Sumiton Christian’s ace pitcher Emily Ivey graduated.
As usual, Ivey made things both easy and boring for her fielders most of the season.
Just one year removed from leading Sumiton Christian to its first ever state softball championship, Ivey and the Lady Eagles found themselves two wins shy of another title.
For her continuing efforts in leading Sumiton Christian to another successful season, Ivey has been named as the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Softball Pitcher of the Year.
The honor was a clean sweep for Ivey, who was named Pitcher of the Year each of the last three seasons.
Ivey also received All-State honors — again.
The 2010 Class 3A, Pitcher of the Year, Ivey fell just short of taking this year’s 2A honors.
This year, she was 39-9 with a 0.83 ERA. In 278 innings, she allowed just 33 earned runs. She gave up 167 hits, walked 26 batters and struck out 347 batters.
Over the last two seasons, she has combined for an incredible 73-16 overall record.
Ivey propelled the Lady Eagles to a third-place finish in the state softball tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.
The Lady Eagles held the top spot in the Class 2A rankings all year but saw their season come to an end on day 2 of the tournament after being eliminated by a loss to 2nd-ranked Hatton, the only 2A team to beat the Lady Eagles all year.
Ivey did pick up three wins during the tournament, one over Mobile Christian, one against Elba and another against Horseshoe Bend. She was instrumental to Sumiton Christian’s 46-11 run this year after taking 20 of their last 23.
During her junior year, Ivey helped Sumiton Christian to a 54-11 finish, including a perfect 8-0 run during regional and state tournament play.
Ivey was 34-7 on the mound during her junior year.
In 240 2/3 innings, she struck out 382 batters, allowing just 99 hits and 72 walks while finishing with a 1.08 ERA.
She also helped Sumiton Christian close on an 11-game winning streak while winning 23-of-24.