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Meet Elite 2025 Prospect Chantal Carriere: Catcher/Utility from Canada; 1.7 Pop-time/5-Tool

Aurora Diggers 18U Fastpitch (Canada):

Name: Chantal Carriere

Nickname: CC

Hometown: Brampton Ontario

Grad Year: 2025

GPA: 3.7

Travel Team: Aurora Diggers 18U

High School: St. Martin Catholic Secondary School

Positions: Catcher / Utility

Height: 5’8"

Bat/Throw: Right/ Right

Pop time: 1.72

Overhand Velocity: 66mph

Exit Velocity off Tee: 68mph

Home to First or 20 yds: 2.9

Intended Study Major: Sports Management or Kinesiology


Twitter: @Chantalcarri22

Instagram: @chantalcarriere_

Who are you?

A girl that just wants to have fun. Whether it is on the diamond getting dirty, down time with teammates or having fun with friends.

How did your softball journey begin?

It all started with me trying new sports at a young age. I tried soccer, Irish dancing, tennis, volleyball and then softball. I found a love for the game after my first year in T-ball.

First game playing catcher

What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?

Probably my ability to be a good teammate. I love to have a good relationship with my teammates and my coaches. I am always willing to go out of my comfort zone and learn

something new.

With teammates at fall showcase tournament

What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?

My biggest strength as a hitter is being a situational power hitter. I am able to keep calm in high pressure situations and get the job done. Last season I batted a .414.

14U Uncle Charlies Home Run Derby Champion! 8 Over the Fence

Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?

I chose to lead by example both on and off the diamond. I’m usually a very loud and outgoing person behind the plate. I tend to look up to people who play at a higher level and that are successful with what they do so I can learn. Another thing that I look for in a leader is someone who is willing to help me be better, not only on the field but off the field as well.

15U Provincial Gold Medalists

You’re obviously very busy with so many activities and events in your life. How do you balance your life and manage your time so effectively?

Most weeks I have my training schedule set out for each day. I know each day what I need to do. From there I can get my school work done, spend time with my friends, especially during the fall and winter, with all of the traveling. Studying or doing homework in the car is pretty common for me. I try to keep my schedule pretty consistent and organized from week to week to be able to stay on top of my school work.

Varsity Women's Flag Football Regional Silver Medalists

Describe your gameday mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the batter's box.

I really try to focus on the little things that are going to help me achieve big results. Coaches have always said to me to go out and have fun, that is when I play my best.

CC and dog

What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?

That is a hard question. My teams have won various tournaments over the years, which are always very special to me. This past summer I got the experience to go to Canadian Nationals, I was awarded to the All-Star team, which was so special for me.

Two over the fence at Canadian Nationals and named to the All-Star team

How do you handle adversity and even failure?

Softball is filled with failure. When you do things how you want, and you do not get the result that you want. It is never easy! When I fail or make a mistake I take that as a learning experience. I find what I did wrong and see what I can fix.

How would your teammates and friends describe you?

They would say that I am loud and say what's on my mind. We have lots of fun together, on and off the field. I am grateful for all of the amazing teammates that I've had and gotten to play with and all of the close bonds I have created through the sport.

Who is your role-model and or idol and why?

Natalie Wideman is someone that I've gotten to spend time with and talk to both on and off the field. It has been inspiring to watch her as she trained at the same facility as me when I just started playing rep ball, and now a catcher for Team Canada, coach and business owner. Not only is she a terrific player, but she's a great person to talk to. She has such great energy and always seems to be having fun. She is so real with you and is so giving with her time to talk to you. (Twitter:nataliewideman2 Instagram: nataliewideman)

Natalie Wideman Invitational Catching Clinic

What is your softball dream/goal?

My goal is to play softball at the highest level. Be is a positive, fun culture with great teammates and coaches around me. My dream is to bring my sport history into my future job and be able to give back to the sport I’ve grown up with.

Describe your perfect softball team.

My perfect softball team would be a team that is highly talented along with being sisters to each other. Teammates that would have competition between each other. To be able to push each other to be better players as well as better people.

When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for? Is it location, academics, conference, championship winning history, school reputation, coaching staff, team chemistry, weather, school colors etc?

So much goes into this decision. At the top of my list would probably be my coaches and academic future. I would love to be in a positive community with teammates and friends. I would want to have a good foundation for the next phases of my life.

What gets you hyped or ready before a game?

Listening to music, dancing in the dugout with my team and staying consistent with my routine.

Old teammate and old coach

What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?

My favorite jersey number is #22. My aunt who is one of my role models went to the 2000 Sydney Olympics for softball wearing this number. It has become one of those numbers that has been passed down through the family.

What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?

I do like tiktok, instagram and snapchat. I try to get away from my phone as much as I can while playing school flag football, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. In my spare time I try to spend as much time with friends and family as I can.

With aunts. One on the right went to the 2000 Olympics for softball to represent Canada

Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?

I would like to thank my parents, they travel all over the states and do a lot of fun traveling for me. They have always supported me and provide me with all my needs. I would then like to thank all of my coaches so far. Being able to hear different ways to do things and build it into my own way, has been the best I could ask for. I am so grateful and lucky to have such an amazing support system.

The Carriere Family

Additional Information about Chantal:

Walk up Song: Yeah! By Usher

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Song: Humble And Kind by Tim McGraw

Favorite Music Artist: Morgan Wallen

Favorite Movie: Avatar

Favorite Sports Movie: The Sandlot

Favorite TV Show: Outer Banks

Favorite Quote: “If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” - Michael Jordan

Coach’s comments:

"Chantal is a rockstar on a ball diamond and an absolute pleasure to coach. There's no ceiling to what she can do in the game of softball. Watching her transform from a receiver to an elite level, power hitting, student of the game catcher has been a treat to watch. The sky's the limit."

--- Head Coach Todd Martin, Aurora Diggers 18U

Pan-Am Gold Medalist, Team Canada - 1998-2009, 6 x ISC World Champion,

9 x All World Pitcher, 3 X MV Pitcher ISC World, 4 x ASA Champion, 3 X ASA MV Pitcher,

4 x Canadian Champion

"I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Chantal for the past 2 years, and have either coached or been involved as an instructor with the elite 2023/2024/2025 catchers in Ontario since 2019. Of this group Chantal has the highest ceiling based on the complete package she represents both behind and beside the plate- along with being an exceptional person, teammate, and a coach’s dream.. Her game-calling, instincts, on-field leadership skills along with elite receiving, blocking, and superior arm strength- combined with middle-of-the-order power and a keen eye- are the reasons. Chantal is getting the level of attention and recognition she is on both sides of the border. Her future in this sport at the highest levels shines very brightly, and I cannot wait to see where her softball journey takes her. Noteworthy as well is her involvement with younger catchers as a volunteer instructor which she has been doing for the past 2 seasons: giving back to our community already, as a teenager."

--- Assistant Coach Wes Churchill, Aurora Diggers 18U

Ontario Elite Asst. Coach 2021-2022,

Aurora Diggers organizational catching instructor 2016-2022,

2020 Ontario Invitational Catching Clinic host, featuring Natalie Wideman (Canadian National Team 2012-current, 2020 Olympic Bronze Medalist),

2019 Ontario Catching Clinic host and co-head instructor with Maddie Pasma (Humber College Asst. Coach, Director of Softball Operations, Ontario Blue Jays Softball)

Denny Lang, Legacy & Legends Softball, April 11th 2023

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