UJ commit Madeline Stangl participates in ND All-Star games
Stangl is the eighth Jimmie to participate in the annual softball showcase game all time.
BISMARCK — The opportunity for Grand Forks Central product and future University of Jamestown softball player Madeline Stangl to play in the 2022 North Dakota Softball All-Stars was something she dreamed about since she was a freshman in high school. When the moment finally came on Monday, June 6, it lived up to the hype.
“I was a little nervous but a happy nervous,” Stangl said. “Then my first at-bat, came in there confident and got a double my first at-bat and it felt like I belong with the best of North Dakota. It was fun to get to play with some of my rivals.”
In the first three games of the series, Stangl, who suited up for the East All-Stars, went 2-for-6 with two walks at the plate. As a member of the Knights in the 2021-22 season, Stangl hit .449 with one home run, and 18 RBIs. In the field, she had 71 putouts and seven assists.
“She’s somebody that loves the game,” Jimmies head coach Kevin Gall said. “She brings a left-handed bat, probably more of a power hitter than a slapper or a bunter type. Somebody that loves the game.”
Stangl said she committed to play for the Jimmies because the University of Jamestown gives her the best opportunity to focus on softball and her studies as an exercise science major.
Stangl is the eighth future Jimmie to compete in the All-Star games after Lauryn Diemert, Becca Thompson, Hailey Schaefer, Maddie Zander, Taryn Schurhamer, Morgan Geiszler and Mariah Wick. Despite that, Stangl said that she did not reach out to them when preparing for the first game. She did however reach out to Gabby Nelson who played in the game in 2019.
“Hopefully she plays well in it and showcases are stacked with talent along with all the other good players from the state,” Gall said. “She’s a really good person so she’s going to be showing off her character as well at these events. It shows, hey we have good people at the University of Jamestown. It’s a good opportunity, it’s a good experience for everyone.”
Stangl said the ND All-Star games are extremely important for her development as a player.
“(It’s) just getting to play with the best of North Dakota and challenging myself and getting challenged at this level, just to try further myself cause it’s going from a high school season and then playing with the best of the state and then going into college where you’ll be starting at I guess,” Stangl said.
When Stangl was growing up she was coached by former Jimmie Megan Wenzel, who spoke about the program and gave advice during the recruiting process.
In Stangl’s bio on the North Dakota Softball All-Stars website, she notes her desire to be a part of the university’s band.
“Being in a band is similar to being on a team because you have to play your part and when everyone works together the music produced is beautiful … Music also uses different parts of the brain and challenges me,” Stangl said.