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Athlete of the Week – Avery Steffen, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Softball

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Avery Steffen can do it all.

"I don't know I'd say they're equal, game-ending strikeout equal to a home run feeling. For the most part, I'd probably say a home run because you know it helps out the team so much," said Avery Steffen.

She's a pitcher who can rake, with 11 home runs on the year to go along with her .928 ERA, but she wasn't always a two-way player.

"I started out as a hitter and then more in my tenth-grade year, I was the starting pitcher my sophomore year because the senior graduated so that's kind of when my hitting and pitching came together."

From that point, it's been constant work to develop both her swing and pitching mechanics.

"When she gets here, she's all go, there's never a down moment, she's always asking for more, taking more. She's probably the one person that I've seen take thousands of swings on a tee," said Megan Nelson, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Co-Head Coach.

Its a work ethic that's simply in her blood.

"Grew up playing wiffle ball in the backyard and we still do it today I think that's where I got my love for hitting the ball and throwing the ball. Started back there with my brothers and my dad. Once I saw my brother all of his, Caden's achievements on the mat, his state titles, team state titles I just couldn't think anything other than I want to do that to I saw how hard he worked and I thought I just have to do the same," said Steffen.

Now Steffen has Zumbrota-Mazeppa in position to try and add another banner to the field.

"She's got one goal in mind this year and she's not going to stop until she gets there," said Nelson.

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