She’s just one of those girls who eats, sleeps and breathes softball.
And a long season just came to a close for Warrenton’s Landree Miethe, as her 16U Amateur Softball Association team — the Stealth — went 1-3 in the recent national championship ‘A’ tournament, held last week in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Stealth opened pool play — along with 184 other teams from around the country — a week ago with a 4-3 win over the White Lightning 99, from Knoxville, Tenn.
The rest of the tournament was not so good for the Stealth, who dropped a 10-4 decision to the Kenosha, Wisc., Cyclones to finish up pool play; followed by a pair of losses to teams from Indiana and Alabama in bracket play Wednesday and Thursday.
Still, “it was a lot of fun,” said Miethe, who will be a junior at Warrenton High School this fall. “It’s been a nice ride, and it was a pleasure playing with all my teammates.”
The Stealth are a 16U team based out of Milwaukie. Most of the players are from larger schools, such as Rex Putnam High School and others in and around Milwaukie.
As it turned out, Miethe was the team’s leading hitter in Tennessee, as she finished the tournament 5-for-9 at the plate, with a double, triple, five runs scored and three RBIs.
For the summer season, Miethe was second on the Stealth in batting average (.500) and runs scored.
In Thursday’s final loss, she had a run-scoring triple and scored on a wild pitch.
“I adjusted really well to the pitching,” Miethe said. “There were a few girls who threw a ton of rise balls. We got a few hits off them.
“We got a lot better during the season,” she said. “It was hard for me going from a small community like Warrenton to a large community. But it was a lot of fun, I got a lot better and gained more confidence.”
Miethe’s 2015 softball season officially began back in March, at Warrenton High School. Miethe was the starting catcher for the Warriors, and made the first team all-league team as a sophomore.
She was also honorable mention all-state.
From there, she joined up with the Stealth — but not before making a trip to Oklahoma City to watch the NCAA college softball World Series.
Once there, “I loved it. I had so much fun,” she said. “I met one of my favorite players (Louisiana State University’s Bailey Landry),” and also touched base with former University of Arizona and USA national team pitcher Jennie Finch.
“She was real sweet and very nice,” Miethe said.
Miethe then took up some odd jobs to raise funds for her trip to nationals, then arrived in Tennessee a few days before the tournament, so her mom — Warrenton coach Staci Miethe — could visit Graceland in Memphis.
“She had a great time,” she said. “She’s a big Elvis Presley fan.”
The Stealth lost to the Indiana Dreams last Wednesday night — which was more of a nightmare for the Stealth, who committed nine errors; and the Birmingham, Ala., Mustangs knocked the Stealth out of the tournament Thursday afternoon, 10-2.
“I played pretty good,” said Miethe, who started in center field. “I really liked playing the outfield. You can get a lot of pop flies and you can throw people out. We had a couple girls who are really good at catching, and they deserved that spot.
“Our pitcher was injured, but we fought through and played hard.”
And now, it’s on to more softball, of course.
In addition to playing varsity volleyball for the Warriors, Miethe will compete in fall softball.
“It keeps me in shape,” she said. After high school, “I want to continue playing, because this is one of my favorite sports. I really enjoy it.”
— Gary Henley