Nine players from WIAA Division 1 state runner-up Sun Prairie have been selected to the 2019 All-Big Eight Conference softball team.
First-team selections Maddie Gardner, Grace Radlund, Grace Hilber and Sabrina Reuter lead the way.
Gardner, a junior, earned first-team honors for a third consecutive year. The future University of Wisconsin pitcher went 26-4 with a 2.18 earned run average, striking out a school-record 339 batters versus just 28 walks in 186 2/3 innings.
Radlund had a breakout sophomore year where she was tabbed a first-team infielder. The shortstop batted .494 with a team-high 43 hits, among them one double and one triple, while finishing with 15 RBIs. Radlund also led the team with 19 stolen bases.
Hilber returned to softball after taking her junior year off, and the Cardinals were happy she did. The senior first baseman hit at a .349 clip with 38 hits, including five doubles and one triple while driving in 26.
Reuter earned first-team outfield honors. The senior hit .342 with 38 hits, six doubles and two triples, while driving in 25.
Chloe Knoernschild was the only freshman named to either the first or second teams, receiving second-team honors. The catcher batted .267 with 20 hits, one double, one triple and eight RBIs.
Seniors Haley Johnson and Sydney Spatola, junior Bailee Hadley and sophomore Sierra Ek were named honorable mention.
At the plate, Johnson batted .289 with 11 hits, two of them doubles, and nine RBIs. Johnson also made six pitching appearances, going 1-0 with 14 strikeouts.
Spatola hit at a .256 clip with 23 hits, one double, and drove in 13.
Hadley batted .294 with 20 hits, including a home run, triple and two doubles, while driving in 16.
Ek hit .311 from the left side with 23 hits, including three doubles and a home run, while driving in eight.
Molly McChesney and Meghan Anderson of Big Eight champion Verona were named co-Players of the Year, while the Wildcats’ Todd Anderson was tabbed Coach of the Year.
2019 ALL-BIG EIGHT SOFTBALL TEAM
POS SCHOOL YR
P Meghan Anderson Verona Sr.
P Maddie Gardner Sun Prairie Jr.
C Katie Pederson Verona So.
C Olivia Hebert Middleton So.
IF Alyssa Bostley Verona So.
IF Kasie Keyes Verona Jr.
IF Grace Radlund Sun Prairie So.
IF Grace Hilber Sun Prairie Sr.
IF Abby Humphrey Janesville Craig So.
OF Molly McChesney Verona Sr.
OF Sabrina Reuter Sun Prairie Sr.
OF CC Hiorns Middleton So.
UT Natalie Bittner Beloit Memorial So.
UT Eden Welling Madison La Follette So.
P Chelsea Naber Janesville Parker Sr.
P Jacey Walker Beloit Memorial Jr.
C Chloe Knoernschild Sun Prairie Fr.
C Alexus Luek Janesville Parker So.
IF Ally Rosga Janesville Parker So.
IF Sytney Toman Verona So.
IF Natalie Frisch Madison Memorial Jr.
IF Brynn Swanson Beloit Memorial So.
IF Ari Brown Beloit Memorial Sr.
OF Kiannah Langham-Oliver Madison East Jr.
OF Lily Frisch Madison Memorial Sr.
OF Keeley Cox Janesville Craig Sr.
UT Ari Balas Madison West Sr.
UT Alina Yazek Verona Sr.
Zephryn Jager Madison La Follette Jr.
Freida Hooper Lofton Madison West Fr.
Bailee Hadley Sun Prairie Jr.
Haley Johnson Sun Prairie Sr.
Morgan Esser Madison Memorial Sr.
Lydia Quade Janesville Parker So.
Julianna Getka Janesville Parker Sr.
Brynn Thayer Middleton Sr.
Kallie Buscemi Madison West Sr.
Jazz Demrow Janesville Parker So.
Grace Williams Janesville Parker So.
Sierra Ek Sun Prairie So.
Katelyn Palmer Janesville Craig Jr.
Angelique Spencer Beloit Memorial Sr.
Grade Henthorn Beloit Memorial Sr.
Taylor Barfield Janesville Parker Jr.
Sydney Spatola Sun Prairie Sr.
Lauren Schmitt Madison Memorial Jr.
Amanda Carlson Janesville Craig Sr.
Paige Peloquin Janesville Craig Sr.
Ashley Bindl Middleton Sr.
Madison Stavn Beloit Memorial Jr.
Katie Murphy Madison Memorial Jr.
Anna Sniadach Madison East Sr.
Camryn Decker Madison Memorial Sr.
Ari Balas Madison West Sr.
Katie Kealy Janesville Carig Sr.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Meghan Anderson & Molly McChesney, Verona
COACH OF THE YEAR
Todd Anderson, Verona