The Brandon-Evansville softball team has some good players to recruit for this spring season, but the Chargers need to prove they can fill in some important positions after graduating a year ago.
Brandon-Evansville lost a four-year-old starter to receiver Bailey Schaefer. Schaefer was the 2021 Pheasant Conference MVP, in addition to being named All-State First-Team Player and Team MVP for the Chargers.
Brandon-Evansville also lost the Pheasant Conference Pitcher of the Year to Mikenna Pattrin, who was an all-state honorable mention selection.
Pattrin pitched 67.1 innings and posted a 2.39 ERA with 74 strikeouts last year. Schaefer averaged .636 with an incredible .706 on-base percentage as she totaled 35 runs and 32 RBI.
“We have big shoes to fill this season and I’m delighted to see how our youngsters
players are able to step up and contribute to the team,” said ninth-year head coach Kasi Sieling. “We’re going to be a bit inexperienced in a few positions, but bring back talent and leadership that will help us be competitive in our conference and section.”
Kiley Lund, Kaytlyn Pattrin, Sydney Schaefer, Taylin Kramer, Kendra Klimek, Sophie Koep and Kylee Dingwall all return with some level of college experience.
“I think we will have a good pitch with a staff led by Taylin Kramer, who brings a lot of experience and will continue to work hard for us,” Sieling said. “Our upper class students are doing a great job working hard and communicating with their teammates to push everyone to learn and improve. I know this team is going to show up every day to work hard, have fun and always strive to improve, and that’s all we can ask for as coaches.
Sieling said Tahira Schaffran, Haddy Baune, Claire Boesl, Madeline Stich, Hallie Richter, Kyla Klemenhagen and Jenna Sturges are among the newcomers who could make an impact at the college level.
“With the graduation of 4-year-old starting receiver Bailey Schaefer, it’s going to be a place we’re going to have to learn and grow as the season progresses, but we have some girls ready to step in and I’m excited to see what they’re up to.” can bring to the team,” Sieling said. “Developing consistent hitting throughout our batting order is something we will need to continue to focus on.”
The Chargers will be looking to win their eighth straight Pheasant Conference championship this spring, and Sieling sees Hancock and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley as two of the best teams to face in the conference.
Hancock, who just won a Class A state championship in women’s basketball after a 30-1 season, should also have a team capable of competing well in the Section 6A tournament, with Sieling viewing New York Mills and CGB as other programs at the top of 6A. field.
2022 BRANDON-EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL
COACHES – Head Coach – Kasi Sieling – 9th season, 111-40; Assistant Coaches – Erika Traphagen, Pam Schjei, Mikayla Pikkaraine
ROSTER – SENIORS – Kiley Lund, 1B/C; Kaytlyn Pattrin, OF/P; Kyla Klemenhagen, FI; JUNIOR – Sydney Schaefer, OF/C; Taylin Kramer, P; Sophie Koep, 1B/2B; Kendra Klimek, OF; SOPHOMORES – Kylee Dingwall, SS/P; Jenna Sturges, FI; FIRST YEAR STUDENTS – Haddy Baune, 3B/1B; Claire Boesl, OF/P; Hallie Richter, OF; Tahira Schaffran, 2B; EIGHTH YEAR – Madeline Stich, C/1B/OF
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
April 9 at the Minnewaska tournament
April 14 c. CGB (DH), 4 p.m.
April 21 at Ashby (DH), 4 p.m.
April 22 c. Rothsay (DH), 4 p.m.
April 25 c. Wheaton-HN (DH), 4 p.m.
April 29 at Hillcrest (DH), 4 p.m.
May 3 in Upsala, 5 p.m.
May 6 at Hancock (DH), 4 p.m.
May 9 at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 c. Ortonville (DH), 4 p.m.
May 17 c. Browerville, 5 p.m.
May 23 Section 6A playoffs, TBD