Senior Maddie Brickson capped a decorated career for the Stoughton softball team, being named to the Badger South All-Conference first team for the third straight year.
The team’s starting shortstop and lead-off hitter, Brickson was one of four Vikings who made the team. Junior Kailey Hammersly earned second team honors and sophomores Savanna Jemilo and Makayla Ramberg received honorable mention recognition. Stoughton finished the season 2-15 overall (1-12 conference).
Brickson led the team, scoring 17 runs and finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.527), on-base percentage (.429), batting average (.345), hits (19), tied for second with 12 singles and third with five doubles.
She had an .843 fielding percentage and 61 put outs as the most experienced infielder for the Vikings.
“Maddie’s graduation will definitely leave an opening to fill, that goes without saying,” coach Toni Fischer said. “She’s been our starting shortstop for four years, so we have big shoes to fill, but are confident that we have the talent to fill it.”
Hammersly earned second team honors as a pitcher, although she did the majority of her talking this season with a bat in her hands. The junior appeared in all but 11 of the team’s 108 innings over 17 games this season. Struggling with control at times, she struck out 54 and walked 49. She allowed 53 earned runs to go along with a 3.85 ERA.
“It was more innings than she was prepared to throw but she did it,” Fischer said. “She is going to be fun to watch next season and she knows she is going to be our No. 1 pitcher again, so she is preparing to hit the circle at full strength at the start of the 2020 season.”
She led the team in slugging percentage (.875), batting average (.438), on-base percentage (.526), hits (21), doubles (9), home runs (4) and RBIs (19). She was also second on the team with 13 runs score.
Jemilo, a catcher and Ramberg, an outfielder, were named to the honorable mention team. Jemilo was a second-team selection last year. She and Hammersly tied for the team lead with nine walks apiece.
“Savanna called the entire game behind the plate, with an occasional call by me,” Fischer said. “She did a phenomenal job and will continue to call the game behind the plate next year. She has a great knowledge of the game and I trust her to make the right calls back there.”
Ramberg had 16 hits, including a team-high 13 singles. She also doubled three times and hit .345.
“Makayla did a great job transitioning from outfield to infield this season,” Fischer said. “I have no doubt that she will continue to be a positive force as a utility player for the program. She grew a lot this year and I see more potential for her to grow next year too.”