsor freshman Janae Cameron hopes to catch on quickly.
So far, she’s caught pretty much everything that has come her way, literally and metaphorically.
Cameron is the starting catcher and three-hole hitter for the Wizards softball team (1-1). And, if the first two games of her high school career are any indication, Cameron doesn’t plan to let anything get past her as she makes in instant impact on the diamond.
“I try to really focus myself, I try to come out every day with a positive attitude and communicate to my teammates,” Cameron said. “Have confidence in myself — that’s a big thing. Stay late after practice and stuff, get more reps in. Whatever I need.”
Cameron has hit .375 (3 for 8) with three doubles and two RBI, including a 2-for-4, two-double effort in Windsor’s 8-5 Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference win against Roosevelt on Thursday.
Windsor coach Aryn Henneke said she hasn’t been hesitant in the least to immediately place Cameron into a prominent role within a Wizards squad that has its cross-hairs on returning to the state tournament in October.
“She’s in a big position, sitting behind the plate,” Henneke said after Thursday’s game. “So, she has to learn a lot, from a leadership standpoint, and (in terms of) managing herself emotionally. But, she has all the tools physically.”
Knowing how much is expected of her, batting in the heart of Windsor’s lineup and crouching behind the plate, Cameron said she came into the season determined to play with the same poise and polish of her more-experienced teammates.
Cameron said that while she realizes she has her whole freshman season and her entire high school career in front of her, performing so well in her first week at the high school level gives her some much-needed positive energy.
“It gives me confidence and it shows me how much potential I have,” Cameron said. “Altogether this team has so much potential. These next few years are going to be really great.”
Even this season might be a great one for Windsor with youngsters like Cameron and fellow freshman Micheala Moran (.667) complementing a strong corps of upperclassmen like juniors Hailey Hinson (.857, triple) and Bre Hamilton (.750, 2.33 ERA).
Henneke said her squad has the potential to do some special things this fall.
“They don’t see it yet, but we (coaches) do,” she said. “The set-up of this team is one of those unique teams that can shock a lot of people when they come together.”
Bobby Fernandez covers county schools sports and is the sports editor for The Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.