Missert takes a lot of pride in her hitting, and she hopes to continually improve her average and power production but, showing her captain qualities, she's focused on lifting Brooks as high as possible in the post-Britt Hart era.
"We were definitely spoiled by her (Hart), but we're such a young team, we can only get better and I think we will," she said. "I kind of like playing shortstop more now because I get a lot more balls hit my way. It keeps me on my toes. We all just have to step up a little more."
It's the kind of leadership shown by Feole, who was also a junior captain for Heinze.
Hard times for Lancers
Last week was a tough one for Londonderry in more ways than one. The Lancers lost standout pitcher Theresa Zwart for at least a week when she suffered a deep elbow bruise and then, against two of the toughest pitchers in Class L, Alvirne's Samantha Corey and Concord's Kelsey Martel, Londonderry's bats fell silent.
As a result, Londonderry (5-3) lost soundly to Alvirne, 8-1 and Concord 6-0.
"We're in a slump and not playing well when we get behind," said Londonderry coach Wayne MacDougall. "But Concord (7-0) and Alvirne (7-1) are very good. It looks like those two and Salem are the three best teams."
Defending champion Concord probably has the best one-two pitching combination in senior Paige Hansen, who committed last year to UMass Amherst, and Martel.
Rivals meet Friday
Earlier, Friday's Londonderry-Pinkerton might have been a mismatch in favor of the Lancers.
But, not only have the Lancers slipped of late, but Pinkerton has probably been better than expected and has played well. Right now, the game looks like a tossup.
In a battle of unbeatens, meanwhile, Salem has a huge game at Concord tomorrow. Except for one game, the Blue Devils have hit the ball hard, but they'll be severely tested by the defending Class L champion Crimson Tide.