LeFave named all-conference first team
Shortstop KJ LeFave was always been one of the McFarland High School softball team’s more spirited leaders as she continually shouted encouragement to her teammates from her position on the field or on the bench.
No doubt, her leadership was helpful to the Spartans winning the WIAA Division 2 regional round and then beating Evansville to reach the sectional semifinal game against Monroe. The Spartans came close, but lost their bid to play in the state tournament after a 4-3 loss to the Cheesemakers.
That game brought an end to a very successful high school softball career for LeFave, who was one of two senior starters along with starting pitcher Megan Jansen to graduate from the team.
All her hard work and dedication has led to LeFave earning a spot as the only McFarland player on the All-Rock Valley Conference first team.
LeFave led the team with a .500 batting average with 41 hits, 11 doubles, two triples and three home runs. She also had a team-high .793 slugging average and stole 27 bases in 30 attempts. She also had a very, reliable glove with a fielding percentage of .850.
Three Spartans were named to the all-conference second team including Jansen, who was 13-6 on the circle with 187 strikeouts and 21 walks. Allowed only 45 earned runs in 130.2 innings pitched and yielded 119 hits.
Jansen was joined by junior Alanah Halsey, who committed two errors as the team’s catcher, and hit .398 with four home runs and 30 RBI’s. She was perfect in 24 stolen base attempts and finished second to LeFave with a .705 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Alexcia Johnson also earned a spot on the second team after batting .286 with five doubles, stealing 11 bases in 13 tries and serving as a great leader from her center field position.
First base sophomore Morgan Butler was selected to the honorable mention squad after contributing a .294 batting average including three triples and one home run, which she hit in the seventh inning of the sectional championship game to pull the Spartans within a run of Monroe. Pitcher Nicky Stubbe was also named honorable mention after striking out 26 in 40.1 innings and throwing seven complete games.
McFarland ended its season with a 16-12 overall record and 10-8 mark in the league. The Spartans won 10-of-11 games before they were eliminated by Monroe in the postseason.
Jefferson, which won the Rock with a 17-1 record, and Whitewater each placed four players on the first team, and East Troy had three.