Junior pitcher, Mimi Maixner, is ready to take on the 2018 Pioneer softball season. With varsity experience under her belt, passion for the game and the right mentality, she’s going to be powerful in the circle.
“I like how it’s a mental game,” she says. “Especially with pitching which is why I gravitated towards that.”
Maixner showed her strength last year being the only pitcher on the varsity squad. She isn’t afraid of the intensity of the sport, in fact, it’s what she looks forward to the most come spring.
“I’m really excited for the intensity this year is going to have,” she says. “I think we are more focused and more ready to go than in the past. It will be fun.”
Head coach Kim Waddell believes this is Maixner’s year to shine.
“As a junior pitcher, Mimi will bring the experience we need as we embark on strengthening our program. Mimi’s strength is found in her ability to control pitch location and change of speed to set up batters. It is our opinion that this season will be one of her best,” Waddell says.
Maixner’s personal goals for the season include getting the right read on the batter to know where to locate her pitches and being consistent in that.
“It’s fun to control where they [the batters] can hit the ball based on where I throw it,” she says.
As far as team goals go, she says the Pioneers would love to make it through districts.
Maxnier’s played softball since Kindergarten and spent seven seasons with the Ann Arbor Gold summer travel team. She also plays Field Hockey for Pioneer, a sport, she says, she may want to continue playing at a small college.
The Pioneers will resume competition after spring break on Tuesday, April 3, at home against Brighton.