Imagine you’re a young softball with dreams to play in college and someone in a position of influence says you’re not good enough to play at the next level. Would it make or break you?
That happened to Paige Dimler, the super sophomore from San Diego who had to decide if that non-vote of confidence would prove to be prophetic.
“For a while that really had me wondering if I should even keep playing,” she remembers. “But I told myself that I can do anything I put my mind to.
And with that determined self-drive, the speedy outfielder became one of the most promising players in the Class of 2021, an offensive weapon who can slap for average and power and surprised many by slugging 12 home runs as a freshman last spring.
Paige also led her club team, Breakers Labs, to the championship game of the PGF 16U Platinum Nationals in 2018 and in a few years will play for the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12… here’s more on this fast-rising talent…
NAME: PAIGE DIMLER
Hometown/State: San Diego, California
Grad Year: 2021
Club Team: Breakers Labs 16U Black
High School (City/State): Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, California)
Recruiting Status: Committed to the University of Arizona
Top Honors/Accomplishments: Extra Elite 100 (2021 class); 1st Player All-CIF San Diego Section, 2nd Place PGF 16U Platinum (2018)
Stats (2018): high school: hit .460 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI; club: hit .467 with 22 home runs, 15 doubles and 10 triples with 44 RBI and 76 runs scored.
Other Sports? Volleyball (RBV JV team)
Other Universities Considered: Northwestern, Michigan, DePaul, UCSB,
Preferred College Major: Biology
What does it mean to you to be considered as one of the top 100 players in your class?
I am extremely honored and humbled to be considered one of the top 100 players in my class. It is such a blessing to be afforded such humbling experiences. I am always pushing myself to be better than the day before, so this makes me extremely happy to know that my hard work isn’t going unnoticed.
Looking back on your career so far, both club and high school, what’s been your favorite experience (or experiences) both in softball and off the field?
My favorite high school experience would be when I hit a home run in the 7th inning of the last game of playoffs although, by far, I’ve had the best experiences in travel ball. My favorite memory from club is when we were in the loser’s bracket in Colorado and it was the last inning and if we didn’t score, we were going home, and my college coach was watching me. I knew that this was my chance to help my team continue in the tournament and I came up and hit a three-run home run. I was ecstatic that I was able to help my team accomplish our goals.
What would you say are your strengths on the field?
I think that my strengths on the field are being a selfless player who is passionate to learn and improve. I would think that my college coaches would say I don’t accept failure and I never give up. I am always working on my skills to try and get one percent better each day. I am extremely passionate for the sport I love and always want to be the best I can be. I love seeing my teammates have success and want everyone to have their own opportunities to be in the spotlight and be recognized. Their success is our team’s success.
What’s your main goal for yourself right now?