BRASHER FALLS — Her sisters' credentials in the sport of softball are commendable.
But Lindsay Thayer, who just completed her junior season at St. Lawrence Central, may top them.
She already has in one area. She is the Times All-North Northern Athletic Conference MVP, an honor neither of her older sisters, Sarah and Ashley, received.
“Both Sarah and Ashley have had good careers. Lindsay can also play in college, and I think she will end up in a strong program. I think she'll find success,” St. Lawrence coach Tim Brown said.
Sarah, the oldest sister, graduated from SLC in 2009 and went on to captain the SUNY Oswego softball team. The middle sister, Ashley, just completed her senior season at SUNY Potsdam and owns two college no-hitters.
Lindsay Thayer this season received the Huffer Gebo Awards as the top overall player in Section 10, the Northern Athletic Conference East Division MVP and was named an Academic All Northern.
Thayer completed her junior season with striking numbers both on the mound and at the plate. She finished 15-3 with a 0.57 earned-run average with 220 strikeouts in 110 innings while batting .506 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs.
Thayer still remains humble.
“I think that's one of her best qualities, being humble. Despite her success already, she wants to learn more, to know more, to get better,” Brown said. “She's also one who takes the time to have fun with her teammates, She got a head start with her sisters pitching before her and was able to learn some of the things they did, only earlier.”
Thayer saw herself as an improved player this season and wants to continue that trend.
“I thought I had a good season this year,” she said. “I threw my pitches better and harder and they had more movement. But I want to do better, to become the best I can be. I want to see where my talent can take me.”
Thayer's immediate goals lie in leading the Larries to state honors next season. SLC dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Greenwich in this year's state quarterfinals.
Said Thayer: “We want to win Section 10 again and move past the first game at states. We'll have a lot of good hitting coming back.”
That includes Thayer who not only put up big numbers, but delivered at key times as well.
“Offensively, she started off slow and then had a big home run in an early season win against Florida (S.S. Seward) in the Mudville Tournament,” Brown said. “She took off from there and gave us really big hits at big times,”
Brown added: “Pitching-wise, she lost an early season game to Norwood-Norfolk and then really took off. She's learning more and more how to pitch.”
She's also benefited from inheriting some of the talent from each of her sisters.
“Lindsay has kind of taken over the physical strength from both sisters and the natural movement of Ashley,” Brown said. “She's been fortunate enough to have the best of both worlds and her dad (Randy), who has been willing to go out and catch all those girls since they were very young.”
Standing 6 feet, Thayer is the tallest of the three sisters.
“Lindsay is an imposing force on the mound, she's so tall and strong,” Brown said. “She gets a great push off the mound.”
Thayer never played on the same team as Sarah, but she was on the SLC varsity as an eighth-grader during her sister Ashley's senior season. That year she played center field and batted leadoff. She took over the mound duties the following season and dominated her sophomore and junior seasons during which SLC owned a combined 35-3 record in regular-season play.
Thayer, who hopes to one day work in the health field, will spend this summer playing softball in Syracuse for a team that also features players from Sandy Creek and competes in Showcase tournaments. The team is sponsored by the Hazens Athletic Center, which is run by former St. Lawrence Central pitching greats Holly and Heidi Hazen. Thayer will also attend the Hazens' pitching clinic this summer.
“I'm a very competitive person. I want to improve and I feel like pressure just makes me better,” Thayer said. “Coach Brown is ready to catch me if my father (Randy) can't and that has helped me a lot. My father's carted me to Syracuse a lot. He knows from my two sisters what to do for me. And Coach Brown always pushes me to do my best. They've both had a big influence on me.”