Joselyn Lewis chopped down batters for the Shelbyville Ram softball team, now she is going to clear timber for the Loggers.

Lewis, the most recent ace for the Rams, has signed to play college softball at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.

The Loggers were 25-24 last spring and 18-6 in conference. They beat John Wood in the Region playoffs, but lost the next two games to end their season.

This shortened spring season, the Loggers went 4-6. They won the first three games, then lost 5 straight. They were 2-6 on their Florida trip, then the season was called due to COVID.

Last year they started 1-13 with the Florida trip and then went 24-11, the rest of the year, so this year’s trip south was an improvement.

The Logger coach is Rachel Wisner, who graduated from East Richland High School in 2013 and went on to play softball at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL.

As a freshman at Lincoln Land, she was selected for the 2014 All-Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) second team and Academic All-Conference team. After her second year at Lincoln Land, she was selected to the 2015 MWAC Athletic and Academic conference first teams.

Wisner was also named as an NJCAA All-American. She helped her team at Lincoln Land to finish 7th and 5th place in the NJCAA Nationals for 2014 and 2015 years respectively.

The next two years for 2016 and 2017, Rachel committed to Tusculum College, a NCAA Division II softball program in Greeneville, TN. Rachel gained knowledge in all aspects of the game during her 4 years of collegiate play.

Wisner specializes in catching which was her primary position for all 4 years of college. She has experience working with collegiate pitchers. Her secondary position was third base on the infield.

Lewis didn’t get to play this spring as a Shelbyville senior, due to the virus crisis. As a junior she did her part to give the Rams a chance to win.

Ace pitcher Joselyn Lewis led the Rams again from the mound and from the plate. She threw 158 of the 184 innings (85%) and started 22 of the 28 games (78%). She pitched in 26 of the 28 games.

Lewis recorded 233 strikeouts with just 21 walks. She recorded more than 10 times as many strikeouts as walks. She threw 1st pitch strikes to 463 of 705 batters (65.75). She threw 2260 pitches and 1685 were strikes (74.5%).

Lewis struck out one of every three batters she faced (233/705). She averaged 10 strikeouts per game. Six times she threw double-digit strikes in a game. She threw 18 strikeouts against Teutopolis. She threw 17 strikeouts against Arthur.

She threw 13 K’s against Warrensburg and 12 against A&M in their first meeting. She threw 14 against Sullivan and 11 in another game against Sullivan. Eight times she threw 9 or 8 strikeouts in a game.

Her ERA was 2.515 and her record was 11-12, on a team that struggled to score. They scored less than 4 runs a game.

Although the Rams struggled to score, Lewis did her part to help from the batter’s box.

Lewis was 2nd on the team in batting average (.333), but led in On Base Percentage (.450) and in Slugging Percentage (.691). She had the second most hits (27), the most doubles (10) and all 5 of the Ram home runs. Lewis led in RBIs (23) and scored 16 times.

Lewis walked the same number of times as she struck out (17). She struck out once in every 5.3 plate appearances.

As a sophomore, she was 11-13 and threw a strike out 1 of every 4.5 batters (153/662). She averaged 7.35 strikeouts per game.

2019 Pitching Stats

Lewis (11-22) G 26, GS 22, IP 158.2, H 156, R 114 (ER 57), BB 21, K 233, HBPO 6, ERA 2.515, WHIP 1.116

2019 Hitting Stats

Joselyn Lewis G 26, PA 90, AB 73, H 23, 1B-8, 2B-10, 3B-2, HR 3, RBI 20, R 12, HBP 1, ROE 4, FC 3, BB 15, K 17, SB 1, CS 1, Avg .315, OBP .433, SLG .630

2018 Pitching Stats

Pitching-GP 28, GP 24, GS 20, CG 17, Shut 1; (11-13), IP 145.67, Hits 151, R 119 (ER 84) BB 47, K 153, ERA 4.04, BF 662, HR 7, HBP 10, AvgAg. 250, K/G 7.35, WHIP 1.36

2018 Hitting Stats

Hitting- G 28, AVG .382, PA 102, AB 89, Hits 34, 1B 15, 2B 12, 1 3B, 6 HR, R 11, RBI 27, ROE 3, FC 3, BB 11, HBP 1, K 18, OBP .461, SLG .742

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