Growing up and playing sports in high school is a common dream for most children. Hitting a walk off home-run, striking out the last batter or making a game winning catch to save the game are all scenarios that go through your mind when playing in your backyard as a child. Not every athlete has a storybook ending to their careers but at least they got a chance to play.
Two Golden Bear Senior softball players won’t get a chance to fulfill those dreams.
Bailee Bessette, a Gold Glove second baseman and Bella Jaskowski, a Silver Slugging first baseman won’t get a chance to write the final chapter in their softball careers, but they did make history. Because of the Covid-19 crisis, New York State cancelled the entire 2020 spring sports season. This news ended the softball careers of the two seniors. How many athletes can say their High School careers were ended because of a pandemic?
“Both girls are outstanding young ladies who put a great deal of work in over the off season to improve their games,” said Coach Mike Wentworth. “It is a shame they won’t be able to step on the field this spring to finish their careers along with their teammates. They are both going to be missed and I hope they know they will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to all of the athletes at Canton, especially the seniors.”
Bailee “Beetle” Bessette is a two sport athlete who also competed on the girls Varsity Soccer team. Bailee has played three years of Varsity Softball. The slick fielding infielder worked all off season to add a different twist to her game by learning to become a slap hitter this spring.
“Bailee really started to gain confidence from the left side of the plate. She could have given opposing defenses fits this spring,” Wentworth said.
Bailee is the of daughter of Bryan and Barb Bessette and will be attending SUNY Canton in the fall to study nursing.
Bella “Jazz” Jaskowski is a two sport athlete who also excelled in the pool for the Golden Bears swim team. The Silver Slugging first baseman has played four years on the Varsity Softball team. Bella has played all over the diamond the last three years, getting time at first base, third base, outfield and even dabbled a little behind the plate last year.
“Bella worked extremely hard over the off season to fine tune her swing. This could have been a monster year for her,” Wentworth said.
The daughter of Mike & Kristen Jaskowski will be attending Nazareth next fall and plans on swimming for the Golden Flyers.
Editor’s Note: This blog comes courtesy of varsity softball Coach Mike Wentworth.