PITCHER OF THE YEAR — Cordova’s Faith Sims
by Johnathan Bentley
Jun 24, 2012 | 1471 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faith Sims made the move to Cordova High School in time for the 2012 softball season.

Thanks to the new transfer, the Lady Blue Devils immediately became a contender.

Sims’ first year at the Class 3A level turned plenty of heads and left Cordova’s opponents baffled at the plate.

Sims, a first-team All-State selection, finished with 34 wins this season on the mound, but her strength lies within the numbers.

Sims pitched a staggering 322 innings, allowing just 104 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out the bulk of the batters she faced — 459.

She finished with a microscopic 0.59 ERA to go along with ten no-hitters and four perfect games.

Due to her domination on the mound, Sims is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Pitcher of the Year.

Cordova coach Randy Stracner has coached Sims since she moved up to the varsity level as a seventh grader at Walker High School.

After two years with the Lady Vikings, Sims followed Stracner to Cordova for her freshman season.

“Everybody knows it would be tough for us if she wasn’t there,” Stracner said.

“She shut down most of the teams we played. She meant everything to our team.

“She just loves playing the sport. She works hard year-round at what she does. She takes it seriously and is a competitor. That said, she throws the ball hard and that helps her out a lot. She has several different pitches she throws so the ball isn’t just coming fast, it’s moving also. That makes her very effective.”

Sims wasn’t just strong on the mound at Cordova, she was also one of the teams’ top hitters.

She hit .450 this season with seven home runs and 38 RBIs. She also drew 42 walks.

Sims will be a sophomore next season and Stracner is expecting more of the same from his six-foot pitcher.

“I think her maturity level has improved, just the way she carries herself on the mound. She’s able to battle out of tough situations. She has gotten better every year,” Stracner said.

“She got a drive about her. She really wants to get her pitches up to the 70 miles per hour range. She’s working hard to get that,” said Stracner, who added that Sims reminds him of a pitcher he coached during his time at Stockbridge, Ga.

“I coached a pitcher (Terese Gober) that went to Florida State. She had the same height and the same build and pitches the same way as Faith.”