Fort Frye softball ace going to Marietta College

BEVERLY – A very good Marietta College softball team just got better.

Victoria “Tori” Mimken of Fort Frye has decided to continue her education at MC, and play softball for the Jeanne Arbuckle-coached Lady Pioneers next school semester.

“I’m going to Marietta College to pursue a major in athletic training,” said Mimken. “Coach Arbuckle has shown a lot of interest in me, and she is very nice.”

At Fort Frye, Mimken was an honor student with a 3.87 GPA.

Marietta College, an NCAA Division III school and member of the Ohio Athletic Conference, was 21-17 overall and 11-7 in the OAC this past season. The Lady Pioneers, who clinched a 2013 postseason berth in the league tournament, are coached by Arbuckle (487-427-3), a veteran of 26 years at the helm.

The workhorse of the pitching staff, Mimken enjoyed a stellar career on the hill at Fort Frye. This past season, the right-handed-throwing ace (and Lady Cadets) posted a 24-1 record with a 0.52 earned run average (ERA). In 190 innings of hurling, she struck out 347, walked 17, and allowed 31 runs, 14 of which were earned.

Mimken has been a good control pitcher, who’s always around the plate in the strike zone, since her freshman season.

“She’s what you would probably call a power pitcher,” said Fort Frye head softball coach Barb Sleek. “She mixes up and changes speeds on her pitches pretty well. She has movement on her fastball, and she’s been working on her curveball.”

One of the many highlights of Mimken’s 2013 season was when she pitched 10-0 perfect game triumph over Caldwell on April 3. In that contest, she fanned 12 Lady Redskins.

Mimken’s only blemish on the year was a 2-0 season-ending Lady Cadet setback to Magnolia Sandy Valley in an Ohio Division III district championship game at Cambridge City Park on May 22. In that contest, she fanned nine, walked none, and gave up only five hits.

Also a good stick, who often helped her own cause, Mimken finished with a .414 batting average (29 for 70) with 11 runs batted in.

“I’ve been working on my hitting,” she said. “If I’m not pitching, I could play first base.”

Mimken has earned numerous postseason accolades during her softball career. This past season, she was an All-Ohio honoree, and when she was a sophomore, she was also an all-stater, who helped Fort Frye blank 15 opponents and compile a 22-5 overall mark, which included a regional “Sweet 16” appearance.

Mimken is the daughter of Taten and Heather Ayers and Brian and Anna Mimken.