The Calaveras High School softball team dominated the Mother Lode League, so it is only fitting that it also dominates the all-league votes. The 15-0 MLL champion has three of its members on both the first and second teams. The Bret Harte Bullfrogs have two players represented on the first team.
Calaveras senior Alexis Dawe, junior Keelie Koepp and freshman Madison Clark were all placed on the first team.
Dawe moved from catcher to first base for her senior season and posted a .992 fielding percentage with only one error in 129 chances. She hit .383 with 31 hits, 19 RBIs, 33 runs scored with nine doubles, two triples and four stolen bases. Dawe ends her four-year varsity career with an average of .478 with 163 hits, 146 RBIs, 126 runs scored, 45 doubles, 14 triples and four home runs.
“You can’t even put into words what she (Dawe) has meant to our team over the last four years,” Calaveras head coach Mike Koepp said. “She’s just a leader and will be one of the girls that, in all my time of doing this, we’ll miss the most. Not just because of what kind of ballplayer she is, but because of who she is.”
Keelie Koepp played third base, shortstop and, when asked, first base. She hit .494 with 43 RBIs, 31 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple and three home runs. Keelie stole 11 bags and recorded an RBI in 21 games.
“She drove the ball more this year,” Mike Koepp said. “She was also hitting with a little more power and the numbers show it. She hasn’t hit a lot of balls out of the yard and she hit three this year.”
Freshman Madison Clark patrolled center field and had the second-highest batting average on the team. In her first year on the varsity level, Clark hit .576 with 53 hits, 18 RBIs, a team-high 42 runs scored, five doubles, three triples and two home runs. Clark had a fielding percentage of .962 with two errors in 53 tries. She also led Calaveras with 19 stolen bases.
“Part of Maddie’s challenge is she’s just so good at so many different things,” Koepp said. “That’s a great problem to have. You can see as more and more reps happened, how much better she got.”
The second team included senior Jordyn Okumura, junior MacKenna Steele and sophomore Angelina DeLeon. Okumura played right field and only committed one error. At the plate, she hit .373 with an on-base percentage of .447. She had 28 hits, 22 RBIs, 28 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, one home run, drew 10 walks and stole 10 bags.
“The word for Jordyn is ‘reliable,’” Koepp said. “You knew what you were going to get from her. You were going to get a tough at-bat and she’s going to run the bases hard and she’s going to play strong defense. She’s an awesome kid and I would have loved to have seen her as a first-team player.”
Steele moved from second base to third for her junior year. She hit .368 with an on-base percentage of .500. Steele had 28 hits, 15 RBIs, 31 runs scored, three doubles, six triples, drew a team-high 19 walks and stole eight bases.
“MacKenna struggled a little early in the year and then later in the year, she was just as good as anybody” Koepp said. “She’s got the most raw power on our team. She just needs to not put too much pressure on herself and relax, and just play the game like she knows how to do.”
In her first varsity season, DeLeon held her own. The sophomore had the third-highest average with a .507. She recorded 38 hits, 27 RBIs, scored 22 runs, had 10 doubles, three home runs, walked eight times, stole 10 bases and ended the year with an 11-game hitting streak.
“She was a huge addition for us,” Koepp said. “She’s got good hands and can play anywhere in the infield. She’s just an all-around good softball player and I hope she continues to grow.”
Junior Kacie Cosgrove was given the Character Award. Cosgrove hit .269 with 14 hits, 16 RBIs and four doubles. She also picked up three wins in the circle and struck out 16 in 35.2 innings.
“That was a no-brainer,” Koepp said about Cosgrove getting the Character Award. “She’s a great kid who just works so hard. If there’s something that needs to be done, Kacie is the first one to do it. She’s quiet and just goes about her business. She’s every bit of what you want to coach.”
Dawe, Okumura, Koepp, Cosgrove, DeLeon and Clark all made the all-academic team.