A very disappointing 7-0 loss to North Union brought to a close a superb season for the Batavia varsity softball team. The showdown was in the semi-finals of the Division III regional tournament that took place at Wright State University, Fairborn.
The loss gave the Green and White a final season record of 18-8. A record of 10-5 earned Batavia a co-championship (with Blanchester) in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. The Bulldogs were champions of the Division III sectional and district tournaments.
The number of total victories is a school record.
“I like to refer to this season as a “Year of Champions” for us,” said head coach Terry Sheehan.
“In the district title game I don’t know if the defense could have played any better. Lauren Wood delivered a very clutch hit for us. . .
“In the tournament their focus went up a notch or two. It was more mental than it was physical.”
"Jamie Bare (senior pitcher) is all over our record books - most victories, most strikeouts.
"Brittney Cook (senior rightfielder) developed into a dynamite hitter and a good defensive player. She liked to throw people out.
"Tara Thieryoung (sophomore first basewoman) was a leader in a lot of our offensive categories.
"Brittany Luginbuhl (sophomore shortstop) was our leader on defense.
"Lauren Wood (sophomore third baseman) delivered clutch hits.
"Samm Ison (sophomore catcher) played good defense and for being a first-year catcher that was a kind of bonus for us.
"Abbey Jacob (junior leftfielder) was inspirational. Nobody hustled more than she did.
"Emily Sellers (junior second baseman) was a big RBI (runs batted in) producer.
"Jill Crouch (freshman centerfielder) was our best defensive player fundamentally."
The senior members of the team were Bare, Cook, and Alyssa Porter.
Statisically, the best hitting averages belonged to Theiryoung .474, Cook .409, Bare .387, and Sellers .376 (at least 75 at bats); runs scored: Theiryoung 27, Bare 26, Cook 25, and Luginbuhl 21; RBI: Thieryoung 25, Cook 24, and Sellers 22; doubles: Cook nine, Crouch eight, and Sellers and Thieryoung seven each; triples: Cook three and Wood two; home runs: Thieryoung five, Sellers three, and Cook one.
The best defensive averages were Bare .978, Thieryoung .971, and Ison .941.
Pitching: Bare had 15 wins, one save, and an 1.78 earned run average.
Versus North Union's Wildcats of Richwood, Union County, Batavia never did get untracked. The brightest spot of the day was in the bottom of the first inning when Thieryoung smashed a triple to right centerfield. From there the Bulldogs managed just two more hits.
North Union scored two runs in the top of the fourth and five in the fifth. Bare was the losing pitcher.