Softball doesn’t end once the high school spring season is over for athletes in the Forest Lake area. In fact, recent graduates Dana Mogren and Jenn Zidar earned spots in two different elite showcases this June and July while continuing their summer competition.
Both Mogren and Zidar were invited to represent Team Minnesota in the Border Battle games against Wisconsin on Tuesday, July 8. It marks the first time in school history that two Rangers played for Minnesota in the same year. For the Border Battle, Mogren and Zidar were the only two players from the same high school. The former Rangers were invited after excelling in the 25th annual All-Star Series at Caswell Park in Mankato in mid-June.
Forest Lake head softball coach Angie Ryan said Zidar and Mogren’s participation is evidence of the type of softball program Forest Lake has.
“It shows the competitiveness of our program,” Ryan said. “Jenn and Dana are fabulous kids; they work hard and are great leaders in giving the younger class something to strive for.”
The doubleheader took place at the Woodside Sports Complex near the Wisconsin Dells with 15 of the top players from both Minnesota and Wisconsin playing for the bragging rights of their respective states.
Mogren, a shortstop for the Rangers who played utility in the matchup, debuted for Team Minnesota in Game 1 at first base and right field in Game 2, while Zidar stuck to her true position at catcher.
Mogren stole two bases in Game 1, and Zidar threw out a base runner in the first matchup.
Wisconsin defeated Minnesota, 3-1, in the first game, but the Land of 10,000 Lakes came back in Game 2 to win 4-3. Zidar was integral in moving Mogren into scoring position for the winning run.
Zidar said it was evident that her team wanted to take at least one of the games, similar to last year’s split results.
“During the games, we were just reminded to show them that Minnesota can handle Wisconsin,” Zidar said. “It was really intense.”
Mogren said the experience was unforgettable.
“It was fun,” Mogren said. “We got to stay at the Dells and bond with our teammates, some who we’ve played against for a long time.”
Mogren plans to continue playing softball at Minnesota State University-Mankato and major in elementary education, while Zidar plans to focus on academics by majoring in architecture at Iowa State University.