WORTHINGTON — Haley Grimmius, who finished an exceptional fast-softball career at Worthington High School last month, was named to the All-Southwest Conference and All-Section 2AAA teams, and also earned an All-State honorable mention. .
Grimmius, an outstanding all-around performer, was a dominant pitcher throughout her high school career. She was also a powerfully productive hitter — so dangerous that after hitting a home run on her first at-bat against St. Peter in the Sectional Tournament, she was intentionally walked every time thereafter, including starting the seventh inning of a deadlocked game.
After going deep in the section tournament last year, the Trojans lost their only two section games this year. That, said Grimmius coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka, could have been a factor in his star player getting an honorable mention instead of an outright nomination. Worthington, in many high school sports, often felt like he was penalized in some way for being out of sight and out of mind in far southwestern Minnesota.
“I’m super proud of her. It’s just a shame that the only thing they’re looking at is the win-loss record. Her stats deserved to be in the all-state first team. And I think that being here in southwestern Minnesota, we don’t get respect,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.
Grimmius made the senior All-Star Series on Sunday at Mankato, where she performed admirably. She threw a two hit with eight strikeouts in one of the games.
The Trojan right-hander recorded her 500th career strikeout in the 2022 regular season. She had nine shutouts in her senior year and four no-hitters. She led all all-state selections in home runs and was in the top five in batting percentage.
Grimmius will continue his softball career next season at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD
Along with Grimmius, senior Olivia Hayenga and rookie Hannah McNab were selected to the all-conference team.