There should be a sign near third base when Oak Harbor is on defense that says: No occupancy.
Rockets right fielder Sydney Overmyer won't let opponents go there anyway. The senior cancels visits from wayward travelers, with help from inn keeper Remi Gregory at third base.
Overmyer threw out three or four runners trying to advance to third while the team was in Florida. She erased three more in Ohio.
"I used to be a catcher," she said. "I have a catcher's arm. I couldn't have done it without Remi. She got the tags down. I just throw it. When I see [coach Chris Rawski's] face after I throw those girls out, I'm reassured.
"He's so excited. I'm ready to come in and hit. It's fun watching your coach be so proud of you."
Overmyer took a pitch the opposite way over the right fielder's head for a triple with one out in the fourth inning Thursday in a 3-2 win over Toledo St. Ursula. She scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball with two outs.
"Coach said we needed a hit," Overmyer said. "I went up with an empty mind. I swung the bat and good things happened. I looked like a hero, but I'm not the only hero. It's a team thing. If you don't play well together, it's not going to be a very good team.
"I had a good hit and a couple good catches, but we wouldn't have been here without my team."
Top-seed Oak Harbor beat two-seed Wauseon 10-3 in a district final Saturday. Wauseon eliminated the Rockets in a district final last season.
Port Clinton won twice before falling 6-4 to Wauseon in the other district semifinal.
Rockets bats were held in check with only three hits against St. Ursula. Porter Gregory and Ashley Schiller each had a single, and Porter and Alyse Sorg each had one RBI.
"Schiller is a monster at second base," Overmyer said. "She dives for everything. Even in the batter's box, she's aggressive. She can steal so many bases. Shortstop Reese Adkins makes all the plays. I've never seen a first baseman [Porter Gregory] who dives like a second baseman.
"Our defense was lights out. We picked each other up after a mistake and moved on. [Jenna Lutz's] rise ball was beautiful. Our defense helped secure the win."
Reagan Schultz and Reese Adkins also scored once.
"We all played an important part," Overmyer said. "My hit boosted morale. We were hitting it right to people. When I stepped on third, I was excited. 'Let's go get this.' It brought us back into the game.
Schultz didn't allow a run after the fourth inning. She struck out five and walked two, while allowing six hits in seven innings.
"I don't know if many people know this, we've been playing together since we were little girls," Overmyer said. "She blocks out everything and focuses on her job. She doesn't let pressure get to her, or I'll crack a joke.
"We have a bond. We bounce back with each other. She's a great player and I can't wait to see what she does at Kent State."
Oak Harbor (22-8) shut out Rossford 15-0 in five innings for a sectional crown.
"We were all on fire," Overmyer said. "We were comfortable. We weren't nervous. We did the thing we always do — play hard. For this being my last year, I'm so happy. We work as one machine. You couldn't take one out of the sequence and we do as well.
"We all complement each other."
The Rockets finished second in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division, with its only two setbacks to champ Margaretta.
"There's a new energy," Overmyer said. "We meshed. Last year we were different groups, this year we're one family. We rely on each other. The goal is to look past the past and focus on the present. If we focus on the present, we'll have a good game."
Rawski noticed Overmyer in preseason. He saw her tools were better suited to right field.
"My fielding got so much better," she said. "I improved hitting. Truly, I improved most to secure my spot with my mental game. It wasn't strong. This year, if I strike out, 'Oh, well,' I have another at-bat. I'm having an interview, not crying because I was 1 for 2 and the outfielder caught my ball.
"I'm overjoyed how we played [Thursday] and I've improved."
Her spirit also stood out to Rawski.
"I put in my extra hours at home with my dad, who used to be my coach," she said. "After tryouts, we were drilling. Coach could tell. He told me he could tell looking in my face I wanted it and he saw a fire.
"I'm fortunate to be part of a team this intense, that's still cool, calm and collected. I told Coach, wherever you need me to better the team, that's where I'll be. Every time at practice is fun. I'm grateful for the opportunity to play with these girls."
Overmyer caught the final out in a win over Edison.
"It's crazy to see where you started and where you ended," Rawski told her. "'You amaze me. You always pick up the other girls.' It makes me want to do my job correctly, pick up my other girls and win the game."
Overmyer's family are generational farmers. She raises and shows pigs and wants to further study agriculture, with intentions to add communications and one day anchor a news program on the topic.
She continues her swim career at Division III Wilmington College. She might play softball as well.
"I'm excited to go away from home and meet new people," she said. "I always love sports. The atmosphere. It's comfortable. I come from a smaller town, it's a nice transition."
She helped a 200 medley relay finish second at district. She also advanced to state with a 400 freestyle relay.
"That was a good way to end my senior year," she said of district. "That was my whole goal, trying to get to state."
She'll compete in the backstroke and freestyle sprints, possibly freestyle distance.
Overmyer was a pinch runner last season. She stole two bases in the postseason loss.
If Oak Harbor could choose a runner to be at third base with one out, it likely would be Overmyer. Ideally, she'd triple to get there safely.
Even if third base is usually her out place.
This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Oak Harbor has right sequence to launch 20-win team at district