The Brandon-Evansville softball team had three seniors ready to try to help the Chargers to another winning record after going 16-4 a year ago.

Kristen Kokett, Maddie Otto and Haddey Zastrow all were big components of those 16 wins a year ago. The Echo Press reached out to each of them as a way to recognize them after their careers were cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic ending the spring high school season.

This story is an opportunity for them to share their thoughts centered around four questions: Why do they compete in softball? What do they miss most about it this spring? What is a favorite memory from competing? What are their future plans after high school, and do they plan on competing again?

(Editor’s note: Look for more stories like this highlighting seniors from area teams both online and within print issues of the Echo Press in the coming weeks.)

Kristen Kokett

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Kristen Kokett
Kristen Kokett


Why she plays: I started playing in summer rec. when I was in kindergarten, and I kind of just fell in love with the sport.

What she misses most: Being with my teammates and having pre-game hotdogs.

Favorite memory: Probably just having fun with the team and playing in summer league.

Future plans: Next year, I will be attending (South Dakota State University) for exercise science.

Madalynn Otto

Madalynn Otto
Madalynn Otto

Why she plays: I have grown up playing softball and fell in love with it at a young age. I have also played with fellow senior Kristen (Kokett) since we were about 6. My love for the game has only just grown more.

What she misses most: I miss the pre-game hotdogs, the dugout chants and just getting to play with a great group of girls.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory is when I robbed a home run last spring when we played (Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley).

Future plans: I plan to attend the university of Wisconsin-La Crosse this fall to major in biology, with hopes to become a physician assistant. I am undecided if I’m going to try out for their softball team or not. I know I will play softball intramurals for sure.

Haddey Zastrow

Haddey Zastrow
Haddey Zastrow

Why she plays: Softball has always been a huge part of my athletic career. My parents put me into the summer programs at a young age, and I immediately fell in love with the game. It’s a new day every day during the season no doubt, but I would have to say that the continuous pre-game, home-game hot dogs are my favorite.

What she misses most: The thing that I really miss most this spring is my team. Everyone, every day put in full effort whether or not it was a practice or a game. We all knew that we had the pressure of defending our conference title once again, and we were ready for it.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory would be when Maddie, Kristen, Korrie (Randt), Bailey (Schaefer), and I got lost on the way to our summer league game in Browerville. I’m not going to go into detail, but it was a good time and is still talked about to this day.

Future plans: Unfortunately, I am not going into college to play sports, but I will probably end up playing in leagues here and there. This fall, I am attending NDSU to continue my education in architecture.