Watertown sophomore second baseman Abby Walsh was a first-team all-conference selection in Badger South Conference softball voting held recently, leading five Goslings who received honors.
Walsh averaged .384, with an on-base percentage of .464, slugged .603 and had an OPS of 1.067. She had a team-leading nine extra-base hits, including three home runs along with 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Walsh had a fielding percentage of .916.
“Abby had a great first your for us,” Watertown softball coach Patty Jansen said. “She started every game at second base and hit cleanup in our lineup. Abby has the ability to hit for power and average, which makes her an offensive threat every time she’s at the plate.
“Abby was one of our most reliable defensive players and provided that 6-4-3 double play punch along with Lauryn Olson. Our defense revolves around our second baseman and shortstop, and she handled it like a true veteran. Abby will be someone to watch next year as a leader on both sides of the field.”
Junior infielders Maggie Strupp (third base) and Lauryn Olson (shortstop) were voted second-team all-league.
Strupp averaged .384, had an OBP of .453, OPS of .875, drove in 14 runs, scored 20 times and stole seven bases. Strupp had a fielding percentage of .868.
“Maggie was our lead off hitter and third baseman,” Jansen said. “We went as Maggie went. She provided the offensive start that we needed to get our offense up and running. As a junior in our lineup, we looked to Maggie for leadership and confidence.
“Maggie leads by example and we will look for her number to only get better next year.”
Olson averaged .321, scored 16 runs, homered three times, drove in 13 runs and had a fielding percentage of .900.
“Lauryn had a great year for us defensively,” Jansen said. “Some of the plays that she was able to make to both sides of her glove kept us in many innings. She and Abby Walsh turned more double players this year than I can remember in quite some time.
“Lauryn has the ability to lay down a bunt for a hit and hit a 250-foot home run. Look for her numbers to only get better next year.”
The Goslings’ battery of senior pitcher Sydney Linskens and freshman catcher Drew Hinrichs were honorable-mention selections.
Linskens had an 8-9 record overall, 3.57 ERA and struck out 34 over 100 innings.
“Wow, what more can you ask from a three-sport athlete?” Jansen said. “She played soccer the past two seasons, then COVID and as a senior decided to give us her best year yet.
“Sydney was able to keep us in games and her defense surely helped her out. As a coach all you can ask is for an athlete to give everything you can to give us a chance to win, and that was obviously noticed by more than us. Offensively and defensively, she was in every game.”
Hinrichs averaged .351, with an OBP of .420, an OPS of .927 and had eight extra-base hits including two home runs. Hinrichs threw out six baserunners trying to steal and picked off six more on the basepaths.
“Drew was an obvious choice as our starting catcher,” Jansen said. “What she brought to the table for Sydney Linskens and Abby Murray was above and beyond anything that we could have asked her for. Defensively she had an amazing year picking people off, blocking balls, throwing people out and runner a very inexperienced infield.
“Her offensive numbers in our conference may have kept her off the first or second team, but I have no doubt these will only get better every year.”
Monona Grove won the conference with a 10-4 record followed by Fort Atkinson and Oregon each at 9-5, Watertown and Madison Edgewood each at 8-6, Milton at 6-8, Monroe at 5-9 and Stoughton at 1-13.
Badger South Conference
Michelle Schmitt, Edgewood, Pitcher, Senior
Nicole Schmitt, Edgewood, SS, Senior
- Kiarra Kostroski, Fort Atkinson, SS, Senior
Alex Theriault, Fort Atkinson, CF, Junior
Kelly Hanausak, Milton, CF, Senior
- Emma Lee, Monona Grove, OF, Junior
Harper Mayfield, Monona Grove, OF, Junior
Alyse Mauer, Monroe, 2B, Senior
- Megan Bloyer, Oregon, Catcher, Senior
Amelia Spilde, Oregon, Pitcher, Senior
Savanna Jemilo, Stoughton, Catcher/3B, Senior
Abby Walsh, Watertown, 2B, Sophomore
- Indicates unanimous selection
Leah Jakusz, Edgewood, Catcher, Senior
Alexis Jacobson, Fort Atkinson, Pitcher, Senior
Gwen Baker, Milton, Pitcher, Freshman
Erika Rief, Milton, Pitcher, Senior
Paige Hanson, Monona Grove, Catcher/Pitcher, Junior
Brie Louishine, Monona Grove, RF/2B, Freshman
Sydney Updike, Monroe, SS, Senior
Katie Hayes, Monroe, C, Senior
Hailey Berman, Oregon, DP, Junior
Grace Ott, Stoughton, 3B/Catcher, Senior
Maggie Strupp, Watertown, 3B, Junior
Lauryn Olson, Watertown, SS, Junior
Olivia Moore, Edgewood, Senior
Grace Nwankwo, Edgewood, Sophomore
Brynn Torrenga, Fort Atkinson, Senior
Angela Unate, Fort Atkinson, Senior
Kaitlyn Burke, Fort Atkinson, Sophomore
Mckenna Bladl, Milton, Senior
Haley Reed, Milton, Junior
Emma Uschan, Monona Grove, Senior
Karlie McKenzie, Monona Grove, Junior
Dani Lucey, Monona Grove, Sophomore
Karis Paulson, Monroe, Junior
Sarah Prien, Monroe, Senior
Jordan Baumgartner, Oregon, Junior
Lauryn Etienne, Oregon, Freshman
Makayla Ramberg, Stoughton, Senior
Tessa Pickett, Stoughton ,Senior
Drew Hinrichs, Watertown, Freshman
Sydney Linskens, Watertown, Senior