Vandenlangenberg leading the way for Seymour

Seymour's Raven Vandenlangenberg is having a great season for the Thunder. (WLUK)

SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- Having not lost a Bay Conference game this season the Seymour softball team is on pace to repeat as conference champs and a big reason is Raven Vandenlangenberg.

The senior shortstop is having a stellar season in the field and at the plate, and for her, it's extra special because this will be her final season she will be coached by her parents before she goes to St. Cloud State to continue her career.

"There's not many people that can say they have both of their parents in the dugout for all four years of high school and also in the summer with my AAU season," Vandenlangenberg said. "It's just a cool experience to have with them and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Vandenlangenberg is having a great season, hitting above .500 and she's a highlight film in the field at shortstop. Her mom and coach said it's great watching her play, on offense and defense.

"Every hitter has their ups and downs; she'll hit a game or two where it seems she can't make contact, bit then she'll go out on defense and make an amazing play," Karri Vandenlangenberg said. "It just all evens itself out. I love watching her play both."

Raven likes playing both also, but when asked what position she would rather make a big play at -- shortstop or at the plate -- she doesn't flinch.

"I like playing defense," she said. "Offense will come but defense will always be there. You guys hear defense wins championships."

Vandenlangenberg, however, is a threat on offense as she entered Tuesday's doubleheader with five home runs and a batting average of better than .700 in conference play. She hits the ball hard but also is smart. Earlier this season, she bunted for a double, knowing the second baseman would cover first and the first baseman would come in on a bunt attempt.

She pushed the bunt into the vacant second base position and ran to second.

Nonetheless, she usually does her damage with full swings, as does her team.

"I'll leave you with this cool fact," she said. "Eight of our 11 players so far this season have it a home run, seven of which have hit multiples. So, that's pretty impressive."

Impressive, with Vandenlangenberg leading the way.

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