Maloley wraps up time as Bearcat with a trip to the 2022 North-South Softball Classic


GRAFTON—The 2022 GHS girls softball season has finally come to an end for one standout star of the diamond. Frederique “Fred” Maloley, the GHS softball superstar was invited to play in the prestigious North-South Softball Classic held in Buffalo, WV on June 9. 

For those unfamiliar with the concept. The North-South game is an invitation only game, with four regions of West Virginia represented. The best softball players in the state from each class (A, AA, AAA) participate. Fred would represent North Central West Virginia in the Region One Roster. 

To those of us in Grafton, Maloley needs no introduction. She was the schools Valedictorian this year, First Team Big 10 All Conference and Second Team All-State. 

She would also secure the North-South MVP honors. 

Her time as a Bearcat is over but not before she leaves an indelible mark on the program, having tied or broken over 14 school records. A feat that would be great for anyone to achieve, but she achieved these records missing a year due to covid.

Maloley ended her softball career in story book fashion, as she struck out the last batter she faced, stroked a base hit and scored, as she proudly donned her Bearcat jersey in the game.

“My favorite part of playing in the game was wearing my Grafton Jersey as I held the MVP trophy; I felt so proud and honored to represent our small town with the best of best from around the state,” she voiced.

 “The North-South game was a huge honor and a ton of fun as all the girls there were coming together from previous rivalries to now becoming new friends,” Maloley added. “Some of the girls began the day asking me where Grafton was but ended the day cheering for me in the batter’s box!” 

Maloley had opportunities to continue on with sports after high school but chose to enter West Virginia University’s exercise physiology program with hopes of then leapfrog into medical school, leaving the world of softball behind.

 “Softball was always more than a game to me. I learned so much and truly gave it all I had. I chose not to continue to the collegiate level despite the opportunities and move onto the next journey in life,” Maloley expressed. “I will take the lessons learned from softball with me through life; hustle, hard work and determination.”

When asked about one of her favorite memories about playing softball she had a lot to say.

“Honestly, after missing out on an entire season, every moment on the dirt after that became my favorite. I tried to take nothing for granted and leave it all in the field,” she explained. “But if I must pick one memory, it would have to be the Keyser, WV tournament. I hit three homeruns in the same day!”

She voiced that her successes were in part because of the love and support she had received throughout her sports career.

“I’ll be forever grateful to everyone who supported me throughout my time as a softball player. My family, my teammates, and my coaches have all impacted me in a big way,” Maloley imparted.

 The staff of the Mountain Stateman would like to wish Fred the best as she steps into the next chapter of her life. We all know you will be wildly successful!

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