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Ligonier Valley graduate Maddy Grimm selected in professional softball draft

Doug Gulasy
| Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Ligonier Valley graduate Maddy Grimm celbrates a home run with her Akron Racers teammates in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Akron Racers, National Pro Fastpitch
Ligonier Valley graduate Maddy Grimm celbrates a home run with her Akron Racers teammates in the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Maddy Grimm's professional softball career will continue in a new league.

Grimm, a Ligonier Valley graduate, was selected in the fourth round (16th overall) by moh-BEEL! USA in the inaugural American Softball Association draft Wednesday. The four-team ASBA will begin its first season June 15, with all games in Mobile, Ala.

A 2017 Kent State graduate, Grimm played for the Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch last summer. She ranks as the Golden Flashes' all-time leader in home runs (69), RBIs (192) and runs scored (172) and also holds the single-season marks in those categories.

Grimm was among four players with Western Pennsylvania ties selected in Wednesday's draft. The E1 Pro Ballers selected Pitt's Giorgiana Zeremenko in the fifth round (19th overall) and Slippery Rock's Emily Nagle in the ninth round (35th overall), and Outkast selected Pitt's McKayla Taylor in the first on-call round, for players who are called up if a team member is unable to play.

Zeremenko was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2018, leading Pitt in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, walks, home runs and doubles. She broke the school's career homer record with 46. Taylor, an ACC All-Tournament pick in 2018, set school career records with 597 assists and 150 RBIs.

Nagle batted .340 as a senior, pacing Slippery Rock with five triples and adding three doubles, a homer and 16 RBIs and was named All-Pennsylania State Athletic Conference West. She ranks first in school history with 11 triples, second with 180 hits and third with 100 runs scored.

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