MacKenna Steele played two sports during her junior year and was placed on the all-Mother Lode League team in both of them. Steele was a first-team soccer player and landed herself on the softball second team.
Steele was Calaveras’ lone first-team soccer player. She had six goals, four assists and 21 steals, with goals coming against Escalon, Golden Sierra, Amador, Bret Harte and Argonaut.
After the soccer season, Steele hit the softball diamond. She moved from second base to third and had no problem anchoring her new spot. In her third year at the varsity level, Steele hit .368 with 28 hits, 15 RBIs, 31 runs scored, with three doubles and six triples. She walked 19 times and stole eight bases.
“She had a lot to live up to based on the season she had as a sophomore, with numbers that were really hard to duplicate,” Calaveras head softball coach Mike Koepp said. “Early on in the season, she was our best player. She had a really solid year for us and she did everything she needed to do to help us out. On a talented team, we didn’t need people to be superstars. We just needed people to be who they are and she did that.”
“She started a little slow this year and then by the last third of the season, she was just as good as anybody,” Calaveras head softball coach Mike Koepp said. “That’s a credit to her. She works really hard and is strong-minded. When she was struggling, she could have phoned it in and she didn’t do that. She played really good defense for us and then the bat came around and she had a lot of good at-bats in some key moments there at the end.”