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Summer 2020 Skills Training


Sam Macken graduated from Rochester Lourdes High School in 2013. Following her high school career, Sam attended the University of Minnesota, where she started as both an infielder and outfielder during her four years. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Degree in Business Marketing Education and a Minor in Sports Management in 2017, she decided to stay close to the game. Sam began working with a local baseball club and training facility, where she was the Director of Softball Operations. In three short years she established year-round training and started the youth softball club program which was at 13 teams when she decided to start her own training business. She is now an independent hitting, slapping, and fielding instructor at Sam Macken Softball L.L.C. With a majority of her time instructing at Strike Zone Sports.

Sam’s collegiate accolades include three Academic All B1G Ten Honors, a 2-Time Distinguished Scholar, received both 1st and 2nd All B1G Ten Team honors and was a 2-Time NFCA All-Region selection. In her freshman campaign, her walk-off single sealed the Gophers 1st B1G Ten championship in 15 years. She was also instrumental in helping lead the Gophers to their first ever Super Regional appearance with a go-ahead home run against Auburn in the NCAA Regional final. Sam helped lead the Gophers to 3 B1G Ten Championships, 4 NCAA Tournaments and a Super Regional in her 4-year career. She ended her career ranked 2nd All-Time in runs scored and 4th All-Time in doubles. Her career batting average was 0.339. In her senior season, she was awarded the B1G Ten Sportsmanship Award and was a Top-30 Finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. The Gophers won over 190 games in her 4-year career and helped establish the program’s winningest season ever in 2017 (56-5). Sam graduated in 2017 with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Sports Management.

Earned six letters and won four team MVP awards for the Rochester Lourdes softball team, hitting for a career average of .509 – was a four-time all-conference, all-section, and all-state selection – set eight school season records, including average (.595), hits (47), and fewest strikeouts (one) – Holds 13 school career records, including average (.509), hits (135), and hitting streak (31 games) – won the school’s Francis McGovern Award for her dedication to athletics and the Early Risers Exchange Club Athlete of the Season – Competed in numerous ASA and USSSA state and national events – was a part of the Minnesota State High School League All-Star Series and was a finalist for the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission’s Female Athlete of the Year Award – also lettered three times in hockey and twice in volleyball – selected to three hockey all-conference teams and one all-state team, as well as one volleyball all-conference team.


Alex Walker played softball beginning in In House at 7-years-old for Shakopee, Mn and concluded her career at Winona State University in 2018, during her undergrad career. Alex played for Shakopee High School where she started as a Varsity pitcher and outfielder at 8thgrader.  Alex continued to play on the Varsity team through her Senior year. While attending tournaments all over the country, holding records, and winning games was a lifetime experience.  Alex now enjoys giving back to the communities that helped her develop into a strong player and person. Alex has been coaching since 16-years-old and continues to instruct individual lessons and clinics for youth pitchers, weekly. She has been working with the Eden Prairie Softball Association and Arctic Blast for two years now. Alex has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is currently working as a Child Protection Social Worker.