Signed to play college ball . Slapper since she was 12 and has worked with elite players. Mid 300's as a high school slapper, because we keep accurate books and track ROE's. As her present college coach watched her play 9 out of 11 times she was up to bat she got on base. Most colleges coaches have told me BA is worthless , they want a leadoff hitter slapper to get on base period. I have coached in high school for years and I do not trust batting averages. I watched an all Ohio play in the regionals and every time she was up they gave her a hit. None were a hit if we were keeping the books. Her batting average as turned into the coaches who voted last year was over 500. Plus not to get me started, none of her Stolen bases were DI's. Since her coach had no clue what defense Indifference is. She is in the state record books now for stolen bases last year! On Base % is probably a better measure but even that doesn't give you a true measure, since it doesn't include ROE's. Speed forces the defense to make mistakes. Many coaches asked us to supply that stat to them along with BA, Walks, On Base %. The dd lead her high school team and travel team in On Base %, Walks , Run Scored , and stolen base the last couple of years. Not telling you what to look at , but I would trust BA as a measure of an effective slapper.
Sorry but the out right cheating or poor record keeping is a different subject. Ask Lhowser about a player stats as published by a local college of a player. If you do the math on batting average and on base %, she had over 50 walks, which we know is impossbile in high school based on game played.