Softball Wildcats show improvement at the end

By: 
Theo Tate

Brooklynn Fischer is greeted by her teammates after hitting a two-run homer against Bowling Green in a Class 3, District 2 semifinal game on Oct. 15. Fischer finished with a team-high eight homers and 23 RBIs.  THEO TATE PHOTO

The Montgomery County softball team turned in an outstanding October, winning seven of nine games.

But the effort wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to finish with another winning season. MCHS finished 10-11, the program’s first losing record since 2012.

Still, MCHS coach Audra Heimer was pleased with the way her team played in 2020.

“We ended the season way better than what we started,” said Heimer, who wrapped up her sixth season as coach.

The Wildcats reached the double-digit mark in victories for the eighth straight year. They won 12 games a year ago.

MCHS will lose Addison Massey and Selena Allen to graduation, but will return 14 players for the 2021 season.

“I feel like next year, we’ll be really good considering we had a lot of freshmen,” said sophomore Carissa Doyle, who played first base. “They weren’t used to being in the high school level because middle school was a lot easier.”

Hailey Atterberry, Erica Devlin, Destani Eversmeyer, Raylene Poston, Maddy Queathem, El Reagan and Lexy Veach made up the large freshman class. They combined with 60 hits and 22 RBIs. Queathem hit .278 with a home run and 14 RBIs.

MCHS also had strong efforts from Doyle and sophomore Taylor Janes. Doyle played all 21 games and hit .286 with six RBIs. Janes batted .355 with four RBIs.

“Our young girls have seen a lot of play this year,” said Heimer, who has a 78-56 record during her tenure as MCHS coach.

Juniors Brooklynn Fischer and Sam Queathem were the Wildcats’ top players all season long.

Fischer, a pitcher, hit .585 with eight home runs – including three against New Haven on Oct. 8 – and 23 RBIs at the plate and finished with 185 strikeouts. She pitched a no-hitter in the 10-0 win over Paris in MCHS’ home opener on Sept. 9.

Queathem, a catcher, batted .522 with six home runs and 15 RBIs.

The Wildcats were 3-9 after losing a pair of games in the Warrior Classic in Warrenton on Sept. 26. Then, they got a pep talk from Heimer.

“She told us to keep hitting and things will finally come,” Doyle said.

MCHS responded with a five-game winning streak, including a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over Mark Twain in its home season finale on Oct. 9.

The Wildcats started their postseason on Oct. 14 with an 11-1 win over St. Charles West in the Class 3, District 2 quarterfinals at MCHS.

The next day, MCHS lost 12-2 to Bowling Green in the semifinals. The month before, the Wildcats lost 10-2 to Bowling Green at home.

“They’re a pretty good team to play against,” Doyle said. “We stayed with them pretty good. Even when we played them before, we did pretty good.”

Junior Anna Teson and sophomore Madelyn Wisdom also played for the Wildcats this year.

Fischer and the Queathem sisters represented MCHS on the all-Eastern Missouri Conference softball team. Fischer (pitcher) and Sam Queathem (catcher) earned first-team honors. Maddy Queathem was named on the second team.

Fischer and Sam Queathem also earned spots on the all-district and all-region teams.

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