Watertown’s conference-winning softball team had six players selected for Badger South all-conference honors, including three on the first team, in voting held recently.
Senior second baseman Lauren Harshbarger was the leagues lone unanimous first-team performer. She hit .390, had an on-base percentage of .456, notched 10 extra-base hits and stole eight bases.
“What more can you say about Lauren — four-time all-conference player — started at second base as a freshman in our state championship run and has been a leader on our team since she made it,” Watertown softball coach Patty Jansen said. “She has put her own mark on our program and couldn’t be more proud of her — big things for her future.”
Harshbarger had a fielding percentage over 98 percent and took away multiple base hits.
Pitcher Shaylyn Dunn and catcher Paige Bacchi were also on the first team.
Dunn hit a team-high .452 and had an OPS of 1.053. The right-hander went 11-3 in 16 appearances, mostly starts, as a senior and tossed 91 innings with an ERA of 2.23.
“We put a lot of pressure on her in some games and she came through with flying colors,” Jansen said. “Her offensive performance was one of her best, she was on an eight-game hit streak with many multiple-hit games.
“Having Shay and Hannah (Thompson) back-to-back changed the outcome of many games. Thrilled and proud of her senior year, making first team was icing on the cake for an already great year.”
Bacchi, a junior, hit .391 with a team-best OPS of 1.214. She hit five home runs and drove in a team-high 29 runs. Behind the plate, Bacchi caught every inning and picked off 10 baserunners while throwing out five more on the basepaths.
“She continues to get better and better,” Jansen said. “Paige had a career year with 26 assists, with most of those coming from pickoffs. She isn’t afraid to take chances and hates when anyone takes an extra-base on her. She continues to produce offensively and I am thankful that we have one more year with her to see exactly where her talents will take her.”
Senior outfielder Payton Zubke and senior designated player Hannah Thompson were selected to the second team.
Zubke hit .373 and stole six bases in addition to have a fielding percentage of 92 percent.
“What an amazing career for Payton,” Jansen said. “Payton has started every game since her sophomore year and provided the No. 2 one-two-punch with Lauren this year. She was another offensive player that was able to get us going. She was consistent offensively and we couldn’t replace her in the outfield. (She is a) team leader and a three-sport athlete at WHS. Can’t say enough about what she has done for the Goslings on many levels.”
Thompson was second on the team with an average of .448 and led the group in slugging at .657. She homered once and had 17 RBIs.
“Hannah Thompson had a breakout year for us, we couldn’t have had the year we had without her,” Jansen said. “She was a leader in every offensive category and she took her DP player role and made it her own.
“Her success was instrumental in our eight-game win streak. So proud of her and the player that she decided to be in her last year.”
Senior shortstop Brianna Hendricks, a three-year starter, was named to the honorable mention team. Hendricks hit .346, driving in 16 runs, and stole a team-best 11 bases.
“She has played outfield and found her niche at the shortstop position,” Jansen said. “Her quickness was something that will be tough to replace next year. She could bunt for base hits and hit triples to the gap. She really excelled in the infield and became one of the best in our conference. Going to be another tough kid to replace.”
Watertown tied with Monroe at 12-2 in conference play followed by Milton at 8-6, Edgewood at 7-7, Oregon and Fort Atkinson at 6-8, Monona Grove at 3-10 and Stoughton at 1-12.
BADGER SOUTH CONFERENCE
Madison Moore, Edgewood, senior
Kat Brandl, Fort Atkinson, senior
Autumn Congdon, Fort Atkinson, senior
Erika Reif, Milton, sophomore
Peyton Blang, Monona Grove, senior
Olivia Bobak, Monroe, senior
Sydney Updike, Monroe, sophomore
Megan Bloyer, Oregon, sophomore
Madison Brickson, Stoughton, senior
*Lauren Harshbarger, Watertown, senior
Shaylyn Dunn, Watertown, senior
Paige Bacchi, Watertown, junior
Alex Theriault, Fort Atkinson, freshman
Emily Goodger, Milton, senior
Shay Anderson, Milton, junior
Harper Mayfield, Monona Grove, freshman
Hailey Betthauser, Monroe, senior
Grace Tostrud, Monroe, junior
Katie Hayes, Monroe, sophomore
Kennedy Nelson, Oregon, junior
Sam Mikkelson, Oregon, junior
Kailey Hammersley, Stoughton, junior
Hannah Thompson, Watertown, senior
Payton Zubke, Watertown, senior
Leah Jakusz, Edgewood, sophomore
Olivia Moore, Edgewood, sophomore
Michelle Schmitt, Edgewood, sophomore
Nicole Schmitt, Edgewood, sophomore
Brynn Torrenga, Fort Atkinson, sophomore
Alexis Jacobson, Fort Atkinson, sophomore
Kelly Hanauska, Milton, sophomore
Grace Schnell, Milton, freshman
Janie Remus, Monona Grove, senior
Paige Hanson, Monona Grove, freshman
Sloane Ambrose, Monroe, freshman
Alyse Maurer, Monroe, sophomore
Erin Newton, Oregon, junior
Brooke McCallum, Oregon, senior
Savanna Jemilo, Stoughton, sophomore
Makayla Ramberg, Stoughton, sophomore
Brianna Hendricks, Watertown, senior