It has been a memorable season for Oakdale High School alum, twins Kindra and Maddi Hackbarth.
The softball standout sisters are suiting up now for Arizona State University. Kindra and Maddi are sophomores on the Sun Devils softball team and have found a home in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils reached the Women’s College World Series as the eighth ranked team in the tournament. The Sun Devils won the NCAA Super Regionals against South Carolina. In that best-of-three series, Arizona State University beat the Game Cocks 5-2, 5-2. To get into the Super Regionals they defeated New Mexico State and Ole Miss twice.
Arizona State’s postseason run, however, came to a close when they suffered back-to-back losses in World Series play. The team opened the 2018 Women’s College World Series on Thursday, May 31 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma against the top seeded Oregon Ducks. The Ducks defeated Arizona State 11-6. On Saturday, June 2 the girls clashed with the two-time defending champions, the Oklahoma University Sooners. The Sooners won the game 2-0 to eliminate the Hackbarth twins and their Arizona State University teammates.
The twins transferred from Fresno State last summer and have made a home for themselves in the PAC-12.
Kindra is the team’s right fielder. This year she batted .368 in 61 games, all of which she started. She had 201 plate appearances and she had 74 hits including five home runs and five triples. The quick outfielder also had nine stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .981. In the Women’s College World Series, Kindra had three hits against Oregon and scored two runs as the team’s leadoff hitter. Kindra was named to the All-Pac-12 Second team. While playing for Oakdale from 2013 to 2016 she won Offensive Player of the Year three out of four years, was All-State in 2014 and 2016, all Valley Oak League all four years, All-District from 2014 to 2016 and was a two-time Valley Oak League Most Valuable Player recipient.
Catcher Maddi had a breakout game at the college level back in February against Purdue where she had five RBI. Maddi held a .997 fielding percentage with 414 putouts and 19 assists on the season. The power hitter blasted six home runs for the Sun Devils this season and brought in 27 runs in 55 games. Twenty of her hits this season went for extra bases. She had three plate appearances in the Women’s College World Series going 0-for-3. During her time at Oakdale High School Maddi was named All-Valley Oak League all four years, Defensive Player of the Year in the Valley Oak League in both 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 she was named All-State and All District.