BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath senior shortstop Camille Martin already has enough individual accolades and records to fill multiple impressive high school careers.
And the fact she has one more season left is what is going to make her, as well as the rest of the team, so exciting to watch in 2013.
Martin leads the rest of the Wildkittens into the spring as they look to repeat as Western Buckeye League champions — they shared the title with Celina a year ago — and improve on a somewhat disappointing postseason finish last year.
“We’re really going to try and push ourselves to go to state this year,” Martin said. “We have to do a lot of the little things in order to accomplish our goals, and everyone is going to work their hardest to achieve those goals.”
Martin put together one of the best individual seasons in Bath softball history a year ago. She hit for an incredible .515 batting average, smacking six home runs and 18 doubles in the process, in addition to stealing 30 bases. Her home run total tied her for the biggest single season total in school history. Her doubles ranked second, her stolen bases were third, and her batting average was fourth in the single season record books. As a pitcher, Martin enjoyed an 8-1 record, with a 1.98 ERA and 62 strikeouts.
The numbers are a perfect reflection of the complete player Martin has been throughout her high school career. Her rare combination of speed and power gives dimensions to her game that are rare in most high school athletes. Defensively, her glovework has kept her at shortstop for the majority of her high school career.
“She spends so much extra time on her own to mature into a total player,” Bath coach Laura Ford said. “She can hit home runs, steal bases and do everything for us on offense. On defense, shortstop is such an important position, and she’s done so well at that spot every year.”
Martin is one of eight returning letterwinners from a Bath team that was ousted in the district semifinals last season after a very impressive regular season. The Wildkittens retain three of their top four hitters from a year ago, a group that each hit well over .400. Bath also returns its ace of the pitching rotation, Kimmy Reynolds, who earned a 13-5 record with a 2.20 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 2012.
“Our kids are working every day for the chance to go to state,” Ford said. “They were all very motivated this past summer knowing that positive things will happen when they work as hard as they do. I think we’re more well-rounded this year, but still have to replace some seniors who graduated last year. It could take a few games for us to find our fit for everybody.”
Ford, who is entering her 30th season as head coach at Bath, says Martin is among the top players she’s coached during her tenure. There’s plenty of evidence to back up the claim too. Martin has been first team All-WBL and first team All-District all three seasons so far, and she made first team All-Ohio last season. She made the All-Ohio team as an honorable mention her first two seasons as well.
Despite the long list of accolades and records, Martin mentions none of them when asked how she wants to be remembered at Bath.
“I always try to help other people,” said Martin, who is signed to play softball at UNOH next year. “That’s what a lot of kids today want you to be. They see you and want you to help them reach their potential and be the best they can be.”
Bath shortstop Camille Martin