Laker softball team signs Winona shortstop

Sat 12-5-2020

ESTHERVILLE - Iowa Lakes Community College softball coach Katie King has announced the signing of Paige Grafton to the 2021-2022 recruiting class. The daughter of Andrew Grafton and Shelly Grafton, she attends Winona Senior High School.

"Paige is a great first addition to our recruiting class," said King. "At the plate, she has great power to the alleys of the field and has the ability to take the ball out of the park on every swing.

"Off the field, Paige is a great teammate that is compassionate and kind to others. She is going to be a great role-model for the youth, as she is committed to both her athletics and academics. We cannot wait for Paige to get to campus and show us what she can do in blue and gold! We are glad that she and her family are Lakers."

Because of an injury and COVID-19, Grafton has completed just one season with the Winhawks, but is looking forward to her senior season.

As a freshman, she batted .300 with 27 hits, including four doubles and one triple. Defensively in her freshman year at shortstop, Grafton had a .868 fielding percentage. She has lettered three times in softball.

In her two seasons playing, the Winhawks won a section title and placed fourth in the state tournament and were section runner ups. Grafton was named to the all-section team in her sophomore season.

She has also lettered three times in volleyball and twice in basketball with one season to go. She was named to the all-state academic team in volleyball.