Ligonier Valley grad Maddy Grimm set for next chapter of softball career
Maddy Grimm isn't ready to give up playing softball.
After spending one season with the now-defunct Akron Racers in the National Pro Softball League, the 2013 Ligonier Valley and '17 Kent State graduate was taken in the fourth round of the inaugural American Softball Association draft Wednesday.
Grimm was mainly a pinch hitter for Akron, stuck behind an eight-year veteran. In limited action, she collected six hits, including a double and three home runs. She drove in nine runs.
But that should change for her in the new league as she will play for Moh-BEEL!-USA.
“It was a new experience for me,” Grimm said of her first year as a pro. “I went from playing every game and every play to become a pinch hitter.
“It was a different role for me. I learned a lot about the game. I became a better player.”
After Akron folded in January, Grimm heard she would be a candidate for the new league. She said she's excited about the new opportunity.
“I want to play softball as long as I can,” she said. “It's a chance to make new friends and play against some great players.”
Grimm had an amazing career at Kent State, where she hit .330 with 172 runs, 198 hits, 43 doubles, four triples, 69 home runs and 192 RBIs.
She is the Golden Flashes' all-time leader in home runs and RBIs, was a three-time first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region selection, was the 2017 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and earned three first-team All-MAC citations.
Grimm hit at least 13 home runs each year for the Golden Flashes from 2014-17 and had a career-high 55 RBIs as a senior.
She is an assistant softball coach at Ashland.
Grimm was a three-time Tribune-Review Female Athlete of the Year (2011-13). The most decorated female athlete in Ligonier Valley history, she starred in four sports for the Rams.
She was the school's all-time leading goal scorer in soccer with 112 and had a school-record 46 goals her senior season.
She scored more than 1,000 points in her basketball career and set a school record with 93 points as a kicker on the football team.
Grimm batted .585, scored 32 runs, hit seven home runs and had 25 RBIs in 2013.
Former AAU teammate Anna Maria Gatti, who graduated from Syracuse and Greensburg Central Catholic, also was drafted by Future 1s, also in the fourth round.
Gatti was 34-32 with a career 3.29 ERA at Syracuse.
Two Pitt players, catcher Giorgiana Zeremenko and shortstop McKayla Taylor, will be playing for E1 Pro Ballers. Taylor was drafted by the Outkast but traded Friday.
Zeremenko hit .323 for her career with 155 hits, 33 doubles and a school-record 46 home runs. She scored 76 runs and had 127 RBIs.
Taylor batted .293 for her career with 187 hits, 38 doubles and 43 home runs. She scored 140 runs, had 150 RBIs and was hit with a pitch 27 times.
The league will play all its games in Mobile, Ala., and run from Friday to July 31.