MORRAL – Jacob Cannon is glad not every game this season was like the one he had against Ridgemont.
All Cannon did in that game was fracture a bone in his left foot while hitting a foul ball, and receive a concussion while being hit by a pitch. That came on top of a pulled hamstring in his left leg.
The rest of the month was a lot more enjoyable for the Ridgedale senior baseball player and son of Julie and Dwaine Cowan.
It was good enough for Cannon to earn the Fahey Bank Male Athlete of the Month for May honor.
Cannon played through the pain, no matter the malady.
“It definitely wasn’t comfortable, but I realized it was my senior year,” Cannon said. “Whether it was a struggle or not, I wanted to have fun.”
That he did as one of the leaders of a Ridgedale team which tallied 12 victories this spring, the most for the program in more than a decade.
Most of the other Rocket players this spring were younger than Cannon.
“It was frustrating at times, but at other times it was nice to see people look up to you,” Cannon said. Coach (Brian) Slone helped me with confidence during my career, and that’s what I and the other team captains wanted to get across to the younger guys.”
Confidence helped Cannon hit .500 during May with eight runs batted in.
He wound up leading the Northern 10 Conference in batting for the season with a .540 average, and he ranked fifth in the league in RBIs with 25.
Cannon’s hitting was boosted by the fact he struck out only one time in 26 at-bats in May.
“I don’t like to swing at the first pitch unless it is picture-perfect,” Cannon said. “After that, I wait for a cupcake pitch, the right pitch, to hit.”
Cannon, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound third baseman/shortstop/pitcher, also stole five bases in five tries during the month.
“It’s just timing,” Cannon said. “Every pitcher has a habit, and if you can find that habit, it’s really easy to time them up and steal a base.”
Following the season, Cannon was selected as a second teamer on the All-N10 and All-Central District squads.
Cannon plans on playing baseball at the University Rio Grande and study to be an intervention specialist, special education teacher and coach.
He hopes to have as many good days on the ball diamond at Rio Grande as he did at Ridgedale.
“My biggest thing this year was to have fun, and we had a blast,” he said. “It definitely was a good season.”
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Nick Middlesworth, Marion Harding track
Justin McCurdy, Pleasant track
Ben Waterman, River Valley track
Ridgedale’s Jacob Cannon discusses baseball in a video at www.marionstar.com.