Jacksonville State’s Faith Sims took home one of the Ohio Valley Conference’s biggest awards at the annual softball banquet Tuesday night in Oxford.The OVC named her the league’s pitcher of the …
Jacksonville State’s Faith Sims took home one of the Ohio Valley Conference’s biggest awards at the annual softball banquet Tuesday night in Oxford.
The OVC named her the league’s pitcher of the year. She is the fifth Jacksonville State pitcher to take the award.
The list includes Carly Kellam (2005), Karla Pittman (2009), Tiffany Harbin (2014) and Whitney Gillespie (2016), who won it when Sims was a freshman.
Sims posted a 21-4 record with a 1.57 ERA.
She threw 11 shutouts, which was six more than the next best figure in the league. Eight of her shutouts came against OVC opponents.
Nobody else in the league had more than three.
Sims also had six saves, which tied for the OVC lead.
Asked earlier in the day about her season before she knew about the award, Sims said she owes much of her success to the support she gets from her teammates.
“It’s just confidence,” Sims said. “Total confidence. I know my team is playing behind me, and they have all year. Being a pitcher, it really does give you confidence when your team doesn’t make many errors behind you. So, you just trust your stuff and know that if they put it in play, you defense can get you out of it.”
Sims also made first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference along with three of her teammates: senior second baseman Anna Chisolm, senior outfielder Taylor Beshears and freshman third baseman Karsen Mosley.
Sims was a multi-time All-State award recipient while pitching for the Cordova Blue Devils, earning a nomination five times.
She holds 17 records in the Alabama High School Athletic Association, including most wins, strikeouts in a season, season ERA, shutouts, no hitters and perfect games.
Sims also was invited to pitch during the North-South All-Star game prior to her senior season at Cordova.