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Six Raiders are named All-BRC softball

Hudson pitcher Sydney Gabriel is the only freshman named to the 11-player All-Big Rivers Conference First Team by the conference coaches. File photo 1 / 2
Sophomore Grace O’Brien is a repeat selection to the All-Big Rivers Conference Softball First Team, one of six Raiders named to 2019 All-BRC teams, including five to the first team. File photo 2 / 2

After winning its first outright Big Rivers Conference title in program history, the BRC coaches recognized six members of the Raider softball team on its 2019 all-conference teams, including five who were named to the first team.

Freshman Sydney Gabriel, sophomores Avery Johnson and Grace O'Brien, and juniors Paige Meyer and Emily Juza all earned First Team All-BRC honors while senior Hannah Stich received honorable mention. O'Brien was named to the first team for the second straight season while Stich was a repeat honorable mention pick.

Gabriel was the workhorse of the Raider pitching staff this season, making 16 appearances in Hudson's 20 games with 10 starts. She finished the season with a record of 9-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings pitched. She was the only freshman named to the 11-player first team.

O'Brien earned First Team All-BRC honors for the second straight year after going 27-for-54 at the plate for a .500 batting average with three home runs, 12 RBI and a team-high two triples. She also went 4-2 in the circle with a 1.60 ERA in 39 1/3 innings pitched.

Meyer also batted .500 this season with a team-high 28 hits in 56 at-bats. She also hit three home runs while leading the team with 22 RBI and 29 runs scored.

Johnson hit .373 with three home runs and 18 RBI and Juza hit .354 with one homer, 13 RBI and five doubles to round out Hudson's first team selections.

Stich earned honorable mention selection for the second straight season after batting .352 with two home runs and 21 RBI.

Hudson posted a perfect 12-0 record in conference play this season to win its first outright BRC championship. The Raiders shared the conference title with Eau Claire Memorial in 1991 and Chippewa Falls in 2016. The Raiders finished the 2019 season 15-5 overall.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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