The Portage prep softball team showed it could score runs in bunches this season, having posted 10 or more runs in eight games. That firepower led to some pretty impressive offensive numbers for the Warriors this season, and as a result, Portage had six different players earn All-Badger North Conference honors.
Senior Joia Simonson and junior Brianna Brandner were both first-team selections, as chosen by the conference coaches.
Simonson played shortstop and pitcher for Portage this spring. As a pitcher, she went 11-4 with eight complete games. In 85⅓ innings, Simonson struck out 108 batters and walked just 26. She gave up 76 hits and finished with a 3.04 earned run average.
At the plate, Simonson was among the team leaders in a number of categories. She was second on the team in RBIs with 21, home runs with three and triples with one. She also had the third-best batting average on the team at .349 and her four doubles were also the third-most on the team. Simonson showed an ability to put the bat on the ball, as she struck out just five times in 63 at-bats.
Brandner was a first-team pick in the outfield, where she used her speed to run down balls in the gap. That speed was also valuable on the bases, where she stole a team-high 27 bases and was caught stealing just two times. Brandner also had a team-best .430 batting average, collecting 34 hits, including two doubles and a triple.
Junior Katelyn Belleau and senior Olivia Limmex earned second-team honors for Portage.
Belleau, who played second base, provided a powerful bat in the Warriors lineup, finishing with a team-high five homers, while also leading the squad in RBIs with 24. All that power didn’t come at the expense of too many strikeouts, as she whiffed just three times in 72 at-bats and had a .389 batting average. She also was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
Limmex led Portage with eight doubles and was second in walks with 12. Her .317 batting average ranked fourth on the team and she drove in 15 runs on the year.
Warriors junior Anna Kratz and freshman Sydni Kratz earned honorable mention recognition. Anna Kratz finished with a .256 batting average, scored 20 runs and had 17 RBIs. She also stole nine bases without getting caught. Sydni Kratz had a .292 batting average, drove in 10 runs with five doubles. She also struck out just five times in 65 at-bats.
DeForest, which won the Badger North Conference with a perfect 14-0 record, led the list of all-conference honorees with four first-team selections, including the team’s only two unanimous picks in senior catcher Cammi Riemer and senior pitcher Taylor Shaw. DeForest also had three second-team picks, and two more players who earned honorable mention.
Portage finished second in the Badger North with a 10-4 record, and tied Waunakee for the second-most players to earn all-conference recognition with six.
ALL-BADGER NORTH CONFERENCE SOFTBALL
FIRST TEAM: Jade Parchem, Jr., Baraboo; Grace Scharfenberg, Sr., Beaver Dam; *Cammi Riemer, Sr., DeForest; Taylor Von Behren, Jr. DeForest; *Taylor Shaw, Sr., DeForest; Taylor Tschumper, Jr., DeForest; Jadyn Holman, Sr., Mount Horeb; Joia Simonson, Sr., Portage; Brianna Brandner, Jr., Portage; Mallory Stingley, Sr., Reedsburg; Trista Ripp, Jr., Waunakee; Caitlyn Kesilewski, Sr., Waunakee.
SECOND TEAM: Paige Lewison, Fr., Baraboo; Haylee Kasuboski, Sr., Beaver Dam; Jordan Marty, So., DeForest; Kaylee Ramirez, Sr., DeForest; Aleah Grundahl, Sr., DeForest; Ashley Lange, Sr., Mount Horeb; Katelyn Belleau, Jr., Portage; Olivia Limmex, Sr., Portage; Melissa Dietz, Fr., Reedsburg; Olivia Joyce, So., Sauk Prairie; Avery Lehr, Jr., Waunakee; Ally Ronk, Sr., Waunakee.
HONORABLE MENTION: Emma Crary, So., Baraboo; Addie Filus, Sr., Baraboo; Grace Madeiros, Jr., Beaver Dam; Bre Krenz, Jr., Beaver Dam; Kylee Jansen, So., DeForest; Julia Winters, Sr., DeForest; Natalie O’Connell, Jr., Mount Horeb; Marissa Rumler, So., Mount Horeb; Sydni Kratz, Fr., Portage; Anna Kratz, Jr., Portage; Tresaio Koopmeiners, Jr., Reedsburg; Jordann Meinhardt, Jr., Reedsburg; Regin Suchla, Sr., Sauk Prairie; Macy Mcintyre, So., Sauk Prairie; Lexi Ripp, Sr., Waunakee; Callie Kesilewski, So., Waunakee.