Four MHS softball players named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton sophomore catcher Olivia Hebert was named first-team all-Big Eight./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s girls’ softball team had four players earn all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Sophomore catcher Olivia Hebert and sophomore centerfielder CC Hiorns were named first-team all-league. Senior third baseman Ashley Bindl and senior pitcher Brynn Thayer were both named honorable-mention all-conference.

Hebert led the Cardinals in RBIs (34) and doubles (10). Hebert was also second among Middleton’s starters in batting average (.359), slugging percentage (.522) and steals (11), and was fourth in runs scored (18).

In 96 plate appearances, Hebert struck out just six times. She threw out three runners trying to steal and had a fielding percentage of .965 on 143 total chances.

“Olivia had an outstanding season,” Middleton manager Perry Hibner said. “She smashed the ball for much of the year and was rock-solid behind the plate. I don't think there was any question she was one of the top two catchers in the Big Eight. We expect even bigger things from her next year.”

Hiorns led Middleton’s starters in batting average (.375), was second in on-base percentage (.438) and was third in both runs (19) and walks (nine). Hiorns also had just one error in 34 total chances.

“CC made a big jump this year and it was great to see,” Hibner said. “She was by far the best bunter in the conference. She is fast and runs the bases well and she made some catches out in center field that no one else in the conference could. She certainly deserved being a first-team selection.”

Bindl led the Cardinals in runs (30), stolen bases (16) and hit by pitch (eight). Bindl also tied for the team lead in home runs (two), was second in RBIs (25), batted .321 and had an .866 fielding percentage.

“Ashley has set such a high standard the past few seasons that I actually think it hurt her in the voting this year,” Hibner said. “She is the best third baseman in the Big Eight.

“She is clearly one of the top-10 infielders, too, and should have at least made second team. She led us on and off the field. It won't be easy replacing all of the things she has done for us the past four years.”

Thayer went 7-7 overall with a 2.03 ERA. Thayer struck out 91 and walked 17 in 100 innings pitched.

In Big Eight play, Thayer’s ERA was 1.53, and she also batted .212

“I believe the Big Eight was the best Division 1 conference in the state this year and it was largely due to the quality of pitchers,” Hibner said. “Brynn certainly pitched well enough to make the first- or second-team, but Verona's Meghan Anderson, Sun Prairie's Maddie Gardner and Beloit Memorial's Jacey Walker were fantastic, too.”

Hibner noted the Cardinals lost nine games to teams that went a combined 106-20 in games played in Wisconsin through sectionals. Six of their losses were to teams ranked in the top-10 in the state and four of their opponents advanced to sectional finals.

“Brynn's pitching was a big reason we were in so many close games against the top teams in state,” Hibner said. “We weren't able to pull out any of those games, but she gave us a real chance.”



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