Dynamic duo: Fischer, Queathem lead Wildcats

Theo Tate

Montgomery County catcher Sam Queathem, left, and pitcher Brooklynn Fischer listen to coaches during the Wildcats’ third-place game against Belle in the New Haven Softball Classic on Aug. 29. The juniors return to the team this fall after turning in strong seasons last year. THEO TATE PHOTO

Two years ago, longtime friends Brooklynn Fischer and Sam Queathem joined the Montgomery County High softball team.

Since then, they’ve been valuable players for the Wildcats. They earned all-Eastern Missouri Conference and all-district honors twice. When they were freshmen, they helped MCHS win its first district and sectional championships in program history.

“We always have been the dynamic duo,” Queathem said. “We always help each other.”

This fall, the juniors are setting their sights on helping the Wildcats turn in another strong season. MCHS finished 12-8 last year, surpassing its 2018 win total of 11.

“I think we’ll have a successful season,” Queathem said. “I know that there are going to be times when we lose and times that we have bad errors and other stuff like that, but no one ever has a perfect game. As long as we can get our attitudes together and help keep each other up and work hard, I think we’ll have a great season.”

Fischer is a pitcher and Queathem is a catcher for the Wildcats. They’ve been batterymates since they were in middle school.

“It’s nice to have my catcher in the same grade as I, so we’re kind of growing together when it comes to getting better with high school and adjusting to everything,” Fischer said. “So it’s kind of nice to have somebody to talk to on and off the field.”

Fischer and Queathem were solid additions to the Wildcats in 2018. They batted over .400 and they combined for 65 hits, 44 runs scored and 50 RBIs.

Last fall, Fischer and Queathem earned first-team all-EMO and all-district honors. Fischer finished with 168 strikeouts and a 2.62 earned run average on the mound and batted .565 with 39 hits, 29 runs scored, two home runs and 24 RBIs at the plate. Queathem hit .313 with two home runs, 20 hits and 21 runs scored.

Queathem, who lives outside Montgomery City, said she and Fischer have great chemistry.

“We work very well together, but we both work hard and we want the best for each other,” the catcher said. “We push each other to the max sometimes. Whenever she gets down, I try to keep her up because I know what she’s capable of, so I push her to her best and she does the same with me.”

After two years, Queathem has 51 hits, 42 runs scored, four home runs and 44 RBIs. She drove in a career-high 35 runs in her freshman year.

“She works really hard, especially behind the plate,” Fischer said.

Fischer, who also competes with the Missouri Bombers select softball team during the off-season, was a unanimous choice for all-conference pitcher last year. She also was one of three pitchers earning first-team all-district honors in 2019.

“I had a lot of role models,” said Fischer, a left-handed pitcher. “I’ve worked a lot. My pitching coach, Randi Davis, has really helped me a lot with my pitching, improving and growing. My parents have been really big supporters to me. They have really helped me out throughout the three years I’ve been here.”

Fischer, who bats in the leadoff spot, also has been MCHS’ top hitter in each of the last two years. She has 73 hits, 52 runs scored and 39 RBIs after two seasons.

“She has worked so hard,” Queathem said. “She has integrity. She wants it. She enjoys the game. She dedicates everything to it and she wants to play the game. She loves the game and she wants to win.”

This year, Fischer and Queathem lead a MCHS team that has three seniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen. They’re the only juniors on the squad.

“I think the freshmen have a lot of potential,” said Fischer, who is from New Florence. “We have a really good group this year. I think we’re going to go pretty far if we all stick together and work hard and put in a lot of time and effort into each position.”



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