Local softball players finish campaign with Eagan

Published 7:41 pm Sunday, July 31, 2011

Three local softball players wrapped up their summer campaign with the Eagan 16 and under team at the North American Fastpitch Association Northern Finals this weekend.

Austin’s Danielle Tschann and Jenni Yocom and Hayfield’s Dani Wagner all played on the Eagan squad, which lost to top-seeded North St. Paul 7-3 and fell to the Minnesota Vets 5-3 in an extra inning elimination game.

Left to right: Hayfield's Dani Wagner and Austin's Jenni Yocom and Danielle Tschann recently finished up their play for the Eagan 16 and under summer softball team at the NAFA National Tournament. -- Photo submitted

Wagner, who will be a sophomore at Hayfield this fall, went out in style with Eagan as she went 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk in the first game and was 2-for-4 in the second game.

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After joining Eagan in nationals, she finished with a batting average of .722.

Wagner also showed she was clutch when as she had a hit to put runners on second and third with two outs in extra innings of the second game.

“Dani was a great pickup for our team,” Eagan assistant coach Jeff Yocom said. “She played really good at shortstop and she came through for us.”

Tschann, who will be a senior at Austin this fall, was steady at catcher, while going 3-for-6 with a walk on the day. She also called pitches for the first time in her career and threw out one runner on a steal.

“She was our leader, on and off the field,” Yocom said. “There were a lot of college scouts in the stands, so she did get noticed by them.”

Tschann finished with a batting average of over .500 for the summer.

Yocom, a pitcher who will be a junior at Austin this fall, took the loss against North St. Paul as she allowed seven runs, with just three earned, while walking three and striking out two. She also took the loss in relief against the Vets, where she allowed three hits, two walks, one earned run, and struck out four. She got Eagan out of a jam by forcing a double play early against the Vets.

At the plate Yocom went, 1-for-4 on the day.

“Jenni did everything we could ask from pitching to hitting, she gave us a chance to win every game,” Jeff Yocom said. “She drew all the top teams to pitch against and pitched in all four of the national games.”

The group of players put up with three hour round trips and practices almost every day to play with Eagan. The players also gave up the majority of their weekend time over the summer.

“There were some days when the girls would’ve liked to have skipped practice, but they didn’t,” Yocom said. “I think they will agree that after winning a state tournament and getting to play in a national tournament and having a chance to win every game there, it was worth it.”