Alyssa Bostley

Verona softball standouts Meghan Anderson and Molly McChesney capped their impressive high school careers last week, earning first-team All-State honors. Starters for the past four years, Anderson and McChesney shared Big Eight Conference Player of the Year honors, helping the team to a perfect 16-0 conference record. The team advanced all the way to the sectional finals, where they lost to Big Eight rival Sun Prairie. Anderson, a Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.) recruit, tossed 140 of a possible 169 innings this season for the Wildcats, going 21-3 in the circle with a 1.08 ERA and 218Ks on the year. She walked 41 and allowed 36 earned runs. A University of Akron recruit and the team’s lead-off hitter, McChesney led Verona in batting average (.594), on-base percentage (.645), hits (57), singles (53) and runs scored (54). “They came up to varsity as freshmen and they’ve been here ever since,” coach Todd Anderson said following the team’s sectional final loss. “What they brought to the program was more than anything you could measure statistically. They brought heart, hard work and they worked hard in the offseason – all the things that are trademarks of great players.” Juniors Kasie Keyes (shortstop) and Alyssa Bostley (first base) were selected as honorable mentions. Bostley led the team in RBIs (39), tied for the team lead in triples (5) and home runs (3) and was second on the team in hits (46) and slugging percentage (.777). She also legged out five triples. Keyes, who led the Wildcats in doubles (13), walks (16) and slugging percentage (.814), tied Bostley for the second most runs scored and for the team lead in home runs. All four girls were named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association first-team All-District squad.

Verona softball standouts Meghan Anderson and Molly McChesney capped their impressive high school careers last week, earning first-team All-State honors.

Starters for the past four years, Anderson and McChesney shared Big Eight Conference Player of the Year honors, helping the team to a perfect 16-0 conference record. The team advanced all the way to the sectional finals, where they lost to Big Eight rival Sun Prairie.

Anderson, a Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.) recruit, tossed 140 of a possible 169 innings this season for the Wildcats, going 21-3 in the circle with a 1.08 ERA and 218Ks on the year. She walked 41 and allowed 36 earned runs.

A University of Akron recruit and the team’s lead-off hitter, McChesney led Verona in batting average (.594), on-base percentage (.645), hits (57), singles (53) and runs scored (54).

“They came up to varsity as freshmen and they’ve been here ever since,” coach Todd Anderson said following the team’s sectional final loss. “What they brought to the program was more than anything you could measure statistically. They brought heart, hard work and they worked hard in the offseason – all the things that are trademarks of great players.”

Anderson and McChesney will also represent Team Wisconsin at the 2019 Border Battle against Team Minnesota on Tuesday, July 16. The doubleheader will start at 11 a.m. at the Goodman Softball Complex on the campus of Madison College.

Junior Kasie Keyes (shortstop) and sophomore Alyssa Bostley (first base) were selected as honorable mentions.

Bostley led the team in RBIs (39), tied for the team lead in triples (5) and home runs (3) and was second on the team in hits (46) and slugging percentage (.777). She also legged out five triples.

Keyes, who led the Wildcats in doubles (13), walks (16) and slugging percentage (.814), tied Bostley for the second most runs scored and for the team lead in home runs.

All four girls were named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association first-team All-District squad.