The Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (MTSCA) announces plans to raise money for senior Dickson County softball player Kayla Cantrell. Spectators will be asked to “Pitch In @ the Gate” with cash donations to help Kayla and her family offset the medical expenses resulting from Kayla’s battle with cancer. Kayla has been diagnosed with supratentorial PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumors), in which malignant cells form in tissues of the brain.

The plan is for member schools to collect donations at their admission gate during home games throughout the week of April 23 thru 27th. The collected money will be forwarded to the MTSCA’s treasurer and the proceeds will be presented to Kayla and her family on June 13th at MTSCA's All Star game which will be played at Middle Tennessee State University. Kayla is currently undergoing chemotherapy and cranial-spinal radiation at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (MTSCA) also encourages its teams to wear lime green ribbons or shoelaces during this week to honor Kayla. Lime green is her favorite color. Anyone who wishes to make a donation, but is unable to attend a local high school game, can donate to The Kayla Cantrell Benefit Fund which has been set up at TriStar Bank in Dickson. The Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association is comprised of more than 150 high school coaches from 79 Middle Tennessee high schools. Information about MTSCA is found at their website