As the most dominant player in Section 10, St. Lawrence Central senior Lindsay Thayer has done just about everything on a softball field.
But there is one thing Thayer would like to try that she can never accomplish.
She would just once like to see what it would be like to try to hit against herself.
“From my point of view, I can’t see the ball (she pitches) moving,” Thayer said. “My catcher will tell me it’s moved. I’ve never seen it. I’d be curious to see what it looks like coming from the other end.”
Thayer, who will play for St. John Fisher next season, went 18-1 for the Larries this season and her only loss came in the state Class C quarterfinals. She had a 0.85 earned-run average and struck out 246 in 115 innings. Thayer was also a threat at the plate, batting .625 with six home runs and 47 RBIs. She only struck out once all season and had a slugging percentage of 1.110.
Thayer — named the Times All-North MVP among NAC participants — was such a force that when Section 10 held an exceptional seniors game last Tuesday all four players from Heuvelton, which played in the state Class D championship game, jokingly asked if they could be placed on her team for the contest.
“She’s one of the best players I’ve had over the years,” Larries coach Tim Brown said. “She has had the benefit of playing, watching and learning from some really good players in front of her. She’s picked up a lot of stuff and utilized everything she learned.”
Thayer leaves St. Lawrence with the school record for career strikeouts (950) and wins, though Brown was not sure her exact win count.
Thayer, and her older sisters Sarah and Ashley, combined for 121 wins for the Larries. Sarah pitched for SUNY Oswego and Ashley competed for SUNY Potsdam.
“(Lindsay) is like a combination of the two,” Brown said, when comparing her to her older sisters. “She’s a nice blend of the family traits. She has a little bit of everything from every person she’s watched and learned from. She has a lot of tools. She has strength, flexibility, competitiveness.”
Another advantage Lindsay Thayer had on her sisters, who are both about 5-foot-9, is her 6-foot-1 height.
When asked who her favorite players were when she was younger Thayer had a quick answer, “Both of my sisters. I didn’t really watch anybody besides them. I always wanted to be better than they were.”
Sometimes being the youngest child in a family can be a disadvantage, being picked on, or teased. But in Thayer’s case it worked out to her advantage.
“They started playing at an older age, but I started younger because I was the youngest one and they were already both involved,” Thayer said.
Thayer has been with the varsity team since the eighth grade, but she continued her love for the sport throughout high school. She was also a Times All-North first-teamer in girls soccer and girls basketball.
“She handled it well,” Brown said. “She has a good way of talking to people. She’s very friendly. Kids looked up to her and they knew she was the best player, but she didn’t really show off. She backs it up and she plays hard and doesn’t take a day off. She leads by example.”
A big part of Thayer’s college choice was the educational aspect.
“I am thinking about going to the pharmacy school and they are excellent,” Thayer said. “That was a plus and the campus is small, so there is more teacher-student interaction. The players get along well and play well together. I went to Allied Health at Seaway Tech in Norwood. Going in I had no idea what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to be a nurse or a doctor, but I liked math and chemistry. I was looking for a career in the health field that had something to do with that.”
When Thayer arrives at college in Rochester in the fall, she will had one last adjustment to make.
“I’ve never really been anywhere else besides Brasher,” Thayer said.