Amanda Trandem

The 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 Scholarship.  "Amanda 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 gravy

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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