Hannah Mausser’s statistics are off the charts.
Besides her .390 batting average and .821 slugging percentage, the Pleasant Valley senior catcher has 15 home runs and 50 RBIs this summer.
Defensively, she's thrown out 10 base runners in 31 attempts, a good number on any level of softball.
“She’s certainly turned it up a notch this year,” PV softball coach Jose Lara said. “She’s a great kid.
"Very consistent hitter, good hitter. She knows what she can do in the batter’s box, and she handles it very, very well. We call her our prime-time hitter.”
Yes, "Prime-Time" is doing fine.
“I am happy with the way I am hitting," Mausser said. “I am not going for home runs, I am just going for line drives. It’s nice to be able to do some work for my team when they get on base.”
She comes through in the clutch, too, or “prime-time clutch,” as Lara puts it.
“She’s a gamer,” he added. “She doesn’t panic in any situation. Kids look up to that."
PV has eight starters back from last year's state runner-up squad that faces second-ranked West Des Moines Valley in Tuesday evening's Class 5A state quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. in Fort Dodge.
Mausser is quick to deflect credit for being the only calming influence.
“I think our team keeps our composure really, really well,” she said. “Because when we are in sticky situations, with us being in the state tournament last year, we have a lot of girls on the team who know what it feels like to stay calm through it.”
It’s fun to play on such a prodigious offensive team, she said.
Four players are hitting better than .400 — Carli Spelhaug (.466), Alexia Lara (.492), Ellie Spelhaug (.434) and eighth-grader Emily Wood (.426). Alexia Lara has 11 homers and 48 RBIs. The team has 51 home runs and 264 RBIs in 40 games while scoring 305 runs.
“It’s fun because you know if you can’t get on base, somebody else is there to pick you up," Mausser said. "It takes a lot of pressure off of you.”
Despite all that offense, she claims it’s the team’s defense that is its strength.
She’s part of that defense with her own aggressive effort behind the plate, throwing out base runners, chasing down foul-ball flies and pouncing on bunts in front of home plate.
“I consider myself aggressive,” Mausser said. “I am trying to get to every ball I can. Before a play, I am hoping the ball comes to me. I am hoping I can make the diving play to get the out."
And she loves throwing out runners.
“I try to throw every girl out,” Mausser said. “I like to think I am a threat (to throw them out) when I am out there. I don’t want girls to think they can steal on me.”
It’s her strength, coach Lara said.
“Followed by her being savvy,” he added. “She’s pretty knowledgeable about the game, has a very good understanding of situations.”
Mausser will attend Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and play softball next season. After that, she hopes to go to a southern school and continue her career.
But this week it’s back to state, which means a lot to the team.
“We have really had a chip on our shoulder ever since then,” Mausser said of losing last year’s heart-breaker in the Class 5A championship game to Johnston. “We played really hard but losing in the bottom of the seventh was a really, really hard way to lose.
"Our motto this year is 'our mission continues.' It’s definitely been on our minds to try to get back there."
The key is keeping it simple, Mausser said.
“Not make it harder than it is," she said. "We’ve just got to field the ball and hit the ball and hope for the best.”
Mausser has been playing competitively since third grade. She even pitched until her sophomore year.
Now, her goal is to go out a state champion.
No matter what this week's results are, she will continue in a game she loves.
“I want to be playing it as long as I can,” she said.