Three seniors and two sophomores picked up first-team all-Capitol North nods for the Lake Mills L-Cats following the 2019 softball season.

Lexy Topel, Jessie Clift and Briana Jessie began their careers when the L-Cats were regular bottom dwellers and left the program nipping at the heels of a Poynette softball team that has won back-to-back WIAA Division 3 state championships.

“It was a nice meeting of talent and passion for the game of softball,” Lake Mills coach Jim Clift said. “I was really proud of their hard work and effort that they put into this program.”

Sophomores Taylor Roughen and Ellie Evenson joined the trio of seniors as top-12 players in the league. Roughen emerged as the second-best pitcher in the league behind Capitol North Player of the Year Casey Fountain. Roughen closed the year with an ERA hovering around 2.00.

“Taylor’s performance always speaks for itself,” Clift said. “Taylor, I guarantee you, is going to keep pushing herself harder and harder for higher achievements. She’s a great competitor and she has ice water in her veins. She never gets shook up on the mound. As nice of a year as she had, she’s rewritten the pitching record book.”

Evenson might have been the under-the-radar selection to the first team for the L-Cats.

“I was very pleased for Ellie, she surged late in the season. One of her very good traits is that she is a very, very steady worker,” Clift said. “She is constantly trying to improve her game. When she practices, she’s one of those athletes who is trying to get better all the time. That translated into her performances. She had a couple of nice, clutch hits. She was one of the few girls to actually get a bat on Fountain and I think that really helped her.”

Freshman Tessa Kottwitz was the only other Lake Mills player to earn recognition. Kottwitz was named honorable mention.

“She has speed to burn. She has to be one of the fastest girls in the conference,” Clift said. “She is a very savvy softball player offensively and defensively. She knows how to run the bases well and when to test the defense. I’m very excited for how her career will unfold too.”

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