One plays shortstop for the Boonville Lady Pirates softball team while the other starts at first base.
So what does senior Camryn Monteer and junior Jamie Lemmons have in common other than playing softball for the Lady Pirates?
As of Wednesday, the two are now members of an elite group after being selected to the Missouri High School Softball Association All-State First Team for the 2017 season.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said the awesome thing about getting to be a coach is when you head off to all of the postseason award meetings.
“I know that my players are amazing but it is always nice to hear the wonderful comments about the girls from the other coaches of our conference, district, region and state,” Zoeller said. “I think that Camryn and Jamie both helped themselves stand out by their overall play this season. They are both hitting above .500 which is not an easy thing to do. They made other coaches know their name by the way they hit the ball, the way they fielded, their hustle, and most importantly by the sportsmanship they displayed.
“This Boonville softball program, that I have been lucky to be a part of the past 11 years, is also one that coaches around the state respect. Current players and those from the past should all feel very proud that what we come out and do every year is noticed by others. I just feel blessed to be a part of this all and could not be any prouder of Camryn and Jamie for receiving the highest honor in high school softball.”
A four-year starter for the Lady Pirates, Monteer said she was really excited to be selected all-state. “My family was too,” Monteer said.
As for Lemmons, she said she was so happy. “I was in the middle of playing a softball game for my travel team and I was just extremely happy,” Lemmons said. “I was proud of myself and I felt really accomplished.”
While Lemmons still has another year as a member of the Lady Pirates softball team, Monteer’s final game came in the semifinal round of the district tournament against Marshall. She will be a member of the Bradley women’s softball team in 2018.
A four year starter for Boonville, Zoeller said Monteer has been one of the hardest working kids she has ever coached. “We’ve been lucky to have her as a starter on our infield the past four years and causing havoc in our lineup and on the basepaths,” Zoeller said. “She exemplifies what hard work, dedication, and a never gave up attitude can do for you. As she heads off to college at Bradley University next year I know that we will continue to see her shine.”
Monteer has been doing nothing but shining for the Lady Pirates for the past four years. Although the senior standout didn’t make the switch to shortstop until her junior year, she was  a starter at third base as a freshman and sophomore.
Of course Monteer got better each year while hitting .288 as a freshman with 15 hits in 52 at-bats. Meanwhile, as a sophomore, Monteer batted .386 with 32 hits in 83 at-bats while doubling her hit total and raising her average by nearly 100 points. Then, after making the move to shortstop after the graduation of Millie Moyer, Monteer finished second only to Lemmons in hitting with a .548 clip with 40 hits in 73 at-bats. She also led the team in singles with 28, triples with five, runs scored with 39 and stolen bases with 35.
Monteer and Lemmons were again 1-2 in hitting this past season. The only difference is that Monteer finished the season as the leading hitter with a .558 clip with a team-leading 43 hits in 77 at-bats with 31 singles, 11 doubles and 34 runs scored. She also finished the season with an on-base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .727 while topping her previous best with 38 stolen bases.
For her career, Monteer hit .456 with 130 hits in 285 at-bats with 83 singles, 29 doubles, 10 triples, 73 RBIs, 117 runs scored and 97 stolen bases.
Zoeller said Monteer also tied two records for most stolen bases in a season with 38 along with Lindie Adair and most stolen bases in a career with 97 with her sister.
Monteer is also no stranger to postseason accolades. While earning all-state and all-region two years running, Monteer was also selected all-conference three years and all-district for four years.
Monteer’s favorite memory individually while playing for the Lady Pirates would have to be playing in the championship game against Dixon at the Versailles Tournament this season. As a team, she said it would still have to be winning districts as a freshman.
The Dixon game was also Monteer’s best game. She said in that game she went 4-for-4 and made a couple of good plays on defense.
“I just like playing shortstop because I will get the ball many times throughout the game,” Monteer said. “It also gives me the opportunity to move around the field a lot. As far as playing softball, I like it because it’s very competitive. It’s always something I look forward to.”
Monteer said she also found herself getting up more for Centralia than any other team and considered them as her biggest rivalry. “They have a great program and a great team so I’ve wanted to beat them since my freshman year,” Monteer said.
Although Monteer will sign her national letter of intent with Bradley University sometime this month, she said she is really excited to start the next chapter of her career there.
Of course Monteer also knows that none of this would have been possible without the support of her parents. “My dad is my biggest influence playing softball along with my mom,” Monteer said. “My dad taught me how to be competitive in everything that I do and my mom taught me how to be a good teammate. They both have brought me where I am in my career today.”
As for Lemmons, she also set the bar high after shattering the career home run record in just three seasons with 17.
Zoeller said Lemmons made her presence for herself on the field the past three seasons.
“As a freshman she did a lot of hitting as a designated hitter and then found her home at first base her sophomore year,” Zoeller said. “She is such a natural at that corner and definitely makes it look easy. As we came into this season I knew we would need to use her some at third base and she told me she would do whatever she needed to do to help the team. This shows a lot about her heart and character. She is a great defensive player but I think what people notice most is when she swings the bat. She can just flat hit the ball. I look forward to seeing what next season holds for her as a Lady Pirate and I am sure we will get to watch her play for four years after that somewhere.”
Like Monteer, Lemmons has been a .400 or better hitter for most of her career in a Lady Pirate uniform.
While hitting .404 as a freshman with 21 hits in 52 at-bats, Lemmons came back the following season to lead the team in hitting with a .578 average with 37 hits in 64 at-bats. She also led the team in home runs with eight and RBIs with 28. Then, in 2017, Lemmons batted .522 with 35 hits in 67 at-bats with a team leading seven home runs and 11 walks.
For her career with one season left, Lemmons is hitting .508 with 93 hits in 183 at-bats with 52 singles, 22 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 68 RBIs and 71 runs scored.
A two-time all-conference and all-region selection, Lemmons has also earned all-district three years running as a member of the Lady Pirates softball team.
However with one season remaining, she said so far the highlight of her career as a team was winning the Pirate Classic this year. “Personally, the highlight of my career was tying the career home run record as a sophomore and breaking the career home run record as a junior,” Lemmons said.
Lemmons said the game against Eugene in the championship in the Lady Pirate Classic was also her best game thus far.
“We were down and I hit a three run homer to put us up 6-3,” Lemmons said. “We ended up winning the game and the championship title over top-seeded Eugene.”
Lemmons also sees herself playing beyond Boonville High School. She said at the current time she is undecided on a location but have had some schools interested, plus she is working on getting her name out there more.
“I literally just love this sport,” Lemmons said. “Having the opportunity to play a sport that I love and facing competition that will make me better is a great feeling.”
Lemmons said she also likes the feeling of playing first base over third base. “Being third base was hard because I am a lefty but I love first base because I feel really comfortable there,” Lemmons said.
Lemmons also listed Marshall as her biggest rival because that is where she used to go to school before she moved to Boonville.
Lemmons also credits her older sister, Allie, for teaching her the game of softball.
“I always watched her play and wanted to be like her,” Lemmons said.  “She has helped me a lot through the years by taking time out of her schedule to tee up balls for me to hit and then she would hit ground balls at me so I could improve my fielding.”
While Monteer made her mark in four years at Boonville, Lemmons still has one year left to rewrite the history books as one of the all-time greats in Lady Pirates softball.