Two Cambridge Blue Jays earned first-team all-Capitol South Conference honors for their play during the 2019 softball season.
Wisconsin Heights, which won the league with a 10-0 conference record and a 20-5 overall record, had four players named first-teamers. The Vanguards were led by senior pitcher Tayler Kraemer.
Waterloo senior Kaitlyn Filter earned the Player of the Year award and Kraemer earned the Pitcher of the Year award.
The two Blue Jays honored were Cieara Peters, a junior catcher, and Ashlynn Jarlsberg, a junior infielder. Peters was named MVP for Cambridge. Audrianne Kieler and Mayah Holzhueter each took home the most improved player award at the end of the year banquet.
“The coaches know (Peters) and she’s a tough out for us,” Cambridge coach Dean Freeland said. “She can hit a double or a home run. Even though she didn’t have any home runs this year, she always comes to the plate with that threat.
“It was absolutely a step forward for (Jarlsberg). She really excelled. These kids really seem to explode from their sophomore to junior year. She was more patient, she had some bunt hits and had some clutch hits. She had a big grand slam earlier in the year against Waterloo. Then she plays an absolutely solid defense.”
Junior Mary Hommen and freshman Emma Nottestad each were named second-team all-conference.
“It was all well deserved. Mary Hommen had a fantastic jump and played solid defense at third base and became one of our best hitters,” Freeland said. “Emma getting a second-team nomination as a pitcher and hitter, she really solidified this team this year. She pitched almost every game and kept us in every game.”
Freshman Taylor Stenklyft was one of two players to earn honorable mention recognition. Stenklyft homered twice in the conference season for the Blue Jays.
“In the seven years I’ve been doing this, I can’t remember a freshman hitting two home runs in conference like that,” Freeland said. “She did that against good pitching too. We had a lot of freshmen give us really good innings. I’m ecstatic for the future for her and for our team.”
Cambridge lost its first game of the WIAA Division 4 regionals to Orfordville Parkview.