Earlier this month, News 25 ran a feature piece on a local high school softball player just a few weeks away from chasing her dream of playing at the next level despite being just four games into her junior season.
That player is West Harrison’s Marley Sims and today that player made it official with Chipola College in Marianna, Florida.
This evening, Sims signed her national letter of intent in front of a socially distanced crowed at the County Farm Road 316 Shelter.
At just 17 years of age, Sims is on the fast track to playing collegiate softball having already graduated high school as a junior.
Unusual to say the least, but Sims hardly has anything left to prove on the diamond as a Lady Hurricane, serving as West Harrison’s starting shortstop and lead-off hitter since her eighth grade season.
The end result was a career .500 on-base percentage as she now joins the reigning NJCAA Division I national champions a year ahead of her time. Sims said, “I mean it’s still crazy but it kind of just feels normal now. It feels like I’m just supposed to be graduating at this time. And I’m ready to get to Chipola and I’m ready to see all my coaches and my teammates and get to play with them.”
West Harrison Head Softball Coach Brittany Rogers said, “Well, when Marley came in as an eighth grader I knew Marley – and Marley told me – I want to go play college softball. That has been a goal of hers, and being able to go do that early, I think to her it may not have hit just quite yet. But she’s going to be like wow, I’m 17, and I’m a college freshman.”
Sims verbally committed to Chipola all the way back in October.
She actually switched from batting right-handed to left-handed as a seventh grader.