Junior catcher Crystal Misemer led the Seymour High School varsity softball team with a .354 batting average in the just-completed fall season as the Tigers of head coach Will Austin finished with a program-record nine wins.
The Tigers’ 9-12 record is the program’s best for a fall campaign, eclipsing the 9-17 mark of the 2010 season. Seymour also won its first district game in nearly a decade.
“I felt that overall, the season was a success,” Austin said. “There’s room for improvement, but we made great strides this fall and got better as the fall progressed.”
A year ago, the Tigers’ fall record was 1-16.
The eight-game improvement, Austin noted, was led by his five senior team members — Libby Buchanan, Hayley Clark, Amy Herion, Reghan Matlock and Rylea Owens.
“Their graduations will be a huge loss for us next fall,” he said. “We received both excellent experience and leadership from this senior class.”
Misemer was 23-for-65 at the plate this fall with teambest totals of seven doubles and 17 runs batted in (RBIs).
Her on-base percentage was .425, and she scored 17 runs.
Next in hitting was freshman shortstop Lillie Rasmussen, who had an excellent high-school debut.
Rasmussen had a .309 batting average, going 17-for-55 at the plate with four doubles, a team-high four triples, teambest 19 runs scored and 13 walks drawn, which also led the Tigers.
Her on-base percentage was a team-best .465.
“Lillie is a special player,” Austin said. “This year, I felt she was an all-conference and all-district caliber player. She is better in the field than she is at the plate. In the future, I can see her being a contender for All-State honors.”
Herion was the only other Tiger to post a batting average at .300 or higher.
She hit at a .300 clip, 18-for-60, with two doubles, a triple, 14 runs scored and nine RBIs.
Buchanan was next with a .262 average, recording 17 hits in 65 trips to the plate. She was second on the team with five doubles, second with 18 runs scored, added a triple and 11 RBIs.
Junior Macey Hubbard had a .227 batting mark, 15-for-66, with two doubles, a triple, 11 runs scored and six RBIs.
Other batting averages for Tiger regulars included junior Karli Henry (.197 average, 12-for-61, one triple, 11 RBIs and 10 runs), Owens (.175, 7-for-40, six runs, five RBIs), freshman Sophia Telencio (.174, one double, three RBIs), Matlock (.163, 8-for-49, two doubles, one triple, six runs, five RBIs) and Clark (.103, four runs and four RBIs).
Sophomore Hailey Felton hit at a .214 clip in only 14 plate appearances, adding a pair of doubles, three runs scored and four RBIs.
As a team, Seymour’s batting average was .245 as the Tigers had 131 hits in 534 trips to the plate. The Tigers also drew 64 walks.
Offensively, the team scored 119 runs, an average of almost six per game. Defensively, Seymour gave up 161 runs, although only 63 of them were earned runs.
On the mound, the Tigers had two pitchers, Herion and Matlock, who pitched every inning of every game.
Herion led the way by throwing 67-1/3 innings, allowing 32 earned runs on 73 hits. Her earned-run average (ERA) was 3.33, while her record was 5-5.
She struck out 36 and walked 21.
Matlock posted a 4-7 record in 57 innings of work, giving up 31 earned runs on 87 hits. Her ERA was 3.81.
She struck out 48 and walked 24.
“We were blessed with good pitching,” Austin said.
“A lot of teams only have one good pitcher, and we had two of them. The bad thing is that I’ll lose both of them to graduation next spring, so we’ll have to develop a couple of new pitchers before next fall.”
The season featured two wins over Class 3 schools and a win over one Class 4 school.
“This fall was a good building block for us,” Austin concluded. “I feel that this group of seniors was on the ground floor of turning the program around.”