NORTH VERNON — Lisa McIntosh is a classic “double-threat” — a standout pitcher and hitter.
But Jennings County softball coach Kendall Wildey sees McIntosh as a standout in the field and as a baserunner, as well. That would make her a “quadruple-threat.”
McIntosh was solid in all areas of her game as a junior this spring in leading the Panthers to Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional titles and a Class 4A final four appearance. She is The Republic Athlete of the Year for Softball for the second consecutive year.
“She’s just kind of Miss Softball for us,” Wildey said. “Fast-pitch softball starts with pitching, but she’s so well-rounded. She’s a great hitter, she’s a great fielder, she’s great on the bases.
“She’s just well-rounded, able to do it all, and that makes us click,” he said. “She’s great with her pitching, but she also comes up with a key hit. She’s a pretty special player.”
McIntosh went 21-6 with a 1.19 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 165 1/3 innings. At the plate, she batted .462 with two home runs, 28 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
“At the beginning of the year, I usually pop up for two or three weeks, and then I get my hitting down,” McIntosh said. “Our team hit well, which is good as a pitcher. I know if my team can hit, it helps me pitching.”
The Panthers, who went 26-8, hit .355 as a team.
“I feel pretty good about how we all played,” McIntosh said.
“We got progressively better. We didn’t start out too well, but as we kept playing games, we got better and better and went pretty far.”
This summer, McIntosh is playing for the Blue Streaks 18U team, which is coached by Chris Klosterman. Klosterman’s three daughters — recent Jennings graduates Morgan and Lauren and sophomore-to-be Kaylin — along with Hannah Castor are all on the team, which will play in the USFA Fast Pitch World Series next month in Panama City, Fla.
“I really enjoy it,” McIntosh said. “We all get along, and we mesh so well.”
McIntosh hopes to play softball in college and has heard from IU-Southeast and Wabash Valley (Ill.). She wants to have a big senior year and lead the Panthers to a state title.
“I just want to go out there and play my game, and I can walk off the field and say I played my best every game,” McIntosh said. “We want to see if we can go all the way next year.”