And now the entire state of Michigan knows about them.
Lorimer was named Michigan’s Miss Softball on Tuesday — the ultimate honor for a prep softball player in the state.
Lorimer, who graduated with a 4.0 GPA, finished her three-year varsity career with a .490 batting average, a .968 fielding percentage, 99 RBIs, 180 runs scored and 183 stolen bases.
“She’s the best player I’ve ever coached,” Lakers’ coach Bill Core said late last month. “And that’s saying a lot, because we’ve had some good players here, quite a few collegiate players, but she’s the best. She just brings everything. Offensively, she’s got the speed, she bats from the left side, she’s got power, she gets out of the box fast.”
Core was staggered as he filled out Lorimer’s application form for all-state and Miss Softball.
“When I started looking, putting together the packet, I thought, ‘She’s got a legitimate chance,’ because her stats are phenomenal,’” Core said. “Her stats are way better than last year’s Miss Softball. But because we didn’t get out of districts, because we weren’t a ranked team, I didn’t know how much merit that would have on the award.”
It turns out voters overlooked the Lakers’ 21-16 final record and focused on Lorimer’s fantastic numbers, which include a .573 batting average and a staggering 92 stolen bases as a senior. The 92 steals is second all-time in single season stolen bases and sets a state record for most consecutive steals without being thrown out.
Her name appears in the Michigan High School Athletic Association record book nine times, including triples in a season (fifth) and career (third), stolen bases in a season (second) and career, runs in a season (fifth), base hits in consecutive games (sixth), and runs scored in a carer (22nd).
The Miss Softball award, presented by the Michigan Softball Coaches Association, recognizes a position player and pitcher each year. Lorimer, a center fielder who also played first base, won as the position player while Ladywood’s Briana Combs was named the Miss Softball pitcher. She finished with a record of 148-19, allowing 38 earned runs in 1,050 innings. She struck out 1,340 batters while walking just 50.
Lorimer earned a scholarship to play softball at Central Michigan University next year.