For the second straight season, two Ranger standouts have earned all-state honors from the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association. Dana Mogren is a first-team all-state selection for 2012, while Jenn Zidar is a second-team selection.
Each of Forest Lake’s selections to the 15-member teams is the product of a breakthrough season. Mogren, a junior shortstop, just finished her second season as a varsity regular. She led the team with a .409 batting average and hit .465 with runners in scoring position. Her 38 hits included 13 doubles, a triple and a home run. Mogren drove in a team-high 31 runs and added five stolen bases.
An all-conference selection, Mogren also was voted the team’s hardest worker.
“Dana puts in more time hitting in the off-season than any player I know,” said coach Angie Ryan. “She deserves all the success that comes her way because of her hard work and determination. Having her play shortstop this year has been a smooth transition. She has taken control of this leadership role and done a fantastic job.”
Zidar, a junior catcher, made a big jump from a limited pinch-hitting role in 2011. She batted .375, hit two home runs and drove in 29 runs. She drew 11 walks while striking out only twice. She posted a fielding percentage of .987 behind the plate.
An all-conference and all-section selection, Zidar was voted the team’s best clutch hitter. She batted .405 with runners in scoring position.
“I knew Jenn would have a really good year, but for her to be this clutch at the varsity level…,” Ryan said. “She’s just so calm in the box. She just does not seem to get rattled at all, no matter what the situation is, and that’s so key for clutch hitting. She just believes in herself.”
In 2011, Shannon Nelson was a first-team all-state choice while Taylor Burmeister was an honorable mention pick.
Ryan was a repeat selection as the MFCA Section 7AAA Coach of the Year.
In addition, the team picked up the MFCA silver academic award for having a combined grade point average between 3.50-3.75.