Female Athlete of the Week: Confidence leads to success for Skyline’s Grim

Alexis Grim

FRONT ROYAL – A little confidence can lead to a lot of success.

Skyline softball player Alexis Grim is finding that out. The sophomore struggled early in the season with her hitting, but a breakout game against Sherando last week has helped her turn things around.

“Confidence is just such a big thing for me,” Grim said. “That’s my biggest thing is confidence. I think once I got those hits against Sherando it really helped me build that confidence that I really have been needing.”

Grim had two doubles and an inside-the-park homer against Sherando on April 14 in a 13-1 victory. She finished the game with seven RBI’s.

Grim said that the inside-the-park homer stood out the most to her.

“That felt really good I needed that,” Grim said of the homer. “Me and (Skyline coach) John (Ritter) have been working on things, and it felt really good for everything to just come together.”

Her strong week last week helped Grim earn The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of April 11-17.

Grim said that Ritter has talked to her a lot about keeping her head down and driving through the ball.

Ritter said that he could see a breakout game coming for her, it was just a matter of when it was going to happen.

“A couple weeks ago in the James Wood game, she had a lot of good at-bats that night,” Ritter said. “Then from there she found her groove. Sometimes she’s a little hard on herself, but that’s one thing that I’ve tried to help her with and tell her that confidence is a great thing. And she’s figuring it out.”

That confidence has carried over into this week. Grim went 3-for-3 on Tuesday in a 23-4 win over Handley. She was a home run away from the cycle, as she had a triple, double and a single.

Not only is Grim solid at the plate, but she’s also very strong defensively for the Hawks in right field.

Grim said last year was the first time she ever played in the outfield, but she’s grown to like the position.

Ritter said that has some really big strengths in the outfield.

“She’s got a good arm. She can run,” Ritter said. “… You can see the speed and the arm strength. A lot of kids don’t have those luxuries to have those and she does. Which is a great thing. She’s a good athlete.”

Ritter said she made four really good defensive plays in their game against James Wood this season.

“In the James Wood game, she made two shoestring catches off the top of her shoes,” Ritter said. “You can teach it, but to teach and do it is two different things – and she did it.”

Grim said she played baseball until she was 12, and then began playing softball. She said she plays on the local travel team, the Warren Warriors, and enjoys being on that team with many other local players.

“I love it. It’s a blast,” Grim said. “We always have fun, a good team, good coach.”

The Hawks are 6-5 on the season, and Grim said she hopes the team can advance to regionals this year.

She said the main goal for herself is to keep playing the way she has been lately.

“I just want to keep up the confidence and keep on going,” Grim said.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com