Girls softball team earns No. 6 seed

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Rob Reischel
Middleton manager Perry Hibner (center) and the Cardinals' softball team begin postseason play on May 21.

Middleton’s girls’ softball team received the No. 6 seed in its sectional.

The Cardinals will host 11th seeded Monona Grove in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Tuesday at 5 p.m. Middleton is currently 12-10 overall, while the Silver Eagles are 4-12.

“We've had a nice season, but we want to take it up a notch in the playoffs,” Middleton manager Perry Hibner said. “We have played the top teams such as Verona and Sun Prairie very tough, but just haven't gotten over the hump.”

Verona is the No. 1 seed, followed by Sun Prairie, Onalaska, DeForest, Holmen, Middleton, Waunakee, Baraboo, Madison Memorial, Tomah, Monona Grove, La Crosse Central, Madison East and Madison West.

If Middleton defeats Monona Grove, it would face the winner of third-seeded Onalaska and 14th seeded Madison West in a regional final on May 23. The higher seed in that game would be the host school.

The sectional semifinals are May 28 and the sectional finals are May 30.

“Our sectional is loaded,” Hibner said. “Four of the top-10 teams in state are in it. We need to take care of business against Monona Grove first and then see what happens. It should be fun.”

After the initial vote, Middleton was the No. 6 seed and Waunakee was No. 7. Warriors coach Tammy Rademacher appealed to be the No. 6, and the vote ended up being 6-6 (the two teams involved can't vote).

That meant Middleton kept the No. 6 seed and avoided a potential second round game against defending state champion Sun Prairie.

“I thought we deserved the six seed over Waunakee because our records were nearly the same,” Hibner said. “We had five losses to teams ranked in the top seven in the Division 1 rankings and went 1-1 against Janesville Craig, while Waunakee lost to the Cougars 8-2.

“We also haven't had a game end in less than seven innings because we were behind by 10 runs or more, while Waunakee had multiple losses like that.”

 

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