KROX Radio/Draft’s Sports Bar and Grill athlete of the week is Crookston Pirate
Softball senior, Amanda Trandem. Amanda,
a catcher, has had a great start to the season after three games. She has seven
hits in 12 at bats for a .590 batting average. She has one double and two runs
scored. Amanda was 4 for 6 with two runs in the Norman County game and she was
3 for 4 in the East Polk game last week, going 7 for 10 for a batting average of
.700 in two games. It was a big week for Amanda because she signed a National
Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Minnesota Crookston
Golden Eagles and Coach Don Stopa next year and will receive a Merit
has been a four year varsity player. She is a senior captain this year and
leading by example. Plays a key role for our team behind the plate and one of
our top hitters," said Pirate Coach Katie Lariviere. "Amanda has improved her
game each and every year and will be a tough one to replace after graduation. I
have enjoyed coaching her over the years, her athleticism, sense of humor and
excited she's able to play ball after high school."
Amanda had a great junior year and played in all 21 games while hitting .449 (31 hits in 69 at bats). She had 22 runs scored, 15 rbi’s, nine doubles and a triple while striking out only five times! She was named the Pirate Softball team MVP her Sophomore and Junior season and is on pace to win the award again.
Amanda has played varsity softball four years and she is a two-sport athlete. In the fall, she played volleyball, where she played varsity volleyball four years and was one of the leading hitters for the Pirates the past couple of years. Her volleyball coach is Ashley Stopa, who is the wife of UMC Softball Coach Don Stopa.
Amanda was busy this winter as a manager for the Pirate Girls Basketball team. She played basketball until her sophomore year and after a year away she decided to be a part of the team this year as a manager.
Amanda is also a member of the Crookston High School LEO Club, orchestra and she is an honor roll student.
First started playing softball – Fifth grade
Favorite defensive position – Catcher
Best part of your game – My hitting
Part of your game that still needs work – Everything
Biggest thrill of your athletic career so far- Signing to play college softball at UMC
Do you have a pre-game ritual – No, I really don’t have one
Favorite diamond – Donnie Lauf/Crookston
American Legion field
Favorite sport- Softball
Favorite sports team- Minnesota Twins
Favorite Athlete- Brian Dozier
Last movie you’ve seen- Fate of the Furious
Favorite TV program- Any crime shows
Favorite food- Mashed potatoes and
What music are you listening to? Country
Something about you people don’t know- I never played t-ball
You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can have any three people with you? Brooke Cymbaluk, friends and family
Plans after graduation – I am going to UMC to play softball and major in biology
Dad - Scott (Reitrock Paving)
Mom - Cathy (Highland School)
Sister- Danielle (attending Northland Technical and Community College)
Brother – Luke (Junior at Crookston High School)
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