Three Janesville Craig softball players on first team
Three Janesville Craig softball players wrapped up impressive careers by being named to the All-Big Eight Conference first team.
Infielders Haley Bayreuther and Leigh Grall joined outfielder Stephanie Perleberg as first-team picks. Bayreuther is a three-time first-team choice, while Grall and Perleberg are two-time first teamers.
Craig pitcher Paige Weber was a second-team selection, and infielder Nicole Kelly and outfielder Sydney Cramer were honorable mention.
Parker High’s Ashley Ross was an honorable mention utility player and teammate Kayce Chesebro was an honorable mention outfielder.
Bayreuther batted .415 with 27 hits, including five doubles, three triples and a home run for the Big Eight season. Bayreuther had a .904 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Grall hit .484, with 30 hits, including three doubles, two triples and two home runs. Perleberg hit 349, with 22 hits, including two doubles, and two home runs.
Weber finished 13-5 in the Big Eight with a 1.47 ERA. Weber notched 94 strikeouts and issued 25 walks. Kelly hit .306 and Cramer hit .359.
Craig finished 13-5 in the Big Eight and second to Big Eight champion Sun Prairie
“All six seniors are going to be hard to replace,” Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said. “They were a pretty good class all the way through from freshmen up.”
Madison La Follette sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman was named Player of the Year for the second straight season.
All-Big Eight softball
Pitchers—Kristen Hoppman (Sun Prairie), Nicole Newman (La Follette).
Catchers—Jillian Bauer (Verona), Tala Cornell (Beloit)
Infielders—Haley Bayreuther (Craig), Jessica Bowden (East), Leigh Grall (Craig), Katelyn Huemmer (Sun Prairie), Tessa Lewis (La Follette).
Outfielders—Michelle Farino (La Follette), Stephanie Perleberg (Craig), Emily Pomkalski (Middleton).
Utility—Hanna Running (Sun Prairie)
Pitchers—Paige Weber (Craig), Emma Ray (Verona).
Catchers—Lilly Babler (East), Cheyenne Holmes (Sun Prairie).
Infielders—Nicole Hoffman (Sun Prairie), Emi Janisch (Verona), Claudia Kepler (Verona), Leah Pulley (La Follette), Leah Wolff (Middleton).
Outfielders—Lori Lynch (Beloit), Mary Otterlein (East), Briana Peterson (Sun Prairie),
Utility—Leslie Banzhaf (Verona).
Player of the Year—Nicole Newman (La Follette).
Ashley Ross (Parker), Kayce Chesebro (Parker), Nicole Kelly (Craig), Sydney Cramer (Craig), Julie Austin (East), Ashley Brooks (Middleton), Kelly Gavigan (Verona), Pam Parish (Beloit), Sarah Weiss (Beloit), Paige Martin (Memorial), Taylor Maier (Verona), Cari Monroe (Verona), Heidi Morrical (Sun Prairie), Danielle O’Connell (West), Paige Parish (Beloit), Arianna Sweeney (La Follette).
Sun Prairie, 15-3; Janesville Craig, 13-5; Madison La Follette, 13-5; Verona, 13-5; Madison East, 9-9; Janesville Parker, 8-10; Beloit Memorial, 7-11; Middleton, 7-11; Madison Memorial, 5-13; Madison West, 0-18.