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Dan Eakin
Fax: 913-782-9507
PO Box 2753
Olathe, Kansas
Home of the KC Peppers Gold

2014 Season
29th year for Dan Eakin's team



High School

College Commitment

Samantha Stallbaumer 2015

Haven, KS


 Haidyn Bassett


Oskaloosa, KS


 Kala Holder


 Olathe South


 Hailey Reed 2016

Topeka Seaman

Maddie McCracken 2015

Olathe North

     Notre Dame 

 Kara Powelson 2015  North Andrew  Missouri State 
Cassidy Berry 2014

   De Soto   

SIU EdwardsvilleEmporia State Emporia State

 Paige Bange


Helias/Jeff City


 Brooklyn Hinz


St. Thomas Aquinas

Kentucky  Kentucky  Kentucky

 Elizabeth Leonard


Olathe East

Bradley-1   Bradley  Bradley-1

 Allison Stewart


Olathe East

Arkansas 2 Arkansas Arkansas 2

 Kelsey Wright


Olathe Northwest


For committed players click their name to view College Press Release

Softball mean facing right.jpg 2014 Winter Tournament Schedule Softball mean facing left.jpg
 Date  Tournament  Complex  Location
  Coming Soon    
  Wichita Indoor Tournament   Mustang Facility Wichita, KS 

2014 Peppers Update

With (6) returning players from a 49-15 season, the Peppers picked up (5) players at our tryouts.  They were Sophomore's Haidyn Bassett (P & 1B) and Hailey Reed (P & OF/Inf)...Juniors Kara Powelson (SS/C) & Samantha (Sam) Stallbaumer (OF) & Senior Paige Bange (IF).  They join Junior Maddie McCracken (C/1B), Seniors:  Elizabeth Leonard (2B/SS), Kelsey Wright (IF/OF), Brooklin Hinz (OF), Cassidy Berry (OF), and  Allison Stewart (P/1B).  All of the returning players hit over .300 (led by Elizabeth @ .466).  With (3) pitchers, power and added team speed, this team will have a nice balance to compete in 2014.

2013 Year in Reivew 

The team started the season with (2) returning players (Jenni Brooks & Greer Hartman) and added (10) new players, which finished 49-15-3.  This team had terrific TEAM CHEMISTRY and was a pleasure for Dan Jones and I to coach.  We played 15-20 games in the Fall and (4) indoor tournaments in the Winter.  Greer left the team @ Thanksgiving and was replaced by Elizabeth Leonard @ 2B. 

In our 1st game @ Memorial Day, Britanee Willard tore her ACL and it was a terrible loss for the season.  She was replaced by Greer.  We finished 2nd in the next tourney, then won our next two tourneys, including "Top Gun", where we won 7 games on Sunday to win it!  We traveled to Bloomington, IN for ASA NQ, we were 2-1 and were rained out. 

Then off to Boulder, CO and we were 2-3-2 (losing to Team Mizzuno, PA Chaos before being down to Texas Blaze 7-0 an tying them on a HR from Hunter Klamm.  After Boulder, both pitchers went down.  Jenni was down for 3+ weeks and Allison for (10) days...both were back for Premier Gold Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA.  We were 2-1 in pool play and won 1st two bracket games on Maddie's & Brooklin's 3 run HRs in the 7th...lost to NJ Intensity 4-3, then beat AZ Firecrackers 3-2 and Beverly Bandits 6-5 (featured by Allison's Grand Slam & Brooklin's 2-out 1B hit.  We were elimated by Team Mizzuno 4-1 and finished 9th (of 70) teams and won a berth in the 2014 Nationals by finishing in the top 10. 

A great ending for a group of great kids.  Special Kudos to Jenni Brooks, 3 years of Good pitching and hitting.... Coach Dan Eakin

2012 Year In Review

With 7 returning players, including both pitchers, expectations were high.  We added Kyra Slemp (SS) and Kylie Tanner (C) from tryouts and added Sara Bowen and Bailey Click in the Winter/Spring.  The biggest addition was Mary Gooding, after Memorial Day.
Following a productive Fall and Winter season and being short handed at Memorial Day, the team took off and won 4 straight tournaments, including the Premier Gold Qualifier in Minneapolis, MN.  Kelsey Kessler gave up 1 run in 3 games and we qualified for Premier Gold Nationals.  The highlight of that trip was the Mall of America visit with Dan Eakin and his 12 “daughters”.
We also played in the Boulder Fireworks Tournament, finishing 5th out of 80 teams.  All former and current Peppers know that’s a tough tournament.  Jenni Brooks did a great job as out only pitcher for the 1st 4 games, winning all 3 on Saturday
We journeyed to Oklahoma City for the ASA Gold Qualifier, sweeping all 5 games to earn our ASA Gold National berth.
Taking 2 weeks off from the heat, we returned to the Oklahoma City without Kelsey, who had finals at KU.  We were able to add Laney Knieb (P), who went 3-1.  Along with Jenni, who went 4-1, we achieved a 9th place finish.  Laney did a great job and really helped our team
We were then off to Premier Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA.  This trip made it 3 straight years for that prestigious tournament.  We went 4-3, finishing 24th out of 66 teams.  Overall, the team finished 49-12.  We played very solid defense all year.  Alex, Kyra, Greer, Sami, Jenni, and Mary were gold glovers in the infield, as were Kristin, Sami, and Mary in the outfield.  Campbell was a rock at catcher.Offensively, Alex Hugo was tremendous, hitting .494 followed by Campbell, who hit .416.  They hit 19 homeruns between them.  Big offensive contributors were:Kristin (.357), Sami (.338), Kyra (.329), Jenni (.328), Mary (.328), Greer (.298).
Lastly, our pitching sparkled.  Jenni threw 143 innings, with 31 walks, 110 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.02.  Kelsey threw 139 innings, with 18 walks, 141 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.41.  Kelsey is the last of the Kessler family; Brandi (96-97), Holly (01-02).  Kelsey won many big games for the Peppers.  She’ll be missed as will all of this year’s team.  This was a great team with outstanding team chemistry.

Saturday, December 30
KCPeppers Alumni

Tuesday, September 26
ASA Gold Website Link

Here is the link to all information about ASA Gold

The KC Pepper Tradition & History

College Recruiting Guide - Cathy Aradi

Here is a good guide book for those interested in playing college softball.

Another site to look at is the Southern California website which has good information about college softball.
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