Both are first team selections on the infield for Boonville
It came as no surprise that Boonville junior Camryn Monteer or sophomore Jamie Lemmons were recently selected to the Class 3 All-Region Softball Team for the 2016 season.
After all, Monteer and Lemmons did lead the team in 10 out of 11 categories this past season to earn first-team honors.
Lemmons, the starting first baseman, led the team in hitting with a .578 clip along with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. Lemmons also finished the season with an on-base percentage of .658 and a slugging percentage of 1.094.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said Lemmons also broke the single season records for home runs with eight, which was previously held by Emily Smith back in 2010 with seven. Lemmons is also currently tied with Amanda Rhorer, Emily Smith, Addy Reardon and Courtney Timm with career home runs with 10.
Zoeller said Lemmons stepped in and played first base flawlessly for us this year.
“At 6’0 ft. tall she is a big target for our infielders over there and she really did a phenomenal job making the plays for us,” Zoeller said. “I think the thing that really come to mind when I think about Jamie is the way she swings a bat. She is just a beast at the plate. When we traveled to Hannibal this year we knew it would be a big game against a much imporved Hannibal team. Jamie came up big for us in that game with two homeruns that put us on top and kept us there.
“When we traveled to Kirksville at the end of the season we had a little scare when she took a ball off her elbow and she had to sit for about four innings. I think not having her on our field was a hard thing for the team to overcome. When she came back into the game in the fifth she crushed one over the fence and you could feel the momentum turn back in our favor. That game was a back and forth battle that we were able to come out on top of. She also broke the school record with most homeruns in a season with eight, it was previously held by Emily Smith with seven in 2010. I am excited to see all that she will accomplish throughout her career.”
Lemmons also finished the season with 15 mult-hit games in 23 games and had three hits twice against Fulton and Carl Junction. She was 3-for-4 against Fulton back on September 27th with two singles, a home run and five RBIs. Meanwhile, on October 1st, she was 3-for-3 against Carl Junction with three singles and three RBIs.
As for Monteer, who switched over from third base to shortstop this season, she also led the team in several categories with 40 hits, 28 singles, five triples, 39 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. She also finished second in hitting with a .548 clip.
Zoeller said Monteer was the leader on the infield this season.
“We always knew we could count on her when the ball was hit her way,” Zoeller said. “She did an outstanding job this year moving from third base to shortstop. I have been excited to see her grow and mature into the player that she is. She packs a whole lot of power and determination into a small package. When I think about the season overall there isn’t really one game that stands out in my mind, they all do. Cam is such a huge part of the success that we did see. As our leadoff hitter we counted on her to get the momentum going in our favor and she was always able to do just that.”
Monteer also had several multi-hit games this season for Boonville with 13. She also had two three-hit games and went 4-for-4 against Moberly, Marshall and Fulton. Against Moberly, Monteer was 4-for-4 with three singles, one triple and two RBIs. She also had three singles and one double against Marshall back on September 19th. Meanwhile, on September 27th against Fulton, Monteer again had a four-hit night with three triples, one triple and three RBIs.