Softball Cardinals earn No. 1 seed

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Rob Reischel
Amber Karn and Middleton's girls softball team earned the No. 1 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls softball team earned the No. 1 seed in their sectional.

If the Cardinals can now play to that level, they’ll remember the next two weeks for the rest of their lives.

Middleton, co-champions of the Big Eight Conference, received a first round bye. The Cardinals will host the winner of No. 8 Monona Grove and No. 9 Madison Memorial Friday at 5 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 regional final.

“The team is focused and determined to be playing their best softball as we move into the postseason,” Middleton manager Cherie Hellenbrand said. “They are all feeling confident and understand they need to push themselves to play solid softball from start to finish. We are taking it one game at a time and enjoying every moment hoping to continue our season into June.”

The sectional semifinals are June 2 in Middleton, while the sectional finals are June 4 in Waunakee. La Crosse Central received the No. 2 seed followed by Verona, DeForest, Holmen, Madison East, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Madison Memorial, Waunakee, Baraboo, Onalaska, Madison West, Madison La Follette and Tomah.

The state tournament is June 11-13 at Goodman Diamonds in Madison.

Middleton hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2008. But these Cardinals seem to have the talent and mental fortitude to make a push towards another state berth.

“Being the No. 1 seed sets us up very nicely to achieve our goal to go to state,” Middleton senior catcher Amber Karn said. “We need to come out hungry because all of the teams are coming after us, trying to knock us out.

“This is the time that we need to put everything together we have worked for all season, and I know we can do that to help us reach our goal to making it to state."

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