McDonald, Jahnke named All-SCC
Two Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls softball team members gained South Central Conference All-Conference honors recently.
Maddie McDonald and Janessa Jahnke were the two BEA players named to the All-SCC team.
McDonald, a senior, pitched and played in the outfield for the Bucs.
She had a .286 batting average during the conference season. McDonald also had a 2.31 ERA as a pitcher, with a 1-3 record during the conference season.
“Maddie was definitely our team leader,” Buc coach T.J. Schmidtke says. “She kept us in all the games she pitched. I am sure she could have won eight to 10 games if we could have backed her up more.”
The Buc coach says McDonald has been an outstanding pitcher for the past three years.
“Plus, she is an excellent student and a very good person,” he adds. “The team will miss her next year.”
Jahnke is just a sophomore for the Bucs but had a big impact.
The Bucs’ catcher posted an impressive .391 batting average for BEA during the conference season.
“Janessa is also a big asset to the team,” Schmidtke says. “Despite just being a sophomore, she was a leader on the team. She hit the ball well – sometimes really hard – and was our most consistent hitter.”
The coach adds that Jahnke is also an excellent catcher, with a good throwing arm.
“Janessa has unlimited potential for the game,” the Buc coach says.
The Bucs did not have a great record for the year, posting a 3-14 overall win/loss number. Many of the losses came in close games.
“We had a lot of youth on the team, with just three seniors,” Schmidtke says. “We played a lot of freshmen, and some sophomores.”
The coach thinks the team will see a lot of improvement next year, with the varsity experience they gained this season.
But, Schmidtke won’t be seeing the improvements first hand. He has accepted a teaching position at Martin County West for next school year, and will be the head football coach there.
“I enjoyed coaching the girls this season, but this is an opportunity for me and I decided to take it,” he says.
Waseca, St. Peter and New Ulm dominated the All-SCC softball list, posting four players each on the all-conference team. St. James had three and Fairmont one. Fairmont did have the only two players named to the honorable mention list.