PREP SOFTBALL

Seymour steps her game up to lead top-ranked Lake Central

2012-05-11T19:00:00Z 2012-08-28T23:32:58Z Seymour steps her game up to lead top-ranked Lake CentralBy Steve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

ST. JOHN | Lake Central is the region's top-ranked softball program. The Indians are ranked No. 4 in the state of Indiana.

A bag full of Big Macs might be the symbol of this spring's monumental success.

Sophomore shortstop Lizzie Seymour had a chance to play in an international tournament in Taiwan before the high school season began. The picky eater was excited for the trip but scared to death about eating food that wasn't American.

After the successful softball trip was over, the team stopped at an airport in Japan. There was a McDonald's there. When Seymour saw the Golden Arches it was like Godzilla was running through the terminal.

"When we saw that, we attacked," Seymour said. "We were so hungry. We wanted food."

In one game against a team from Taipei, Seymour had a double and a triple. The faster, smaller style of play had a strong influence on Seymour.

"They have different types of ballplayers," Seymour said. "They're not as much into the big hit. They're more into speed and slapping."

Seymour throws right but hits from the left side of the dish. Indians coach Jeff Sherman has just been amazed by the play of Seymour. She is batting .500 in Duneland Athletic Conference play.

"She's just decided to take the conference by storm," Sherman said.

Last spring Seymour did not begin playing shortstop until the final third of the year. The talented basketball player spent time early in the year as a DP or bench player. But once she was put in the infield's most important position, she hasn't budged.

For the past two postseasons Lake Central has ended up one win short of the Class 4A state championship game. The design this time is to take it all the way to Indianapolis. Seymour will play a big part in all of that.

"She's extremely important," Sherman said. "She brings aspects to the game that others don't offer. She is a multi-tool player. She hits for power, can play small ball, runs the bases very well and plays great defense. She can do it all.

"I think the trip overseas was good for her. It showed a different side of the game. It probably showed her she had to work a little harder."

Seymour has not decided what sport she will play in college, but she's heard the most in softball. Coaches from Boston College, Notre Dame, Western Kentucky and George Washington have all expressed interest.

"People ask me all the time which sport I like better," she said. "I don't have an answer for them."

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