BILLINGS – Payton Meyer is all about softball.
She has batted up and down the lineup from lead-off to the No. 9 hole through four years of varsity action at Billings Senior. And coach Lisa Shulund says Meyer possesses the sought-after combination of both speed and power.
How about her jersey number — No. 1 — any superstition behind it?
“My dad was always No. 1,” Meyer said. “My number is actually 13. That’s what I am for ASA softball. But 1 was the jersey that fit, so it was my high school number from then on.”
Off the field, Meyer is one of five siblings and admits she doesn’t have much down time.
“I have twin sisters, actually, and after practice I go coach (with her dad) their softball and basketball teams,” Meyer said.
Meyer says those siblings are a big reason she’s staying close to home for college. She’ll suit up in softball next season for MSU Billings with former Broncs teammate, and last year’s Midland Roundtable Athlete of the Year winner, Brittanee Fisher.
Meyer is back on the diamond Thursday at home in a best-of-three playoff series starting at noon against Bozeman.
The Midland Roundtable’s male and female Athlete of the Year winners will be announced Wednesday night at a banquet inside the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Former Montana Lady Griz basketball coach Robin Selvig is the featured speaker.