It seems unfair that a pitcher as tall and strong as senior Cam Charette should get an extra six inches standing on the mound.
By the time Charette releases the ball, a batter has a split second to react. Quite often, it's too late and the ball is in the mitt.
Charette has dominated since the season began, striking out 10 batters in a of Lynnfield for the Generals' first win of the season. To date, Charette has a 0.00 earned run average. In his 17 innings pitched so far this season, he has 25 strikeouts and given up just six hits.
Hamilton-Wenham Patch had a chance to talk to Charette on Facebook. This is what he had to say.
Hamilton-Wenham Patch: What are you thinking about when you're staring down a batter from the mound?
Cam Charette: When I'm pitching, a lot goes through my head. But mainly, keep it low, keep the batter guessing and off balance, and throw it hard.
HWP: Would you rather be an overpowering pitcher or one with a lot of finesse?
CC: I would rather be an overpowering pitcher like Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman because I love striking kids out.
HWP: Who's your favorite athlete?
CC: My favorite athlete is Marc Savard on the Boston Bruins.
HWP: Who is your role model?
CC: My role models are my father and my uncle Mike.
HWP: What are your plans for next year?
CC: My plans for next year are attending and playing baseball at Bridgton Academy in Maine for a post-graduate year and after that, hopefully Div. 1 collegiate baseball.
HWP: What's been the best part of senior year?
CC: The best part about my senior year has been growing closer to everyone in my grade, since it's our last year.
HWP: What is your favorite food, type of music, or movies and TV shows?
CC: My favorite food is sushi. I listen to country and rap, ironically. I enjoy just about all TV and movies.
HWP: What advice would you give younger kids who want to become great athletes?
CC: My advice to a young athlete is no matter what roadblocks you hit, you can get through them and anything is possible.
HWP: If you had to go a day without phones, computers, TV or the Internet, what would you do?
CC: Yikes, a day without my phone and Facebook I would probably go to and shoot hoops, or homerun derby at Cheeseman Field.